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What is your maximum budget?
Up to $2300, although I came here because I would like to spend a lot less...
What country are you in?
USA
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Word, Programming, interwebs, gaming on occasion. General college junk
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Would like brands that are known for their durability such as Lenovo.
What screen size do you require?
Nothing larger than 15.6 inches diagonal.
What screen resolution do you require?
Would like at least 1680x1050. Will settle for 1440x900.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
I would consider a factory refurbish with a decent warranty.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6-7 Hours ideally. Will settle for 5.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Any recent game at around low-medium settings. Popular LAN games that people may play in college when we have some free time.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Something very solid/durable. I would like as much aluminum and as little plastic as possible.
How much hard drive space do you need?
500GB+

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Integrated webcam is a must.

Is there anything else we need to know?
Basically, find me the best alternative to the MBP 15inch. I am hesitant to drop ~$2000 on the MBP. I'm looking for the best laptop PC that matches or exceeds the balance of construction, power , and portability of the high-end 15inch MPB without the associated cost. I don't want a gaming laptop, but a laptop that can game. The closest laptop I have come across is a customized HP dv6 series.
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lenovo thinkpad is the best for durability. you should also check out those hp envy laptops because they're all aluminum.
    
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lenovo thinkpad is the best for durability. you should also check out those hp envy laptops because they're all aluminum.
This. I have an x120e that I absolutely love for college. It can't run most modern games, but I have a rig for that. Plus it's built like a brick sh**house.
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look into the apu laptops there much cheaper than your max, you can get upto a quadcore, and it will have a 62xx-65xx, which is decent for low range light gaming, i play league of legends comfortably on mine

this is what i got http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=039993
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Great suggestions everyone. I would like to add that stores with student discounts are more than welcomed.
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Great suggestions everyone. I would like to add that stores with student discounts are more than welcomed.
deals2buy.com they have all kinds of hp promo codes, it's a little long but will save you $$ so it's worth it imo
    
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If you already have the MBP in sight, you can check out Lenovo.
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Sager NP5165
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5165-...wconfigure=yes

Can put in an i7, GTX 555, 8GB 1600 RAM and add a warranty and it will be around 1100-1400.
If you wanted you could also drop an SSD in it as well and have an HD caddy installed so you could drop your own HD in it (note: you would have no optical drive.) I'd do a 120GB SSD, the caddy then buy a 2TB HD and that would run around $1500 (factoring in the price of a 2TB HD) w/o the extended warranty and 1800 with the 3 year full coverage. Or stick up a bit more cash and get a 300GB SSD.

You could also look at the Sager NP8150
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8150-...wconfigure=yes
This one comes with a GTX 560 and can have a GTX 480 or 580 dropped into it but I don't think it's worth 300-500 more for it.
You could easily purchase this as a stock model and be happy or upgrade certain parts to fit your liking.



Battery life on these as long as you're not gaming or watching videos and don't constantly leave the brightness at max (it's not necessary) can be around 6 hours. Mine goes 3-4 hours for gaming as I drop the brightness to 75% or so and 6-7 hours if I'm just browsing OC.
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You could check out the Dell XPS 15z.
http://www.dellxps15z.com/
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