$650-750 laptop

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  1. Taket the White

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    Weight/size isn't a huge issue, neither is battery life as its basically a desktop replacement, but my 5 year old Acer Aspire 7740G-6364 just scrapped out and I need one before school starts back up.

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  2. Taket the White

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    Also, a dedicated GPU is a must for me Bc in my experiences, its the single biggest factor for a laptop keeping its usefulness for longer.

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  3. Klerick

    Klerick I have loved some ladies, I have loved Jim Beam...

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    ASUS 15.6", AMD 2.5ghz, 8gig RAM, 2gb Radeon GPU, 750gb HD - $679.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231521


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  4. Klerick

    Klerick I have loved some ladies, I have loved Jim Beam...

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    Check through new egg if you want different combos of hardware. I saw an Intel one although it was only 1.6ghz processor.

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  5. Klerick

    Klerick I have loved some ladies, I have loved Jim Beam...

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    Here is the Acer version of the other one I linked with a 1tb HD for $589.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314240

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  6. Utumno

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    Select ur criteria, enter in Amazon, sort by user review.

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  7. Taket the White

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    Yes but its far more difficult on my iphone or kindle than you'd think

    Technical question, better to get a gpu with slightly lower chipset with 4gb or the faster chipset with 2gb if you're looking for future proofing needs? All things being equal of course.

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  8. Klerick

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    I'd stay with the 2gb and build/buy a nice tower later on if you really need 4gb to game.

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313743

    This is a nice mid-point. Do you think the i7 is worth it over the GPUs as far as overall longevity? I'm not really in love with the idea of SLIs in my laptops honestly, just more parts to break and more overall heat.

    EDIT: I should say that i probably can spend up to $900 on a laptop, but I like to be cognizant about when I get significantly less return on my dollars spent so if this isn't worth the extra $100-150 from other options, I won't get it. That being said, from a quick look on notebookcheck, that GPU is significantly better than the ones in the $600-700 range, and it's got full resolution.

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  11. Taket the White

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    nvm, i must have gotten mixed up bc those are comparable GPU's between the ones you posted and the second one i did. those are really good deals for their prices, despite the screens not being full reso and being i5's.

    the first one though is pretty fantabulous stats wise, but i have no desire to place my laptop on a laptop cooler to use it unless it's really something that's used commonly

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  12. Klerick

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    Shouldn't need a cooler.

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  13. Taket the White

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    any legitimate reason to be concerned about SLI's?

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  14. Utumno

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    My wife has a similar model to that lenovo ideapad and she's p happy with it.

    I'll look up some other options too.

    i7 over i5 probably not a very big difference at all for the vast majority of uses.
     
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    do you think it'll stay that way for the next few years or do you think the GPU would be more important?

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  16. Klerick

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    Will you do any gaming? If not, the GPU isn't as important. Looked around a bit and that 2nd lenovo for $829 is the best deal out there with an i7 2.4ghz, GPU and high resolution. If the resolution isn't a deal breaker the ASUS for $680 is a killer deal.

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  17. Utumno

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    So it will stay that way for years, but CPU choice is still potentially important if you don't get a discrete graphics system. The best Intel graphics are now to the point where they're not fucking terrible, just mediocre. But if you don't game much, mediocre may just be fine (and you save $$$ and also get better battery life). The best Intel integrated GPU is only included in some Haswell class CPUs, you can read about it here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Iris-Pro-Graphics-5200.90965.0.html

    If you want it to be a decent gaming rig for years to come though, probably still want the discrete GPU for now, which will bump prices up (but yeah, don't worry about i7 vs i5 in that case).

    Those Lenovos you picked look solid.

    Another option lots of people here seem to be fond of is Sager - bulkier and more desktop-replacement-y (not light) but it sounds like people have been happy with these. I've never tried one myself.

    I think Knitting and soem others vouched for xoticpc as the retailer.
     
  18. Utumno

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    Glancing at the xoticpc site, there's lots of good options with nvidia GT850 or better cards within the 900-1000 range. Anything lower though uses Intel graphics only.
     
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    Yeah, plus it seems like while they're good deals for the laptop/CPU/GPU/Memory/Screen/etc, they hose you if you'd like any adapters like an HDMI and the like.

    Still, not awful pricing if i were looking to spend a few more hundred bucks than i am

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  20. Taket the White

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    though i took a glance through the desktops, expecting to see prices that were as fair as the laptops, and it's still incredible to me how comparable laptops are to desktops in the $800-1100 region. Even moreso when you add in the fact you're getting a monitor with the laptop and that's not necessarily the case with desktops. I could easily be missing some major element of the equation, but at first glance the laptops with comparable chipsets seem to be priced below the desktops. That's not just there, but pretty much everywhere from what I've seen.

    However, a quick glance at the two or three laptops with dedicated GPU's somewhat within my price range show their stated benchmarks significantly higher than even the $900 SLI laptops, and I could possibly justify a few extra bucks if their service agreement is what they say it is (KNITBOT, WHERE R U?!) as that usually adds $200 bucks for very questionable service agreements with other manufacturers.

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