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Looking to buy a laptop. Please help.

post #1 of 12
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What is your maximum budget?
Will be around £500-£600.

What country are you in?
United Kingdom

What will be the uses of this laptop?
General use, and a bit of gaming.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
I would prefer it if it had an Intel processor, but if really worth it, I am fine with AMD.

What screen size do you require?
I think 15.6" is good smile.gif

What screen resolution do you require?
I really don't mind, but up to this point I have been using my PC with 1440x900.

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

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Don't really mind as most of the time it will be connected to mains, without the battery, with a cooling stand. But want it to work for sometime if I am on the go.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
League of Legends mainly (Prefer high settings 60+ fps stable, but I can manage lower quality as long as I get the FPS), maybe some other casual games like Minecraft.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Don't need an operating system, but Windows 7 will do.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
No.

How much hard drive space do you need?
500GB is more than enough for me.

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

Is there anything else we need to know?
I would prefer to shop from eBay UK, or Currys UK.
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People should learn from ataken and make threads like this in the future.
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post #3 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussianC View Post

People should learn from ataken and make threads like this in the future.

Most do. However, I'm well enough versed in the ways of said laptops that I don't really require a list of things to make a decision. Then again, I like it that way. ^-^

Also, nice recommendation on that laptop. REALLY helpful post. wink.gif


As for the OP, hmm...

This looks to be the best that I can find for that general price range.
Edited by Imglidinhere - 5/20/13 at 9:48am
     
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post #4 of 12
Suck in the laptop department, just wanted to point out how clean he made the thread. Also a free bump. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 12
Ataken, when do you need this laptop by? I ask because Intel's next wave of processors are due out in a month. This will bring some performance improvements, new laptop models, and sales/price reductions of older models. If you buy right now, you'll be investing in year-old tech. Not necessarily a bad thing but not ideal.
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post #6 of 12
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I will most definitely be needing it around September, but looking out on the market right now as would be nice to have one for the holidays, but don't have to.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #7 of 12
Look at http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ , you can configure what yuo want there.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey nice find tongue.gif Which serie of laptops would you recommend I configure for my needs?
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X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD SeaGate 500GB 7200RPM Storage drive CoolerMaster Hyper EVO 212 Windows 7 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
X-Star DP2710LED Razer BlackWidow CoolerMaster V550S Corsair Carbide 300R 
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by ataken View Post

Hey nice find tongue.gif Which serie of laptops would you recommend I configure for my needs?
Check Optimus IV also check the asus A/S/K 56 series with i5 cpu and 740M gpu.
http://www.computeruniverse.net/products/90506636/asus-k56cb-xx102h.asp
If i was you i wouldn't go for custom build laptop for this price because their cassis are old and new ones should come out soon ,but expect to pay a bit more, also its thick and heavy.
The asus one that i posted is pretty good, i have ordered the k56 with i5 and 740M and it should be at my house by the end of the week smile.gif.
Edited by Martynas - 5/21/13 at 5:05pm
post #10 of 12
Is an A10 laptop sufficient? It doesn't have a dedicated GPU, but the IGP is more than sufficient for casual gaming. Especially when you OC it.
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