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New Gaming/Homework Laptop for under 800.00?!

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March 19, 2012 10:10:54 AM

1. Budget: Under 800.00

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15+

3. What screen resolution do you want?

720p +

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Yes..and no. I want something strong yet slim.


5. How much battery life do you need?


Anything from 1 - 4 hours is fine.

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)?


Yes! I play Driving and RTS games.

1. Grid
2. League of legends
3. Video Game Emulation ( ps2, gamecube )



I would like to play these games on very high.


League of legends to play on very high requires a GeForce 8800 512mb GPU

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


Video editing, blogging, Photoshop, music mixing, watching movies


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

Doesn't matter.


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

Any sites. I am a college student, so any site that will give discounts will be great!


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 ?


I would prefer blueray, but anything works

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.

Any.

13. What country do you live in?
US.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Would like a HDMI and USB 3.0, but those are really the last things I need.


Thanks!

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March 19, 2012 12:09:27 PM

Hello idolized:

To find a laptop graphics card to match the 8800 series desktop video card you'll be looking for a Radeon HD 6650M / Geforce GT 540M/630M or better card.

Getting HDMI is never a problem these days and USB 3.0 is also very common.
Here are a range of options in your budget range @ NewEgg.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 / Acer Aspire AS7750G / HP Pavilion dv6 / Acer Aspire AS5750G

The HP dv6 is notable for it's 1920x1080 resolution and best of the bunch HD 7690M graphics card.
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March 19, 2012 12:53:52 PM

Do not expect much in terms of gaming potential from a below $800 dollar budget. You do not play very demanding games so this might can be found. If you go to any newer games you would be hard pressed to find one that could play bf3 etc.

I'd look at Asus, Acer, Lenovo which will be your cheapest best followed by Dell xps line.
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March 19, 2012 7:20:47 PM

WR2 said:
Hello idolized:

To find a laptop graphics card to match the 8800 series desktop video card you'll be looking for a Radeon HD 6650M / Geforce GT 540M/630M or better card.

Getting HDMI is never a problem these days and USB 3.0 is also very common.
Here are a range of options in your budget range @ NewEgg.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 / Acer Aspire AS7750G / HP Pavilion dv6 / Acer Aspire AS5750G

The HP dv6 is notable for it's 1920x1080 resolution and best of the bunch HD 7690M graphics card.



Thanks for the help WR2,


So it does seem the DV6 is better, but just to make sure ( as I read that sometimes the CPU bottlenecks the GPU)

Is that the case for the DV6?
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a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2012 8:44:46 PM

And sometimes the GPU can bottleneck the CPU.

But Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz & Radeon HD 7690M is a pretty balanced combo.
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a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2012 9:10:57 PM

If you weren't budget constrained (a kind of bottleneck to higher performance) there would be other ways to improve performance.
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March 20, 2012 4:51:37 AM

Thanks WR2,

So you would agree that the Dv6 is the best laptop I can get for gaming that fits my budget?
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a c 572 D Laptop
March 20, 2012 8:58:47 AM

Yes I would. And a very good value too.
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March 22, 2012 4:07:32 AM

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March 22, 2012 4:09:20 AM

Thanks WR2, I ordered the Dv6 from Newegg. I tried looking at both HP and Dell websites, and they don't offer anything as good ( if so, it is near 1100.00 with discounts!)

Thanks again.
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