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My sister wants to buy a laptop for school. She has a budget of $500. What is the best laptop for her?
    
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You've got HP 510 & the Acer Aspire AS3050 option.
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Thanks. Does anyone know if its possible to get one with a gig of memory in it? I don't think she'll enjoy Vista on 512.
    
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post #4 of 9
You can't find them on HP's shopping website anymore... and there aren't any sub-500$ laptops with 1gig of memory on Newegg.
You can always buy memory separately, it's always cheaper to buy it yourself unless there's a discount.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Toshiba-Satellit...QQcmdZViewItem

Closest I can get to 500. Has core duo and 1gb ram.
    
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Thanks. I'll show her these and she what she thinks. She lost her ipod though and we're going on a trip, so shes buying a new one before she gets a laptop.

I've suggested buying ram separately, the only thing I worry about that is warranty stuff.
    
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post #7 of 9
Yea you most likely will void the warranty by opening the laptop and laptops do have a high failure rate compared with that of PCs so it is up to you. I would find a good deal on ebay. Make sure the seller is reputable.
    
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www.dellauction.com

These are refurbed used ones.
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Windows 10 Home RCA 32" 1080p RCA 32" 1080p LG 32" 1080p 
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post #9 of 9
Here is one that has 512 of RAM, but runs Win. XP. As long as XP is okay, this laptop should do fine. ($529.99)
    
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