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Hey -
I have a son who is going to be graduating from high school here and I'd like to get him a decent laptop for college study use and light gaming. I have noticed that documents don't take up too much hard drive space and I think that an 80 gig HD might be enough. I don't want him to cram a lot of junk on there that will not be used for study. He can have some stuff on there - League of Legends, an iTunes account and program - but this is a laptop going to be used mainly for studying. On the other hand, I'd like him to be able to play League of Legends on it without irritation so that one of my back up rigs can be freed up. What do you suggest for what I'm looking for? I'd like to keep it to $500 and under. Thank you for your thoughts.
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Hi.
Check this

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I know that they don't have the low disk space you wish for, but I can't come up with something small...
   
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Originally Posted by croSSeduP View Post

Hey -
I have a son who is going to be graduating from high school here and I'd like to get him a decent laptop for college study use and light gaming. I have noticed that documents don't take up too much hard drive space and I think that an 80 gig HD might be enough. I don't want him to cram a lot of junk on there that will not be used for study. He can have some stuff on there - League of Legends, an iTunes account and program - but this is a laptop going to be used mainly for studying. On the other hand, I'd like him to be able to play League of Legends on it without irritation so that one of my back up rigs can be freed up. What do you suggest for what I'm looking for? I'd like to keep it to $500 and under. Thank you for your thoughts.

Well, I would like to recommend you to wait for a month or two because there'll be a new generation of laptop replacing the current one.
You can either grab the newer one that'll improve everything or in fact can grab the "current" one for a cheaper price than now.

If you are impatient person to buy a laptop for you son, then it is fine. We'll help you find a laptop for $500ish I guess.

I would still recommend you wait until a new laptop's generation come then again it's your choice.

Here's a couple laptops that I found for you to pick.

Aspire V3-571G-6407 Notebook (Windows 8)
http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.258312300/parentCategoryID.60084600/

-It has Intel Core i5 with NVIDIA Geforce GT 630m. It can run LoL perfectly. If you are willingly to spend slightly extra money for more RAM for the laptop and a SSD, it'll be a significant boost for your son to use for schools. Again, it is your choice.

Aspire V3-551-8469 Notebook (Windows 8)
http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.259041000/parentCategoryID.60084600/

- It has AMD A8-4500M using the integrated GPU ATI Radeon HD 7640G with 512 mb VRAM.
This system is a low budget laptop, and it can also play LoL perfectly. If you compare this to the first Acer's laptop that I shown you with an i5 and GT 630m. That system will wipe this laptop off however it can't wipe is the price itself.

Aspire V3-551G-X419 Notebook (Windows 8)
http://store.acer.com/store/acerna/en_US/pd/productID.267354500/parentCategoryID.60084600/

- This laptop is optional, and it is slightly over your $500 budget. However, you have to hear this about this lovely laptop.
First of all, it has AMD A10-4600M using ATI Radeon HD 7660G + ATI Radeon HD 7670m 2GB.
What does it mean? It mean this laptop can do what people calls it "APU Crossfire." Meaning, it'll use the CPU integrated GPU power combine it with the actual dedicated GPU making it perform a lot better.
It'll wipe the first and second laptop off the chart EASILY in term of performance.
Your son can even turn off the dedicated GPU when not in used in order to prolong the battery life. If he decide to play LoL or other games, he can turn it on and BAM it'll run any light games. Not super hard-core like BF3, BF4 or other stuff like that.
Yes, I am aware, it is mostly for "studying" or school however it'll make him a day to have a system that can play a lot of good games at decent settings, so it is YOUR choice to choose if you willingly to spend extra money for a system like this.

For me, I would recommend it.

There are an ultrabook that you can grab for your son. The ultrabook is decent and can play LoL however I am not entirely sure if it is within a playable radius, but I wouldn't advise you to grab it if you want your son to play LoL.

Now to sums it all up, you have three laptops that I found that is quite decent for the price range except the last one which is slightly over your budget.
All 3 of those laptops will do you pretty good for your son for schools/study and gaming.

Like I said, I think some of us might agree you are better off grabbing the third link to spend slightly a little more in order to grab a low budget gaming laptop. For battery life, I can't comment on that because I never own it however I can say you can turn off the GPU to prolong the battery life and add a SSD or mSATA (if they allow mSATA) to make the laptop run a lot faster.

I was going to say upgrade your RAM to 8GB until I realize that 6GB RAM is absolutely enough for his tasks.
Sure, you'll be spending slightly over your budget, but you get what you paid for it, right?

You got your son a low budget gaming laptop that is incredibly fast to load programs because you bought a SSD or mSATA in it not to mention having a Windows 8 will make it boot fast like 6-7 seconds, lol.

Again, it is your call if you want to buy one of those three laptops, wait for other OCN members to post the laptops or maybe highly recommended wait for newer laptop's gen to roll in.
It's all up to you.
     
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Hi.
Check this

This Maybe

This smile.gif

EDIT
I know that they don't have the low disk space you wish for, but I can't come up with something small...

I believe low disk space doesn't exist anymore unless the OP are willingly to grab an extremely old generation laptop which it can't even play LoL for straight.
     
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