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Hoping to purchase soon -- non-gaming (but potential photo work) laptop with relatively short budget

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Hey all,

I've been perusing this morning trying to figure out if it was feasible to take some of the money I just got out of selling some collectibles and turning it into a laptop. I took my old (circa 2009?) Asus out with me to do a friend a favor (Im a photographer on the side, and I wanted to shoot, edit and upload a few pics for him without having to do any further work). For reference, here's what I brought with me -

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/asus-x83vm-x1-core/4505-3121_7-33361040.html

Okay, I tried to be nice about it, but the thing is a dinosaur. Takes forever to boot, and sometimes when I switch back and forth from a web browser it has a hard time catching up, let alone anything like using Lightroom, etc. I mean, I guess it "worked" for what I needed it to do, but I want to be able to have something that I can take out of the bag and just know it's going to be at least somewhat as responsive as my desktop (see sig).

Obviously, I'm not expecting a quad-core Ivy Bridge with 16gb laptop to come at a budget, but one of the laptops I've seen thrown around was this --

http://outlet.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/outlet_us/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=445&Code=2151XC3

It looks like a great deal for the specs. It's only duo core, but from what I've seen, it's one of the better duo cores out there. Seems like a pretty good deal for a refurb.

Part of the problem is, I'm impatient. So, I found this locally --

http://www.staples.com/Lenovo-Ideapad-Z580-59345254-156-Laptop/product_984631?cid=PS:GooglePLAs:984631&KPID=984631

Cons - slightly slower (in my estimation) CPU, 750gb vs 1TB HDD... both are Intel Integrated HD graphics, but the Staples one for $499 + tax is 4000 and the refurb is 3000... also, price (the refurb ends up being just over $600 with tax, the NIB is ~$535).

I think the local deal would give me just about everything I would want out of a laptop... is the refurb really worth the difference (and the wait)? Also, how difficult would it be to install a SSD boot drive (or is that even an option - i.e. would I just be installing a SSD instead of the hdd that is currently in it?)

And to clarify budget, I'd like to keep it around that $600 number. The fact is, I don't really need the laptop, but it could make the jobs I take on the side alot faster (I could hypothetically shoot and deliver certain jobs on site, which would save me alot of time).

Thanks!
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The Staples model is better as far as the GPU goes and the difference between the i7 and the i5 isn't THAT huge. tongue.gif

I'd go for the first option between the two links you have there. Lenovo is a fantastic choice when it comes to laptops. The best way to ensure that you have no problems with booting is to use a SSD, as you already know. But yeah, it'll be considerably faster than what you have now.
     
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I went with the Staples one.. Sale ends today and I had a coupon for 10% off..
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131392

i7 3630/HD 7730 - $700

[edit] nvm, I was too late.
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