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So I need a laptop for school and sold my AMD machine recently so I figure hey with that money I'll get a laptop_

What would you say is the best gaming laptop I can get for 1200 dollars ?
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After owning a gaming laptop for a few years now I'd say build a budget gaming system and buy a cheap laptop solely for schoolwork. I wish I had done that. I'm saying this because my gaming laptop has heat issues, but that might not be the case for all of them. Sorry I can't be more of a help.
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After owning a gaming laptop for a few years now I'd say build a budget gaming system and buy a cheap laptop solely for schoolwork. I wish I had done that. I'm saying this because my gaming laptop has heat issues, but that might not be the case for all of them. Sorry I can't be more of a help.
You know you kinda woke me up, its pointless to game on a laptop especially when I already have a gaming desktop, haha thanks_
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After owning a gaming laptop for a few years now I'd say build a budget gaming system and buy a cheap laptop solely for schoolwork. I wish I had done that. I'm saying this because my gaming laptop has heat issues, but that might not be the case for all of them. Sorry I can't be more of a help.
Totally agree, good gaming laptops are way too luxury for normal average consumers. I hate to torture my laptop and watch it die early when there's nothing I can do to fix/replace the parts in it.
    
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So, I suppose I'm now shopping for a multimedia laptop... macbook pro comes to mind but at those high prices, it hurts my eyes_
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You know you kinda woke me up, its pointless to game on a laptop especially when I already have a gaming desktop, haha thanks_
I use my gaming laptop since I tried to kill two birds with one stone--that is, I didn't have either a laptop or desktop. It's worked out fairly well, overall. The GPU is the same as a desktop 9800GT, the CPU will be very fast once I buy a Core 2 Duo T9800, and it's not very heavy either (weighs 7 pounds). It doesn't have any temp. issues, but at the same time I don't know if I should've done what the other poster said. I'm having my doubts since I think it would've been better to build a gaming desktop for $600 and buy an ultra-portable for $500. Having said that, my gaming lappy only costed me $650, so I'm very happy.

If you have a gaming desktop, my best advice would be that you get an ultra-portable like an HP dm1z or a Lenovo X120e. The reason for that is that they're inexpensive and give good computing capability. The Radeon HD 6310 on both is almost the same speed as a GeForce 320M and much faster than the GMA 4500MHD IGP on other ultra-portables. The AMD E-350 is almost as fast as a Pentium/Core 2 Duo CULV, but much faster than an Atom.

If you want a professional-grade laptop that is very well built and can last you for many years, go with the Lenovo X120e. While it's more expensive than the HP dm1z, it should also be more reliable and better-built, not to mention things like the keyboard and trackpad are better.

The dm1z is good if you're gonna take good care of your laptop and want something very inexpensive. Still, the build quality is definitely better than what we're used to seeing from HP since it's for the most part matte plastic.

You can pick up the HP dm1z for only $420 using the coupon code SAVE30HP when you add to cart. It comes with 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200RPM HDD, AMD E-350 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU, Radeon HD 6310, 6-cell battery (good for 6-and-a-half to 7 hours), Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and an 11.6" screen at 1366x768.

The Lenovo X120e has a base price of $399, but if you want it to be well-specced you'll need to pay extra. The 6-cell battery, which will let you get 6 hours of battery life, is a $50 option. The AMD E-350 is also an option, but well worth it since it has one more core and is much faster. That costs $40. Now you're at $489, but it only comes with a single 2GB DDR3 DIMM. You can pick up another Kingston 2GB DDR3 stick for only $23 on Newegg. The HDD is only 250GB and 5400RPM. If you want to upgrade that, it'll cost you $60 for a Samsung Spinpoint MP4 500GB 7200RPM.

That puts the max. at $84 for those two including shipping. Total for the computer is now $574. I recommend you do it yourself because it won't void your warranty, and is very easy as seen in this video:


The X120e should be more reliable and is better built, so I would go with that. If you want to save $150 and still get something that's great, then get the HP dm1z.
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post #7 of 14
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Thanks for the input, those x120e laptops sounds really good_ I actually have a Seagate 7200rpm 32mb cache 500gigabyte laptop harddrive already from my old Hpdv6700SE laptop that I plan to use, so that'll save me money (My crazy overclocking killed my HP laptop, pushing that poor Turion 64 x2 2.0ghz to 2.2ghz and ram at 400mhz with 5-5-5-15 timing, it did however last for 5 years with those overclocks so I suppose its done its useful course before it died a month ago)
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Hmm, now thinking about it, I'm looking for something 15inch and has the ability to install 2 Hard drives (as I want to use a HDD with an SSD as the bootdrive as I have an extra intel SSD laying around also)

Is there a 15inch Laptop out there that supports 2 HDD installs? I know 17inch laptops can install 2 HDD but unsure if there is a 15inch one out there that has this ability also_ could someone point me in the right direction =] Thanks
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Hmm, now thinking about it, I'm looking for something 15inch and has the ability to install 2 Hard drives (as I want to use a HDD with an SSD as the bootdrive as I have an extra intel SSD laying around also)

Is there a 15inch Laptop out there that supports 2 HDD installs? I know 17inch laptops can install 2 HDD but unsure if there is a 15inch one out there that has this ability also_ could someone point me in the right direction =] Thanks
The smallest laptops you can find with two native HDD bays are gaming laptops: the Asus G53JW and the MSI GT680. Nothing else I could find, though. The only other alternative is to replace the optical drive in a smaller laptop with another HDD, but that would negate (IMO) the point of having an Entertainment laptop.

Given this, I think your best option would be to use the current 7200RPM 2.5" HDD you have or get a Hybrid Hard Drive like the Seagate Momentus XT 500GB. That'll enable you to get boot times close to an SSD while also having good storage capacity. The price is $100, so that's not bad either.
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Laptops are designed so the do not die like that, even when stressed.

@ OP: I actually took the reverse route. I originally had wanted a gaming laptop, but realized that it would be more cost efficient with a gaming desktop. Now that I have a gaming desktop and normal laptop for work, I realize that I am not able to game with friends at all at LAN parties, unless I want to lug a desktop around.
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