1_What is your budget? around $800. can go up to $900 but dont want to exceed that
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15 - 17" screen
3_What screen resolution do you want?
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
more a desktop replacement than portable
5_How much battery life do you need?
a 2-3 hours if I am just surfing the web or watching a movie
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
I dont play the high end FPS ( Crysis, Farcry 2, DiRT etc)anymore most RTS or RPGS ( Civilization, Ufo Extreterrestrials,
Oblivion, etc) I would like to play older games like Battlefront 1 / 2, Halo nothing brand new. The MMO I play now is EVE online. I would like in the future to start playing Dragon Age, Diablo 3 if / when its done, The new Star Wars MMO. Would like to play on meduim setting for new games but I am not critical playing everying on max setting with all the eye candy
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop, Etc.)
web surf , watch movies from time to time, putz around
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
320gb should be more that enough for me
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
I have been shopping on Tigerdirect, Amazon, Costco, XOTICPC, New Egg
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
a DVD combo drive
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I have been mainly looking at ASUS based on my research and pretty sold of them
I have been looking at various models of K52 series, N61JV , K72 series. Their are some many variations of those its very confusing plus each supplier has a different setup. I am thinking an I3 processor with a better video card would be better than an i5 with a lesser video card
dont think I want at HP or Dell based on friends past experiences. Sony I am not really liking so far
Acer and Toshiba maybe
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Semi gaming laptop. Mostly for older games and MMO's would like to be able to play newer games but understand some FPS may not play or in low setting ( not a biggie). The laptop will mostly be at home downstairs and connect thru wireless. I will be stand alone ( no pluggin into a TV or anything for a better screen) will have access to a outlet of course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you
its a packing a good mid-range cpu with an entry level gpu (still beats integrated)
If you're open to open box or refurb units, that really opens a lot of possibilities cause you can really get some good deals.
The open box Asus you posted is good but honestly a faster clocked i5 will provide better gaming performance than a slower quad i7
also the more I think about to looking at another brand whether it be HP, Dell , Samsung, Sony might be worth while since I do want to get the best bang for my buck I just havent done alot of research on those brands and the though of it all makes my head hurt.
any thoughts or suggestions with some other brands
Just ordered this from HP direct, Grand total $1,041.24 tax & shipping:
HP Pavilion dv7t Select Edition customizable Notebook PC
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-450M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz)
• 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA] - For Dual Core Processors
• 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 640GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (320GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (over-sized)
• 17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
• HP TrueVision Webcam and Fingerprint Reader
• Intel Wireless-N Card
• Standard Keyboard