I’m narrowing down my choices on a graphics card for a new laptop. I’m pretty sure I will be going with an Intel i5 (430) processor with 4GB RAM. I’ve seen almost everywhere that integrated Intel HD Graphics aren’t too great, so I’ve continued searching for a better graphics card. It seems like my new choices are between:
512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5470 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA]
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA]
I prefer to get nVidia but HP’s website doesn’t seem to have them as choices when customizing a laptop. If anyone has these cards, can you tell me of any problems you’ve experienced, how they perform, and your overall grade of the card. I plan to use Blender to create models and animation for use in 3D games. Also, for Blending, is it more important to have a powerful processor, or a nice graphics card? Which card should I go with, or should I just go with Intel HD Graphics? Also, i’m not limiting my choices to an HP computer - if anyone has any recommendations on a good laptop model/brand, please let me know. Also, any good websites for purchasing laptops would be good too.
All help/input is greatly appreciated.