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What is your maximum budget?
I'd say $1100.

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Mainly gaming, web, videos, etc.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not picky at all.

What screen size do you require?
I'd like to stay above 14in.

What screen resolution do you require?
1600x900 or better

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
This is actually one of my main questions, are recertified laptops safe to buy? I'm looking at a couple ASUS ones on newegg, and they have great discounts on them and I was wondering if they were a pretty safe bet to purchase.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Don't really care, 2 hours maybe?

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
WoW, Starcraft on Ultra (if possible), and be able to play SWTOR comfortably when it comes out.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Gaming

How much hard drive space do you need?
500GB would be my minimum

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nope
post #2 of 13
have you considered a desktop possibly?

I got a laptop back when I first started college.. and wish I would have had the option back then to pick up a cheap netbook and desktop.
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post #3 of 13
I recommend Sager yet again. XoticPC
post #4 of 13
THERE IS NO GAMING IN COLLEGE, JUST STUDIES. Jk

+1 on the desktop, I didn't really use my laptop for taking notes in the classroom....but then again I was a CS major and had a computer in front of me anyway..
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THERE IS NO GAMING IN COLLEGE, JUST STUDIES. Jk

+1 on the desktop, I didn't really use my laptop for taking notes in the classroom....but then again I was a CS major and had a computer in front of me anyway..
Actually I'm a comp sci major now.. long story short I've been in college a while due to my share of mess ups.

To get a quality "gaming laptop" you could just as easily get a cheap netbook for notes, then buy a desktop for games.. best of all worlds.

Even as a comp sci major with computers infront of me a lot of the time.. I'm still considering an ultra portable A. just because. B. In my project courses.. it gets more difficult to work with my group.. when I'm the only one without a laptop and they don't want to work in the lab.. C. I find myself trying to do more and more.. and as battery life gets longer and weight decreases.. smaller footprints are even more tempting so that I can keep working during lunch.
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post #6 of 13
Should be able to play all the games your asking for and it's cheap too.
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post #7 of 13
+1 on desktop. I NEVER took my laptop to class. A lot of professors don't like student having laptops anyways
post #8 of 13
A netbook would be a good choice since the battery life is long so it can be with you all day.
post #9 of 13
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Actually thats what I'm planning on majoring in college is Computer Science. And I have thought of building a nice desktop, and then getting a cheap laptop for notes or w/e but I just can't seem to fit that in my budget. =/ The cheapest quality netbook I could find is around $299, and when building a desktop that includes a monitor and a copy of windows 7 in the cost, it just turns out going over my budget. So, I figured I'd just be better off with getting the laptop.

If anyone could help me pick out a cheap netbook and then parts for a desktop (must include a monitor and Windows 7 OEM) then I would prob rather go that way. My absolute max budget for this would be around $1200 and thats really pushing it.
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Actually thats what I'm planning on majoring in college is Computer Science. And I have thought of building a nice desktop, and then getting a cheap laptop for notes or w/e but I just can't seem to fit that in my budget. =/ The cheapest quality netbook I could find is around $299, and when building a desktop that includes a monitor and a copy of windows 7 in the cost, it just turns out going over my budget. So, I figured I'd just be better off with getting the laptop.

If anyone could help me pick out a cheap netbook and then parts for a desktop (must include a monitor and Windows 7 OEM) then I would prob rather go that way. My absolute max budget for this would be around $1200 and thats really pushing it.
If you can wait then do so.

Your school should offer VIA MSDNAA a free copy of windows which should account for 150$ or so that won't come out of your budget.

I've seen various monitors on new egg drop as low as 100$ that were fairly nice monitors.

From there.. thats 1100$ for a netbook and desktop and it becomes a balancing act tbh.

I would wager your better off even having to buy a monitor with a netbook + desktop combo..

I wasted a lot of money on a gaming laptop that could play Oblivion and F.E.A.R. before crysis came out.

The truth is your not looking at a "hardcore pwnage desktop" but, your looking at a midrange desktop and relatively low end netbook. The upside is even if out of date these will all last a lot longer. Gaming laptops have pretty short lifespans.. All of that power in a relatively small form factor creates problems.. heating up/cooling down makes plastic brittle fast.. and when you look at gaming laptops.. thats what? 100C in the case? cools down.. heats up again off and on.. day in day out hour after hour. Then the more you actually move it around and bring it to class.. the more wear and tear that plastic suffers. So your laptop.. then becomes stationary to avoid more damage after a year or two.. You then start questioning how much a decent desktop will cost because, you realize your laptop may die at any time.

Or at least thats what happened to me.
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