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I've probably spent at least 6 hours looking and customizing different laptops. I have no idea what I need. I'm majoring in Computer Science at a 4 year university, and the only game I play anymore is Diablo II LoD. I have a $1580 budget at the most with coupon codes from cheapstingybargains.com. I've been looking at different Thinkpads, XPS', and MacBooks.

First off, how big of a difference would a 7200 RPM hard drive make over a 5400 RPM hard drive. Is anything over 2GB of RAM overkill for what I want? Will integrated graphics be sufficient? And how big of a difference will a 6MB cache make over a 2 or 3 MB cache in a C2D? Sorry for all the questions, but I don't want to spend more on something if I don't have to.

I don't want to go any bigger than a 15.4 inch screen, but I do prefer a higher resolution. WUXGA is something I've been wanting to try. I also prefer something decently portable with decent battery life. I will probably be most picky with the keyboard though. My girlfriend has a Toshiba Satellite, and it makes me want to beat the living hell out of it. The keys always stick. I hear Lenovo's have excellent keyboards. I would like something like that.

Thank you all in advance!

- Dustin Stevens
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With that kind of budget, you shouldn't have an issue.

In terms of LoD, any new laptop will handle it with no issue what so ever. My laptop ran it fine, and it's approaching 6 years old now.

If all you're using it for is school work and light gaming, the 5400RPM hard drive should be good, but I'd say go for the 7200 if it doesn't put you past your budget.

2GB of RAM wouldn't be overkill, especially if you want Vista. It's nice to have the headroom for it. I'm not sure how LoD works with Linux, which may also be an option depending what you're using the laptop for.

I was thinking of recommending a Lenovo, actually. They're awesome machines, and priced fairly. You might even be able to nab a tablet in your price range, if that is something that interests you.
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I just ordered a Thinkpad X61s this weekend...Lenovo has a 25% off sale running atm...end of school deal or some such. I believe Dell had a sale going as well. You might want to check those out.

I would not think that 2GB or more would be overkill in terms of RAM. If you are getting Vista, I'd say at least 2 gigs. If you do go with 2 gigs, I would get it on a single stick so that you can upgrade if you need to eventually.

My recommendation would be to get integrated graphics unless you are positive that you need discrete graphics. A discrete card will be more of a drain on the battery.


I hear the same thing from everyone, that Thinkpad keyboards are great. My only reservation about ordering my Thinkpad was that the screen was not wide format, and did not look amazing in the pictures I saw. We will see...
    
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