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I program alot, this is what I would be using the laptop for mainly is coding and web browsing.. I'd use it as a media hub as well, alot of music and movies would be on the computer. What are my best options in this price range?

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Since you're going to be doing a lot of coding, I would GUESS that you should probably have more cores. For 500, this is a pretty good deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

It's an acer which I'm normally not a big fan of, but the price is pretty great for a quad core. Plus, you mentioned you'd like to use it as a media hub so I would think the 17" lcd should work out nicely for you. Not very portable but then again, what 17" laptop is lol Plus, as I just said, the bigger screen will be nice if you plan to watch a lot of movies on it
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Originally Posted by jrockut83 View Post
Since you're going to be doing a lot of coding, I would GUESS that you should probably have more cores. For 500, this is a pretty good deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

It's an acer which I'm normally not a big fan of, but the price is pretty great for a quad core. Plus, you mentioned you'd like to use it as a media hub so I would think the 17" lcd should work out nicely for you. Not very portable but then again, what 17" laptop is lol Plus, as I just said, the bigger screen will be nice if you plan to watch a lot of movies on it
This. The laptop is great for the price. Probably can do some light gaming like CS:S since it has decent gpu.
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Wow. Yeah that IS a good deal. I'd go with that sucker in a heartbeat.
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Originally Posted by jrockut83 View Post
Since you're going to be doing a lot of coding, I would GUESS that you should probably have more cores. For 500, this is a pretty good deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

It's an acer which I'm normally not a big fan of, but the price is pretty great for a quad core. Plus, you mentioned you'd like to use it as a media hub so I would think the 17" lcd should work out nicely for you. Not very portable but then again, what 17" laptop is lol Plus, as I just said, the bigger screen will be nice if you plan to watch a lot of movies on it
The battery life isnt too great tho... 2.7 hours on a 17" is pretty laughable, but if youll be AC'd all the time, this is pretty much the best laptop youll find in this price range... and id say the gpu is pretty decent in here, 512MB is pretty good for a laptop. go for it.
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I've picked out Toshiba i3s for a few people that were $430 and are great. I have one and I played L4D2 on it in windowed mode, all low settings. Not amazing but it's pretty good.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+...20i3&cp=1&lp=3
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 8/3/11 at 12:52pm
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