Advice needed for a new laptop


I'm currently looking for a new laptop that will last me 3-4 years. I'm not very tech savvy but I will try my best to describe what I am looking for. I want to use it for photoshop, I also want to use my new laptop for schoolwork (word, excel, powerpoint, etc). I also would like a large hard drive space to store all my songs and pictures I have taken over the years and more to come. Thanks in advance to all those can help me.

1. What is your budget?


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

at least 15''

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Higher the better, or what ever is best for photoshopping

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


5. How much battery life do you need?

~3-5 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)?


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

Photo editing mainly, rarely watch movies on it.

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

at least 500GB

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

USA friendly

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 ?

No bluray needed but a writer would be nice.

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 don't like HP, had bad experiences with them.
I prefer asus, acer, and any other.

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Like I said above mainly for photoshopping and storage for my songs and pictures. Hoping to last for a good 3-4 years.
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  1. Xotic pc offers a nice 15.6" Clevo NP5160 that will fit your needs starting at $799.00

    Configuration I would recommend for your needs:

    Sager NP5160 / Clevo W150HN PRE ORDER
    - 15.6” HD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1366x768) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
    - Standard Dead Pixel Policy
    - - 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache)
    - Stock Thermal Compound-
    - nVidia GT 540M 1024MB PCI-Express GDDR3 DX11 with Optimus™ Technology
    - No Video Adapter
    - ~ 6,144MB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS)
    - Standard Finish
    - ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Software
    - ~ 500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid (Serial-ATA II 300 - 32MB Cache)
    - ~ 500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid (Serial-ATA II 300 - 32MB Cache) in Optical Bay
    - No Back Up Hard Drive
    - NO External USB Optical Drive
    - No Back Up Software
    - No Floppy Drive
    - Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
    - None Standard--
    - Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card + Bluetooth
    - No Network Accessory
    - Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
    - No TV Tuner
    - Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
    - No Carrying Case
    - NO Spare Battery
    - No Car Adapter
    - None Standard*
    - No Dock/Hub/Adapter
    - Integrated Fingerprint Reader
    - No External Keyboard or Mouse
    - No Notebook Cooler
    - ~Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's + Microsoft Office Starter 2010 - Included with OS Purchase
    - No Office Software
    - No Software Bundle
    - 3 Year Labor 1 Year Parts, Lifetime Sager Toll Free Tech Support
    - No Xotic PC Gear

    Sub-Total: $1,184.00
  2. Thanks so much for the quick reply. I see this is pushing my upper range in cost. Are there other choices that are similar to this one? I like to see from many than pick from one.
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