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My knowledge is a little out of date, I need help buying a new laptop.

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Hi guys, I used to know things about computers, now I don't. My current desktop that I built 5 years ago is a socket 939 with 1gb of ram, it somehow still works despite never being upgraded. However, I'm starting university in september and I need something a bit more reliable and more importantly - mobile.

So, here's the facts:

I'm in the UK, my budget is somewhere between £300-650. I'll be using it for general office applications but would also like it to capable of running Football Manager, with lots of databases loaded. Not so fussed about other games. No real brand loyalty, Screen size or res doesn't bother me, I'd be more concerned about fitting the laptop inside a bag. It doesn't need to be brand new, just working. I'd like the battery to be capable of lasting over 1hr. Not fussed about operating system, I'll probably put in a different stripped down one anyway. No preference on style or special hardware. I'd like at least 500gb of hdd space.

I'd like something that's somewhat durable also, I'm not the most careful of people.

Cheers!
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Off the top of my head I would recommend something like the HP Probook line of notebooks since they are road warriors, build to last (or so they say). There are probably many alternatives like the Dell Vostro line that are also built for professionals. If you're wondering why I'm suggesting professional laptops, the reason is that they have usually the best build quality and are also meant to be carried around much more than a typical consumer laptop. Any new laptop would hold the charge over an hour, the minimum is about 2.5-3h nowadays. A 14 inch screen also strikes the best balance between screen real estate and portability as lappies this size get to about 2-2.5kg. 15"ers get to about 3kilos. About performance - for large database you need lots of RAM, 4GB would be a good idea and it's pretty much standard nowadays. As processor, depending on your interests there are 2 alternatives at that price point:
*Intel Core i3 - good processor cores, inadequate integrated graphics; unrecommended for games
*AMD A8 (or the slower A6) - adequate processor, good integrated graphics
Chances are either one of them would be quite a bit faster than the socket 939 rig unless you have a 3.6+GHz dual core on it. Both processors consume a small amount of power, buying an AMD doesn't mean you need to sacrifice battery life any more.

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