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Currently I have a Acer timeline 3810t and have come to the conclusion that the materials that were used to put this thing together are from unholy ground. Since I've had this thing both original ram sticks have gone bad, it was recalled because some of them caught on fire or something if you put pressure on the wrong part of the palm rest, the battery has died and needed replacing (twice) and now just in time for new years the hdd is dying with a bunch of bad sectors and funny clicking/scratching sounds.

Unfortunately this computer is my college pc and I use it to keep notes and work on assignments and it needs to be reliable. I've done the usual checks to see if there is a systemic problem, it charges through a surge protector, it hasn't experience any major temp shifts, I haven't dropped it etc.

So basically I'm looking to replace and was wondering if anybody knows of anything coming down the pipeline in the near future that has the following specs: (in order of importance if that helps any)

Battery Life: with the stock battery my 3810t got 6-6.5 hours light programming and surfing with screen brightness turned down slightly. With the after market extended battery It'll last for 8-9 hours. I'm looking to stay in this 6+ hour range for battery life so that I can make it through a full day of classes

Graphics: The only other thing I hate about the 3810t (besides the part where it's cursed) is the intel hd graphics. Yeah it's great for battery life but really crappy for anything else. Something with optimus would be perfect, especially if it could run cuda/opencl code.

Memory: support for at least 8gb. That's what I've got in the 3810t and I use just about all of it. I don't think this is gonna be a problem 8 gb seems to be supported on all new laptops I've seen.

Screen Size: 13.3 or 14.1 is the sweet spot for me. nice and portable. Ideally 1366 x 768 resolution or higher.

CPU: dual core min. it doesn't have to be a culv proc like the 3810 but if it is it should help the battery. This thing doesn't need to be a powerhouse just have enough grunt for running visual studio and itunes at the same time.

Build/Body: Ideally a metal body to help it survive college.

Optical Drive: Don't need one, I have a usb optical drive.

I've done some looking at computers coming down the pipeline and like the ASUS U41JF; with its specs it just about perfect, but I can only find it for sale with an i3 and I have doubts about that processor being able to do what I want, plus the only place I've seen it for sale are foreign websites which makes it hard to verify the specs on the pc.

the ASUS N43JF also looks good; except the battery life. I've seen the battery life listed as 2-3 hours which is kinda short for what I want to do; but the specs are nice.

So anybody out there know of anything showing up soon that fits those specs? I've know that the launch of sandy bridge is going to redefine the laptop landscape in a month or two but I doubt the 3810t is gonna make it that long, and the built in gpu on sandy bridge doesn't fully support opencl so sandy bridge is kinda iffy.
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i have been using ibm/lenovo and am on my 2nd one in 10 years. they are great laptops. just my 2 cents

oh and i always buy from their refurbished selection to save a bundle. they have diff categories like some have a scratch and some were just returned. they all come with factory warranty.
    
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Intel i7 980x ~ 4.4Ghz @ 1.375v EVGA E758SLI x58 2 x Nvidia GTX 295 Reference in quad sli G.Skill Trident 6GB 2000Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 x Raptor on RAID 0, 1TB Seagate in IcyDock ext. Pioneer 12x Blu-ray RW Windows 7 x64 3 x Alienware OptX AW2310 in Surround Vision 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Enermax Aurora (black) Antec TPQ 1200w Antec p182 w/ black p180b panels Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 7 
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Steelseries QcK (cloth) 
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