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January 6, 2013 4:30:37 AM

I'm a beginner user & want to buy a good performance Win 7 laptop for home and college - I'm taking a MS Office and Applications Training program for now. From research on your site :)  here are my needs so far. Thank you!

Budget: under $1000

Size: 14" - 15.6" (last laptop was 15.6")

Screen resolution: Don't know enough to say

Portable laptop: Yes

Battery life: Don't know enough to say. Use it plugged in mostly

Play games: Low

Other tasks: MS Office, Powerpoint, Crystal Reports, Skype, Photo editing, some movie watching

Storage: 500GB or higher (recognize SSD nice but GPU more important)

Memory: 6GB (or open to what would suit my needs better)

USB: My accessories are 2.0 I may upgrade to 3.0 in future so prefer if laptop came with both.

Buying from these links:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/home.aspx
http://staples.ca/
http://www.londondrugs.com/
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/home.aspx

How long want to keep laptop: 5+ years

Optical Drive: CD/DVD writer but don't know enough to say 100%

Brands: Recognize specs more important than brand

Country I live in: Canada




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January 6, 2013 5:42:07 AM

It is better to customize your laptop than to buy a prebuilt one. This way you can get the things that you want.
So basically you want processing speed, a decent but not too pricy GPU, decent amount of space and wanna keep it for 5 years.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06a/321957-32...
this will cost about $1000

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-...

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-...
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January 6, 2013 6:00:43 AM

I reccomend checking Xoticpc.com. They have a nice selection of laptops at a reasonable price and most are under 1000.
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January 14, 2013 8:56:54 PM

Xttony said:
It is better to customize your laptop than to buy a prebuilt one. This way you can get the things that you want.
So basically you want processing speed, a decent but not too pricy GPU, decent amount of space and wanna keep it for 5 years.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06a/321957-32...
this will cost about $1000

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-...

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-...



Great practical advice xttony. Thank you
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January 14, 2013 8:57:16 PM

Best answer selected by Turquoise.
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January 14, 2013 9:10:09 PM

Deadboy90 said:
I reccomend checking Xoticpc.com. They have a nice selection of laptops at a reasonable price and most are under 1000.


Great suggestion, thanks. Now I can learn more specs & customize.
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January 15, 2013 8:04:27 AM

Try out cyber power, ibuypower and Alienware too.
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January 22, 2013 5:46:40 PM

Xttony said:
Try out cyber power, ibuypower and Alienware too.


Ok, thx
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