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Need suggestions for a new laptop!

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May 9, 2012 4:38:19 AM

Hey there! I'm looking to buy a new laptop and I am going to mostly be playing graphic intensive games on it like Skyrim and DoTA 2 and other new games coming out. I also need it to be at least 15.6 inches and I would prefer it having a built in webcam. Since I multitask a lot I need at least an i5 processor. Anyone have any suggestions? My budget is under 900$.

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May 9, 2012 4:59:01 AM

They both are reasonable but I was thinking maybe something better than the 540m or the 630m. I'm really picky about my graphics : P
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May 14, 2012 8:43:33 AM

The ASUS A53 Series, Acer AS575x series, and Lenovo Y570 series are not laptops I would recommend in the general case, because they have 15.6" displays with 1366x768 resolution. 15.6" 1366x768 displays limit multitasking and productivity because they make things onscreen large, and they tend to have poor image quality due to low contrast. I don't recommend this type of display to those who have a budget that allows them to get a laptop that has a better display and at the same time suits their needs, and who don't require large text for eyesight-related reasons.

Certainly, with an explicit requirement for multitasking, you should not jump so quickly on 15.6" laptops that have 1366x768 resolution. This resolution makes it difficult to use multiple windows at once.

Consider the HP DV6-6C53NR, for $799 on microsoftstore.com. It has a faster GPU and a better display than both of them, and it sits right inside your budget at $799.

HP DV6-6C53NR (i5-2450M, Radeon 7690M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte display) - $799 (unsure if tax applies) - Make sure that you go into the BIOS and change the switchable graphics settings from DYNAMIC to FIXED.

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If you would like a faster GPU, then consider the Sager NP6165, which has a NVIDIA GT 650M.

Sager NP6165 (i5-2450M, GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 glossy display) - $949 no tax
- Select "Windows 7" under the configuration option labeled "Operating System" or the laptop will come without Windows installed.
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