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I got NO more then $500 to spend on a laptop.

And i'm needing help on picking one out.

Nothing fancy. Ideally a core i3 2310M +HD 3000 graphics is fine. (i like sandybridge. tongue.gif

I'm looking to get a thin as possible and as much bang for buck in terms of CPU and GPU power for $500..

maybe even a core i3 2310M + entry level nvidia or AMD GPu?

3GB of ram and 250GB HDD-500GB is all i need.

15.6" screen and 4-5 hr battery life.

so pretty modest. i just want my $500 to go the fathest as much as possible.
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post #2 of 24
You won't get a new laptop with an i3 and discrete graphics, period. So, i3/i5 + HD 3000 or AMD A6/A8?

The A6 gets about 30% higher FPS than HD 3000 (A8 is >10% on top of that). A6 has similar multi-threaded performance as an i3, maybe 40% slower single-threaded unless you overclock (no clue how to OC those APUs, but it seems like people have been doing it).
 
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post #3 of 24
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Ok. so i'll go with i3 _ HD 3000.

I like the Dell latiditudes and vostros'..

I'm seeing this that i like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157822
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post #4 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by nifatech2120 View Post

Ok. so i'll go with i3 _ HD 3000.
I like the Dell latiditudes and vostros'..
I'm seeing this that i like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157822


pretty good imho

post #5 of 24
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Hopefully i can get a thinner one.
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post #6 of 24
The Probook is pretty nice for a "business-class" laptop. One plus for it, if you wanted to hook up an external GPU it'd be pretty easy since it has an ExpressCard slot. Also perhaps this Asus K53; slightly faster i3 and it's $450: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+-+Matte+Dark+Brown+Suit/4566195.p?id=1218487084495&skuId=4566195&st=asus%20k53&cp=1&lp=1

Also this Samsung looks pretty nice. I think it's a 5 series. The 2-tone on the back is kind of meh on aesthetics but besides that, really clean. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP-RV520-A01US-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B005OUQAPK/ref=sr_1_68?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1328247449&sr=1-68

Edit: Oh, the Probook is 1.13" thick. I don't think there are any other 15" laptops thinner at <$500. The Dell Inspiron 14z 14" is roughly under $500 (if you can catch it on sale), about 1" thick but only 4.4 pounds. For carrying in a bag, the extra 1"-1.5" of length of a 15" over 14" is more noticable than +/- 0.2" thickness.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 2/2/12 at 9:48pm
 
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post #7 of 24
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Does the probook have any aluminum on it?
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post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by nifatech2120 View Post

Does the probook have any aluminum on it?

Mostly aluminum, except the bottom.
 
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post #9 of 24
I got a Lenovo G570 with a i5 2430 + HD3000, with 4GB RAM and 750GB HDD for $499.

If you could find one for that price I would highly recommend it.

Lenovo has a few notebooks in the G570 series, some with an i3, they might be closer to your price range.
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post #10 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by n1helix View Post

I got a Lenovo G570 with a i5 2430 + HD3000, with 4GB RAM and 750GB HDD for $499.
If you could find one for that price I would highly recommend it.
Lenovo has a few notebooks in the G570 series, some with an i3, they might be closer to your price range.

Impressive specs for only $500
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