New laptop advice please

By lala_dos
Jan 31, 2013
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  1. Hi

    Looking for a bit of advice. My 5 year old Dell is having some major issues and it's not worth trying to fix it.

    I've been looking around online for a replacement and want to get some clever person's opinion on these

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_Pro_C850_1320330.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_K55A-SX388H_1337328.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_K55VD-SX494H_1337330.html#DetailTop

    I'll only really be using it for lots of Office stuff (often with 3/4 programs going at once), streaming and the internet, no gaming. I'd like to future proof myself as much as possible but I'm completely clueless about specs. Is the 8GB RAM option worth the extra £50 or is it a bit OTT for what I actually need?

    I know my current Dell dinosaur was a pretty decent spec when I got it and is really only showing signs of old age lately so I'm willing to spend the bit extra if it might mean that the computer lasts a bit longer. (I also appreciate that there are no guarantees in life unfortunately)

    Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated! :) I'm completely bamboozled by all the options.
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    I'd spend a bit more and get an i7 quad-core. These laptops have only dual-core and you will notice this. 8GB RAM is a good choice.
  3. lala_dos

    lala_dos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for the suggestion - can't afford it I'm afraid, the 8GB RAM option is at the absolute top of my budget.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    Converting those 430 pounds to AUD, that's a lot of money for an otherwise very mediocre laptop. I'm looking at the other laptops on the website and these are some serious prices for a random online retailer..

    The most expensive laptop you posted also has a bigger HDD, and a dedicated GPU.
  5. lala_dos

    lala_dos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Welcome to our world. That "random retailer" is one of the cheapest around and the high street is a joke. If you try to get something outside EU by the time shipping and customs duty is paid, it's not worth it. :(

    All I'm trying to do is get the best computer for my needs within my very fixed budget without having a clue what I'm talking about.
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    Haha @ last sentence. :D

    There was one I found for 570 or so pounds. Quad-core, 8GB RAM..

    But, if you have a tight budget, even the 6GB option will do for you. 50 pound is a decent amount saved.
  7. lala_dos

    lala_dos Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well I did say I'm clueless....I'm one of those sad people who can get Excel to practically sing a song but I actually had to google GPU :)

    I think I'll go with one of them, they're the best I can find after hours of searching, I just have to decide which one.

    Thanks for the input.


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