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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?

There really aren't that many applications, or combination of applications, that can make effective use of that many threads (8) of the quad-core versions... It's like the old argument of fast dual-core vs slower quad... except in this case, the dual-core options also provide HT, so you still have 4-threads to work with if you're doing anything that is multi-thread aware.

The i7 dual-cores are really just (roughly) higher-clocked versions of the mobile i3 and i5 processors...

But in all honesty, the CPU is never really the bottleneck in a system, especially current systems. Considering your requirements, I'd personally probably opt for a lower-clocked i3 option and invest in a SSD drive option...

And I'd be waiting for a while longer - you will see price drops and sales in July / August as the Back-to-School sales start appearing...
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TOSHIBA

If you arent a gamer then you dont need a beefy card.
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And I'd be waiting for a while longer - you will see price drops and sales in July / August as the Back-to-School sales start appearing...
Yeah, I think that's my plan regardless of what machine I end up going with?

You suggest looking at the Core i5 machines, rather than any i7's? If you could toss up a link or two of some of your favorite machines that fit that criteria, I'd be much appreciated.

I've mulled over the idea of getting a notebook and adding an SSD or whatever else but I came to the conclusion that I just wanted something that I can open up out of the box and just roll with. There are a lot of great machines out there at the moment so I figure I should be able to find something that will suit my needs.
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TOSHIBA

If you arent a gamer then you dont need a beefy card.
This was actually one of the first laptops I was looking into when I started the replacement search. There was one out on display at my local Best Buy - I'm not a fan of the keys, really, and have heard a lot of negatives reviews when it comes to the screen and resolution. Other than that, for just under $900, it's definitely a deal worth considering.
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Yeah, I think that's my plan regardless of what machine I end up going with?

You suggest looking at the Core i5 machines, rather than any i7's? If you could toss up a link or two of some of your favorite machines that fit that criteria, I'd be much appreciated.

I've mulled over the idea of getting a notebook and adding an SSD or whatever else but I came to the conclusion that I just wanted something that I can open up out of the box and just roll with. There are a lot of great machines out there at the moment so I figure I should be able to find something that will suit my needs.
I hesitate to provide any links at this time because I expect to see some significant changes to hit the market within the next short while... in particular, more systems with ATI graphics options... so anything provided now would really be obsolete / become unavailable in the next little while.

I'd probably suggest you check places such as exoticpc.com and see what they have on offer...
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When should I expect deals to start rolling out? Probably mid-late August or sooner?

Also, I know a lot of people are looking forward to the new HP Envy 14 not only because the Envy is a great series but because HP always has great coupons available (or so I've heard). Any truth to this and if so, where can I grab some?
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When should I expect deals to start rolling out? Probably mid-late August or sooner?

Also, I know a lot of people are looking forward to the new HP Envy 14 not only because the Envy is a great series but because HP always has great coupons available (or so I've heard). Any truth to this and if so, where can I grab some?
Sooner. End of June, definitely in July.... RedFlagDeals.com is usually a good place to keep an eye on. And probably here on OCN too .
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Ah, excellent. Thanks for the reply.

Any ideas/thoughts on the Envy 14. Worth the wait or should I go with the Asus or something completely different?
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i would say its defnietly worth the wait, but thats just me.

by then you might be abe to spend more oney on it and get a better cpu in it.
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g73 g73 g73 73g 3g7 7g3 hurp derp derp derp hurp g73 folding nerp crysis flurp g73 derp.

in all seriousness, the g73 s great lets see you wanted:

- Nice screen, around 16", good resolution
it has a 17 inch 1600x900 display
- 4GB (or more) of RAM
6 gb of 1333mhz DDR3 ram with an empty bay for another cheap 2gb card, you don't even need to fill it yet but it's more "future proof" since it can have 16 gb with current technology and if they start making 8 gb sticks 32 max. o.O

- Core i7 (as stated earlier - will settle for a nice i5 model if the other specs pan out)
Core i7 720QM (Quad core)
- Blu-ray player is a plus
(you can get a blu-ray player in it stock for a lot of money or put one in aftermarket for less) The one I am talking about does not have blu-ray stock to fit in your price range.


other notable features that will make you nerdgasm:

Ati Radeon 5870: The worlds fastest mobile graphics processing device ever made. Also supports Direct X 11. Can you say future proofing?

Dual hard drive bays one with a 500gb 7200rpm drive: An empty bay for a SSD or whatever floats your boat.

Dual huge cooling fans: One for CPU and one for GPU, they are quiet and have EXTREME cooling capability.

Made by Asus: My friend has had many Asus laptops for years and years, I have also had Asus, dell, hp, and toshiba laptops. Asus has been the most impressive so far by quite a bit.


EDIT: I just want to add that even though you may think "yeah but I'm not a gamer so I don't need this much laptop" but trust me, if you buy THIS laptop, you will be safe from needing a new one for quite some time. With 4 DDR3 slots, a DX11 GPU, a zippy quad core CPU, and this build quality, you are going to mock the future. In 3 years plenty of stuff will be DX11 and I will be ready. Also, when I programs want more ram I'LL GIVE EM MORE RAM. Possibly 32gb of it. rofl 32gb of ram in a laptop. I can hear it now, "Asus G73: Server Edition"
Edited by Snoopykins - 6/18/10 at 7:58am
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