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Replacing a Samsung 15.6" 700Z that bricked itself

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My Samsung 700Z updated to Windows 10, applied a firmware update, and bricked itself frown.giffrown.giffrown.gif So I'm looking to replace her.
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What is your maximum budget?

500USD would be my preference. 600 if it REALLY warrants it.
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What country are you in?

USA
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What will be the uses of this laptop?

Running lots of stuff at once. Very lightweight photo/video editing. Will be used to run ProPresenter, a heavyweight presentation software that requires some GPU resources
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Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

Somewhat. My Samsung 700z just bricked itself with a firmware update. So, yeah, not looking for another Samsung. :| I prefer Dell with HP being a close second. I would also consider Asus or other brands that are suggested.
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What screen size do you require?

15.6"
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What screen resolution do you require?

Gotta be IPS with good colors. 1920x1080 or a REALLY high quality 1600x900.
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Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

I love buying refurb stuff! And actually prefer it because you can get great deals on used/refurb.
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How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Matching the 5 hours my 700z was capable of would be great.
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What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

None. Just ProPresenter. smile.gif
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What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 PRO. I actually have a spare license key for Windows 7 Pro, so I can always clean-install that onto this laptop and then upgrade to 10.
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Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

Grey aluminum looked really nice on my 700z, but I'm not picky. Just not terribly cheap injection-molded plastic.
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How much hard drive space do you need?

Don't worry about this one. I have an SSD I'm going to put in there anyway.
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Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Must have a dual band wireless card. At least 802.11n. If you can't determine that by the specs, just send me whatcha got anyway and I'll look at it. smile.gif Also must have an Ethernet port. A good loadout of other ports would be nice. As long as the laptop has a good selection of ports, I'm fine with it not being super-sleek and super-thin. VGA would be a big plus but It's not absolutely vital.
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Is there anything else we need to know?

Size/weight/bulkiness doesn't really matter. This guy will spend a good portion of his time anchored in place on a desk.

Thanks guys!
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Heisenberg
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Redemption
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
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How about an Inspiron 15 on the Outlet (it has plastic though): Outlet
Edited by Desolutional - 2/26/16 at 5:35am
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Consider the Lenovo Thinkpad E550. If you don't mind not having physical buttons below the trackpad, it's by far the nicest $600 new laptop I've found, particularly if you require 1920x1080 at that price. It does come with a hard drive instead of SSD, but if you find a good deal on used or refurbished, you would have the budget to replace it yourself. It comes with Windows 7 Pro from factory, but will update to Windows 10 Pro without issue. There is also a newer Skylake model (E560), but finding one in your price range is less likely.

Edit: Just looked over your requirements again, I don't think the E550 was IPS, & I was linked to a 1366x768 model despite filtering for 1920x1080. If I find a better link, I'll replace it, but the screen might not be up to your standard anyway.

Edit 2: Ok, so price has gone up as new ones have sold out, but at least they have some used ones listed. The E560 does have IPS for 1920x1080, but I don't know if you'll find one used easily. The E550 is easier to find, but the screen in TN. Here's the Amazon links anyway. Maybe you can find the E560 used elsewhere.

E550: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SJ2G7UI/ref=psdc_565108_t1_B010MZMY0G

E560: http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkPad-E560-15-6-Notebook/dp/B0178JBPK4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456497893&sr=8-1&keywords=lenovo+e560
Edited by dlewbell - 2/26/16 at 6:45am
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2280 Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F140SP 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Phanteks PH-F140SP Phanteks PH-F120SP Windows 10 Pro Visio E601i-A3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K400 EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Logitech G600 MMO 
OtherOtherOther
XBox One Controller Reeven Four Eyes Touch HTC Vive 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Pentium G4560 ASUS H110M-A/M.2 Corsair Vengeance LPX Western Digital Caviar Blue 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3-2120 ACER IPISB-VR EVGA GTX 260 3x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
Wester Digital Green ASUS DVD RW DVD RW Stock Cooler 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 Windows 10 Pro 
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