So, I'm looking to invest in a new laptop as I will be starting a new job at a social media company, and my current mini-laptop is frustratingly slow.
I want to keep the price down a bit, as it will be solely for work related things (Microsoft Office, web browsing) and VERY light gaming (At the most-Magic: The Gathering Online and MAYBE Team Fortress 2).
I've heard good things about Sony Vaio's. Here's one I found at a decent price.
These might be a little over your budget but I've looked at hundreds of laptops in the last few days in the £500 price range, here's the thread I started (The links are on the thread, click on the names of the laptops)
Asus book w/A6-3420m is $350; gets you basically a 4-core phenom 2, and can run all but the most demanding games w/good framerates at med-low settings....way stonger APU than the E-series in the sony, and the Asus book is a higher quality build than the Vaio, imo.
...With everything turned down @ it's native res of 1366x768, it can even pull off crysis around 35 fps.
That laptop..is beautiful. Is 8 gb of ram even necessary? Heck, I don't even need to have my games in full HD. Beautiful piece of advice. Unfortunately, I have noooo clue how to put in an optical bay adapter or an SSD. I probably wouldn't need the SSD, as I don't plan on installing many games at all to it (once you have a 2k desktop and game on that, it's really hard to do anything less).
hey man, whatever floats your boat . There's tutorials on youtube and everywhere for ssd's and hdd in optical bay adapters if you ever decide to do that.
I run several VM's on the latop, so 8gb is a necessity for me. It definitely isn't necessary for most people. Since it uses shared memory, if you had 8gb there would still be 4+ gb left to the system after alotting 1 - 1.5 to the GPU, and windows grabbing its share.
....but even bone stock, it's amazing for it's price.