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My dad needs a new laptop, my old one that I gave him is finally crapping out. The wireless card isn't connecting to the network for reasons I can't figure out, and it's generally underpowered. It's an Acer Aspire something-or-other with a dual core Pentium from 2009.

What is your maximum budget?
$600 (slighltly flexible)

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Light-duty video editing (trim, split, merge clips, no fancy filters or anything). For reviewing and uploading film of football games.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No Dell or Gateway.

What screen size do you require?
15ish would be fine, a second monitor will be hooked up, it uses VGA.

What screen resolution do you require?
Higher than 1366x768 would be preferred, but it's not a big deal

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

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
3 hours minimum. It isn't going to be doing a lot of traveling.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Gaming highly unlikely.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Non-issue. He can get used to Windows 8.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
The lighter, the better.

How much hard drive space do you need?
500GB minimum, 1TB or more preferred. Would be willing to go with an external for mass storage and an internal SSD.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Built-in optical drive is highly preferable. Should be able to burn at least DVDs, blu-ray not required.

Is there anything else we need to know?
He's getting old and just wants his **** to work. He doesn't like troubleshooting (I do most of it anyway, but it not working frustrates the hell out of him and I hope to be moving out relatively soon), and he values reliability over cost.
Mr. Bubbles
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHz Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Sapphire Radeon HD6870 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 1TB LG Blu-Ray burner Koolance CPU-370 & VID-AR687, Phobya 4x120mm rad Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
19" Acer X193W+BD Generic Logitech Corsair HX-750 Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62 
MouseAudio
Logitech MX Revolution Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers 
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Mr. Bubbles
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2GHz Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Sapphire Radeon HD6870 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x WD Caviar Black 1TB LG Blu-Ray burner Koolance CPU-370 & VID-AR687, Phobya 4x120mm rad Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
19" Acer X193W+BD Generic Logitech Corsair HX-750 Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62 
MouseAudio
Logitech MX Revolution Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers 
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3 laptops for consideration

1: An Asus with a i5 4200U and GT740m, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $580

2: A Lenovo with an A10-5757, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $550

3: An HP with W7 Pro, 3rd gen i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $510 [The weakest, but I figured I'd include something with Windows 7]


Windows 7 aside, the Lenovo would be my choice. The Asus is a close 2nd. The HP is a distant 3rd.
Mobile Gamer IV
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i7 4710HQ Nvidia GTX 980m 8GB 16GB [2x8GB] 1600MHz Blu-ray Burner 
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Windows 8.1 x64 Steel Series Full-Color Programmable 230w Power Brick MSI GT72 DOMINATOR 
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i7 4710HQ Nvidia GTX 980m 8GB 16GB [2x8GB] 1600MHz Blu-ray Burner 
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Windows 8.1 x64 Steel Series Full-Color Programmable 230w Power Brick MSI GT72 DOMINATOR 
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Also on a side note, you could stick one of those usb edimax WiFi dongles on there and make your kid/grandkid happy. thumb.gif
thy gaming wench
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socke...  ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA...  SAPPHIRE 100354OCL Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition ... Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
samsung 840 256GB 500GB seagate some cheap asus  Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-O... winduhs pro 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Ba... slick looking logitech for 50ish  RAIDMAX RX-1000AE 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V S...  IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Ste... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
some 25 dollar logitech  pfft Logitech 5.1 surround + sub  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel core 2 duo e8400 biostar tpower i45 some old 4000 series ati card that i didnt want... 8gb of gskill ddr2 800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
3x1TB in raid z1 and 4x3TB in raidz2 cooler master hyper 212 freenas 8.3.1(freeBSD) headless 
PowerCase
corair 750 watt cooler master centurion 5 
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thy gaming wench
(15 items)
 
server(old gamer)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socke...  ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA...  SAPPHIRE 100354OCL Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition ... Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
samsung 840 256GB 500GB seagate some cheap asus  Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-O... winduhs pro 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Ba... slick looking logitech for 50ish  RAIDMAX RX-1000AE 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V S...  IN WIN Dragon Rider Black 1.0 - 0.8mm SECC Ste... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
some 25 dollar logitech  pfft Logitech 5.1 surround + sub  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel core 2 duo e8400 biostar tpower i45 some old 4000 series ati card that i didnt want... 8gb of gskill ddr2 800 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
3x1TB in raid z1 and 4x3TB in raidz2 cooler master hyper 212 freenas 8.3.1(freeBSD) headless 
PowerCase
corair 750 watt cooler master centurion 5 
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