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Looking at getting a new laptop

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April 1, 2011 10:14:31 PM

1. What is your budget?
500 or under

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14-17"
3. What screen resolution do you want?
doesn't matter
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
doesn't matter

5. How much battery life do you need?
doesn't matter

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)?
battlefield 2 (low) minecraft(low) NFS pro street (low) COD4(low)
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
internet browsing, minor video editing, watching movies
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
250+gb
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
as long as possible
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD
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 dont like Dell, mostly because my family loves them (sad i know) i love toshiba cuz i have a laptop with 98 running still. and i dont mind hp, my first hp died after a year, this one i have now has lasted 3
13. What country do you live in?
USA
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
im not a hardcore gamer, but i do play some older games, as of now the laptop i am using is on its last leg.

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a c 572 D Laptop
April 1, 2011 10:47:39 PM

Hello yoyowhatup22;

Toshiba Satellite C650 $419 & free shipping
Pentium P6200 CPU (2.13 GHz, part of the i3/i5/i7 family), 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD with Intel HD Graphics.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 1, 2011 10:52:58 PM

That's a good price - but you'll take a hit to your gaming ability.

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How do you feel about reconditioned/recertified notebooks?
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April 1, 2011 11:01:52 PM

i dont mind them, but theyd have to have some form of warranty. also i dont play bad company 2, thats out of my price range XD whats the numbers mean? i know green means playable.
April 2, 2011 4:05:15 AM

bump? another Q that would actually get me far, with the games i listed would the Intel® HD graphics work? and what processor should i lean towards, in my searching i have found the Intel® Core™ i3-380M processor, the Intel® Pentium® processor P6200 and the Intel® Core™ i3-370M processor and Intel® Core™ i3-350M processor or even a Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor T4500
i feel like im being brought back to the tech world i used to know computers really well.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 2, 2011 12:53:57 PM

Here is the 'big list' of mobile CPUs:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist
On that list: #53/380M, #73/350M, #108/P6200 and #116/T4500

The same type of list for laptop graphics:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List
On that list: #223/Intel HD Graphics, #157/Geforce 310M, #144/Mobility Radeon HD 5470, #93/GeForce GT 420M, #76/Mobility Radeon HD 5650

While the Intel HD Graphics might run the games you listed I think you'd find the experiance less than pleasant. They games would run just 'OK. Moving up to a Geforce 310M or Radeon HD 5470 would be a major improvement. GT 420M or HD 5650 is about the 'gaming graphics' low end for most people.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 2, 2011 1:24:28 PM

Looks like this is the option I can find for you. Better than reconditioned/recertified options I looked at.

HP G6T $480 w/ free shipping
Get the base G6T $430 and add the HD 6470 graphics card for $50 = $480. Free RAM and HDD upgrades.
P6200 CPU, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w HD 6470 graphics. CPU #108 on the 'big list' Graphics #140 on the 'big list'
April 2, 2011 2:19:07 PM

6470 is an excellent choice under $500.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 2, 2011 2:27:16 PM

A few examples of the difference betweeen Intel HD Graphics, Radeon HD 5470 and Radon HD 6470:


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April 3, 2011 12:45:56 AM

alright that ones proly what im ganna get, tell me is it worth the extra 100 for the 2 year with free shipping? or has HP quality gotten better?
a c 572 D Laptop
April 3, 2011 2:32:15 AM

HP is still in the middle of the pack when it comes to quality and reliability.
Chances are good if the notebook makes it through the first year it will also make it through the 2nd year too. The odd are greatly in your favor so I'd say don't pay for the extended warranty.
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