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Looking to buy laptops very soon, need help


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#1 AvenirVision

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:38 AM

Laptop 1 used for:

Gaming (non online)

Storing pictures

Listening to music

Typijng variouis docuiments

Good price (under $700)

Durable

At least 500 GB

Good memory

CD and DVD-RW

Storage
Varitey of softwares plan to buy later like an anti-virus, a word/writing, a photo, a music one, and games.

I plan on running about 1-10 things at a time


Laptop 2 used for:

Online gaming (mostly Pogo and Facebook types)

Downloading

Web browsing

Good price (under $700)

Durable

At least 250 GB

Good memory

CD and DVD-RW

Basic softwares, mostly just an anti-virus one

Basic typing

Basic video watching and listening to music

 

I think the OS for both will be Windows. The brand will be: Dell, HP, Gateway, Packard Bell, Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, Asus.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:16 PM

Toshiba Satellite L875-S7153 - Perfect laptop that suits all of your criteria for both laptops and that laptop has a i5 processor, 4GB of ram, a dedicated graphics card and a 640GB hard drive. 


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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 19 March 2013 - 07:42 AM

Try to buy core i7 of Hp brand.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:15 PM

A core i7 for under $700 is a bit rare and a i7 is an overkill for the tasks mentioned.


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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 22 March 2013 - 04:27 PM

A core i7 for under $700 is a bit rare and a i7 is an overkill for the tasks mentioned.

I second this. An i5 is plenty of computing speed for your needs. An i3 will also suffice if you'd like to bring the cost down even more. Based on experience with fixing laptops at my college, I recommend staying away from HP.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

A core i7 for under $700 is a bit rare and a i7 is an overkill for the tasks mentioned.

 


I have seen some i7 cores under 700. I am curious as to why an i7 would be an overkill, and for any tasks in particular?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

A core i7 for under $700 is a bit rare and a i7 is an overkill for the tasks mentioned.

I second this. An i5 is plenty of computing speed for your needs. An i3 will also suffice if you'd like to bring the cost down even more. Based on experience with fixing laptops at my college, I recommend staying away from HP.

I was looking into some HP, what are the main problems with them?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:51 PM

You may be able to find i7 builds for a lower price, but you'll have to sacrifice some other hardware components to get that higher-grade processor at the price point you're looking for.  You're not looking to do a ton of gaming or graphics-intensive work, so I would say you don't need a top-end processor.  Instead I'd focus more on increasing your RAM and possibly your screen size, based on what you're looking to do.  I personally like Acers, we have a lot of hardware failures on HPs at my company, and one that's been getting pretty good reviews at a low price point is the Acer Aspire M5 481PT.  It's got pretty good specs and a touch screen (VERY nice to have with Windows 8) and a metal body.  The main immedate drawback is the screen is only 14'', but if that isn't too small, it's worth a look.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:48 AM

I have narrowed my choices, which do you think is the best?

Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop  $699.99
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd

Inspiron 15z Ultrabook™ With Optional Touch Screen $699.99
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15z-5523/pd

Inspiron 15R With Optional Touch Screen  $499.99
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-5521/pd

Toshiba Satellite C850-BT3N11 Laptop $329.99
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cdetland.to?poid=2000044703

HP ENVY dv6z-7200 Notebook PC $499.99
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/B5Y73AV?HP-ENVY-dv6z-7200-Notebook-PC

HP ENVY dv4t-5300 Notebook PC $499.99
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/C2U62AV?HP-ENVY-dv4t-5300-Notebook-PC

HP Pavilion g6z-2200 Notebook PC $399.99
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/B6C46AV?HP-Pavilion-g6z-2200-Notebook-PC

Lenovo Essential G580 Laptop $329.00
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=EE41656D5F51E55161504F88E98FE321
 



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

You may be able to find i7 builds for a lower price, but you'll have to sacrifice some other hardware components to get that higher-grade processor at the price point you're looking for.  You're not looking to do a ton of gaming or graphics-intensive work, so I would say you don't need a top-end processor.  Instead I'd focus more on increasing your RAM and possibly your screen size, based on what you're looking to do.  I personally like Acers, we have a lot of hardware failures on HPs at my company, and one that's been getting pretty good reviews at a low price point is the Acer Aspire M5 481PT.  It's got pretty good specs and a touch screen (VERY nice to have with Windows 8) and a metal body.  The main immedate drawback is the screen is only 14'', but if that isn't too small, it's worth a look.

 

I agree with mattimo about swaying away from HP. You may get that higher end processor everyone talks about, but you will sacrifice the quality of other electronic components like the motherboard, RAM, and hard drive.

 

Other recommendations: Most new laptops come with Windows 8 installed. You may want to make sure that you feel comfortable with this operating system as it is slightly different that Windows 7. From a practical standpoint, I prefer 7.

 

Last, there is no ONE best laptop. Read the reviews of other buyers who have purchased a model of your interest. IMO, Lenovo is the most durable, followed by Dell and Toshiba


Edited by freethnker, 27 March 2013 - 01:19 PM.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

And since it is most likely going to come with Windows 8 You should think Touchscreen. I suspect that when Windows 8 is replaced it's replacment will still be better with a touchscreen.

 

None of the cheap laptops will have a touchscreen. Unless really good sale.

 

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