I’m in the market for a laptop (finally). I'm moving cross-country in less than two weeks so that has me on a very low/strict budget and I realize this search could likely be a fool’s errand. But I’m hoping with all the current and upcoming laptop deals, that this can (and will) be possible to attain. I can only afford to spend a max of $400, MAYBE $450 (I know, get it over with and just smack me now, but I seriously cannot afford to spend more). I am NOT BUILDING one either (because reasons).
I’m not too worried about hard drive capacity since I have a 500gig external for storage. I’d like a decent display but not huge since this will be used for school/on-the-go too. Not worried about sound since I have a decent pair of speakers for at home use and two different sets of headphones for when I’m out.
Really what I’m looking to run game-wise are mainly TF2 and The Hidden game mod for Half Life 2. Perhaps some Sims 3 and Aion here and there as well. My WoW/pay-to-play days have long since passed. I don’t game every day anymore either. I mostly web-browse, chat, watch tv/movies/netflix, and code. But it’s nice to have the ability to play games when I want to.
So, if anyone can give me specific laptops you come across (and/or recommend some brands to look into), I’d really appreciate it. I have an idea of what I’m looking for as far as CPU and graphics go, although finding ‘em in a cheap laptop has been a challenge so far. But with the holiday deals starting and coming up, prices are dropping on decent machines.
I'm not going for another desktop since I need portability at this point. I'm actually giving my current desktop to my younger brother before I move (I built it in '06/'07 specifically to run WoW back then so it still works pretty well now. But I need a laptop for school and it doesn't pay to ship the desktop across the country at this point. I did that already almost 3 years ago).
Yeah...I figured as much. Been doing tons of research as is into brands, processors, and graphics cards - and on my budget, I'll find one with a decent processor but a *** integrated card or vice versa. I'd honestly prefer to get another desktop but it's just not in the cards for me.
Alright, say I might be able to spring for something at $500 - anymore suggestions for that price? Perhaps something with slightly better processing speed? 1.9GHz is a bit low.
I have the money, it's just a matter of not wanting to spend the extra since I need to save for a car, find a job, and then save for school after my move. The more I keep in my savings, the better since I don't know how long I'll have to live off of it.