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March 1, 2011 10:30:53 PM

Trying to buy my wife a new laptop and have been told that an i5 580M processor would be enough for what she is doing, but having problems finding a site where I can customize a laptop with better video cards. Have tried Sony, HP and Dell so far.


1. What is your budget?

$1200 or less

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

17"

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Doesn't matter a lot

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Kind of both

5. How much battery life do you need?

About 2.5 hrs

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)?

Yes, she will be playing World of Warcraft mainly at highest settings if possible

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

Some music and maybe playing DVDs on occasion

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?

Doesn't matter

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Have already checked out HP and Sony for customizing options, but many do not let you customize the video card that much. Ibuypower has only 1 laptop and it is beyond my price range.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

3-5yrs is preferable

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD is fine

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.

Do not want Alienware or Dell. Have had bad experiences from Dell with 2 different laptops and since they now own alienware it is basically Dell 2.0

13. What country do you live in?

USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

One major feature that seems to be throwing me a curveball is the keyboard. Wife insists on having one that has decent sized arrow keys that are now mashed together and she wants a numlock button.
a c 572 D Laptop
March 2, 2011 9:26:26 AM

ventuviper said:
One major feature that seems to be throwing me a curveball is the keyboard. Wife insists on having one that has decent sized arrow keys that are now mashed together and she wants a numlock button.
Even the large 18.4" laptops have those tiny arrow keys.
From TOSHIBA Qosmio X505 18.4" notebook.


Is there any reason an external keyboard or a game pad controller could not be used instead?

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a c 572 D Laptop
March 2, 2011 10:11:00 AM
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MSI GX640-260US Gaming Laptop @ $1,083
Core i5 450M 2.4GHz / 15.4" 1680x1050 LCD / Mobility HD 5850 graphics / 4GB RAM / 500GB 7200rpm HDD / excellent speakers
You can select other CPUs: Core i5-580M, 2.66GHz, ( + 299 ) But I suggest you not upgrade from the i5 450M 2.4GHz.

There are other customizable laptops on the http://www.xoticpc.com/ website.

Sager NP5170 @ $878
Core i7 2630QM 2.0Ghz~2.9Ghz Sandy Bridge CPU / 17.3" 1920x1080 / Nvidia GT 540M graphics / 4GB RAM / 320GB 7200rpm HDD
That high resolution is probably not going to get ultra high graphics without turning off features like shadow quality, etc.

You could drop down to a 1366x768 screen and get better graphics options.
Sager NP5160 @ $769
Core i7 2630QM 2.0Ghz~2.9Ghz Sandy Bridge CPU / 15.4" 1366x768 / Nvidia GT 540M graphics / 4GB RAM / 320GB 7200rpm HDD

Otherwise you're probably looking at a GTX 460M for solid ultra quality @ 1920x1080
Sager NP8130 @ $1209
Core i7 2630QM 2.0Ghz~2.9Ghz Sandy Bridge CPU / 15.6" 1920x1080 / Nvidia GT 460M graphics / 8GB RAM / 500GB 7200rpm HDD
March 2, 2011 3:53:09 PM

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