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February 18, 2012 3:37:46 AM

Im lookin to buy my first laptop, so.

1. What is your budget? 500~600

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 17

3. What screen resolution do you want? 1600X900 or 1920X1080
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? DRL

5. How much battery life do you need? It is a DRL but I use it in bed a lot and 3+ hours would be lovely.

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)? League of Legends (hopefully medium settings with 60fps) and Skyrim (Settings do not matter just stable 30 fps is good enough)

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

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
Does not matter will be changing to SSD i have

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

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

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


13. What country do you live in?
Canada

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February 20, 2012 1:12:03 PM

You tend to get decent battery life and gaming performance out of AMD Llano machines. This one seems perfect, just slightly over budget. If you can sell it's hard drive though, that could work:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The graphics should be good enough for your needs and the quad core along with an SSD should make it a quick machine.
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February 20, 2012 4:07:18 PM

jmsellars1 said:
You tend to get decent battery life and gaming performance out of AMD Llano machines. This one seems perfect, just slightly over budget. If you can sell it's hard drive though, that could work:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The graphics should be good enough for your needs and the quad core along with an SSD should make it a quick machine.



"Canada" lol

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
I was thinking of this one. I wanted a a8 3500m but there seems to be none that
fits my needs that can be found in canada...
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February 20, 2012 5:06:03 PM

Oh really sorry, must not have read the post properly.

Yeah ideally you want the A8-3500M but the A6-3400M would still be pretty decent.
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February 20, 2012 5:24:28 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Oh really sorry, must not have read the post properly.

Yeah ideally you want the A8-3500M but the A6-3400M would still be pretty decent.





From the benchmarks I've seen, there doesnt seem to be that much of a difference (15%~~)


will a6 3400m overclocked to 2.3~ghz be able to handle the games then?
and how hot does apu usually get?
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February 20, 2012 7:45:19 PM

That completely depends on the manufacturer of the laptop. I would imagine with almost any 17'' one there would be plenty of space for a heatsink and vents though. It's not a particularly hot chip, they are both still 35W TDP IIRC (just like a standard i3 or i5)

I would never recommend overclocking on a laptop though, unless it was constantly sat on a cooling mat or something.
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February 20, 2012 8:11:49 PM

jmsellars1 said:
That completely depends on the manufacturer of the laptop. I would imagine with almost any 17'' one there would be plenty of space for a heatsink and vents though. It's not a particularly hot chip, they are both still 35W TDP IIRC (just like a standard i3 or i5)

I would never recommend overclocking on a laptop though, unless it was constantly sat on a cooling mat or something.




It will be constantly sat on a zalman cooling pad (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...)

I've seen this apu be overclocked to 2.4ghz at 70C underload (w/o cooling pad) commonly .

Wondering, because i found an HP laptop which is notorious for cooling, will that be a problme..
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February 21, 2012 3:47:43 AM

I think this will work on all accounts if Hp brand is acceptable.

Refurbished for $557
http://www.compsource.com/ttechnote.asp?part_no=LW460UA...

or new for $649(I'd go for the refurb ... but I'm cheap)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

According to specs ... insane battery life and that 6750m will do everything you need on the games listed and you even get your 1600x900 resolution.

One of the best deals going on a 17" if HP is an acceptable brand.

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February 21, 2012 7:12:30 AM

ZanderFX said:
I think this will work on all accounts if Hp brand is acceptable.

Refurbished for $557
http://www.compsource.com/ttechnote.asp?part_no=LW460UA...

or new for $649(I'd go for the refurb ... but I'm cheap)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

According to specs ... insane battery life and that 6750m will do everything you need on the games listed and you even get your 1600x900 resolution.

One of the best deals going on a 17" if HP is an acceptable brand.



Oh wow that is a great find thank you so much. do you know if compsource delivers to canada?
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