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Looking for new laptop for college


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#1 Sightless

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:41 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $800

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Web browsing, a bit of photoshop, occasional gaming (doesn't have to be able to handle the highest gfx settings), listening to music, writing papers, powerpoints, etc

What software do you intend on using on the computer? MS Office, Firefox, Photoshop, iTunes

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Some Steam games, running fine on medium settings would be fine with me

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? Usually have iTunes/MediaMonkey, Firefox, and occasionally Photoshop open at once

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? A lot of music

I've been looking around and have found some good looking deals on TigerDirect

If you could look through some of the laptops at the following link and pick out the best choice for the money, that would be great!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=17&sel=Detail;175_1173_45017_45017,Price;Price6

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:17 AM

Toshiba

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 06:36 AM

Thanks for that, I was highly considering it so you just further pushed me to go for it

EDIT: What is your opinion on this?

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 06:39 PM

Comparing to both, they have there strong and weak points. The Toshiba has Core i5 whereas the Gateway has a Core 2 Duo. So the i5 is better. The Toshiba has integrated graphics whereas the Gateway has dedicated graphics which is better then intergrated. The battery for the Toshiba which has a 6 cell (Up to 3 hours) and the Gateway has a 9 cell battery(Up to 3.6 hours),so the Gateway lasts a bit longer then the Toshiba. All the other features are pretty much the same. In my experience Toshiba's hardware doesn't fail since i owned one and also most of my cousins own all type of Toshiba for different uses. In my opinion i would prefer the Toshiba for the quality. So it is all up to you Toshiba or Gateway?

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 07:13 PM

My brother also has a Toshiba, and I've read great reviews on them. So I'm leaning towards them. Thanks for the information! :blink:
Do you think the integrated graphics in the Toshiba are enough to handle some light gaming on medium settings?

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 07:20 PM

My brother also has a Toshiba, and I've read great reviews on them. So I'm leaning towards them. Thanks for the information! :blink:
Do you think the integrated graphics in the Toshiba are enough to handle some light gaming on medium settings?

The graphics should work pretty well for light gaming, you could probably even try to put it on high and see how it goes. What games do you occasionally play? This will help me to determine the graphics game requirements.

Edited by killerx525, 23 October 2010 - 07:22 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 09:12 AM

Just a some Steam games such as Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike and Day of Defeat.
I've also always loved Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, but I know that I should be able to play that on high settings, as its an old game.
I also occasionally play Age of Empires and Warcraft III

Thanks so much for your help so far :blink:

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Posted 24 October 2010 - 03:37 PM

All the games you mentioned will work fines without any problems.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 October 2010 - 05:41 PM

Thanks again for the help :blink:




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