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July 30, 2012 1:52:41 AM

Budget: $700 max

After many days of searching these are the laptops I have found.

Lenovo y570 ($680 new)
i5-2450m
Gt 555m
15.6" 1366x768p
4gb Ram
6 cell battery

Acer Aspire 7750 ($580 new)
i5-2430m
Radeon 6850m (As good as 555m)
17.3" 1600 x 900p
4gb ram
Not sure on the battery


Asus g73 ( I found one for around $630 used)
i7-2630QM
Gtx 460m
17.3" 1920 x 1080
8gb ram
Not sure on battery
(I'm not too confident on buying used laptops, as this is a pretty old computer and may not have a lithium ion battery, meaning it could have as much as 15 minutes of battery)

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July 30, 2012 2:07:44 AM

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I guess that you are mainly interested in having the highest gaming performance for the money, right?
HP dv6t-7000, GT 650M GDDR5, I5-3210M, 6GB DDR3 and FullHD screen for 780$:, including 32GB mSSD:
http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/super-deal-hp-pavilio...

it will also be faster than the rest, have a good fullHD screen and the mSSD is great. New

The Acer 7750, by the way, has the DDR3 version of the 6850M, which performs like the 6770M top.
Still as fast as the 555m. And Like I said the budget is $700 max.
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July 30, 2012 2:31:45 AM

DO NOT GET THE Y570, I know 2 people who have them and they are junk. Build quality is spotty and the GFX card is actually a gt540m with ddr5 ram not a true 555m as it lacks the shader count of a true 555m

for your budget this is about the best I could find
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 30, 2012 2:32:45 AM

Any other suggestions?
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July 30, 2012 2:35:37 AM

dj1001 said:
DO NOT GET THE Y570, I know 2 people who have them and they are junk. Build quality is spotty and the GFX card is actually a gt540m with ddr5 ram not a true 555m as it lacks the shader count of a true 555m

for your budget this is about the best I could find
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any one of the laptop's above is better than that
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July 30, 2012 2:40:45 AM

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what is as fast as the 555M? the 650M?

If 700$ is the max (although the extra 80$ are really worth it in that case), then take the HP without the FHD screen and it will cost something like 718$
The 6850, 6770 and 555m all perform the same
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July 30, 2012 2:49:44 AM

Well, if your looking into the Asus G73 then you probobly dont care about battery uptime very much at all, even 15 min is more then ample time to take it with you to the bathroom and back to plug it in.

Also, keep in mind, gaming laptops are power hungry, not 100% performance when running of battery.

Of the 3, I would say the ASUS but its used, go over windows event vewer and see if you can spot telltale signs of hardware changes, like non standard overclocking (ASUS laptops come with a 20% overclocking built in button) the signs you are looking for are overheating/sensor related BSOD's in particular, if you see 3 or more in very short succession, is a good example.

Another very important tip on buying a used laptop, If its old owner had it for more then 3 months, replace the Thermal paste tape with high quality 100% compatible with make and model stuff, the G73 used the cheep, but surprisingly very good tape on the CPU and GPU
Also, clean out the CPU fan with compressed air, the fan and the exhaust may be clogged up with dust.

If this is your first laptop cleaning, TAKE your time get the correct manual from ASUS website, taking it apart and back together, making sure not to lose screws, don't over tighten them, Ground yourself and stay away from carpets pets water and food.
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July 30, 2012 2:53:08 AM

According to Notebookcheck.net the 460m is the best of the 3.
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July 30, 2012 2:56:19 AM

userxvi-JOE said:
Well, if your looking into the Asus G73 then you probobly dont care about battery uptime very much at all, even 15 min is more then ample time to take it with you to the bathroom and back to plug it in.

Also, keep in mind, gaming laptops are power hungry, not 100% performance when running of battery.

Of the 3, I would say the ASUS but its used, go over windows event vewer and see if you can spot telltale signs of hardware changes, like non standard overclocking (ASUS laptops come with a 20% overclocking built in button) the signs you are looking for are overheating/sensor related BSOD's in particular, if you see 3 or more in very short succession, is a good example.

Another very important tip on buying a used laptop, If its old owner had it for more then 3 months, replace the Thermal paste tape with high quality 100% compatible with make and model stuff, the G73 used the cheep, but surprisingly very good tape on the CPU and GPU
Also, clean out the CPU fan with compressed air, the fan and the exhaust may be clogged up with dust.

If this is your first laptop cleaning, TAKE your time get the correct manual from ASUS website, taking it apart and back together, making sure not to lose screws, don't over tighten them, Ground yourself and stay away from carpets pets water and food.
Seems like a lot of work. Although I would love the highest performance, I do have to take said computer to school. I mean I could just take my bad pavillion, but that would take the point out of playing good games during study hall. I'm still not sure
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July 30, 2012 2:58:07 AM

Hiii said:
According to Notebookcheck.net the 460m is the best of the 3.
Well yes, but it has conditions to go with it that sort of offset it, making it hard to decide between these 3
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July 30, 2012 3:13:15 AM

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And again, the 460m is slower than the GT 650M
Your right. I'll see what I can do. Thanks for advice
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