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Please Help me find my Wife a new Laptop! Suggestions needed.

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Okay, so for many years my wife has use her HP 520-series laptop which is now in need of retirement and replacement. And, OMG let me tell you this thing is old and she's having a hard time letting it go(attachment reasons)

Anyways I wanted to surprise her with a new laptop because that old laptop is now having errors, it just keeps overheating and dying(probably due to the heatsinks and fan not being cleaned for years) She still insists on using it, I went ahead and pull everything apart and cleaned all the dust bunnies out but the laptop is still having random shutdowns, so its time to replace it.

I would like to ask the community for some suggestions on what I could order today as a good laptop that will be worth the money and here is a list of what I am to expect from this new laptop:

Intel Processor - i3/i5(She probably won't ever need an i5 but it would be nice for future reasons)
Ram - At least 4gb of ram
Built in Webcam/Microphone
Around 160-200GB of Harddrive space is fine, more would be good
Graphics card- probably wouldn't need one so Integrated is fine(She really only plays like mini flash games)
15-16 inch screen

I need something reliable and comfortable to use. I would like to save as much money as possible too, but my budget is 700(just to throw it out there, as I know my wife won't need a 1000 dollar laptop although I don't mind spending a few hundred dollars more)

I want to say Thank you in advance for your time and suggestions
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 128gb SSD w/1TB HDD Asus DVD-RW/CDRW Windows 7 Professional Gateway HD2201 22in LED 1080 
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Seasonic X-850 Azza Salano 1000 
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Any opinions on styling or brand? You could get a 15" i5 laptop for about $5-600, or an i3 for around $4-500. This Vaio E with an i5 for $580 is solid. Blu-Ray option for $70 more. http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...52921644784018

There's an i5 Vaio C for $730 with i3, $810 with i5, similar in specs but it has a classier look and a backlit keyboard. Better upgrade options(1080p screen - but I'm guessing that's overkill?). http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/sto...52921644784022

This Lenovo Ideapad Z570 has an i5, pretty similar to the Vaio E(spec-wise). http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...%3A00003ED8%3A

Of course you could do cheaper, but these are some of the nicest systems in your budget with integrated graphics. And IMO, there's not much point going much more than $700 for something with integrated. It just ends up being extra $100's spend for 0.1" less thickness.
 
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1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 250 GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 20X DVD-R/RW Thermaltake MaxOrb 
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ASUS U36SD

Sandy Bridge i5, 4GB of RAM, GT520M, 13.3" screen, 640GB HDD, really lightweight. Only downside really is the lack of a CD drive which is easily solved by a USB drive. My friend just picked this up, it is awesome and what I would buy if I had the money to drop on a new laptop.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll take a look at the Lenovo tonight_

I'm really looking for something that is sleek in clean looking and design, something that feels comfortable to type with and feels sturdy would be a plus also.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i72600K Sandybridge @ 4.8ghz MSi P67A-GD65 Galaxy GTX 580 @930mhz GSkill CL7 2x4gb 1333 @ 1866 9-10-9-24-1T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 128gb SSD w/1TB HDD Asus DVD-RW/CDRW Windows 7 Professional Gateway HD2201 22in LED 1080 
PowerCase
Seasonic X-850 Azza Salano 1000 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i72600K Sandybridge @ 4.8ghz MSi P67A-GD65 Galaxy GTX 580 @930mhz GSkill CL7 2x4gb 1333 @ 1866 9-10-9-24-1T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial C300 128gb SSD w/1TB HDD Asus DVD-RW/CDRW Windows 7 Professional Gateway HD2201 22in LED 1080 
PowerCase
Seasonic X-850 Azza Salano 1000 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500gig 7200rpm hdd + corsair force gt SSD 120 gig corsair h60 Windows 7 acer S231HL 
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6gigs 640 5,000 RPM Blue ray player Coolin pad and hp coolsense tempature control 
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Windows 7 Asus Beats 
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Phenom 6core 1045T @ 3.2 Ghz ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX Amd radeon 6870 8gigs ddr3 1600 
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bankaikiller
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Bankai laptop
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Glowing Reaper
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 2500k @4.1ghz Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 (3waysli) 2 gtx 560 ti's evga super clocked G.Skill 8gigs 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500gig 7200rpm hdd + corsair force gt SSD 120 gig corsair h60 Windows 7 acer S231HL 
PowerCaseAudioOther
800 watt corsair NZXT Tempest EVO  USB Creative sound blaster X-FI Go Pro Razer Carcharias headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K12 quadcore processor 4MB l2 cache 358D AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6620G integrated  AMD Radeon 6750M dedicated (crossfired with 6620g) 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
6gigs 640 5,000 RPM Blue ray player Coolin pad and hp coolsense tempature control 
OSKeyboardAudio
Windows 7 Asus Beats 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 6core 1045T @ 3.2 Ghz ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX Amd radeon 6870 8gigs ddr3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB sata Barracuda Compact disk DVD+RW air  Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
S231HL LCD Monitor Asus 800 Watt corsair GS 800 Roswell 
MouseAudio
Asus realtek 
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