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Laptop for family member under $500

Hey guy's I'm looking to help purchase a laptop for a family member today and the budget is set at around $500 with taxes.

1. What is your budget?
$500 Cdn

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Not sure, Decent enough for movie/video streaming and such. Maybe 15.6"

3. What screen resolution do you want?
W/e is a good size for videos and surfing tasks. I'll leave this to the community.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
This will be specifically be used as a first laptop purchase, not replacing anything.

5. How much battery life do you need?
A decent amount, anything that can hold it's own so 2-4hrs? Not sure what's the average.

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)?
Possibly, but it's not the plan, maybe non intense games like WoW on low-med graphics or older gen games.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
I want this laptop to run video's and such without lag and delay, nothing too intense just for family use. Stream movies onto my 42" LCD tv.

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

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Considering either or .... Canadian store locations

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
I'd say a few years. Certainly nothing I have to replace too early. Once again not sure the longevity so the community can decide.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
I'd like for it to have a DVD Rom , a burner if possible and BLUray is BONUS but def not a must.

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.
Not sure which brand to go at this point. Something with good rep, community can decide.

13. What country do you live in?

In closing, I have looked at a few laptops and few told me the b940 is decent for my reasons stated above. If I could get some help finding a decent one under $500 it would be very appreciated. Once again this is mainly for movie streaming, web surfing and minor gaming. I would also like to use the laptop to connect to my 42" LCD to watch movies.

Thanks!! Awaiting reply's
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  1. This would meet your needs. I can't access the site from my current location, but this should give you an idea of what to look for:

    Nice systems. Good luck!
  2. Thanks for the reply, but a little over budget. On .ca sites a6-3400's are going for 550-570 before taxes. Looking for something a little bit cheaper unfortunately.
  3. Best answer

    If you can grab it while it's still on sale BestBuy Canada has a HP G6 15.6" notebook for $470
    AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M APU (1.4Ghz Turbo 2.3Ghz), 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD and 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 6520G graphics.

    It's a nice price and pretty well balanced for you want.
  4. WR2 said:

    If you can grab it while it's still on sale BestBuy Canada has a HP G6 15.6" notebook for $470
    AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M APU (1.4Ghz Turbo 2.3Ghz), 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD and 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 6520G graphics.

    It's a nice price and pretty well balanced for you want.

    +1^. This would be a great deal!!!
  5. Thanks a lot man, I'll def look into picking this up tonight. If any late suggestions still come up that's great too, but this looks like a deal.
  6. Best answer selected by ushy86.
  7. @ $500 HP Pavilion G4 14" notebook
    Pentium B940(2.00GHz) 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD 14" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD Graphics 3000 2000.
    ( and HP Canada says HD 3000 - I think it's probably HD 2000).
    And yes, you were correct in saying the B940 meets all your basic requirements. It will fall a bit short of your expectations for gaming though.
  8. Well if that is the case maybe the one bestbuy laptop you linked is the best fit
  9. It's certainly a good value at that price.
    If you pick one up lets us know how well you like it and how well it runs WoW.
  10. Will do, while I'm here any idea on routers? First time picking one up
  11. Lets see what BestBuy has on hand.
  12. I'm with Rogers. Not sure if they have replacement routers for wired modems, guess I'll check live chat.
  13. That's a good idea. Find out what they're using and maybe pick up a similar model for yourself.

    D-Link Wireless N 150 Router (DIR-601) $30 gets mostly good, although not brilliant, reviews.

    NewEgg has the Linksys WRT54GL Wireless 802.11b/g Router $70 with the really good customer reviews.
  14. Yes that 2nd one you linked, so many reviews. Too bad a closer shop doesn't have it. I'd have to order and do pick up on the laptop.

    So many to consider it's insane. Being a router newbie I don't want to pick up the wrong one.

    As far as the routers from Rogers which is my net provider, they are all expensive gateway routers, I'd rather not get it from there.
  15. Do they list the models on their website? You can find them a lot cheaper than what they sell them at.
  16. I can;t seem to find the actual specs of the routers, all I see is one tab for Gateway and the full pricing and rental.
  17. What they have is the G router and Modem all in one.(smc8014wg)
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