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Laptop $600-$700 Max ?

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October 9, 2011 9:59:11 PM

1. What is your budget?

$600 Preferred. $700 Max.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Around 14. Not picky at all.

1600x900


5. How much battery life do you need?

2-4 Hours would be nice.

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)?

I would like to play minecraft . I would like to play these games as well at 60FPS if possible http://steamcommunity.com/id/McEvan/games?tab=all

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

Video Editing & Gaming.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
500GB min.

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

No Toshiba's.

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

Long as possible.

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

Basic dvd drive.

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.

No Toshiba's. Have had problems with them in the past.

13. What country do you live in?

USA.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.


Thank you.

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a c 571 D Laptop
October 9, 2011 10:27:32 PM

Hello helps;

Take a look at the Acer Aspire AS5750G 15.6" notebook $530
Core i3 2310M(2.10GHz) CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 520M graphics card.
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a c 571 D Laptop
October 9, 2011 10:33:47 PM

It looks like you'll need to kick the graphics card up a notch if you want to play your STEAM games.
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October 9, 2011 11:00:47 PM

Thank you for the responds I will look into the laptop.
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a b D Laptop
October 10, 2011 2:31:38 AM

I wouldn't worry too much about the screen res. IMO, 1366x768 vs 1920x1080 is real difference, but 1366x768 vs 1600x900 not that much. Also, you get lower performance if you play on higher resolution.
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October 10, 2011 3:07:12 AM

Pyree said:
I wouldn't worry too much about the screen res. IMO, 1366x768 vs 1920x1080 is real difference, but 1366x768 vs 1600x900 not that much. Also, you get lower performance if you play on higher resolution.



Okay. Would that laptop be my best bet ? Are any of the dell's or hp's any good ?
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a b D Laptop
October 10, 2011 3:36:11 AM

The Lenovo Y570 WR2 recommend is a very good deal on the price: performance and price: quality scale. I don't think I can do better.
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October 10, 2011 4:13:57 AM

What system are you using currently?

There's a solid chance you can meet all your needs with a $450 laptop if you're upgrading from like a 9500GT and Athon x2 5000+. At the $450 price point, the first question you would have to answer is--do you want moderate gaming (AMD) or a particularly powerful processor and only the lightest of gaming (Intel)?

You can have both a powerful CPU and quality gaming if you go with the $680 Lenovo above--a fine choice.

EDIT: Best Buy seems to have removed both the laptops I linked. So I'll just remove this portion of my response.

As far as manufacturer--I've had bad and good experiences with a lot of brands and I don't particularly dislike or trust anyone. One manufacturer I've never heard bad stuff about is Lenovo...so that is impressive actually. I'm sorry this doesn't specifically apply to the question at your price point. But it does put some tools at your fingertips for comparing components and finding deals yourself.

My vote is for the Lenovo Y570. That's a very solid deal.
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a c 450 D Laptop
October 10, 2011 4:28:19 AM

Pyree said:
I wouldn't worry too much about the screen res. IMO, 1366x768 vs 1920x1080 is real difference, but 1366x768 vs 1600x900 not that much. Also, you get lower performance if you play on higher resolution.


Actually, it depends on what you are doing.

My 14" Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 has a 1366x768 resolution screen. I find that the low resolution affects my ability to multitask with a few open windows / programs on my screen. Even when I attempt to arrange all three windows / programs on the screen I find that not all the information that I need is on the screen all at once. I would need to constantly switch between windows / programs to gather the information I need for whatever task I am trying to do.

However, trying to find a good performing "moderate gaming laptop" with a $700 - $800 budget that has a 1600x900 resolution screen is difficult at best. Not to mention it's a 14" laptop; 15.6" is actually too big physically for my liking.
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October 10, 2011 4:34:53 AM

For productivity, a higher-res screen is a big deal. For gaming, lower-res is better in my opinion because I care much more about gaming at native resolution than any specific high resolution. And 1366x768 is half as many pixels as 1920x1080, which pretty much means double the framerate if your CPU is up to the task (and an i5-2410M is).
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a c 450 D Laptop
October 10, 2011 5:30:51 AM

Yeah, I generally agree that lower resolution is better for games because it places less of a demand the graphics card which is relatively weak compared desktop graphics card.

However, even a low resolution screen can negatively affect gameplay; at least for me. In 1st person games like Crysis and Fallout 3 I generally tend to snipe at my enemies at long ranges without using a sniping rifle I might add. Fewer pixels on the screen generally means long range sniping using iron sights is a bit challenging.
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October 10, 2011 5:38:27 AM

Off topic--I have no respect for sniping WITH a sniper rifle. Sniping with any other weapon = awesome.
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a c 571 D Laptop
October 10, 2011 7:11:39 AM

helps said:
there is no 1600x900 resolution for this lap top
To get 1600x900 resolution in your budget range you'd need to move up to a 17" laptop and settle for a less powerful graphics card.
Example: Acer Aspire AS7741G 17.3" notebook $650
Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) CPU, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, 17.3" 1600x900 LCD w/ AMD Radeon HD 6550M.
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
The higher 1600x900 resolution will also mean lower FPS for the extra number of pixels the graphics card has to drive.
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October 10, 2011 7:29:03 AM

^Not to mention the i5-480M will be slower, hotter, and use more power (idle, at load they're both ~35W).
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October 10, 2011 8:24:28 AM

Thank you for all the responds it helps a lot. It seems that the Lenovo Y570 is my best choice. Just curious if any one know or has any coupons that I can get it for any cheaper than newegg.
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a b D Laptop
October 10, 2011 8:33:11 AM

Just search on web and find one. I tried this one and worked in Australia

No sure in USA, but worth a try

BULKONE15


Just looked, the deal on Newegg is still cheaper than buying from Lenovo with the coupon.
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October 10, 2011 1:56:58 PM

lenovo IdeaPad Y570 looks like a great choice. You should be very happy with it
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