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I am going back to school so I need to buy a laptop. Obviously you don't need much of a laptop to do school work, but this is overclock.net right? wink.gif Soooo I would also like it to be fast. I'm a gamer, but I know my price range isn't in the gaming laptop market. So just the next best thing would be awesome. Best Buy has this one listed on their website:
Lenovo i3

Is this a good price for performance or just an average deal? I know with black Friday next week I should be able to get a good bang for my buck. I just don't want to pick out a bad deal.

Any help/ advice would be greatly appreciated. I am a complete noob in this category!

Thanks! thumb.gif

Edit: Almost forgot I'm looking in the $3-400 USD range. Yes I can fudge that a bit if its worth it.
 
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Lenovo is about the only non gaming laptop I will purchase. My wife has basically the exact same laptop except for a few differences. I bought hers from Lenovo. Rather than a third party. She is extremely happy with the build quality and performance as she uses it for everything including college.
If all you plan to use this laptop for is school and light gaming. Nothing graphic intensive. You should be fine.
Lenovo is much beter build quality than most laptops. If you want more under the hood with less durability you might consider Acer, Be warned, I refuse to purchase Acer anymore as the last one broke right after the warranty ran out. But, if you get an extended warranty, that should not be a problem.
For the price, you cannot get much more. Lenovo makes a reliable stable product as well.
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Originally Posted by zalittle View Post

Lenovo is about the only non gaming laptop I will purchase. My wife has basically the exact same laptop except for a few differences. I bought hers from Lenovo. Rather than a third party. She is extremely happy with the build quality and performance as she uses it for everything including college.
If all you plan to use this laptop for is school and light gaming. Nothing graphic intensive. You should be fine.
Lenovo is much beter build quality than most laptops. If you want more under the hood with less durability you might consider Acer, Be warned, I refuse to purchase Acer anymore as the last one broke right after the warranty ran out. But, if you get an extended warranty, that should not be a problem.
For the price, you cannot get much more. Lenovo makes a reliable stable product as well.

Thanks for the advice! They didn't have that one so I got this ASUS:
K53

Seems pretty nice. They had one Lenovo there for 499.00 it was nice, but it was just too much of a stretch for my wallet.

If this one is no good I have 14 days to return it! thumb.gif

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Vertex 3 240GB raid0 WD Caviar Black 1TB Dual Loop Water Cooling Windows7 
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Regardless of the product you choose to buy. I highly suggest you get an extended warranty on your laptop. I have seen to many laptops become faulty right after the standard 1 year warranty is up. I even bought an ASUS laptop notebook from Newegg once only to return as the sound had an internal hardware issue. Desktops are much easier to maintain. So chose wisely Jedi. As the force is with you.
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