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Yet another laptop suggestion thread.

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January 11, 2012 8:22:03 PM


1. What is your budget?
$1,000 max. Goal is $600ish

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15" Screen is just fine

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1920x1080/1200

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
A mix between the two. Not really looking for a desktop replacement, but portability isn't a super big deal.

5. How much battery life do you need?
Not a major concern

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)?
Minecraft at MAX settings

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

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Not a concern. At least 250gb I suppose.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Anywhere. Even a chain store if the deal is allright.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Not a concern

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD-ROM, although Blueray might be fun to play with

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 just want quality

13. What country do you live in?
USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
2 reasons I am wanting this laptop: The first is just to have a laptop to take when travelling or out and about. I'll probably take it back and forth to work everyday. This would just be for e-mail, browsing, Youtube, movies. The other reason would be to play Minecraft and possibly some other games with low settings.

My big question is trying to decide between i5 /w dedicated gfx card, or an i7 using itegrated gfx. I'm also strongly leaning towards 8gig of ram. Minecraft is a huge RAM hog.


I appreciate any guidance and suggestions. I build my own desktop, which is where I do all my hardcore gaming, but I'm pretty noob when it comes to laptops. Thanks!
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January 11, 2012 10:01:28 PM

Hello Dulz;

At the low end of your budget with a 1366x768 LCD screen:
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 15" Notebook $570
Core i3 2330M(2.20GHz), 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GeForce GT 520M graphics.

Hitting the 1920x1080 LCD spec @ $880:
ASUS N53 Series N53SN 15" Notebook
Intel Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) 4GB RAM 640GB HDD 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ GeForce GT 550M graphics.
The 2yr warranty and 1yr accidental damage warranty is worth about $100.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 11, 2012 10:11:20 PM

Since you're going to carry the notebook with you every day Im thinking size and weight is going to be more important to you than the average person.

ASUS U31SD-DH31 13" Notebook $670
Core i3 2330M(2.2GHz), 4GB RAM. 640GB HDD 13.3" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 520M graphics
Also includes 2yr warranty and 1yr accidental damage warranty.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 11, 2012 10:17:18 PM

Another 2yr warranty and a very good deal:
Dell XPS 15 notebook $650
Core i5 2310M 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 640GB 7200rpm HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 525M graphics. Includes 2-year warranty in the price.
1920x1080 LCD is a $150 option here.


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January 12, 2012 12:41:53 AM

How do the i3 processors compare to the i5 and i7's?

And can any of you toss out a quick crash course in mobile gfx cards?
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 12, 2012 12:58:16 AM

NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M review
Besides the basic GT 525M review - note the column list just to the left of the review where the cards are listed by Category and by performance ranking.
Midway down the Class 2 you'll find the GT 525M. And you can find other graphics cards and click on the link to read it's review and benchmarks.

For gaming benchmarks: Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards
Will give you an idea where each graphic card stacks up in different games.
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January 12, 2012 12:58:48 AM

Thank you WR2.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 12, 2012 12:59:52 AM

Intel Core i5-2430M review
Intel Core i3-2330M review

Comparison of Mobile Processors (CPU Benchmarks)
Core i5-2430M #44
Core i3-2330M #70
And they have a few desktop CPUs listed for comparison.

For the common e-mail, browsing, Youtube, movies you mentioned and other home office / home entertainment activities the i3-2330M is a good match for a modest budget. And it's gaming CPU performance is certainly able to keep up with a mid-range graphics card like a GT 520M/GT525M.
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