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I plan on using the laptop at University of Iowa (Mechanical Engineering), for at least 4 years. Two games I plan on occasionally playing is Team Fortress 2 and Wargame: Airland Battle. The weight has to be less than 5.5 lb.

I am not sure if both games properly support quad-cores. I suspect Airland Battle only scales up to dual cores based on their system requirement (2.5 GHz AMD/Intel dual core).


Option 1: Haswell/Richland

Option 2: For the first semester, use a 14" Core 2 business laptop for mobility purposes, and my current 17" Asus N61Jq as a stationary computer. Over the winter break, buy a Kaveri laptop to do both mobility and stationary roles (unless if it somehow turns out to be really terrible, Haswell).
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Haswell for sure. I know I am upgrading for my next year of college.
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Just saying; everything I read is that mechanical engineers (and all engineers in general) want as big as a laptop as possible. Everyone I asked recommended 17.3" 1080p.

Why the weight limit? Size is the biggest price influence on laptops. A slim laptop will almost cost twice as much.
    
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Just saying; everything I read is that mechanical engineers (and all engineers in general) want as big as a laptop as possible. Everyone I asked recommended 17.3" 1080p.

Why the weight limit? Size is the biggest price influence on laptops. A slim laptop will almost cost twice as much.

Have you ever tried to lug a 7lb laptop across a college campus?
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Have you ever tried to lug a 7lb laptop across a college campus?

No, I will be finding out in 3 months. Though Im at a smaller school. I will be riding a motorcycle with a 7lb laptop in a bookbag lol.

But really, is 2lbs really that much difference in a bookbag?
    
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I'm not OP, but I would much rather have a 3lb laptop than my 7lb laptop plus books in my bag.
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Well, I also have books to carry. And lots of walking since the campus is large.
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I don't know OP's budget, but looking on XoticPC (who are great, btw), MSI GE series seems to be on slimfast compared to the competitors, without too much of a price differential for it, they also have Haswell and GTX 700 available right now.

But that lesser weight may be from lower chassis quality, or smaller battery, who knows.
    
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My max budget is $900. If there's a 15" laptop that weighs less than 5.5lb, then I'm fine with it.

I also forgot to mention something. I want a resolution higher than 768p, and more than 5 hours of battery life.

That's why I was asking if I should start shopping over this summer, or wait until winter.
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I came across this interesting laptop: HP ENVY 15z-j000 ($750)

HP ENVY 15z-j000 Notebook PC | HP® Official Store
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Operating system

Windows 8 64 (Going to install Windows 7 Professional)

Windows 8 Pro 64

Processor

AMD Quad-Core A8-5550M Accelerated Processor

AMD Quad-Core A10-5750M Accelerated Processor

Graphics

AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series Graphics

AMD Radeon HD 8750M + HD 8000 Series Dual Graphics

Memory

6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

12GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

16GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Memory Slots

2 DIMM

Hard drive

750GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

750GB 5400RPM Hybrid Hard Drive

1TB 5400RPM Hybrid Hard Drive

Optical drive

No Internal DVD or CD Drive

External Tray Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer

Network interface

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Wireless

802.11b/g/n WLAN

802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)

Power supply

65W AC power adapter

Battery

6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Battery Life

Up to 9 hours and 45 minutes

Ports

4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0; 1 HDMI; 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo; 1 RJ45

Expansion Slots

Multi-format digital media card reader

Energy Efficiency Compliance

ENERGY STAR® qualified; EPEAT® Silver

External Specs

Display

15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)

15.6-inch diagonal Full HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1920x1080)

Keyboard

Standard Keyboard

Backlit Keyboard

Dimensions

14.94 x 9.87 x 1.1 in

Weight

4.68 lb



And this is how they conducted the battery life, why am I not surprised? (Although I plan on disabling the external GPU when on the move)
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Testing conducted by HP consisting of full battery discharge while running a series of productivity scripts against the following applications (which may or may not be included with your particular product): Adobe ® AcrobatReader 7.0, Adobe® Illustrator® CS2, Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, Apple® Quicktime 7.1, Intervideo® WinDVD® 8, Macromedia® Flash 8, Microsoft® Office® 2003 Pro, Microsoft® Project 2003, and Winzip® 10.0. Prior to testing, the system was fully charged and set to display brightness of 60 nits, auto dim disabled, wireless off, suspend and hibernate disabled and all other programs, utilities, and services not essential to running the computer system or battery life test. Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.
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