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Looking for a $800 school and light gaming laptop

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1) What is your budget?

Lets try and keep it under $800. I am willing to go slightly above if something nice pops up.

2) What size notebook would you prefer?

12-14 inches. Preferably thin.

3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

USA

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

a. Like:
b. Dislike: Apple


5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

No

6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

Mainly working on schoolwork. I will be doing some light gaming as well. As long as the game runs I should be fine, even if it is on the lowest possible settings at native resolution.

7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

Taking it to different places, mainly school.

8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

A lot of BC2 and BF3. I don't care as long as they run, even on lowest settings.

9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

5+ hours, preferably 6+. This means the laptop will most likely have Nvidia Optimus or some other form of graphics switching technology.

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

Buying online is fine with me as long as it isn't NewEgg since then I need to pay tax.

11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

Windows 7

Screen Specifics

12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?

1366x768 or higher is fine

13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?

It really doesn't matter

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

Well, as long as it isn't too ugly...

15) When are you buying this laptop?

Within the next week

16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

2 years should be good

Notebook Components

17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

Anything higher than 250GB is fine, and no SSD needed.

18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

Optical drive isn't needed





I was very strongly considering this one and I would have bought it except of the problem with CPU throttling... If it didn't have that issue I would have bought it by now.

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 Notebook Intel Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) 13.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

Something with a similar GPU would be nice. I can't stand CPU throttling though since I will be gaming as well.
post #2 of 7
I'm in the same boat looking for a laptop with same criteria for a sibling. I'm looking at the ACER TimelineX series 13.3 or 15.6. Has a 2410m and 540m GT. Great specs.
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post #3 of 7
Check out the y470:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/ideapad/y-series/y470

I recently bought the y570 for a cousin, great machine and pretty good battery. It'll play every game out at medium, most will play high/very high (depending on your fps tolerance.) It handles BC2 on high at 30 fps, low at around 60. Just make sure you remember to enable the games in nVidia optimus, otherwise you'll get terrible performance when you game.

EDIT: they're havig a deal on the website, if you get the bluray version that's usually 1250 bucks, with the coupon code you can get it for 800. If you want blu-ray, this is a great deal.
Edited by AllyOmega - 8/1/11 at 1:45pm
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I've been looking for something with pretty much the same price range for the same reason. I'm wondering what you guys would think about
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246094
As a laptop for school and some gaming. I feel the quad core would help take out some of those background processes and the graphics card is fairly decent (I believe notebookcheck says its slightly better or slightly worse then the 540m, its like a 1% difference)

after re-reading i see that mine wouldn't meet the battery life, and the screen is a bit large.
5-6 hours is asking for a really nice battery in my opinion though, I've never seen one last that long.
Edited by killer boi - 8/1/11 at 1:40pm
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Acer-TimelineX-AS3830TG-6431-13-3-Inch-Aluminum/dp/B0051OL8R4"]Amazon.com: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3830TG-6431 13.3-Inch Laptop (Cobalt Blue Aluminum): Computer & Accessories[/ame] if you're a student you will get a FREE xbox 360 slim 4GB

edit: just finished reading the OP tongue.gif the cpu throttling is mostly caused by the slim factor, small fan on the system and should be easily solved with a laptop cooler and a repaste of the hsf biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 7
If you can find it online, I think the X460DX is a good buy.
I can't really find it online anywhere, only in Canada for the MSI-X460DX. It's a Sandy i5, slim series, switchable 540m.
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Battlefield 3. $800. No refurb/used. 14". NO
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