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Help choosing laptop/desktop combination for college

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June 7, 2010 8:05:59 AM

Hi, I will be moving for college starting September and am in need of a laptop.
My old desktop I put together 5 years ago died as well so I cant decide if I should get a overall laptop that will run games, or should i get a laptop just to take around and make a simple desktop with a video card.
My budget for laptop is $600-800, I've been looking around and there are quite a few options. My concern for Asus is i read a lot of reviews on bad keyboards, are they all like that or just a select few?
Also what would be better a Pentium dual cor 2.3ghz or a cor 2 duo at 2ghz?

Any advice will be appreciated. thanks
June 7, 2010 8:08:58 AM

or what if i get a 13inch Macbook 2.26ghz 2gb ram 9400 video, for 899 with printer and carrying case
and Just take my desktop along and pop a video card in it if i ever feel the need to play demanding games like grid, dirt.. etc..
Or Why not just carry around a laptop that can play it and not worry
uhh this is hard
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a b D Laptop
June 7, 2010 4:43:03 PM

A few thoughts for you:
1) Consider a small netbook for carrying around, and a desktop for games. You can get a netbook for <$300. The advantage is light weight and portability. Use the savings for your gaming desktop.
2) If you get a single all purpose laptop, Make certain that it has a discrete graphics card and screen size that will suit you for gaming.
3) A SSD makes all the difference in the world for laptop performance. Consider looking for a unit with minimal hard drive space, and plan on replacing the drive with a small SSD. An Intel X25-V 40gb drive coats about $125, and you will probably get twice the capacity for your dollar by the end of the year.
4) Any dual core cpu @1.8 or better will probably be plenty. A core 2 duo will be 15% faster, clock for clock than a older dual core cpu.
5) Consider used/refurbished. Look at lenovo outlet, IBM used, and e-bay. See if you can find a T series with a good discrete graphics chip.
6) Get a unit with the OS you want. Plan on reinstalling it to remove all the bloatware. Beg or borrow the appropriate OS, and plan on activating using the original product code.

--good luck---
June 8, 2010 5:20:40 AM

So im better off with an okay laptop in the $550 range to carry around and I should build a desktop for the games
June 8, 2010 8:06:59 AM

im super hesitant on gateway
my uncle got one a few weeks ago from best buy it was very uncomfortable
a c 244 D Laptop
June 8, 2010 8:27:17 AM

Its a good laptop,but if you don't like gateway,what are your preferred brands ?
June 8, 2010 3:39:13 PM

300$ netbook + killer gaming desktop is the way to go. with 700$ (800 if u dont have a monitor) u can build a very good desktop and which can be upgraded in the future.
a c 244 D Laptop
June 8, 2010 4:57:23 PM

^Well that's a matter of opinions IMO
a b D Laptop
June 8, 2010 8:43:52 PM

Look at Lenovo for laptops. The IBM thinkpad people went there, and they do some very good work. In perticular, I like the T series. Check out the Lenovo outlet or the IBM surplus store which will have some older units for a very good price. You get a refurbished unit with some sort of warranty.
June 8, 2010 10:58:42 PM

I saw a Msi A6200 today with cor it-430 turbo boost 15.6'' 4gb memory, intel gma hd graphics
i really liked the screen display and the keyboard seemed very very comfortable for typing.
it was for $549 if im not mistaken or $599
However it has an integrated video card with a 5400 rpm hard drive
Is it worth getting another laptop with 7200 hard drive and possible slower cpu but better video?
Or should i just get this laptop with a desktop on the side with a real video card
a c 244 D Laptop
June 9, 2010 7:01:01 AM

That depends on you,If you want to play games fine on your laptop,then GMA HD is a low-end card for gaming,and consider at least a 5650M for gaming
June 9, 2010 7:06:29 AM

See the thing is im really bad on deciding
Wont it be better to put together a desktop to play games on, a budget desktop with decent video card will be very decent for games.
a c 244 D Laptop
June 9, 2010 7:13:52 AM

Yes that's a good option,but you are the best person to decide what to do about it.
Its a matter of opinions
June 11, 2010 5:09:30 AM

I say, build a desktop for games (you can probably get one that will play new games at low or medium pretty well) and then buy a little laptop for using in class.
a b D Laptop
June 11, 2010 1:04:33 PM

hyeedo said:
See the thing is im really bad on deciding
Wont it be better to put together a desktop to play games on, a budget desktop with decent video card will be very decent for games.

To help you decide, put together detail costs for two options:
1) Full function laptop.
2) netbook + gaming desktop.

Next, list the pro's and con's that are important to you.
Then, YOU decide. You will be learning to make your own decisions in college; it's time to start now.

Also, as a college student, you will be eligible for a windows-7 license at little/no cost. Perhaps you could defer the desktop build.