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July 27, 2012 5:06:43 PM

Budget - $700 Canadian, maybe more for good deal.

Country - Buying it in Canada.

Screen Size - 14"+

Screen Res. - 1366x768+

Screen Type - Glossy, Matte, I don't know. What would you suggest?

Brands - I'm okay with everything other than Acer/Gateway and MSI.

Refurb?- If it's cheap and has at least a 30 day warranty.

What will I use it for? - Everythong the average student does along with lots of Gaming.

Mobility? - Don't really care that much.

Battery - Doesn't matter as much as other things.

How long lasting? - At least 4 years.

HDD - 500GB or more

CD/DVD Drive - Don't care.

Suggestions? Fell free to suggest laptops that cost more but are more worth it as there's a high chance they'll go on sale During back to school.


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July 27, 2012 5:35:02 PM

If by 'gaming' you mean 'solitare' you should be able to get any laptop that has an i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 320-500GB hard drive, full keyboard. Just pick your favorite manufacturer and your good to go. I prefer toshiba.

If by 'gaming' you mean 'Latest FPS' then build a desktop...and uh...get a really big backpack...
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July 27, 2012 6:06:01 PM

By "Gaming", I mean Star Wars the Force Unleashed, The Witcher 2, etc. I already have a decent desktop, nut I need a Laptop for the Mobility. I've seen Refurbished laptops that can do some decent gaming for around $650 before, but I can't find much now.
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July 27, 2012 6:35:49 PM

Best advice I can give you is get the best laptop GPU listed on this list. It wont really matter because your FPS and quality will be horrid:

GPU Hierarchy
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July 27, 2012 7:18:37 PM

You'd probably be best going to www.bestbuy.com and playing around.

A good APU would probably be the best gaming value. The CPU portion isn't nearly as powerful as a similarly priced Intel CPU laptop but the GPU portion is better and the overall result is a better laptop for gaming.

14"+
15.6" is your best choice.

I narrowed it down to four choices with your parameters. I didn't decide on HP from the start that's just the way it went.

*Which one?
For gaming, it would be which particular GPU gives the best performance:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benc...

The HD7000 series is newer, and probably COOLER, but not necessarily FASTER at the same price so it may be a trade-off:

Laptops:
1) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+Pavili...

2) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%22Pavilion+Notebo...

3) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+ENVY+L...

4) http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%22ProBook+Noteboo...

There are OTHER differences such as hard drive size.

I'd probably get THIS laptop unless another GPU was significantly faster or there was another feature you wanted (note the low score is due to one guy and a power button issue. He bought the same laptop at a different score anyway.)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+Pavili...
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July 27, 2012 7:21:29 PM

Update:
Sorry, missed the CANADA part.

Maybe look at Bestbuy canada, Futureshop etc. and use my above guidelines (GPU most important part for gaming).
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July 27, 2012 7:54:36 PM

Wow! You did a lot of research! Thanks! I've seen the Asus and HP dv6 before and they're good deals, but I'm saving APUs as a last resort. I'm actually more intrested in Refurbished Asus ROG and Dell Alienware laptops. You can also suggest higher priced laptops since I'm waiting for Back to School sales to start before I buying.

P.S. I like the Intel + Nvidia combo (Ideapad y580)
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July 28, 2012 2:32:51 AM

I found an Asus ROG for $739.99 on Amazon. Is Amazon trustworthy?
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July 28, 2012 7:24:44 AM

Which one of the ROG?
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July 28, 2012 1:32:46 PM

G74 - i7 Sandy Bridge, GTX560m, 8GB RAM
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July 28, 2012 1:42:02 PM

Really good deal if you can get it for $739.99 but is it refurb?
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July 29, 2012 3:00:28 AM

Yeah it was a refurb, but the deal's gone now anyways. I found a refurbished G73 for $639.99 on Cowboom.com that has an i7 Sandy Bridge, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, GTX460M and a 30 day warranty. Would you suggest waiting for something else to come along during Back to School (Ideapad y580 with i7 Ivy Bridge and GTX660M is what I'm waiting for) or to get this now.
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July 29, 2012 4:17:11 AM

If you don't need it yet, wait for it.
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July 29, 2012 12:00:12 PM

I'll wait, as my mom just lowered my budget to $600.
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a b D Laptop
July 29, 2012 12:12:04 PM

That's a big budget cut.

I doubt the Y580 will ever be $600.

May be get a job or something.
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July 30, 2012 11:26:16 AM

First of all, I can't jest get a job as I'm only 13, and even if I somehow got one, my mom controls how II use my money (I have $450 but she won't let me add it to her budget). The Ideapad y580 is currently staying at a constant $849.99 so there's a slight chance for ut to drop to around $599.99 during Back to School (If not, there's always Boxing Day).
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a b D Laptop
July 30, 2012 12:06:01 PM

Fingers cross. Improving grades and do house work to impress parent is the way to go.
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July 31, 2012 1:21:32 PM

The only reason she agreed to buy me a laptop in the first place was because I passed the Gifted Testing, and she said that she will not raise the price higher unless it it a really good deal.

How much do you think the y580 will be during Back to School?
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July 31, 2012 1:34:33 PM

It is already as cheap as it gets. There are no other laptop with same level of performance in that price range yet, so unless someone price a laptop with same performance for cheaper, I doubt the price will go down much.

How about your dad? Also grand parents, they are easier to persuade.
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August 1, 2012 1:22:44 AM

Dad was going to give me $100 on top of my original $600 budget (Why I said $700 at first) but mom cut it back down. Grandparents are in living in China, and even if they knew and wanted to help, my mom has Authority.

Back to looking for refurbs then.!

By the way, do you or anyone else know if Lenovo does give you 10% off your next purchase if you sign up?( Top-left of Lenovo homepage)
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August 1, 2012 1:41:42 AM

U Chinese background? Well, then you are out of luck. I understand how Chinese parents work (I am also Chinese). They absolutely won't give you financial freedom until you graduate from high school. :lol: 

I am not sure if the 10% discount can be use in conjunction with the discount coupon.

I looked at your desktop rig config. It's a decent set up. How about getting a laptop at around $450 which is purely for school work and beef up the GPU so you can play games at decent settings.?

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August 1, 2012 2:28:07 AM

Chinese too? U eat Rice? :) 

I've considered it but my mom says she needs a new computer for herself (She's annoyed that I'm using roughly 450/500GB and the computer's set up my way) and she needed to give me a reward for passing the Gifted test. The deal is she'll give me a decent budget for MY laptop and I can't touch HER desktop.
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August 1, 2012 10:09:10 AM

I think there is really no way out of it unless you want to build a desktop and it would be difficult as well considering the $600 will have to include monitor, keyboard, mouse and OS. Head off to system part of the forum if you decided to get a desktop.

For a laptop I think these are reasonable for games:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?CatIds=&w... <I would pick this out of the three

That leaves you $30 for some games.
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August 1, 2012 1:19:46 PM

Well, as I stated above, I will be using the AMD APUs as a last resort. There probably are refurbs for less with better specs, and there's the Back to School sale (Hope I get Lucky).
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August 1, 2012 1:41:15 PM

The laptop is not AMD APU. It is AMD APU + dedicated GPU giving you hybrid crossfire.
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August 1, 2012 3:25:19 PM

I know - by AMD APU, I mean AMD APU + Dedicated Graphics ( Since nobody in their right mind would talk about Integraded Graphics when it says GAMING laptop). Speaking of Hybrid Crossfire, I heard that in non-DX11 games, it can actually lower performance. Is that correct?

By the Way, I'm not exactly a fan of Intel + AMD or AMD + Nvidia
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August 2, 2012 11:34:22 AM

Yes, hybrid crossfire driver don't work on DX9 games. Get the one from newegg with Intel CPU so there is no hybrid crossfire if you have some DX9 only title.

Found one same as newegg but cheaper:
http://www.hookbag.ca/product/H3C06TFXL/

AMD + Nvidia don't make any sense, so I understand if you don't choose laptop in that config. But what have you got against intel + AMD?
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August 2, 2012 7:21:52 PM

Intel + AMD wouldn't make sense as they are competitors. They don't give bonus features to each other. Try to look for Refurbished laptops with better specs (Cowboom.com is a good place).
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August 2, 2012 7:58:11 PM

You don't heed to buy an Intel + AMD laptop to play DX9 games anyways, as you can turn Hybrid Crossfire off.
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August 3, 2012 12:43:16 AM

My parents say that the laptop is my choice and I can get anything I see fit (As long as it is under the budget, of course), and I don't care about scratches, etc. as long as it does what I need it to. That laptop was on my list already.

Good News! My mom agreed to bring my budget back to $700 for ONLY the y580 (After I showed her the similar ROG at staples ($1399.99). Do you think it's possible for the y580 to reach $700?
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a b D Laptop
August 3, 2012 12:49:14 AM

Possible. But you will have to wait for factory refurbish start appearing.
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August 3, 2012 1:52:57 AM

Why factory refurb? Don't think a new model can be $700? Anyway, how good are 1366x768 screens? A lot of people say they're bad quality, get a full HD model, etc. What do you think? Is 1366x768 decent enough?
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August 3, 2012 2:05:43 AM

It's just that factory refurb Y580 is more likely to reach $700 b4 the price of new retail unit drops to $700. Screen is decent enough. Not brilliant but you can live with it.
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August 3, 2012 1:32:41 PM

Well, by the time the refurbs come out, won't the y580 be around $700 already? As for the screen, I see a lot of people selling 1080p laptop screens on Ebay, Amazon,etc. Is it possible to buy the 1366x768 model, then upgrade it to one of those screens?
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August 5, 2012 1:38:30 AM

I haven't see refurb Y580 on the market yet. But as more of them are sold, then more of them will get returned for various reason, then you see them on the market. Refurb, as far as I see, they are normally cheaper then new machine. So by logical deduction, you will expect them to reaches $700 before new laptop. Of course, there could be exceptional circumstances, so watch out for them as well.

Yes, the screen can be changed. But laptop screen are not standardised, so make sure you get the right one. I think if it says it is a Lenovo Y580 1080p replacement screen, it would work. Otherwise, if you don't want to open the laptop or couldn't find the right screen, you can use external monitor.
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August 8, 2012 3:56:27 PM

Okay, I won't be posting often anymore ( I'll just wait), but I'll leave this thread open if anyone wants to suggest other stuff.
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September 4, 2012 9:11:24 PM

I Bought it! It was on sale for $849.99 with a $100 rebate - $750!

My mom agreed !

Specs -
i7-3610QM
GTX660M
500GB HDD
15.6" 1366x768
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a b D Laptop
September 5, 2012 2:16:59 AM

Congratulation!
Where you find $100 rebate?
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