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December 9, 2012 6:13:48 PM

Hi first post so I have no idea what I'm doing. Anyways I'm in the market for a laptop that will play recent games and one that I can use for collage when I start next year. My budget is 1000 euro and i'm from ireland so if I have to pay for shipping please keep in mind with my budget.
edit forgot faq
1. What is your budget?
1000euro
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14 to 16 inch
3. What screen resolution do you want?
full hd if possible.
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
portable
5. How much battery life do you need?
as much as I can get.
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)?
medium to high don't expect ultra
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
typing essays at home, surfing the internet, music and movies
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
as much as possible on budget
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4 years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
any
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.
no preference
13. What country do you live in?
Ireland
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.



December 9, 2012 7:28:03 PM

Have you checked out any etailers e.g. scan, dabs, overclockers, ebuyer

--> anything here that you might consider, then we can help you narrow down.
-->you could check out custom builds e.g. pcspecialist, just for comparison.

For gaming you do want a dedicated card (nvidia/amd) but you'll have to ballance this off with reduced time between charges.
December 9, 2012 7:53:09 PM

I was thinking along the lines of the lenovo y580 or the Asus N56VZ. The asus is available in hd but the lenovo is not as it is not released in ireland yet, so if I went for that one I would have to make do with the small resolution. Would buying custom laptop from the sites you mentioned give me better bang for my buck?
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December 9, 2012 9:07:46 PM

They let you select from a range of components for your build, but you do have to have an idea of what you are doing. For cost, try out pcspecialist http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ - look at the laptop sections for multimedia and gaming - the shop will also help advise (I've purchased from them 2 yrs ago).

Why not compare the Lenovo and Asus specs (cpu, gfx, memory, SSD/HDD, screen) and see how much the custom costs for the same core components. You might be surprised, either way.
December 10, 2012 2:36:01 PM

only proble I have with the custom build laptops is that I don't know what the laptop feels like. Like if the keyboard is of good make etc. I know these would give me a great deal for my money but I'd rather stick with the ain brands of laptops so I can watch vidoes and see what they are like.
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