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I start my first year of Uni in fall and I'm starting laptop shopping now. Don't really have a specific budget, I just want the best performance for a good price so I'm just looking at deals for now. Around the $500-700 CDN range but willing to be flexible.

My needs in a nutshell :
  • General school/office use
  • Vivid display. Resolution isn't too important (1366x768 works) but display quality is one of my top deciding factors. Is LED the best choice here?
  • 1080p/HD video playback
  • Decent Multi-tasking
  • Light-Mid Range gaming is a plus
  • Battery life should be decent, 5-6 hours on non-intensive use?

I'm usually an Intel fanboy but the AMD Llano line has got me interested. A8 seems to be the best but A6 seems to fit my budget more. Any large compromises here? I also heard that the Llano APUs have really crappy processors compared to SB lineup but does it really matter?

Looking at 2 options right now (Until I see more deals as back-to-school season approaches)

HP G6, A6-3400M
This deal seems really good, but I have a large bias against HP (And Acer). How are their recent offerings? Lack of LED is also putting me off slightly, but I can go instore and look at one directly to see the quality.

Basic Dell. I'm suppose to get a discount through my school for dell, but not sure if its already applied or how significant it is.

Then there's also the i5 + dedicated card laptop variations everywhere. Choosing a laptop is so much harder then making a desktop build because there's just too many choices out there for roughly the same thing. Which is why I'm just looking at deals for ones that stand out. D:

Anyways, this thread ended up getting way longer then I wanted.
tl;dr Is that HP a decent deal or should I wait more?
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Free Bump for my fellow Canadian!

Also, check out www.NCIX.com for laptops too... if you are in BC or ON. They have weekly sales and weekend sales!

Their prices are rather competitive!

P.S. I don't think Dell is as awesome as it was anymore... tends to rip you off once you try to customize their pre-configured packages. Just like most of their competitors would.
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Yep, I check out the weekly NCIX sales, saw some pretty good prices before but the really good ones tend to sell out real quick. I'm in AB but I can just ship it.

I would normally never even consider Dell, but just looked at it since I'm suppose to get a discount.
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Yep, I check out the weekly NCIX sales, saw some pretty good prices before but the really good ones tend to sell out real quick. I'm in AB but I can just ship it.

I would normally never even consider Dell, but just looked at it since I'm suppose to get a discount.
Oh... forgot to do one thing.

Eternith, Welcome to OCN!!!

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didn't anybody catch this? how can you view 1080p if you have a 1366x768 display?

Just sayin'
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didn't anybody catch this? how can you view 1080p if you have a 1366x768 display?

Just sayin'
Maybe he want's to hook it up to a TV and use it for Media?
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Maybe he want's to hook it up to a TV and use it for Media?
just thought of that.. good point.
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Most laptops with a discrete GPU (Not onboard) can play 1080p. A 6470m Will do it fine though it has 160 Shaders that is equipped in the Dell.

However the HP G6, A6-3400M has 320 Shaders at 400mhz. So it will be better by a good margin.
Those AMD APU's are decent on both the CPU and GPU Side so I would pick that.
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Intel 2500k 3103B297# 4.7ghz@1.408v AShitRock Z77 Extreme 4 (No.2) ATI Gigabyte 7870HD Crossfire 16GB Corsair XMS3/Kingston 1600mhz, 9-8-9-24-1T... 
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WD Caviar Green 1TB X2 (Boot/Storage), Seagate ... Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB (Backup) 2X Seagate Barracuda's 7200.7 60GB (Scratch) 2X Super Ritemaster CD/DVD 
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Noctua NHC14 P/P 200mm Front, 200mm Top, 120mm Side, 120mm Exhau... Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit G2220HD 21.5" BenQ at 1920X1080 
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Razer Blackwidow Ultmate BF3 Ediiton OCZ ZX 850w PSU HAF912A w 120mm Side fan Razer DeathAdder 3.5G 
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Razer Goliathus Control Edition Corsair Vengeance 1300's/Logitech 530's Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium PCI-e Lamptron FC8 Fan controller 
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Yes, I want to hook it up to my HDTV occasionally, guess I should have mentioned that specifically.
Main Build
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Intel i5 2500k ASUS P8P67 EVO HIS 5770 Mushkin 4GB 
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Seagate 1TB Generic Sony Win 7 Ultimate 64bit ASUS 23" 
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Antec Earthwatts 500w Antec Sonata III 
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Main Build
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Intel i5 2500k ASUS P8P67 EVO HIS 5770 Mushkin 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 1TB Generic Sony Win 7 Ultimate 64bit ASUS 23" 
PowerCase
Antec Earthwatts 500w Antec Sonata III 
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