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I need help choosing a laptop!!!!

Poll Results: What Company Makes a Good Quality Laptop for the Price?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 9% of voters (2)
    DELL
  • 0% of voters (0)
    HP
  • 4% of voters (1)
    SONY
  • 13% of voters (3)
    TOSHIBA
  • 36% of voters (8)
    ASUS
  • 9% of voters (2)
    ALIENWARE
  • 13% of voters (3)
    ACER
  • 4% of voters (1)
    MACBOOK
  • 0% of voters (0)
    COMPAQ
  • 9% of voters (2)
    OTHER
22 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone im new on here and i need some help in selecting a laptop...

the tasks that i need a laptop for are: Autocad 2011, Quickbooks 2010, miocrosoft office and verious other business softwares, RPG gaming, music playing, Video sharing/ editing, internet browsing...

really i am completly lost when it comes to computers and everything associated with the tech aspect of it.

QUad vs Dual Core Processors confused.gif
4 GB VS 6 GB RAM confused.gif
AMD VS INTEL confused.gif

i just need some insite into what everyones thinks would be a laptop that would fit me pretty well/ and perform the required tasks...

thanks in advance

JCG

P.S. IM LOOKING TO STAY UNDER $1100
Edited by drifter48195 - 1/20/11 at 1:17am
post #2 of 17
My take: an Intel Sandy Bridge laptop should have you covered. All brands above make good and bad lappys, it's not as easy as saying "get an X, it'll be great".
So, you need:
*Sandy Bridge CPU as it offers great CPU, pretty good IGP and hardware video encoding thru QuickSync
*dual core w/ Hyper Threading and Turbo, so from Core i5 2xxx up
*4GB or why not 8GB if it fits the budget
*minimum 15" w/ 1080p display (none of those 1366x768 overstretched monitors)

My take is to invest in higher resolution displays as Autocad can be a pain on a 768p screen. More than 4GB of RAM may not be needed for now, you can always change for 8GB down the road. Having discrete graphics that are much better than SB's IGP will probably jump the laptop price over your budget, and for RPGs they aren't needed as most are console ports.
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post #4 of 17
I voted Acer mainly because that is what I have. I got this laptop in the summer, and I love it. It handles any game I throw at it, I watch tons of recorded TV and DVD's, browse the web, and even mess with some graphics programs on it.

This particular model isn't available anymore (at least at Newegg), but for $1100 or less, you should definitely be able to find something you will be happy with.
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post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
what do you guys think about these TWO??

good for what i want to do or not really??

Pavilion dv7-4177nr:
AMD Phenom ll Dual-Core Mobile Processor N640
2.90GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, Up to 3.6 GT/s system bus running at AC/DC mode 35 watt
6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM) expandable to 8GB
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 switchable graphics with 512MB DDR3
640GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
LightScribe Blu-ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer Support
17.3” diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1600 x 900)
Beats Audio and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer

THERE IS ALSO:
Pavilion dv7-4179nr:
AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Processor P940
1.70GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, Up to 3.6 GT/s system bus running at AC/DC mode 25 watt
4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM) expandable to 8GB
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 switchable graphics with 512MB DDR3
640GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
17.3” diagonal High Definition+(8) HP BrightView LED Display (1600 x 900)
Beats Audio and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
post #6 of 17
DO NOT buy anything from HP! poorly built and with low grade parts. Nothing but bad luck with any of thier products, laptops and desktops.
Edited by mach1219 - 1/20/11 at 8:04am
post #7 of 17
This is one hell of a deal, but if you look at the spec's you'll understand why. However, bang for the buck, this one is going to be hard to beat, and WELL below the $1100 pricetag you're shopping around.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246006&cm_re=2630qm-_-34-246-006-_-Product

$899 plus shipping. It is a 16:9 aspect ratio, but only 1366x768. The dedicated video card looks solid as well.

http://www.powernotebooks.com/Sager-NP51600-gaming-laptops-notebooks.php-sys-3784.html

This one looks good as well, and in the same price range, you can upgrade the display to be 1080p for like $65. Also Sandy Bridge build.
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post #8 of 17
Your dilemma is Solved

ASUS G Series G53JW-XN1 $1,199.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220921&cm_re=asus_g-_-34-220-921-_-Product

Check this OUT..

Manufacturer Warranty
Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge Are you serious ??? this probably worth more than $200
Parts 2 years limited
Labor 2 years limited
    
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post #9 of 17
I would avoid a quad-core in a laptop but that's just me...

Not all that many programs can take advantage of all four core plus battery life will suffer.
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post #10 of 17
Im liking that sager np5160. might be picking up one of those for myself. Remember you need OS software for the lower price. I have vista 64 already. Is Windows 7 a worthwhile upgrade?
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