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Asus A52F: Was this a good deal?

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This is my first post to the laptop forum, I am merely assuming this is an appropraite thread.

I decided my aging ~5 year old HP laptop was due for replacement (it has less than a gig of memory, a Sempron CPU, an astonishing 2 USB 1.1 ports and seems to choke if I try and run more than program at a time).

I kept checking the ads for super-low price specials for Memorial day and found this Asus A52F-XF1 for $350 (before taxes etc).

Here are the specs:
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Processor: Intel® Pentium® P6100 processor [mine says 6200 @ 2.13 GHz actually]
Graphics: Intel® UMA
Memory: 4GB DDR3 memory, expandable to 8GB
Storage Drive: 320 GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
Optical Drive: Super Multi DVD drive
Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768)
Sound: Altec Lansing speakers
Webcam: 0.3 megapixel
Communications: 10/100 Ethernet [actually GigE] LAN, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Expandability: 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro)
Ports: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
What few prices I have found around the web all seemed to price it above $450 (as in that link above).

My main requirements were that the laptop I buy not be a netbook (larger than 11" screen) and be as cheap as possible. There were cheaper choices but I figured this one in particular with it's 4 gigs of memory was a good enough deal it was worth paying a little more...

So was this a good buy or is there a reason there is so little mention of it on the web (although some reviews I found of walmart's web site seem glowing)?

I am kind of insecure in my choice and fearful of eventual buyer's remorse. I just need someone to tell me I didn't get ripped off

I just got it yesterday so I could just use it and see. It seems pretty good thus far.
 
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Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s Windows 10 Pro x64 17.3" FHD 16:9 (1920x1080) Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell) 
Audio
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 860 Biostar T5 XE Radeon HD 5870 Corsair 16GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital hard drive wd1001fals-00e8b0 Maxtor 300GB I don't need no stinking optical drive Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP ZR24w 24'' Samsung SyncMaster 24" logitech wireless k360 Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones 
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$350 was a great price for that computer. Asus is quality and even though its not an i3 or i5 CPU, it seems like it will destroy that old HP of yours and support new tasks. Performance wise, I would maybe upgrade to a 7200 RPM HDD or an SSD in the future.
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Thanks, no buyer remorse then
 
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Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s Windows 10 Pro x64 17.3" FHD 16:9 (1920x1080) Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell) 
Audio
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 860 Biostar T5 XE Radeon HD 5870 Corsair 16GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital hard drive wd1001fals-00e8b0 Maxtor 300GB I don't need no stinking optical drive Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP ZR24w 24'' Samsung SyncMaster 24" logitech wireless k360 Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones 
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Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s Windows 10 Pro x64 17.3" FHD 16:9 (1920x1080) Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell) 
Audio
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 860 Biostar T5 XE Radeon HD 5870 Corsair 16GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital hard drive wd1001fals-00e8b0 Maxtor 300GB I don't need no stinking optical drive Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP ZR24w 24'' Samsung SyncMaster 24" logitech wireless k360 Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones 
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