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There is a microcenter 3 miles north from where I work, I am getting paid this Friday and my tax return comes in next Monday-Thursday. I am deciding between these two.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0380610

and this laptop

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230130

My budget is usually 650 (with taxes since it seems MO residents get taxed from online shopping)
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i would look at the HP as it has AMD Radeon™ HD 6490M graphics and a few other things that makes it attractive smile.gif
my fav is lenovo if you can find a nice think or idea pad at your microcenter
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:CompareByNeed?current-category-id=653343E0DE54435882FABC3CE1BC569A
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I was originally going to buy Lenovo Z570

BTW I prefer Intel i5 cpu
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post #5 of 11
I would look at this Dell Inspiron 15R. Phone that in and a guaranty if you act uncertain and try multiple times you'll get it with more for the same price or get that cheaper thumb.gif.
post #6 of 11
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Eh I never really liked dell tbh than again they may have stepped up to the plate and got their stuff together.
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyroo89 View Post

Eh I never really liked dell tbh than again they may have stepped up to the plate and got their stuff together.

I'm happy with mine thumb.gif. All the brands mentioned here are good too so what ever your pick you should be fine.
post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by UltraHoboLord View Post

I'm happy with mine thumb.gif. All the brands mentioned here are good too so what ever your pick you should be fine.

Eh I noticed the hp dv6 has beats audio and eh I hate how they have that displayed on the laptop ( time to look for another.)


After doing more research, I noticed the only difference between i3 and i5 is little bit more performance (not much really) and turbo boost and that is it. This is OCN I'm sure I can OC the cpu myself and make up for the "turboboost" that is on the i5
Edited by andyroo89 - 2/15/12 at 8:41am
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyroo89 View Post

Eh I noticed the hp dv6 has beats audio and eh I hate how they have that displayed on the laptop ( time to look for another.)
After doing more research, I noticed the only difference between i3 and i5 is little bit more performance (not much really) and turbo boost and that is it. This is OCN I'm sure I can OC the cpu myself and make up for the "turboboost" that is on the i5

Actually it is not possible to OC Intel CPUs. Do you wish to play games on this laptop? If so, both of those will not be very good at it.

I would suggest checking out Lenovo's Outlet Y series for some great deals like the one I got. I have not had any issues with mine and it is refurbished.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 2/15/12 at 4:14pm
   
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post #10 of 11
Yeah don't get HP, compaq, or Acer laptops. I didn't think I saw those in this thread.
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