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[Newegg] ASUS GAMING LAPTOP (K53TA-BBR6/refurbished) - $399.99

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230216

*AMD Quad-Core A6-3400M 1.4GHz (ez to OC and undervolt) thumb.gif
*4 GB PC3-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 (1x4gb stick, so you could add another 4gb ez)
*6650m 1gb gpu (6720g2 w/ the apu) thumb.gif
*500gb hdd (5400 rpm)
*6-cell battery
*15.6" LED backlight screen

Only downsides I see are the 90 day warranty and not the best screen quality.

One reviewer summed it up saying "Screen isn't great by any means, though the banding is fixed by a BIOS update, but it isn't bad compared to other laptops in this price range. A little grainy in darker areas but nothing terribly noticeable."

It's the lappy in my sig thumb.gif

Edit:

(AMD calls the gpu combination of the 6650m and 6520g the AMD Radeon HD 6720g2)
(The cpu also has an unlocked multiplier for those wanting to OC)
Edited by CpHaAiOnS - 6/5/12 at 6:55am
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Welp, I guess it's only a good deal to me, lol rolleyes.gif
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Interesting find. Seems like Best Buy was closing them out last year for $450. Found a big thread over on SD.
I would pick this over a netbook but if you can wait for Trinity I would hold out.

http://slickdeals.net/f/3183764-ASUS-K53TA-BBR6-Laptop-AMD-Quad-Core-A6-3400M-1-4GHz-APU-15-6-LED-4GB-DDR3-500GB-HDD-1GB-AMD-Radeon-HD-6650-HDMI-WiFi-N-6-cell-Win-7-Prem-64-bit-450

Good: Both CPU and GPU can be overclocked. Ram can be upgraded [2 slots, 1 empty slot].
Bad: Entry level dedicated GPU. Seems like asymmetric CF doesn't help much.

"The AMD Radeon HD 6720G2 is the combination of a integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G APU processor graphics card and a dedicated entry level AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card in CrossFire combination. It is called AMD Dual Graphics or asymmetric CrossFire and uses AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) to render different frames on the two graphic cores."
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6720G2.57274.0.html
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Interesting find. Seems like Best Buy was closing them out last year for $450. Found a big thread over on SD.
I would pick this over a netbook but if you can wait for Trinity I would hold out.
http://slickdeals.net/f/3183764-ASUS-K53TA-BBR6-Laptop-AMD-Quad-Core-A6-3400M-1-4GHz-APU-15-6-LED-4GB-DDR3-500GB-HDD-1GB-AMD-Radeon-HD-6650-HDMI-WiFi-N-6-cell-Win-7-Prem-64-bit-450
Good: Both CPU and GPU can be overclocked. Ram can be upgraded [2 slots, 1 empty slot].
Bad: Entry level dedicated GPU. Seems like asymmetric CF doesn't help much.
"The AMD Radeon HD 6720G2 is the combination of a integrated AMD Radeon HD 6520G APU processor graphics card and a dedicated entry level AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics card in CrossFire combination. It is called AMD Dual Graphics or asymmetric CrossFire and uses AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) to render different frames on the two graphic cores."
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6720G2.57274.0.html

I figure I'll mod it a little and put a medium OC. For ~400, it'll be my new play toy.
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for $400 it should be a lot of fun. Maybe sell my netbook and pick one
of these Asus up.

Much better of a gaming experience then those $800 i7 with only the
intel hd graphics 3000.
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for $400 it should be a lot of fun. Maybe sell my netbook and pick one
of these Asus up.
Much better of a gaming experience then those $800 i7 with only the
intel hd graphics 3000.

That's what I figured. I've wanted a solid netbook... But I always want the ability to game. If this were 11-14" it'd be absolutely perfect! As it is... I couldn't pass it up for 400. Ppl say the battery life on it rocks too. That's a huge plus. I've been wanting a cheap laptop to drag around. This fits the budget and my minimum spec requirements.
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I had this exact laptop, hands down the best gaming laptop for the money EVER.


The CPU will do 2.3GHz on the STOCK voltage!

This thing can play absolutely any game well. TEmps are great, amazing overall.


But yes the screen sucks like pretty much every other laptop under $1000
    
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I have this laptop and yes it overclocks amazingly well, its pretty nice overall except I hate the touch pad and the edges of the case are sharp sometimes but other than that, its pretty nice, I use it for school thumb.gif
 
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would be nice if it was the N series rolleyes.gif
for ~$400 this has to be one of the best values of this year.

graphics card is a monster
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6650M.43962.0.html
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I had this exact laptop, hands down the best gaming laptop for the money EVER.
The CPU will do 2.3GHz on the STOCK voltage!
This thing can play absolutely any game well. TEmps are great, amazing overall.
But yes the screen sucks like pretty much every other laptop under $1000

Running laptop on 2.6-2.8ghz on stock voltage(1.3v) but i heard people pushed it to 3.0 but you will need better cooling solutions, also, you can under volt the cpu while running it on stock settings.
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