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My sister gave me the option to find my own laptop for 1k as a graduation gift. I've been looking for over a few months and never saw anything good.

1. What is your budget?
$1,000
Possibly may add one or two hundred to get what I want.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15.6", I learned from looking around that people have bad experiences with portability using 17" laptops.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1920x1080

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
This is the laptop I'm going to use for college so probably just a portable gaming laptop.

5. How much battery life do you need?
If possible 4 hours or more? I looked and most gaming laptops only have 2-3 hours. I don't think that's enough.

6. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I'd like 500gb+ at 7200rpm. It really depends on if 7200 is much faster than 5400. Does it make a noticeable difference?

7. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
I'd like to be introduced to new sites that I have yet to know about.

8. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
I'd like my laptop to be able to last for a while.

9. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Don't really care about Optical drive. If possible, just a regular DVD player would be best.

10. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I'm not 100% sure about the brands, but I want a brand that has some reputation for not crapping out.

11. What country do you live in?
United States.

12. Graphics Card:
I'd like to find a laptop with a 560M or higher. I don't think there's a noticeable difference between 560, 570, and 580.
Also I would like to know how the 555 compares to the 560.

13. Processor:
I just read somewhere that gaming laptops don't really need a i7 instead of a i5. Is that true? Would the i7 reap more benefits or would a i5 do the job?
I've been looking at the 2670QM, but at the same time, I just chose that because of the ranking. Would a 2430 cut it or something lower?

14. Should I wait to buy on the laptop? Because I don't have any urgency on when I need to buy it.
Is there a time I should buy the laptop when it's cheaper? I just need to get it by August/September, before college.
post #2 of 9
I was in the same position you were 2 months ago and same options as well, I've looked all over and started to love the HP's. I ended up going with This! and switching out the GPU. Best bang for buck out there and under $1000, Also look at the ENVY 15 thumb.gif
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What kind of games do you want to play on the laptop?
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Do not.... let me stress this again... do not get a gaming laptop for school. College takes up 90% of your free time. Get an APU laptop and be done with it.
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I would add that 15" laptops are pretty heavy. My 13" Toshiba Portege R835 weighs 3.2 pounds. A typical 15" laptop weighs 5.5-6 pounds, and gaming 15" laptops usually weigh more. The 2 pounds makes a huge difference when you're already carrying 15-20 pounds of books and notebooks around all day. My suggestion would be, if you're getting a gaming laptop just for fun (ie work within your major could be done on something slower with worse graphics), you should get a 11-13" laptop in addition. It's only $300 for a cheap 11" dual-core netbook, well worth the price considering the 6-8 hours battery, half the weight (2.5-3 pounds), it'll fit on cramped desks, etc. I went this way for a while with a 15" and a netbook but I need more power on campus for schoolwork (engineering), so I went with a 13" i3.

But, for 15" gaming laptop, I'd go with the soon-to-release Lenovo Ideapad Y580. 1920x1080 resolution, backlit keyboard, around 4-5 hours battery life (TBD), Nvidia 660M which should atleast match the current 570M, Ivy Bridge quad, $900 base price (specs listed are the base model, AFAIK.). Weighs around 6 pounds, doesn't have the riced-out gamer look. There's also the Y480 14" with a 1600x900 option, no backlit KB and a Nvidia 650M. http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/lenovo-ideapad-laptops-CES-2012/
 
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post #6 of 9
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I'm thinking I'm going to be playing Guild Wars 2 when it comes out with my laptop. And...The reason I want a gaming laptop is because I have $1000 to spend, I don't want to get a small and weak laptop that's pretty much a netbook. The Lenovo Ideapad Y580 looks like a plausible option and I might consider getting it when it comes out. Is there any difference between i5 and i7 in gaming?

Also the HP dv6-6C16nr i7-2670QM looks really good too, but it has everything besides a good graphics card. How would you put that in? And how is your laptop holding up?
Edited by Epicestperson - 2/24/12 at 8:10am
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Originally Posted by cloudbyday View Post

Do not.... let me stress this again... do not get a gaming laptop for school. College takes up 90% of your free time. Get an APU laptop and be done with it.

This. Unless you're going for a joke of a major (which will also result in you not being able to find a job), college takes a ton of time. Get a laptop to do work. Leave the gaming on the desktop.
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post #8 of 9
I would definitely suggest the DV6z. Option it up to a A8-3550MX, 1080p screen, and 7690m. Buy yourself 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz ram to go with it, the APU works a ton better with 1600MHz ram, and there should be a nice fast gaming capable laptop with a low weight and healthy 8 or so hours of battery life.
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Originally Posted by hli53194 View Post

I would definitely suggest the DV6z. Option it up to a A8-3550MX, 1080p screen, and 7690m. Buy yourself 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz ram to go with it, the APU works a ton better with 1600MHz ram, and there should be a nice fast gaming capable laptop with a low weight and healthy 8 or so hours of battery life.

Where would I customize a dv6z? I'm just looking at all my options.
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