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Is this laptop a good purchase for $1250?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152477

I say $1250 because I have two coworkers willing to buy the free TV off me for $300, making that the effective total.

Anyway, I just need an all-purpose computer (web browsing, light gaming, light audio/photo/video editing, etc) and I'd like something with pretty similar features (1080p, thin/light, decent battery, boot SSD + HDD, decent graphics, etc).

I don't currently have a desktop or other computer, and don't intend on getting one (no space for desktop, have a Nexus 5, etc).

Is there anything better I can do for up to $1500 (not meaning $1500 laptop plus $200 mSATA drive or something)? SSD+HDD is vital. Used is fine if necessary.
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There are options in the price range, though, what is light gaming for you?
    
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There are options in the price range, though, what is light gaming for you?

Thinking about it, I don't know if "light gaming" was the best way to describe what I meant. I do have a few more demanding games (Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Battlefield 3, STALKER games, etc), but I don't see myself continuing my gaming hobby as much as I used to, so I basically need something that's good enough playing my current games at all (low settings and/or 720p if necessary); I don't anticipate buying any new high-end games (like Skyrim) until they're like $10 for the GOTY/all-inclusive edition, after I've gone through a decent portion of my backlog as well.

With how many games I have in my backlog (particularly lower-spec ones), I'm not all to concerned about the card for gaming (more for other functions, including video editing), so I think even going with a GT550M would be fine. But I'd also like the laptop for the long-run, and it seems my "bare minimum" option would be a refurbished Lenovo Y510p at about $800 - which leaves me with lower-end graphics, an optical drive I don't need, and a SSD only big enough for caching. Right now, the MSI looks to be the much preferred option for the extra ~$450.

Basically, I don't want to go too cheap and screw myself over by going with graphics that are going to be too weak in the long-run.
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Are you looking at the SLI model y510p from the egg? As that would be significantly better than the MSI alternative graphically

Unless you prefer to have a 17" laptop?
    
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Are you looking at the SLI model y510p from the egg? As that would be significantly better than the MSI alternative graphically

Unless you prefer to have a 17" laptop?

I was looking at a refurb off eBay. And I know the SLI version would be better, but I'd rather stick to a single-GPU setup.
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I was looking at a refurb off eBay. And I know the SLI version would be better, but I'd rather stick to a single-GPU setup.

Yeah, it isn't a bad deal.
I mean buy that laptop and sell the 50" TV for $300 dollar.
Now, that is a legit thing to do, lol.

I mean I am pretty sure the GPU can run the games that you mention at decent FPS.
     
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Make sure you pick the GTX 860M model!
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Make sure you pick the GTX 860M model!

Unfortunately that's only for the more expensive 15" model that doesn't qualify for the free TV offer.
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Unfortunately that's only for the more expensive 15" model that doesn't qualify for the free TV offer.

In that case it totally isn't worth it.

You get get a lenovo y50 here in a few weeks with a gtx 860m for like 1k.
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post #10 of 18
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In that case it totally isn't worth it.

You get get a lenovo y50 here in a few weeks with a gtx 860m for like 1k.

Does anyone know the actual price? That screen has me concerned that its going to drive it to like $1300+. Not that I can't afford it, but I'd rather get a 17" laptop that's just as light.
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