Casual gaming laptop mainly for college

1. What is your budget?

No more than 600$

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

15.6 or 17.3

3. What screen resolution do you want?

somewhere between 1440×900 and 1920×1200

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Its college so I plan to take notes with this. Portable.

5. How much battery life do you need?

At least 5 hours preferably more

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)?

Some possible Starcraft 2 at at least medium settings

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

word processing, web browsing, and since im in Computer Engineering and Computer Science I may be required to use autocad (maybe).

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

At least a 320GB 7200rpm

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.,, anything with a great price for the specs

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

most likely 4 years

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

standard dvd read write (maybe)

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 like Acer for their solidly built laptops, I like Asus because I have been using a Asus UX50V for the past 4 years and I like their backlit keyboards (but the battery died on me and it totally sucks to game on)

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I would prefer the max RAM it can hold to be 8GB of at least 1333MHz speed. If it comes with 4GB as one chip ill just upgrade it.
Im liking the 2nd gen Core series from intel but im hesitant to settle for an i3. I think it isnt powerful enough for what i require and i think i should have and i5 at least. Please give me some advice on that and if the budget allows i would like to have dedicated graphics. Also is the intel HD 4000 good enough for what i need or is dedicated the only way to go, because dedicated Gcards really rack up the price.

Thank you guys. please help in any way possible.
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    I guess I could settle for an AMD dual core and upgrade the RAM with this.

    would i have to buy 2 to make sure there compatible or can i buy just one and work it with the existing one?
  2. You'd have to know the exact specs of the ram inside to be sure you can work with the existing one. It's probably much safer to buy 2.

    would this laptop work better than the AMD one? when i get the 8gigs of ram and a 7200rpm drive?
  4. firedice said:
    You'd have to know the exact specs of the ram inside to be sure you can work with the existing one. It's probably much safer to buy 2.

    Thanks, but exactly what kind of specs? like frequency?
  5. i also have to be able to connect to my colleges wifi which i heard you had to have 7 professional to connect
  6. thenommer15 said:
    have to be able to connect to my colleges wifi which i heard you had to have 7 professional to connect
    Where did you hear that? Win 7 Pro edition has no 'extra' features over Win7 Home Premium that affect WiFi networking capability.
  7. lol i heard it from the head IT of the college. It does sound weird doesnt it.

    this is the link for setting up the wifi on windows 7
  9. gaming laptop=oxymoron. Especially on your budget.
  10. There might be other reasons besides networking as to why they require Win7 Pro (32bit). is a .pdf file that gives the recommendations. Note that Win7 Pro is 32bit - not 64bit which is even stranger, IMO.

    They also mention that for certain academic programs there might be other requirements - such as Apple computers, etc.
  11. i think the apple junk is for designers. and arent 32bit applications compatible with 64bit?
  12. So you're going to settle for a standard 1366x768 resolution and running SC2 on low graphics?

    A4-3300M / Radeon HD 6480G isn't an especially good choice for what you listed as your computing requirements.

    I like these options better:
    Lenovo Z575 A8-3520M / Radeon HD 6620G $480
    Toshiba C855D A6-4400M / Radeon HD 7520G $530
    HP Pavilion g7z-2100 A8-4500M / Radeon HD 7640G $550 (1600x900)
  13. im leaning towards the HP you linked me. But how fast is that RAM on it?
  14. alright this just in from wvu. It is recommended for my computer engineering degree to have a quad core i7. they do not recommend amd. only intel.
  15. It's good you checked.
    And I guess I'm not too surprised they're only suggesting Intel quads.

    Any definitive word on 32bit or 64bit?
  16. On your budget you shouldn't be worrying about the speed of the RAM.
    It just doesn't make that much difference in actual performance.
  17. yes 64bit is fine
    but they do recommend me to have 7pro
  18. thenommer15 said:

    If i followed this thread correctly, Intel i7, not AMD processors are recommended, those are both AMD machines - I don't know of too many i7's with dedicated graphics that fall in your budget
    HP Pavilion dv6-6047cl refurbished $670
    was about the best I could find, there may be more if you shop around some
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