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My current laptop (probably 5 years old?) is on it's way out. It was a HP DV6000 series. It was an "ok" laptop dual core 1.7, 2GB RAM but the intel graphics meant I cannot do much HD video or game related material.. even angry birds is choppy

So my new laptop must be able to handle HD videos as well as some of the more basic games (lego batman, etc). The other must is that it needs to support HDMI out so I can watch movies on a tv in the hotel when I travel.

I'd prefer an I3 or I5 cpu, around 4GB RAM and possibly a dedicated gpu and 15-16" screen. Would like to keep it around $700. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Here's a decent choice since it just went on sale and it's under your budget now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215119

I personally don't really like acer products though so I would really suggest something more like this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246155

Now, the lenovo has an i3 whereas the acer has an i5 but I would personally trust the lenovo more. Plus, the lenovo is quite a bit cheaper which would keep a few more bucks in your pocket. If you don't mind going for an APU processor though, you could get something like this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230001

I think this is a great choice since you're getting an i7 for that price. The downside is reduced processor clock frequency but since it's an i7 - you would be fine. The price however is quite a bit more than the lenovo. Hope this gives you some things to think about!
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I was actually looking at that acer earlier. It's a great deal but I definitely like the price of that Lenovo better.

The Lenovo has the HDMI port and a dedicated card as well. Would the 520M be able to play basic games like Lego series, DMC4 (not high settings) and such? Does it use an Intel gpu for 2D like the Acer does?

An I3 would be fine for what this would be used for. Updating products on my web based store, browsing, movies and lite gaming.
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