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So I came into some money from working my arse off, and well I have been out of touch with the laptop world for around 1 year. I bought this failed HP model and for at least the past year I have had nothing but trouble so this one so after a debacle and hard drive was replace the replacement became dead less than 1 month later and the media drive is not use able since it had i don't know kicked the bucket as well. I don't beat around with my laptops if I can help it, so I don't understand why that was happening to that laptop. mad.gif

So long story short I need a new laptop. I have been out of the loop for a good laptop. I don't mind apple laptops but I myself can never justify buying one. So I am looking for some good input on any suggestions about a good sturdy laptop that is fast.

I mostly use a laptop to do some minor game playing when I am not busy, and surf the web. I also a senior computer science student at a local state university. cool.gif

Therefore I need a laptop that can:

1. Handle adequate game playing. (CS:S, L4D, L4D2, WoW...etc)
2. Needs to have a Nvidia card (terrible experience of AMD/ATI GPUs in Linux).
3. Needs to be Optimus for battery life when not messing with gaming.
4. Has to be around 13" - 15."
5. Needs to have screen res. 1336x768 or higher.
6. Has to be in the price range ~$1200 or less.
7. Has to have overall weight around 4 - 6 lbs, (6 lbs being the max).

Now I have be waiting for sandy bridge to start coming out into the laptops. I know there is a wait involved with that.

I have been looking into the Lenovo Thinkpad 420, or the Ideapad 470. Also, been looking at the M11x r2, but most likely will only invest into it if the hinge fix and a hardware upgrade are soon, like by May. I have also been looking at the ASUS G53JW laptop but I feel that with too much power and not enough battery life it will turn into a large paperweight by the end of next year with the amount of use I put into using it.teaching.gif

If anybody has any better ideas or experiences I need a laptop soon and I might not wait if I get a software development intern this semester.
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Thermaltake Frio Extreme CLP0587 Arch Linux x86_64 samsung 2243swx ASUS vs-248H-p 
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I love my dell XPS Studio 16 with a SSD & Blu-Ray player. You can get it with a nvidia card too. Here is a trick that I learned from the insiders at dell. They update the 'outlet' store at 40 after each hour. This is when to check for deals. (here is where it gets interesting). The guys that update the stock have friends. They sometimes want to "hook up" their friends, but rather than hooking them up directly, they simply dump a price on a unit, and put it on the system when the normal updates go, and tell their "friend" to look at, say 7:40pm. We got a XPS Studio 16 with Blu-Ray, RGB LCD, and every other option available "open box" for $560.00 This unit (at the time) retailed for $2200. SCORE! I also was able to grab a desktop for about 75% off retail doing the same thing. It may take some patience, but I promise this is REAL, and VERY WORTH IT! Here is a link to the outlet store, at the XPS STUDIO SECTION. it will have NO STOCK right now, but check at exactly 40 after the hour, and you will see it populated (not always, only if they get stock). http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/notebooks/xpsnb/ct.aspx?refid=xpsnb&s=dfh&cs=22 GOOD LUCK! Let me know how it goes. And hopefully everyone will keep this little secret to our forum. We would hate for a good thing to go away wink.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
KINGSGTON SH100S3120G WDC WD10EACS-00ZJB0 WDC WD10EACS-22D6B0 HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW GGC-H20L 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
CoolerMaster Gemin II S524 Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit Dell 2407WFP Logitech MX5000 
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Antec True Power Quattro 1000 Antec P182B Logitech Wireless Laser The Desk 
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