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Laptop for under $800

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
HALP!

What is your maximum budget?
800

What country are you in?
US

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Gaming/Media

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Nah

What screen size do you require?
15+

What screen resolution do you require?
At least 1600x900

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
Any

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
No pref

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Rift - High+

What operating system do you need? (if any)
None

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
No

How much hard drive space do you need?
Any

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam

Is there anything else we need to know?
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post #2 of 10
right at 800 dollars
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246147

Under it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246156

you are not really going to find a laptop with the specs you want with the res you wanted, but if you can sacrifice your res, then everything else is good to go.

EDIT: found one that is pretty good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246131
that has the res you want too.
post #3 of 10
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I did some snooping and found this deal, what do you think? It's $699 before tax

# Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# 2nd generation Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) i5-2410M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
# 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6490M Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
# FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# FREE Upgrade to 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# No Additional Office Software
# No additional security software
# 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 5.5 hours of battery life +++
# 15.6" diagonal Full HD HP Anti-glare LED Display (1920 x 1080)
# SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
# HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
# Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN with Wireless Display Support
# Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad
# HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
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i7-2630QM Mobile Processor @ 2.9GHz Intel HM65 Chipset Mainboard GeForce GT 540M 2GB PCIe 8GB DDR3 Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
320GB 7200RPM 8X DVD+/-R/RW/4X +DL Windows 7 64bit 15.6" 
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My Laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2630QM Mobile Processor @ 2.9GHz Intel HM65 Chipset Mainboard GeForce GT 540M 2GB PCIe 8GB DDR3 Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
320GB 7200RPM 8X DVD+/-R/RW/4X +DL Windows 7 64bit 15.6" 
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post #4 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by End3R View Post
I did some snooping and found this deal, what do you think? It's $699 before tax

# Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
# 2nd generation Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) i5-2410M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
# 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6490M Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
# FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
# FREE Upgrade to 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
# No Additional Office Software
# No additional security software
# 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 5.5 hours of battery life +++
# 15.6" diagonal Full HD HP Anti-glare LED Display (1920 x 1080)
# SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
# HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
# Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN with Wireless Display Support
# Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad
# HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope
Link, must buy all.
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x3 OCZ Vertex 2 200 gb+ 2 tb spinpoint f3 Sony bluray burner/player Windows 7 64 X3 Asus 24 inch In 3D 
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Razer Arctosa Antec 1200W x2 Lian-Li x2000 RAZER Lachesis Banshee 
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post #5 of 10
If that is an HP laptop then no, don't get it, get the last laptop I linked. It is a better deal with a better GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246131

Lenovos are WAYYYYYYYYYYYY higher quality then HPs. HP also designs their laptops with purpose made fault points in them, so they break in certain spots.
post #6 of 10
1080p is a must have for everything I get. lol.

Can't stand big icons, big text, etc.
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x3 OCZ Vertex 2 200 gb+ 2 tb spinpoint f3 Sony bluray burner/player Windows 7 64 X3 Asus 24 inch In 3D 
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Razer Arctosa Antec 1200W x2 Lian-Li x2000 RAZER Lachesis Banshee 
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x3 OCZ Vertex 2 200 gb+ 2 tb spinpoint f3 Sony bluray burner/player Windows 7 64 X3 Asus 24 inch In 3D 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Arctosa Antec 1200W x2 Lian-Li x2000 RAZER Lachesis Banshee 
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Not only that, the card is gddr3 in the newegg one, the hp is gddr5, even if its a radeon
Elite Four x 2
(8 items)
 
My Laptop
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2630QM Mobile Processor @ 2.9GHz Intel HM65 Chipset Mainboard GeForce GT 540M 2GB PCIe 8GB DDR3 Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
320GB 7200RPM 8X DVD+/-R/RW/4X +DL Windows 7 64bit 15.6" 
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Elite Four x 2
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My Laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2630QM Mobile Processor @ 2.9GHz Intel HM65 Chipset Mainboard GeForce GT 540M 2GB PCIe 8GB DDR3 Corsair 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
320GB 7200RPM 8X DVD+/-R/RW/4X +DL Windows 7 64bit 15.6" 
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
1080p is a must have for everything I get. lol.

Can't stand big icons, big text, etc.
1600x900 is a lot of pixels for a 17 inch screen. 1080p is a little high res for that small of a screen.
post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by End3R View Post
Not only that, the card is gddr3 in the newegg one, the hp is gddr5, even if its a radeon
that doesn't make that much of a difference. It is a mobile card, in a desktop card it would matter, but for a laptop it won't matter anyway. Plus either card will easily run rift at max settings. My GF has a lenovo Y560 with an HD 5730 in it, and it runs most games really well, it would be enough for rift at max settings. I would say get the lenovo, it is higher quality and better tech support.
post #10 of 10
http://www.neweggbusiness.com/Produc...82E16834131116

Use coupon code: FBFAN50

$650 for the laptop

i5 2410m
GT 540m graphics card
1600x900 display
4 GB RAM
500 GB Hard Drive

Specs are much better than the above listed laptops and its cheap, too.

When signing up for Newegg business, type "n/a" when it asks for Tax ID #.
Edited by Idra - 7/29/11 at 10:05am
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Windows 7 22" Dell Das Keyboard Model S Antec Earthwatts 750w 
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