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Hello all, I'm looking to get a new laptop, I've read the information threads but I have to be honest there's so much in there and I don't understand most of it, I know how to use a computer is about all I can say for myself haha
I have a couple in mind and would like some input / advice. Thank you!
Below is what I'm looking at at the moment. What kind of performance could I expect from WOW (on medium settings) with one of the following in both 10 & 25 man raids?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834216457

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312431

I have to stay as close to $700 or less if I can.

What country are you in? USA

What will be the uses of this laptop? General net surfing, youtube and some gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? No loyalties

What screen size do you require? 15.6+

What screen resolution do you require? open to suggestion

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

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) no preference, will be plugged in 99.9% of the time

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? World of Warcraft / medium settings

What operating system do you need? (if any) Any

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

How much hard drive space do you need?500

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) no

Is there anything else we need to know? I'm not looking for a "super computer" just need to upgrade my dead ASUS UX50V http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/UX50V/#specifications with the solo processor
post #2 of 10
I tried to go the laptop gaming route a while back man...It's not worth it man, just go desktop. It's cheaper, better performance. I just found that I never wanted to use my big clunky gaming laptop outside my house.
post #3 of 10
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I need a laptop due to a traveling job that has me playing from the hotel a few days a week or else I'd go PC in a heartbeat.
post #4 of 10
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I need a laptop due to a traveling job that has me playing from the hotel a few days a week or else I'd go PC in a heartbeat.

I would love to send you a link, but I am on iPad so it is hard.
I can tell you a specs tongue.gif

Go to Acer laptop website and find this laptop with this specs that'll be quite good for your gaming.

AMD A10-4600m with ATI Radeon HD 7670m which is APU crossfire. It is quite good for budget gaming laptop. I mean, it beat those two laptop that you listed in term of performance. You can even disable the actual video card and use the integrated video card from AMD A10-4600m that'll save yourself a battery life and can play games with it in decent settings depending on games.

It'll cost around 600 dollar, so it should be good for your budget laptop.
     
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I went ahead and found you Acer laptop that I was talking about. It is on sale for 579.99 which is pretty sweet deal.

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.267354500/parentCategoryID.60084600/

I would say it is worth it.
     
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Thanks so much.

So if I'm looking at these 2...

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.267354500/parentCategoryID.60084600/ for $529

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.259041100 can get on newegg for $699

Is it worth the extra $$ or stick with the cheaper? Also any idea what kind of performance I can expect from WOW on a cable (12Mbps) internet connection?
post #7 of 10
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And as far as that goes what about

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834310629 for $729 its still pretty much at my budget but get a nice big screen biggrin.gif
post #8 of 10
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Thanks so much.

So if I'm looking at these 2...

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.267354500/parentCategoryID.60084600/ for $529

http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.259041100 can get on newegg for $699

Is it worth the extra $$ or stick with the cheaper? Also any idea what kind of performance I can expect from WOW on a cable (12Mbps) internet connection?

Well, those three laptops support 10/100/1000 gigabit Internet, so it won't be a big deal. All it matter is your Internet speed from your router/modem.

Now for the performance goes between Acer AMD A10-4600m + 7670m, i7 with GT 640m and i7 with GT 635m.

In my opinion, big screen like 17.3" isn't worth it. It is quite bulky to carry if you are moving around. 17.3" is desktop replacement not for portable use.
I would recommend you stick with 15.6". IMO it is definitely not worth it unless you buy much expensive laptop in the 1000s then it might otherwise it isn't.

Take out the Lenovo laptop because that GPU is quite weak if you compare it to AMD APU crossfire and GT 640m.

It all depend on you.
AMD APU crossfire is cheaper and performance much better than GT 640m if you are on gaming.
However only draw back is that some programs doesn't support crossfire however you can disable your dedicated video card and use integrated GPU which is still decent for playing on WOW at nice settings. It also save battery life and heat.

If you compare CPU to CPU speed i7 will win hands down. If you compare performance in term of fps to performance, AMD will win including the budget.

It's your call.
If you like to spend extra more for intel with weaker GPU at around your budget, by all means go for it.
If you like to spend less for better performance which is depend on what programs is holding you back for using crossfire then by all means go for it.

Overall, I would recommend you get Acer AMD laptop.

On a second thought, I'll find you a AMD HP laptop that you can customize it to same specs as AMD Acer however it is slightly more expensive but you can throw in extra accessories such as higher resolution, more battery life, backlit keyboard, upgrade ram and etc. For around 700 dollar or more,
     
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I found two AMD HP laptop that you might like.


HP17.3" laptop for around 600 dollar

Same secs but it is in 17.3"

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000muVVxX2l;sid=aFsvtzqj40jyqmv3E1NyI-OsXEfq4g6_rQ5ha9wGYoCiHLHYsHDv5Nvl?SearchParameter=%26%40QueryTerm%3D*%26CategoryUUIDLevelX%3DjeEQxXjbj14AAAE0syxcZzOW%26Processor_facet_DTE2%3DAMD%26%40Sort.TieredPricing%3D0&PageSize=15

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This one you need to manually customize it which is pretty straight forward.
Click "Customize & Buy"
Go to PROCESSOR and click AMD A10-4600m
Scroll down
Find GRAPHICS CARD and click ATI Radeon HD 7670m.

It is slightly more expensive than Acer one. What is the different? The different is that you can throw in extra accessories if you want like I mention.
1920x1080 resolution, backlit keyboard and maybe 9 cell, 6 & 9 cell or 9 & o cell battery life which is quite like 700/800 or 900 dollar. If you decide to throw everything in.


http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000muVVxX2l;sid=aFsvtzqj40jyqmv3E1NyI-OsXEfq4g6_rQ5ha9wGYoCiHLHYsHDv5Nvl?SearchParameter=%26%40QueryTerm%3D*%26CategoryUUIDLevelX%3DjeEQxXjbj14AAAE0syxcZzOW%26Processor_facet_DTE2%3DAMD%26%40Sort.TieredPricing%3D0&Pa
     
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Thanks so much for all the help, very much apprciated!
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