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What is your maximum budget? - $650 Cheaper is better. I have $480 right now, if I pinch my pennies I can afford more, but I need a laptop ASAP. What country are you in? - US What will be the uses of this laptop? - Basic browsing, some graphic design, and casual gaming. (Just needs to run modern games. Doesn't need to run them at max settings. Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? - Not really. As long as it's a solid laptop without a bunch...
Regardless of how good the customer service is, I don't want to deal with an RMA. Just a huge hassle and downtime for my rig.
Clearance is only 10.6" in the Scout.
After Christmas I'm hopefully going to either upgrade my rig (Mobo, CPU, GPU) or sell it off and get a nice laptop. Undecided which yet. The issue is, a lot of the newer GPU's I'm looking at are too big to fit in my CM Storm Scout. I like the case, and see no reason to upgrade if I don't have to, but if I can't fit a decent GPU in there, I kind of have to. I'm looking at around the $200-$250 range, and want a big improvement over my GTS 450 SLI, which shouldn't be hard,...
I'd be using it for a PC I'm piecing together for a friends son. He's a 10 year old kid that can kick my butt at any game we play together, however, his 360 just died. His mom can't afford to replace the console, and his Christmas gifts have been bought for 3 months already and don't include a console. So I'm trying to piece together a rig for him using what I have laying around, a few parts that friends donated, and buying a few parts here and there. I still need a GPU,...
The combo's and bundles are usually a great way to get a decent CPU/mobo combo for a worthwhile price. To find them, just look at the CPU page, and below the main pic and info it says "May we suggest". There you'll find combo deals for the CPU you are looking at.If you have the means to test it before you have bought everything and assemble it, do it. It could save a last minute headache.Performance to price, I'd go with AMD. You can get a more modern/faster CPU for your...
Just about everything in my sig rig I bought used, Mobo and PSU came from OCN folks, and the rest I either bought used on Ebay, or new from Newegg/Best Buy.RAM I would definitely buy used. You'll get better quality for your money.HDD I'd get new/refurb with a warranty.GPU's are iffy to buy used. Again, an OCN seller or a friend would be best, but I've had both good and bad luck buying them used on Ebay.Mobo and CPU you could get in a combo on Newegg, The new AMD AM3+ and...
Gone.
Good advice.
Weak GPU is what I want to avoid.As long as I can game with it for MOST games for the next few years, or have the ability to upgrade the GPU. (not sure if that's a common thing or not.)I will definitely be picking up a good cooler. From previous experience owning standard laptops that got hot, I'm sure a gaming laptop gets much, much hotter.I don't have a lot of issues with eye strain and never have with any monitor except CRT's when I'm sitting too close.For writing I'll...
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