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Why are these laptops so cheap on ebay?

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January 1, 2010 6:03:36 AM

I was looking for a laptop with an exceeding processor, great ram, a big screen & harddrive, and atleast a decent GPU. All over ebay they have these HP Pavilion DV6T ad DV7T but they all say they have the fancy Intel Core i7-720Q which is top notch for laptops. They each have 4 GB of DDR3 Ram which is great, and a 1gb Nvida Geforce 230m (kinda lame, but I still think it'll work). Between the 2 models, the only difference is the DV6t is smaller and has a blue ray burner, and they both cost...

About $1000! Sellers on ebay have plently in stock, and they're brand new. Why are they so cheap? The sellers are legit!I only have $1000 so I will probably buy this.

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January 1, 2010 6:59:07 AM

I don't think that is all that cheap. Have you visited www.hp.com recently? I have been pricing those i7 quads from HP's website and they typically start around $999 and have free HDD upgrade and free Memory upgrade. You can buy directly from the source and skip the Ebay crap for the same price.
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January 1, 2010 7:16:30 AM

On the website I thik i tried to customize the d7t up to the same stats and it was A LOT more. But thanks, let me check that out.
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January 1, 2010 7:20:01 AM

Yeah, by the times I was done I had the same thing for like $50 more so I guess ebay wasn't that cheap. But why is this laptop so cheap then? It's i7
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January 1, 2010 7:22:35 AM

I personally don't think that $1000 is "cheap" for a laptop.
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January 1, 2010 7:25:17 AM

1000 is cheap for me, maybe I am just rich lmao. I do not buy those SLI laptops, I buy those that give me best bang for the buck which is in the range of 800-1300 dollars USD.
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January 1, 2010 11:13:12 AM

i think $1000-1250 is pretty cheap for a good performance laptop (like my Asus Z96JS)
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January 1, 2010 5:29:34 PM

you should pay at least a grand for a laptop if you don t want it to bust within a year.
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January 1, 2010 5:51:34 PM

Yeah you're right $1000 is a lot of money, maybe not for a brand new laptop, but I was just wondering. These laptops have core i7, good ram... but they are a lot cheaper than similar laptops being sold.

Product Number: VM188UA#ABA
Microprocessor: 1.60 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
Microprocessor Cache: 6MB L2 Cache
Memory: 6144MB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Memory Max: 8192MB
Video Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 230M ( NB10P GE) discrete 1024MB up to 2815MB total graphics memory
500GB (7200RPM)
Multimedia Drive: LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Display: 17.3" Diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
Fax/Modem: High speed 56k modem
Network Card: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity: Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN
Sound: Altec Lansing with SRS Premium Sound and Sub-Woofer
HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone
Dimensions: 16.2" (W) x 10.9" (D) x 1.37" (min H)/1.70" (max H)
Weight: 7.74 lbs

Power:

120W AC Adapter

8-Cell Lithium-Ion battery



I should buy it? Btw, are the GPYU cards always soldered on? I originally wanted something from Sony, but too expensive for the same thing!

I'm also looking at this one from Best Buy, about the same price, but has an awesome GPU (GTX 260M)! Only problem is it has a core 2 duo instead, which should impact me A LOT for multitasking. Opinions please? Thanks a lot. I'd love to multitask, but I'd also like to run games like a pro... the 230m probably won't do :( . I know how to build my desktops, but laptops confuse the hell out of me.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+FX+Edition+Laptop...

It is practically the same as far as I can see, but they downgraded the CPU for a GPU upgrade. It's only a 2.26 GHZ Core 2 Duo instead of an i7 that had 4 cores and is 1.6-2.8 GHZ. Seem's like a major loss... but idk.
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January 2, 2010 1:15:43 AM

HP sell those laptops under the same price with longer warranty service obviousely. BTW, these laptops are good for casual gaming...
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January 2, 2010 8:34:09 AM

Oh. Wow duh, it's the same thing without warrent. Yeah was sure to get because the RAM and CPU are awesome... but I just decided on a dual core with ddr2 ram only because the better GPU (GTX 260M)
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January 2, 2010 1:17:56 PM

NotSoSiniSter said:
you should pay at least a grand for a laptop if you don t want it to bust within a year.


Nonsense. I'm still using a Dell e1505 that has to be six years old now, for which I paid $8xx (forgot). Its miserable little x1300 can't play modern games, but will handle Diablo II just fine on a three hour flight. I've replaced the battery a couple of times, but it is still doing well.
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