I've never owned an Asus product and I think they're a reputable brand. Overall it seems like a fantastic deal but I've never bought refurbished products before so if anyone with similar experience can tell me if this is worth buying, I'd like to know. My current laptop is starting to get problematic with constant crashes to the point where it's unbearable at times. I'm pressed for budget as well and if someone can link me to a better laptop, I wanna see that as well.
It suppose if you plan on playing games that can take advantage of 4 cores, then it makes sense.
Personally, I would go for a quad core and that extra $100 also includes a higher resolution screen (which will lower performance), and 8GB of RAM instead of 6GB. I use my laptop for more than just games. A quad core provides better video encoding performance and while a 1366x768 resolution screen is fine for playing games, it's not really enough for multi-tasking which I tend to do a lot. Also the 1600x900 resolution screen makes it easier to snipe at long range especially when not using a scope.