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Looks pretty sweet if you're looking for a portable budget laptop.
https://ssl.staples.ca/ENG/Zone/zone_postal.asp

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Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1GHz
4GB DDR3 Ram
750GB 5400RPM HDD
13.3" LED-backlit TFT LCD (1366x768)
66W 6000mAh 6-Cell Li-ion (Battery Life Up to 9 hours)
Windows 7 Home Premium
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0+HS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and HDMI
Media Card Reader SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD
Dimensions 0.87" /1.15"(H) x 12.63"(W) x 8.97"(D)
Weight 4.12 lb.
Warranty 1-Year Limited
Edited by DuckYy - 10/31/11 at 7:04am
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One of the customer reviews ciamed that the cpu throttled down in prime95 due to crappy thermal design. Makes sense, my i3 + 330m hit 70C on prime95 even with a cooler master u3.

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Originally Posted by OrangeBunnies View Post
One of the customer reviews ciamed that the cpu throttled down in prime95 due to crappy thermal design. Makes sense, my i3 + 330m hit 70C on prime95 even with a cooler master u3.

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I can confirm this. I had the same laptop except with the i5-2410m and the GT 540m and there is pretty intense CPU throttling.
post #4 of 12
the throttling can be mitigated on the i5 version. we have a nice detailed thread about it in the laptops section.
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the throttling can be mitigated on the i5 version. we have a nice detailed thread about it in the laptops section.
Yea, throttlestop can fix throttling easily. I have the i5 version and it plays sc2 on high settings at 35fps. Cpu temps get to 75 after repaste w as5
    
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the i3 version has a much lower thermal limit than the i5, which makes it more tricky, but it can be done.

and you can upgrade to an i5, and still probably pay less than i paid for mine
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is it easy to get to the cpu and change the TIM on these? will that help a little with the throttling?
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It isn't easy, persay, but it isn't difficult. It just takes a long time, since it requires pretty much total dissassembly.

http://broo2.blogspot.com/2011/07/ac...-teardown.html
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post #9 of 12

Pretty much the only tool you usually need is a mini phillips.

A mini screw driver set is great to have for taking apart laptops and electronics because sometimes you run into mini hex and torx screws. I have this one and definitely recommend it:

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Pretty much the only tool you usually need is a mini phillips.

A mini screw driver set is great to have for taking apart laptops and electronics because sometimes you run into mini hex and torx screws. I have this one and definitely recommend it:
Amazon.com: Maxtech 16521MX 32-Piece Precision Bit Set: Home Improvement
ebay has them for $5.
    
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