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Hey folks..

I really only have experience in mid to high end builds, but my mother's laptop is on it's way to the graveyard and I just don't know how to replace it and what will satisfy her needs..

Her needs are simple and basic..she does web browsing, e-mail, and Facebook games..

She has a monitor already so laptop screen isn't too important since she can hook up the monitor..just looking for a good laptop or PC on a budget that will do the above needs smooth as silk..

I was thinking i3 + 4 GB RAM..overkill?

Any help is appreciated!
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post #2 of 8
Any $500 laptop will be fine.
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post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
Hey folks..

I really only have experience in mid to high end builds, but my mother's laptop is on it's way to the graveyard and I just don't know how to replace it and what will satisfy her needs..

Her needs are simple and basic..she does web browsing, e-mail, and Facebook games..

She has a monitor already so laptop screen isn't too important since she can hook up the monitor..just looking for a good laptop or PC on a budget that will do the above needs smooth as silk..

I was thinking i3 + 4 GB RAM..overkill?

Any help is appreciated!
That'd be perfect. My wife has a Toshiba i3 and uses it for those same things. She loves it. I recommend going that route.
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post #4 of 8
really just about anythiing would be fine $500 is alot to spend for such basic needs
you can go for a $300 desktop dual core and 2gigs of ram and it will be more than enough.
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post #5 of 8
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Anyone comment on this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115856

Can be had for $510 shipped from Walmart..reviews are few and far between however :/
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Anyone comment on this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115856

Can be had for $510 shipped from Walmart..reviews are few and far between however :/
That looks perfect.
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post
That looks perfect.
Thanks for the reply, I think I am going to go with that or similar..cheapest thing I can find at that spec point!
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post #8 of 8
I agree with Robert. Her needs are very basic and for what she's using it for, $500 is a ridiculous amount of money to waste when all she needs is a very basic $300 laptop or even a netbook. Personally I like the netbooks because of the extreme portability and ease of use. Most are upgradable to at least 2 Gb RAM and some of the newer models (although $400+) are running dual processors with up to 4 Gb of RAM. A single core Intel Atom w/ HyperThreading (N455) and 2 Gb of RAM will give her all the speed she needs as well as flexibility. It's the same netbook I use for repairing computers and has always served me well. A refurbed unit can be had for about $260+.
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