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Hey guys, can you help me find a laptop under $600 on newegg.

I'm doing this for a friend, and all my friend needs is a fast computer to do lots of Microsoft word applications and a little bit of gaming.

Thanks!
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Does it have to be Newegg? What size screen?
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Well it can be anywhere that ships to Canada. He wants the screen to be under 14 inches
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HP DM1Z
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Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
AMD Dual-Core Processor E-450(1.65GHz, 1MB L2 Cache) + AMD Radeon HD 6320M Discrete-Class Graphics
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
No Additional Office Software
No additional security software
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
11.6" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
No Internal DVD or CD Drive
Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone
802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
Standard Keyboard
HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

$589.99

I have seen this run Starcraft II very well. Awesome little machine.
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post #5 of 7
You might want to option it down, get less ram, and install faster aftermarket ram. The E-450 responds really well to faster ram. I don't know what the specs are of the ram HP gives, but I imagine it's the cheapest one they get. So, take off $140 dollars, drop to 4gb, and get something like this: 1600mhz

That would lower your total before tax to $489.
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post #6 of 7
Fast laptop for office? And a little gaming? Under 14" screen? Could you define "little bit of gaming"? The best you can do with a <14" is Intel HD 3000, E-450 graphics just don't come close and a lot of games get bottlenecked by the CPU. I wouldn't pay over $450 for an E-350 or E-450 netbook, regardless. So either 13" standard-voltage i3, or a 14" A4 or A6 laptop would be my suggestion.

For 13" in that price range, I'd go with a Lenovo Ideapad Z370, Acer 3830T, or Toshiba Satellite L735. Asus U31SD is a good choice but probably too expensive.
 
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post #7 of 7
The selection is limited due to the price range and screen size. I buy mostly ASUS as I've always had a good experience with their hardware and laptops. I found a few selections below from newegg. Cheers.

$680 - ASUS NH51
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230132
+ GT 540M
- 5400RPM HD
- 15'6"

$530 - ASUS A53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230098
+ 6650M
+ 7200RPM HD
- 15'6"

$550 - MSI X370
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152287
- 6320
+ 7200RPM HD
+ 13'4"
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