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Time for a new laptop, need help


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#1 CallMeTy

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hey guys,

my current laptop is a Dell inspiron 1526 I believe. But it's giving me too many problems. I had it since 2007 I think. Anyway my limit is around $700.

My budget for the new computer is: 700

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Email and web, video editing, dslr pic storage

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Adobe illustrator, photoshop

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? If any maybe some age of empires and wow. This shouldn't be a concern. Building a gaming pc

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? I keep everything open maybe 60% of the time

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? Music, not really. Pictures, yes. Movies, yes. But i can buy an external hard drive if need be

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

ACER is not the best in terms of build quality, but it does offer a lot of value:

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215245 ($700) - 17" Display

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215256 ($650) - 15" Display

Other brands: Dell, ASUS, MSI
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:33 PM

Anybody else?

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:18 AM

What do you all think of the lenovo thinkpad edge e520 1143d7u

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:22 AM

What do you all think of the lenovo thinkpad edge e520 1143d7u

That would work too.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:12 AM

I like the speed and HDMI. It is also really quiet. It seems a little slow accessing my external drive. I wish it had an S-video out. I upgraded from an old laptop made by Lenovo running XP. I am not much impressed with Windows 7. I'd love to run XP Pro on this machine (not the virtual XP which comes with it). It would zoom.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:03 PM

My top pics would be Toshiba, Sony, and Samsung. It all depends on how much you want to spend, though, and $700 is a little limiting for a good laptop.
EDIT- I should also add that most laptops aren't real great for gaming. A desktop would be much better for that, especially given your budget. But that's just an opinion.

Edited by Required Field, 27 February 2012 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:59 PM

Well this isn't for gaming so im good. I'm actually looking at some Sony VAIO now but not sure which one I should get
Sony VAIO VPCEH37FX/B or
Sony VAIO VPCEJ28FX/B

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:06 PM

How about something like this Its refurbished so it saves you a few bucks but still has a warranty, and a solid performer. I have used a lot of HP laptops and can recomend their quality-but more so I can recomend their customer service, which is top of the line.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:02 PM

I have tried some hp laptops. I could probably get over the fact its refurbished but I don't know about that 1.4ghz. With video editing, photoshop, and illustrator I don't think it would hang. Not to mention autocad

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:34 PM

didnt realize you did autocad, perhaps I need to do a little more reading sorry. It is a quad core, but ya if your doing auto cad I can see where you wouldnt want it

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:40 PM

No I didnt mention it that's my oopsie. I really want a laptop that is going to last. I thought this dell inspiron 1526 was the greatest when i first got it. But now I hate even looking at it. But the VAIOs seem to be nice. I hope they last. I think I may go with the 15" one because it comes with the burner. The 17" one just has a blu ray player.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:42 PM

heres an ASUS in your price range though it has intel graphics dont know how important then that is to you, I would prefer either nvidia or ATI. . .but its hard to find a good auto cad CPU with a good vid card in that price range.

If you go with an i5 this one has an nvidia graphics card.

Edited by the_patriot11, 27 February 2012 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:46 PM

OK I'm really not trying to sound picky cuz im not. But i went to try out some of those 14" screens and I just can't do it. I really don't need 17" but it would just be a bonus. 15" range is my sweet spot

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:47 PM

That second one looks promising. You not a fan of VAIO?




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