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post #1 of 7
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Going to have my current rig when playing games and such but --


What is your maximum budget?

~$650

What country are you in?
US
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Photoshop, coding, Counter-Strike Source
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Acer - or any really
What screen size do you require?
15+
What screen resolution do you require?
Any
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New (Newegg)
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Doesn't matter
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
CSS - Any
What operating system do you need? (if any)
Win 7
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Gaming? Any.
How much hard drive space do you need?
200+
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam Pref
Is there anything else we need to know?
Newegg Pref

I have been looking at - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215037 although I don't know what I should get, or if that is overkill
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post #2 of 7
If you dont care about battery life thats going to be your best bet in your price range as far as new laptops go. Ive heard acer is very no frills when it comes to laptops but if you dont mind not having bells and whistles and want shear performance that one looks to be the way to go
post #3 of 7
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Yeah I guess. But I was thinking it is a little too overpowered, because I will be using my current desktop to game and stuff. And the laptop for mobility, CSS, coding/programming.
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post #4 of 7
If you dont want it to be that powerfull you can get a great laptop for much less money.
If all your playing is CSS then you might be able to get away with low end video which would take the cost down alot do you need a dedicated card or a quadcore processor? you could probablly get away with a good dual core and a midrange gpu
post #5 of 7
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Well I just bought this one -- Scroll down for specs http://www.frys.com/product/6506043

Deciding if I should return it or not because it was 650 (My whole budgets and I didn't really want to spend it all...)

Could I get away with less? Maybe something at like ~400 ?
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post #6 of 7
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Or maybe I should get a netbook? At like ~300?
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by BoJangles00 View Post
Or maybe I should get a netbook? At like ~300?
Netbooks or anything with a 11.6" screen are only good for secondary laptops, IMO.

I'd go with this for $380 at Best Buy, for a Lenovo Ideapad with a 3.0ghz Phenom II X2.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-...&skuId=2171094
 
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