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DISCLAIMER: I'm not a gamer; just looking for a great laptop that's going to last me a while - pretty much my only specification.

I'm in the market for a new laptop, preferably an i7 model and find myself asking some questions. Is there an enormous performance difference between the Core i5 and the Core i7 Processors? I haven't heard too many straightforward answers just yet so I'm curious if it's even worth pushing for an i7 model just because the number is bigger.

I've read multiple reviews that state that getting an i7 laptop isn't really worth it due to constant overheating - which is understandable I suppose. Like I mentioned above, I'm not a gamer (I might play something like TF2 once in a while but nothing newer or more graphically intense than that) so I'm wondering if that will stop some of the overheating. Other than that, all that I'm looking for is:

- Nice screen, around 16", good resolution
- 4GB (or more) of RAM
- Core i7 (as stated earlier - will settle for a nice i5 model if the other specs pan out)
- Blu-ray player is a plus

With that being said, I've got my eye on the 16" Asus N61JQ-X1 at the moment:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220696

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Core i7 720QM(1.6GHz)
4GB DDR3
320GB HD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
1GB DDR3 VRAM

It's just over a grand, so it's just around my price range (I don't mind spending $100 more or so).

I'm not sure if I should go with this model or wait for the new HP Envy 14 (Core i5, I think) or go with something completely different.

Any advice is appreciated.
post #2 of 21
http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Batta...aming_Notebook

or

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1CH4E3

or

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do

( this is amd, but you can now configure it with an amd 2ghz quad core (mobile) + 4gb RAM and itll be at only 800$, then you have 200-300$ leftover for a bluray drive + maybe more ram if you want it.)

And there is always this, but personally i hate macs...

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...family/macbook
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I think that Asus will work, never, ever again will I purchase an HP laptop. I have had 2 of the same model that were complete pieces of junk, fortunately for my sisters one we purchased a 4 year warranty, so shes had her machine covered, I had my laptop in 4 times, she has had hers in 4 times, going on a 5th now.

Plus Asus has a 2 year warranty with 1 year accidental, and way less bloatware on the machines.

I think the one you picked out is plenty suitable for your needs.
     
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I would go Asus or Sony. I love my Asus. I have a G51VX-X3A.

They have great warranty and are pretty good build quality. I would stay away from the Ibuy Power or CyberPower. Their Desktops seem ok, but their laptops seem subpar and are overpriced.

Asus has updated all of their models with the I series. Which kinda ticks me off bc im stuck with a P8700.

This sony also seems like a nice choice.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921644691999
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I appreciate the replies

It's somewhat of a toss-up at this point between the Asus and the new Envy 14 coming out at the end of this month. I'm really attracted to the whole lightweight design the Envy has going for it - the 7+ hours of battery life is really nice too. Has all the basic specs I'm looking for, too, so we'll see.

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Originally Posted by identitycrisis View Post
I think that Asus will work, never, ever again will I purchase an HP laptop.
How do you feel about the new Envy coming out? Everything I've read about the 13 and 15 have been positive. Sounds like a well-crafted series, no?

Once again, thanks everyone for the insight; looking forward to more replies.
Edited by currensy - 6/9/10 at 5:46pm
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Do you want a system with a quad-core mobile i7, or a faster dual-core i7 option...?
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well seeing as he already said
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"- Nice screen, around 16", good resolution
- 4GB (or more) of RAM
- Core i7 (as stated earlier - will settle for a nice i5 model if the other specs pan out)
- Blu-ray player is a plus"
i think he wants a quad core i7 seeing as they are faster for multithreaded apps (not games). thats like a 3.2ghz dual core in a laptop
Edited by maxhudson - 6/9/10 at 8:53pm
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Do you want a system with a quad-core mobile i7, or a faster dual-core i7 option...?
I thought the quad-core mobile would still out-perform the dual-core i7 - in this case, I guess I'm onto a new set of questions.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I've seen the dual-core option out there on many i7 that I've looked at; either that or I've just assumed all of them were quad-core by default.

Have any specific brands/models in mind?
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