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$900 & Under College Laptop 31 July 2012

1. What is your budget?
900$ USD & Under

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Don't care

3. What screen resolution do you want?
Don't care

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable Laptop for college

5. How much battery life do you need?
Don't care

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)?
League of Legends
Guild Wars 2
Battlefield 3
-Any settings that make them playable

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

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.
Newegg, Best Buy, Amazon

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 ?
Basic DVD Rom

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.
Don't know

13. What country do you live in?
U S of A

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
Windows 8 isn't out yet for a few months? I'd rather wait but I start school in less than a month and I need one now
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  1. BUmp
    I found a link to gaming laptop deals or something, and with NBY8225 code for 368.70 off I found this configuration. How's it look? I need urgent feedback, since I'll be leaving for school on August 20th and if I order now I'll get it a few days before
    https://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cart_detail.do?pageLink=true&bvLoadCart=1&action=add&disp_msg=0
  2. Quote:
    Well, it sounds like you don't really want to spend all your money just to add a little bit to the gaming performance, so I recommend the HP dv6t-7000, GT 650M GDDR5, 6GB DDR3, 640G HDD + 32GB mSSD + I5-3210M + FullHD screen for 780$:
    http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/super-deal-hp-pavilion-dv6t-7000-15-6-gaming-laptop-intel-i5-3210qm-nvidia-gt-650m-2gb-gddr5-fullhd-display-6gb-ddr3-memory-640gb-hdd-780-coupon-code-nby8552/

    Good for the next 20 hours, but I'm sure there will be more coupons in the following weeks.
    Why this? because you get top performance for 800$ and you get very good FullHD screen for 800$ and you get 32GB mSSD which makes the laptop much more fast for typical use - you don't get this combination elsewhere


    I don't know if you saw my edit, it's above your post, here's the link again
    https://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cart_detail.do?pageLink=true&bvLoadCart=1&action=add&disp_msg=0
    The total would be 955 with 2 day shipping since i need to order now, If I don't with the 2 day shipping option, I won't receive the laptop in time

    Looks like the link isn't working for others so,
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR 5 video memory
    FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    $40 OFF Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student 2010
    FREE Upgrade to 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
    No additional security software
    6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 6.0 hours of battery life +++
    15.6-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
    SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam
    802.11b/g/n WLAN
    Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad
    HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
    918 With tax, 2 day shipping and coupon. Good or not?
  3. Yup, if you look at the post above this is what I have, it's a total of 918 with tax, I added the ms office home/student
    It does not have the backlit keyboard, it does have 1920x1080 screen and gt 560m

    One question, if i bought this, would i still get the offer for a windows 8 upgrade from microsoft for 45$ like i see on sites such as newegg for windows 7 laptops?
  4. Hello flyfunner5;

    That NBY8225 coupon code is still working on the Quad Core version of the dv6T-7000.
    See if you can find a configuration through tere that you like.
  5. flyfunner5 said:
    I don't know if you saw my edit, it's above your post, here's the link again
    https://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cart_detail.do?pageLink=true&bvLoadCart=1&action=add&disp_msg=0
    The total would be 955 with 2 day shipping since i need to order now, If I don't with the 2 day shipping option, I won't receive the laptop in time

    Looks like the link isn't working for others so,
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M Processor (2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz)
    NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR 5 video memory
    FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    $40 OFF Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student 2010
    FREE Upgrade to 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
    No additional security software
    6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 6.0 hours of battery life +++
    15.6-inch diagonal Full HD Anti-glare LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080)
    SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam
    802.11b/g/n WLAN
    Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad
    HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
    918 With tax, 2 day shipping and coupon. Good or not?


    WR2 said:
    Hello flyfunner5;

    That NBY8225 coupon code is still working on the Quad Core version of the dv6T-7000.
    See if you can find a configuration through tere that you like.


    See that text above yours, that's my configuration, currently 918. The link you sent me is the same site, but with an upgraded i7 cpu over my currently picked i5. With the same specs, your model will cost over my budget. The one that I have chosen now, is that a good deal for a laptop?
  6. It does have the upgraded i7 CPU but also has a large discount coupon. $962 is the tax and 2 day shipping total.

    The i5 deal was a LOT better when it was under $800.

    What happens if the laptop isn't there by August 15th?
  7. WR2 said:
    It does have the upgraded i7 CPU but also has a large discount coupon. $962 is the tax and 2 day shipping total.
    I left out the MS Office option. It does make it more expensive.
  8. WR2 said:
    It does have the upgraded i7 CPU but also has a large discount coupon. $962 is the tax and 2 day shipping total.

    The i5 deal was a LOT better when it was under $800.

    What happens if the laptop isn't there by August 15th?


    Well I leave for school on august 20th so I kind of need it before then. And yea, without microsoft it's more expensive, and for gaming purposes an i7 won't really make much of a diff over i5 right? mostly gpu intensive games are.

    So what do you think of my i5 build? I could get it lower than 800 but that would be without the screen, if you notice i upgraded it to 1920x1080 over the default
  9. Games like Battlefield 3 -especially played online- are making good use of the extra 2 cores.

    I did notice the upgraded specs but missed the MS Office. Have you checked with your school to see what price you can get it through them? What about Windows 7? Any deal through the school with the OS?
  10. Sager NP6165 / Clevo W150ER $869 but without Win7 or MS Office.
    Core i5-3210M & GT 650M

    It might be worth a call to them and ask how soon they could deliver it.
    And you could always load Win8 Release Preview on it till you're ready to get Win7 loaded.
  11. WR2 said:
    Sager NP6165 / Clevo W150ER $869 but without Win7 or MS Office.
    Core i5-3210M & GT 650M

    It might be worth a call to them and ask how soon they could deliver it.
    And you could always load Win8 Release Preview on it till you're ready to get Win7 loaded.


    Yea no deals with schoo/os that I can find. What do you mean about the win8 preview?
    What i'm asking is that, on HP's site, and other sites such as newegg, and other manufacturers, they have a little notice saying that windows 7 pcs/laptops can be upgraded in the future to win8 for only 40$ or something. Do you know if this deal spills onto customized pc/laptops such as mine too?
  12. On that HP dv6t-7000, is there a 2 year "Accidental Damage Protection" warranty? All I see is 3 years...
  13. $955 with 2 day shipping for the HP dv6t-4000 Core i5 / GT 650

    Or $950 for ASUS N56VZ-ES71 Core i7 / GT 650M but without MS Office no tax or shipping from Amazon
    Maybe use an open source office suite like LibreOffice
    http://www.libreoffice.org/
  14. WR2 said:
    $955 with 2 day shipping for the HP dv6t-4000 Core i5 / GT 650

    Or $950 for ASUS N56VZ-ES71 Core i7 / GT 650M but without MS Office no tax or shipping from Amazon
    Maybe use an open source office suite like LibreOffice
    http://www.libreoffice.org/


    Thanks so much for humoring me in this thread. I think i'm going to go with my option. Your options were pretty nice, but even this Asus one, has an inferior screen. I don't think my mundane tasks like Microsoft office will see much benefit from an upgraded CPU
  15. OK, that ASUS N56VZ-ES71 was the 1366x768 LCD version so that's out.

    Without the extra cost 'HP Total Care' packages all you have is the standard 1 yr warranty.
  16. No problem. But it does kinda suck to be the first one to pay $150 extra compared to someone who ordered the same model on Sunday.
  17. WR2 said:
    No problem. But it does kinda suck to be the first one to pay $150 extra compared to someone who ordered the same model on Sunday.


    What was the 150$ off from? Currently on my checkout they show me a -353.70 savings from the nby coupon
  18. WR2 said:
    OK, that ASUS N56VZ-ES71 was the 1366x768 LCD version so that's out.

    Without the extra cost 'HP Total Care' packages all you have is the standard 1 yr warranty.

    Hypothetically, if you were to spill/drop/damage it without the Accidental Damage Protection warranty, would you be f'ed, or would they help you fix it at a cost (if so, is the cost high?)
  19. wheresperry said:
    Hypothetically, if you were to spill/drop/damage it without the Accidental Damage Protection warranty, would you be f'ed, or would they help you fix it at a cost (if so, is the cost high?)


    You would be f'd I'm pretty sure. For a shipping charge and perhaps additional costs, you'd have to send it to their repair center
  20. Nothing hypothetical about that question. Without ADP coverage you'd be on the hook for the cost of the repair. Or in the case it was a total loss, on the hook for a replacement. And ADP doesn't cover theft or 'acts of God'.

    You might be better off with some student personal property insurance coverage that covers Accidental Damage, Theft, Fire, Flood, Natural Disasters, Vandalism and Lightning Strikes. And it covers all your personal property - Laptop, Phone, mp3 Player, TV and any other personal property. http://www.nssi.com/nssi/coverage
    $3000 worth of property covered (with $100 deductible) for $68 a year.

    You might be eligible to have your personal property added to the coverage under a family insurance plan so be sure to check to see if that is an option for you.
  21. Best answer
    The N56VS-ES71 is not a good option because it comes with a 15.6" 1366x768 display. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast.

    If you like the N56VZ, the version to buy would the the $999 N56VZ-RB71 from Microcenter. It comes with a 15.6" 1920x1080 matte display, and also a larger hard drive. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0394503

    But it's a bit over-budget, and its GDDR3 GT 650M is beaten by the GDDR5 GT 650M found in a few other laptops.

    --------------------------

    Couple of options worth considering (both already mentioned, but here they are in an organized format)

    Sager NP6165 (i5-3210M, NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 glossy display) - $920 no tax
    - http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np6165-clevo-w150er-p-4344.html?wconfigure=yes
    - http://www.malibal.com/boutique/pc/configurePrd.asp?idProduct=557
    - Select Windows 7 under Operating System if you cannot acquire your own copy for cheaper.

    HP DV6t (i3-3110M, NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte IPS display) - $724 + tax ($769 + tax w/ i5-3210M)
    - http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review&config_id=7367534
    - Use coupon code: NBY8552
    - Don't: Downgrade to the 1366x768 display, unless you need the large text. You generally shouldn't buy the HP DV6 in any configuration that includes the 1366x768 display. 15.6" 1366x768 displays make things onscreen large, and tend to be low-tier LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast.
    - Don't: Downgrade the GPU to the GT 630M unless you only plan on doing light / moderate gaming. The GT 650M is considerably faster.
    - Don't: Downgrade the GPU to integrated graphics unless you only plan on doing very light / no gaming. Integrated graphics will probably provide disappointing game performance in the majority of modern titles.
    - Consider: Backlit keyboard, Larger/faster HDD.
  22. Best answer selected by flyfunner5.
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