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I have $600 for a laptop, it will be used for school primarily, surfing the web, word, power point, maybe some mild gaming. I've looked at frys electronics and everything there seems overpriced for what i would be getting, So hows this look?


HP G42t customizable Notebook PC
* charcoal
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-380M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
* 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 6370 Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
* FREE Upgrade to 3GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
* No Additional Office Software
* No additional security software
* 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 5.0 hours of battery life +++
* 14.0" diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)
* SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
* Webcam and 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
* 802.11b/g/n WLAN
* Standard Keyboard
* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Estimated build date: February 2, 2011
Price after savings: $584.99
Edited by gotasavage2 - 1/21/11 at 12:15pm
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I really wouldn't recommend getting an HP.

but if you must keep that HP, then you should upgrade the ram to more then 3gb.

get like 4gb or 8gb if possible.

But other then that looks like that laptop will perform well for your purposes.
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What would you recommend instead of an hp with similar specs?
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I really wouldn't recommend getting an HP.

but if you must keep that HP, then you should upgrade the ram to more then 3gb.

get like 4gb or 8gb if possible.

But other then that looks like that laptop will perform well for your purposes.
no that's ridiculous. HP overcharges for all the upgrades.

OP, configure it with the CPU you want, and the lowest hard drive setting. then select the lowest contiguous RAM option(opt for one large DIMM instead of two smaller ones). Then buy another stick of DDR3 SO-DIMM off of newegg (at half the cost of what HP was going to charge). It's super easy to put RAM in a laptop.

The wifi module is also replaceable and you can get an Atheros chipset off ebay for like $20 instead of the $50 upgrade HP would charge.

And then buy a scorpio black or SSD off newegg and throw out the cruddy one they originally put in the laptop.

Result: 8GB DDR3 + SSD/good hdd for half the cost HP would charge
Edited by pon - 1/21/11 at 12:24pm
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That build actually looks pretty good for that price, I shopped around for something similar and couldn't find anything except AMD's and they're clocked well below that i3.

The company that I work for has over 90k HP's in the environment. All business grade elite books, but the hardware failure rate on the laptops has only been in the 2-3% range on average over the last 5 years.
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But both of these ^ laptops have much slower CPU than i3-380M
Edited by ThePath - 1/21/11 at 2:41pm
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I honestly think the hp is a better deal 7200rpm hard drive, better processor, better battery life. I could pick up a few gigs of ram if needed for cheap off newegg and if i buy the hp i get half off a printer.
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To me, that looks good. I've only ever had good experiences with my work HP (though it's the business offerings) despite the overwhelmingly negative feedback that a lot of people on this forum have for HP (though I'd be willing to bet that most haven't even ever owned one).

That being said, you won't really get beyond low settings in games with the HD6370--it's nearly on-par with the nvidia G310M which I have in my laptop, and it will just barely play TF2 at 1366x768 on low settings (with very playable framerates, but if you increase any of the settings, it chokes).

To be honest, for the money, that looks like as decent an option as any.
    
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