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I'll be in college 11 months from now.
However, I'm gonna need to purchase a nice laptop that will last me for quite a while. I also, don't want to break my bank.

I'm gonna be majoring in Information Technology, however. This sorta seems like it may be a problem with the budget deal. But...if need be, I'll sell off one and buy a bigger...better one...and go in debt more from student loans.

I'd like something with at least 2 core. Speeds of 2.4GHz+ preferred also. I was gonna look into a Phenom II quad core system. Then got to thinking about battery power and heat. (most AMD laptops I notice get hotter)

My budget is within $500. Prefer to be more like $400-$450ish. I know there are decent laptops in this price. I want something quality however, and not some POS Acer or HP. (Sorry, I just hate bloatware, and their service) Leaning towards ASUS, Dell, or MSI. I don't want the thing to weigh as much as a desktop. (Humor intended). I know I can't get something too powerful that's as light as a feather...

Sooo...if you guys could give me some recommendations, that'd be great. There's too many for me to pick from and narrow down.

EDIT : I have found two ACER's (yeah, I know...not trying to be hypocritical!)... but they seem to be the best fitting for my description.
#1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215163
#2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215120

More HDD & Larger screen for the $100. I'd say worth it in my case. But I'm still looking for other similar priced suggestions.
Edited by Stripes - 10/4/11 at 9:00pm
post #2 of 10
You should have made a thread last week! The Lenovo Z370 was on sale for $479.99 at Fry's. Has an i5-2410m and a 13.3" display with a DVD Drive. I get 6 hours of use with Wi-Fi on and typing in a document out of mine.

Nevertheless, you are not going to find a good laptop at your price mark. The best you can do is buy a netbook. The Lenovo X120e is a very solid netbook for the price.
post #3 of 10
Wait until Ivy Bridge, March-ish of next year. You'll get power, reduced heat, and crazy good battery life.
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The deals on the ASUS A53E-XN1 are amazing and seem to come in and out. I would keep an eye on that model for a price drop to around $350. It is quite powerful for day to day use if you are not doing heavy gaming. No need to drop significant money on a laptop, this thing is a monster.
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Here's an AMD A series laptop. for your price range, it will probably give you the best video performance:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834214402
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post #6 of 10
Don't even bother looking for laptops until 3 months ahead of when you need it. Nobody has a clue what exactly will be out in 11 months (short of: Ivy Bridge w/ its 35W quads, and Bulldozer APUs). Just wait. You're going to do twice as much research otherwise.

As for best out right now: Intel i3 and AMD A6, both are within the budget. Why anyone would look at Phenom II mobile quads in 2011 is beyond me.
 
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post #7 of 10
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I understand it's not wise to post this far ahead...however I'd like to get this laptop around Christmas or January... thus only a couple months of change. The "Ivy" sounds too pricey or elaborate. These A-Series chips...? What's so hot about them? And what does a Quad for Phenom II compare to a i3?
post #8 of 10
Push it off until Black Friday, man. You have time. That and you won't need much processing power. I thought I would for computer science... you don't. At least not in the first 2 years. Also, I'd recommend shelling out for a good brand, too, for the build quality. I'm not so sure if my m11x will make it all 4 years and it has a cushy shelf life in a case most of the time and I'm very loving of it. I'd say get a nice 2 core i5 with ht. Good luck with the search and, again, push it off. : )

I'd stick with the core i line. I'm not sure about the A series, though, they do look promising in design.
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I understand it's not wise to post this far ahead...however I'd like to get this laptop around Christmas or January... thus only a couple months of change. The "Ivy" sounds too pricey or elaborate. These A-Series chips...? What's so hot about them? And what does a Quad for Phenom II compare to a i3?
But do you understand that that's just months before Ivy Bridge and Bulldozer laptops are released? More specifically, they'll take price points of current laptops, meaning more performance and battery life for the same price. I just assumed most people here wouldn't want last-gen laptops especially going into college.

A-series APUs have integrated graphics as good as low-end 6000 / 500 series discrete. 33% better battery life vs. Phenom II, roughly same as Sandy Bridge i3. Better battery life than SB i3's for video playback, gaming, anything graphics intensive.

..As for Phenom II quads, they're slower than an i3 for multi-threaded, if you must know.
 
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Ah, so the lower single core clocked A series are better than the quad phenoms? Or close compared?

I don't think I need a lot of power for college itself, however it'd be nice to have for personal tasks. I may be forced to wait for this next year before purchase. Ivy sounds good if it's in my price range. However, I would like to get something now if it'll last me 5 years (at least). Is there any series I should look for on Black Friday? And will this ivy core compete with a current i3 / i5 with ht...or quad phenom? I don't care all to much about battery life, as long as it has a couple hours I'm fine.
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