Laptop choice help

im looking for a laptop and im not really sure what to get. this will be my first laptop, so i was hoping the community could help me.

1. What is your budget?

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14 in or greater

3. What screen resolution do you want?
dont care

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
i dont really care, leaning slightly on the mobility side

5. How much battery life do you need?
at least 4 hours

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)?
ghost recon medium
other slightly outdated games

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Video editing
3d animation (with blender)

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
300gb or greater

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3-4 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
just a plain dvd/cd reader & writer

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 try not to lean on hp as a family laptop we got from them has all but fallen apart in 2 years

13. What country do you live in?

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
im still deciding on whether to get discrete or integrated for my purposes. Tell me what you think
i would like to have the ability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics (if i do get discrete) to save battery (i think its called nivida optimus?)
i would also prefer an intel processor

I know this may be a tall waiting list, espically with my budget, but any help is apreciated. thanks
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  1. Welcome to the forums!
    Sager NP5135 is a good choice
    The battery life should last about 3-4hrs.
  2. awesome, thanks. The only issue with it is that the upgrade parts are really expensive, but this looks like my laptop. :)
  3. Aside from the OS,the other specs look fine and meet all of your needs,don't they ?
  4. its perfect. its just the upgrades were wicked expensive. 100 dollars for a dvd drive. no worry over windows though, i perfer ubuntu :)
  5. one other worry i kind of have is that ive never heard of a sager laptop. is it an off brand? id perfer to buy a quality laptop with lower specs than one that will fall apart on me in 3 months
  6. k thanks :)
  7. I would look at Dell Outlet if I were you. You can buy "previously ordered new" systems for a much lower price than you would usually pay from dell. For example, you can buy a latitude e6410 for $600-800. The e6410 has a 14 inch screen, metal casing (it's a business grade laptop, so it's much sturdier than most lappies...), and it comes with a 3 year warrenty. "Previously ordered new" systems from dell outlet are systems that people have ordered, had dell build, then cancelled the order. Dell garentees that the system will be as good as new (because it IS new). The disadvantage is that you cannot customize the specs since the laptop is already built. The advantage is that the laptops often cost 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the SAME laptop at dell's normal sales department. Dell outlet is run by dell, so you don't have to deal with a third party. Important note: when on dell outlet, "refurbished" is NOT the same as "previously ordered new." Refurbished means that somebody else used it and then dell refurbished and and is now reselling. "previously ordered new" means that it has never been used by another customer.

    Here's an example:

    dell latitude e6410:
    core i5 520 @2.4ghz
    windows 7 professional
    160gb 7200rpm SATA hard drive
    4 gigs ddr3 1300mhz ram
    512 nvidia NVS 3100m graphics card
    14.1" ultrasharp 1440x900 LED display (matte, not glossy. Good for use in bright areas since it doesn't reflect)
    3 year warrenty (this is true for the upper level latitude laptops. Much better than the typical 1 year warrenty that usually comes with laptops. Both and offer identical warrenties)

    Price for system from dell oulet for new system: $729
    price from standard dell sales department for same system: $1482

    I realize that this harddrive is smaller than what you were wanting, but you can get this model with upto 500gb...
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