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Hey guys,

I've been looking to get a laptop for college. Having researched all available options, and disappointed by everything, I'd like to take a look at what the barebones market has to offer. I find this intriguing, as it allows me to build my own personal portable PC, tailored to my liking.

Can anyone help me get me up to speed on these barebones laptops? I remember reading up about Clevo barebones and the like about 4 years ago... that was before I decided to go desktop, which is in my signature.
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Budget for such a purchase?

That'll help us the most. Furthermore the new Maxwell chips just hit the market in the form of the Sager NP7378. GTX 480 performance in a 50w package, a full i7, and a couple other things for just barely over a thousand.

Unless...you're looking at older tech for a reason?
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
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Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
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120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
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Hi,

I'm not constrained by budget, though I would like to keep it under $500. I'm not looking for anything powerful or hardcore-gaming oriented, I've got the rig in my sig to do that. I just need a basic laptop for taking to college with me, jotting down notes, web-surfing, Youtube... maybe some Minecraft, Counter-Strike and other very light games, but that's a plus, not entirely necessary... that's about it.

If I can't build a basic laptop, could you please recommend one?
Here are options I am considering if I can't build a laptop.

Acer Aspire One 722
Enough for basic tasks I believe... but can it at least run Minecraft or CounterStrike? $275 including shipping

Lenovo Ideapad N586
$315 including shipping, that's only $40 more than the Acer, with a good increase in performance.

Gateway NV52L15U-US
All the performance I will ever need, including the light-gaming. The least expensive A8-4500M (new) laptop on Ebay $440 after shipping.

I am a bit paranoid of the Acer, because of severe limitations like a single Piledriver module, only 2GB RAM and single-channel memory controller... could such cutbacks make even basic tasks a burden? I don't want the laptop slowing down on me or even hanging while web-surfing or jotting down notes. The Lenovo is a fair bit better, but still limited to a single Piledriver module. Should I just spring for the Gateway with the A8-4500M?
Edited by Forde3654Eire - 3/26/14 at 10:35am
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