Originally Posted by Clincher09
I'm leaning towards an AMD equipped machine in the future. Mainly because they always have separate graphics cards, also because it seems that they're trustworthy and I won't be doing any gaming either.
I think you're getting confused here.
To set things straight - the main differences between intel and AMD is price to performance ratios. Intel has performed better and faster than AMD for at least 8 years now (that I can think of). This isn't something I'm saying because I love Intel or something, it's just coming from CPU charts (check out tomshardware). What makes AMD a competitor is that they offer 90-95% of the performance at roughly 75% of the cost.
Secondly, Intel has developed CPUs recently that have GPUs built into them. This is not a video card. This is a CPU with a GPU stapled to the side of it (so to speak). There are PLENTY of laptops available from reputable manufacturers with both AMD and Intel CPUs and dedicated GPUs. Gone are the days when nvidia/ati aligned particularly well with one processor manufacturer, so that's of little concern.
Long story short - look for a laptop with a modest processor (doesn't matter who makes it) and some sort of dedicated video card. You don't have to buy a million dollar computer to get a dedicated video card, just shop around until you see one in your price range. Again, plenty of options from Dell, HP, Acer, Samsung, Sony, whoever you like. And for the record, neither Intel nor AMD have wide variances statistically as far as longevity goes. Your RAM or HD or some other component will go bad long before the processor does.