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Buying a Laptop

By HippyAmanda
Sep 23, 2013
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  1. Im trying to decide between these 5 laptops. I Want a Gaming laptop that I can also carry around to classes because I use my laptop everyday in college, but Im tired of having to replace my laptop every year or so so I want something good that wont be out of date in 2 years but isnt super heavy or overpriced either.. Heres what im thinking of:
    1. Samsung - 15.6" Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Laptop - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Titan Silver
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/15.6%22+Geek+Squad+Certified+Refurbished+Laptop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/8342067.p?id=1218873334715&skuId=8342067&st=NP700Z5C&cp=1&lp=1

    • 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7-3635QM processor- 6MB L3 cache. 2.4GHz processor speed.Turbo Boost=3.2GHz.
    • 8GB DDR3 memory
    • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
    • 15.6" LED high-definition widescreen display
    • 1TB Serial ATA II hard drive (5400 rpm)
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics
    • Built-in 1.3MP high-definition webcam and microphone
    • Weighs 5.3 lbs.

    2. ASUS N56DP-DH11 15.6" Laptop Computer - Black $529

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/401594/N56DP-DH11_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black#
    • AMD A10-4600M Quad-Core Processor
    • Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
    • 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
    • 1TB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
    • 8x Super Multi Double Layer Drive
    • Memory Card Reader
    • AMD Radeon HD 7730M
    • 10/100/1000 Network
    • 802.11b/g/n Wireless
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 15.6" LED-backlit TFT LCD Display

    3) MSI G Series GE60 0ND-667US General $929
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...E16834152393&gclid=CIvyyo3r4rkCFZKk4AodDQwAtw
    • MSI G Series GE60 0ND-667US Reviews
    • Color Black/Red
    • Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    • CPU Type Intel Core i5-Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz
    • Screen 15.6"
    • Memory Size 8GB DDR3
    • Hard Disk 750GB
    • Optical Drive BD-ROM
    • Graphics Card NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660M
    • Video Memory 2GB GDDR5
    • Communication Killer Gaming Network
    • Dimensions 15.09" x 9.83" x 1.27"-1.46"
    • Weight 5.28 lbs.

    4) Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (59359560) Windows 8 $819
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312438


    • Intel Core i5 3230M(2.60GHz)
    • 6GB Memory 1TB HDD
    • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
    • 1920 x 1080
    • Windows 8
    • 6.4lbs


    5) MSI CX61 0NF-258US 15.6 Notebook $699
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-0NF-258US-Notebook-i7-3630QM-GeForce/dp/B00BQMGVC2/ref=sr_1_19?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1379986441&sr=1-19&keywords=MSI




    • 15.6" HD Display (16:9; 1366 x 768)
    • Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4GHz
    • 6GB DDR3,750GB HDD, DVD Super Multi
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
    • Windows 8 Brown
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    What did you decide on?...
     
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,476   +624

    #1 - refurbished, stay away
    #2 - low-end AMD CPU, stay away.
    #3 - not quad core, 'meh' GPU
    #4 - not quad core, probably nicest GPU combo
    #5 - quad core, but GPU is lacking


    Bets option is probably #4 for gaming. I'd pump more money into it to get a quad-core CPU. Also buying an SSD wouldn't be a bad idea.
     
  4. HippyAmanda

    HippyAmanda TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I havent decided yet because I really only got one persons opinion. PLEASE ANYMORE ADVICE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,484   +233

    Amanda, please don't shout. Thanks.
     
  6. junky77

    junky77 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    1. specific games?
    2. final budget? preferred budget?
    3. screen size preference?
    4. battery?
     


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