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Hi guys, I'm graduating soon and my parents are planning on buying me a laptop as a present for college. Naturally, I come to this forum for help choosing which!

What is your maximum budget?

$800 bucks. The less I need to spend, the better.

What country are you in?

The grand (relatively) ole' U.S. of A.

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Productivity, like Microsoft Word and Web browsing, along with gaming and media uses.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

I'd prefer it not come from HP and Dell, but if you can convince me that one of their laptops are worth it, then by all means try.

What screen size do you require?

13 to 15 inches.

What screen resolution do you require?

I'd prefer 1440x900 and up, but 720p would work well enough if it has other good specs.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

Preferably new. It'd have to be a heck of a deal for me to buy one refurnished.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

6 hours would be ideal for me.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

I want the ability to play any game out at medium settings. Of course, if that's not possible then I'm fine with low settings.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

I'd prefer something sleek, but I'm a function-over-fashion kind of guy.

How much hard drive space do you need?

500 gigs is good. 320gb at the very least.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

I need a webcam. Blu Ray would be nice, but I'm not expecting to get it and I honestly have no use for it.

Is there anything else we need to know?

I like long walks on the beach and watching sunsets.
Oh, and this'll be my main computer for about 6 months, so make it good!
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Okay well after getting the specs wanted out of all the Q&A list. (No big deal) I would recommend going to powernotebooks.com. They do custom laptops and have some that are in your price area. I'd go with a Sager as they have been quite reputable.
     
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http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-u35jca1-p-2828.html

This Asus looks pretty good an is right at $800.

I do recommend what the person above me said and xotic is other good website.
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What do you guys think about this:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y470p

or this?
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y570

These have a little more graphics power than anything that's in my price range on either of those websites.
My cousin got a y570, and hasn't had any issues with it. If anything, it's too powerful for him because he doesn't play any games.
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Those actually look pretty good for the price
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lenovo y580
or anything from them.
love their keyboards
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post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by adamkatt View Post

lenovo y580
or anything from them.
love their keyboards

From what I've seen, the Y580 isn't coming out till the end of may/beginning of June. Plus, it'll probably be out of my price range.We'll see, though.

For now, I seem to be settling on the Y470p.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y470p

They have the i7 model for only 750 bucks right now. It's got a 7690m (rebranded 6770m), 8gb RAM, and a 500GB 7200 RPM HDD. It's only 1366x768, though.

Has anyone seen any deals that are better than that?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ThePhlood View Post

http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-u35jca1-p-2828.html
This Asus looks pretty good an is right at $800.
I do recommend what the person above me said and xotic is other good website.

Why are you recommending something that is several generations old? It's not even a good price.

The video card is so dated and weak that Ivy Bridge integrated graphics would probably beat it.
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post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by Idra View Post

Why are you recommending something that is several generations old? It's not even a good price.
The video card is so dated and weak that Ivy Bridge integrated graphics would probably beat it.

What would you recommend I get at this price range?

I'm also looking at this Y570:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NHPJUG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=hardwarevol03-20&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&creativeASIN=B005NHPJUG

It's got a similar graphics card and more storage, but an i5 instead of an i7 as well as a 5400RPM drive instead of a 7200RPM drive. It's 50 bucks cheaper than the y470p. What's the better deal?
Edited by AllyOmega - 4/23/12 at 7:24am
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post #10 of 36
Well I think you did your homework for your budget., and came up with great choices.

If you do end up using longer than the 6 months, keep in mind both processor and HD could easily be upgraded at a later date.

As I keep my music files on an external HD, I would go with the smaller faster HD and i7, but that is just my preference and you couldn't go wrong with either selection.
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