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my sister is going away to college in the fall and they require that students have a laptop so my parents are gonna by her one for graduation. Its my job to find one for cheap. she doesnt need anything special, she doesnt play games other than solitaire and snood.
only real requirement i can think of is built in wireless other than that the importance is on cheap, need something around $500 or less.
i was thinking just like single core intel or amd, 512mb ram, built in sound and video, wireless internet, xp or vista doesnt matter. harddrive space isnt really important either so i was thinking maybe 40gb or less.

where can i find a laptop this cheap?
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post #2 of 8
Find a refurbished Dell? Dunno what else to tell ya.
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post #3 of 8
Its slow but its has a 80gb hardrive and its wireless and stuff.

http://circuitcity.com/ssm/Compaq-Pr...oductDetail.do

Its 650 but it is a bit better.

http://circuitcity.com/ssm/Toshiba-S...oductDetail.do

Sorry if they seem stupid but thats al i could find there all over ciruitciy.com
post #4 of 8
Dell has a new laptop in their lineup...it has an AMD processor...good basic laptop....under 500 dollars i believe. Check them out...and yes, it's brand new with a warranty.

Ah, HERE it is...it's right at 500 dollars. Probably the cheapest new laptop and it's well built. I can vouch for Dell laptops...not the desktops, but the laptops are usually very nice.
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Recs=10&Nav=|c:17|lp:200:hp:499.9 9|&Sort=4
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Thread Starter 
thanks alot guys, those suggestions are better than the acer aspires i was looking at on newegg.
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post #7 of 8
Ah, yeah, if she just listens to music and surfs the net, then it will totally rock her world...i mean, none of the ones listed are gaming laptops, but if you game, you usually use a desktop, lol.
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post #8 of 8
Here's a refurb dual core, Vista, 100 GB Harddrive, 1 GB Ram = $499.99

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...790&CatId=2289

I know a few people who have refurb laptops and they haven't had any problems with them.
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