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salvato99 wrote:Every AMD processor I've ever owned ends up getting hot and shutting my computer. Both desk top and notebook. Will never buy them again. Their is a reason Apple doesn't use them.
Historically, AMD's mobile offerings have been garbage, though that is finally starting to change. For desktop systems, I've owned several AMD chips that have worked fine with stock cooling. The only stories I've heard about desktop AMD chips overheating have involved some sort of fan failure or careless overclocking.
If your AMD desktops got hot enough to shut down your system, your system builder messed up somewhere.
Apple most likely does not use AMD hardware because it's not expensive enough for a suc^H^H^H"premium"-level brand. AMD's current offerings (relative to Intel's) kinda place them in the "value" segment.
tljx wrote:I'm afraid I have to disagree with that. Unless you don't have enough RAM to start with (and 4GB is more than enough for most games + whatever background OS processes are running), adding more RAM to a budget system won't noticeably increase graphic performance.
The integrated graphics on this laptop use shared system memory, so a game probably could max out the 4GB fairly easily when you factor in the chunk that's allocated to the video card. More RAM would allow you to give the graphics card 2GB (or whatever the max is) while still leaving plenty of system memory available.
ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU INTO LITTLE PIECES.
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Eh, I think the elephant in the room no one is talking about is the fact it's a refurb. Without knowing why an unit is sent back for refurb, or what components are replaced, you can't know how long your unit will last. In particular this is an AMD lappy that tends to run hotter, and who knows if the previous owner tried to overclock it and made it overheat. If the factory didn't simply build a new unit and insisted on recycling components from the overheated one, and you end up with the unit, don't expect to keep it too long.
I've learned my lessons buying refurb computers. Struck out 3 out of 3.
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