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August 20, 2010 4:51:48 PM

So if any of you read my former post about my battery problems and then my back-light problem with my old Gateway MX7515 laptop you will know that i am looking to buy a new laptop.

So i have done some talking with my IT and Cisco CCNA Professors and they recommend going Intel core i5 this time. I have narrowed it down to two that i am looking at:

the HP dv6t from costco with a bundled all in one printer for 699.00.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=115914...|84|56670&N=4017745%204294899769&Mo=13&No=11&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=


or a Gateway® NV79C34u Notebook (actually mfr. by Acer ) from Fry's Electronics also for 699.00 on sale from 829.00.

http://www.frys.com/product/6289190?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...


I would also consider an Asus with an i5 if any one knows of one for under 700.00

My concerns are the graphics in most laptops tend to be the integrated Intel HD graphics with only 128MB dedicated memory. How good are these graphics? and what are your thoughts on the gateway being mfr by Acer? Is that a bad choice? And is Asus making a good complete laptop? I know they made great motherboards but what about the whole laptop?

Any advice you could give would be great. The sooner the better. these sale prices are only good through next Thursday, 8-26-2010.

Thank you,

Eric


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August 20, 2010 5:10:40 PM

Intel HD graphics are ok just as long as you don't plan to game. For your price range, I really couldn't find anything with an i5 and a dedicated GPU. If you need a dedicated GPU, I'd see what you can configure on Dell's website. If not, I'd go with the HP, as it seems to be the most bang for your buck.
August 20, 2010 6:19:19 PM

richmone73 said:
So if any of you read my former post about my battery problems and then my back-light problem with my old Gateway MX7515 laptop you will know that i am looking to buy a new laptop.

So i have done some talking with my IT and Cisco CCNA Professors and they recommend going Intel core i5 this time. I have narrowed it down to two that i am looking at:

the HP dv6t from costco with a bundled all in one printer for 699.00.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=115914...|84|56670&N=4017745%204294899769&Mo=13&No=11&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=


or a Gateway® NV79C34u Notebook (actually mfr. by Acer ) from Fry's Electronics also for 699.00 on sale from 829.00.

http://www.frys.com/product/6289190?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...


I would also consider an Asus with an i5 if any one knows of one for under 700.00

My concerns are the graphics in most laptops tend to be the integrated Intel HD graphics with only 128MB dedicated memory. How good are these graphics? and what are your thoughts on the gateway being mfr by Acer? Is that a bad choice? And is Asus making a good complete laptop? I know they made great motherboards but what about the whole laptop?

Any advice you could give would be great. The sooner the better. these sale prices are only good through next Thursday, 8-26-2010.

Thank you,

Eric


You might want to go to the store in person instead of just searching online. I'm also looking for a laptop and went to Fry's and they have in store laptops that cost $100 or more online. Try also Office Depots and stores like that, I found great deals in one of those just today. I you prefer buying online or don't have the time then check out this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is a lower end i5 but it will save you a $100 if you don't mind the sacrifice and the performance is almost identical (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmar...). Hope this helps.
Can you tell us what decided you to go for the i5 instead of an i3 or anAMD cpu. I'm also looking for a laptop and I'm trying to make up my mind on that. Thank you.
August 21, 2010 3:58:12 AM

i used to be a diehard AMD fan right up until the decision to purchase this laptop. I decided to go with the intel instead because my CCNA and PC trouble shooting and repair professor said that there are " acceptable defects " in the manufacturing of the actual AMD chips which is why they cost less.

And i decided on the i5 vs the i3 because of the automatic throttling of the i5 to handle more load making it a faster more responsive processor. I just googled intel core i3 vs core i5 to find the differences and then made my decision based off of that. The i5 was also recommended by my prof. He just got an i3 and says he wished he had got the i5 because of the bog down from so many apps open at once on his i3.

Hope that helps and thank you for the info on frys and other in store deals.

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