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Buying a New Laptop for College ????


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#1 wiscbeachbum

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:51 PM

Hi,
I need to buy my son a laptop for his first year in college. I am not looking for a "cheap" computer, but was wondering if anyone could recommend a good high quality computer for a reasonable price.
He is not into "gaming". Any and all advice appreciated. And we are not considering an Apple at this time, mainly for cost reasons. We will most likely be going to Best Buy, etc.
Thanks !!!!

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Edited by wiscbeachbum, 23 August 2010 - 06:52 PM.


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#2 Luke L

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:43 PM

Ok, so he's not into gaming.
Could you give us any other things he uses it for?
Examples:
-Web Browsing
-Video Encoding
-Watching movies
-Picture editing
-Basic document editing
-Listening to music
-On the go use, such as using it at starbucks, airports, etc.

The more we know what he uses it for the more we can suggest laptops that have better features that accommodate your needs. If he listens to music and watches media, he'll want a good hard drive. If he uses it for movies a ton, you'll want a nice display. If he encodes video and stuff, you'll wanted the best possible processor. If he will use it on the go all of the time, you will want one with the best battery life.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 09:08 PM

This would be an excellent buy for a non-gamer: ASUS K50IJ-G1B.
[ Antec 1200 v3 | Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 rev. 3.1 | AMD Phenom II x6 1090T (overclocked to 4GHz) | Corsair XMS3 4x4GB DDR3 1600 | COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600W & Visiontek Juice Box 450W | SAMSUNG 470 Series 64GB SSD | WD Caviar Black 640GB & Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD | 2x XFX Radeon HD 5770 in Crossfire | SAMSUNG 22X DVD±RW | Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit]

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:56 AM

This would be an excellent buy for a non-gamer: ASUS K50IJ-G1B.


$699.99
ASUS K50 Series K50IJ-G1B
Intel Core 2 Duo T6570(2.10GHz)
15.6"
3GB Memory
250GB HDD 5400rpm
DVD Super Multi Intel GMA 4500M


$599.99 (Dell.com)
Intel® Core i3-350M 2.26Gh (4 Threads, 3M Cache)
Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit
15.6" High Definition (720p) LED Display
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3
320GB 5400rpm
8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) - w/ Roxio Burn 1.0
1yr warranty

Dell has a better system just from their website, for $100 cheaper

Edited by fueL, 24 August 2010 - 10:59 AM.


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:57 PM

I would still go ASUS for their reliability and warranty. That ASUS system comes with an accidental damage warranty. You could literally break it and get a new one for free.
[ Antec 1200 v3 | Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 rev. 3.1 | AMD Phenom II x6 1090T (overclocked to 4GHz) | Corsair XMS3 4x4GB DDR3 1600 | COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600W & Visiontek Juice Box 450W | SAMSUNG 470 Series 64GB SSD | WD Caviar Black 640GB & Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD | 2x XFX Radeon HD 5770 in Crossfire | SAMSUNG 22X DVD±RW | Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit]

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Stringfellow Electronics




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