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Hay, so I have a decent laptop right, but about 10 months ago I built my Sig rig.
Now my laptop feels like a snail.

I need something new.

I will sell my current one to my brother for a little money to be put into the new one.
I figure I would charge him $300 what do you think?

I want to spend about $1300-$1500.
What I have now meets my needs I just want it faster faster faster.

I do some minor photo manipulations, a little graphics work and a little gaming.
Nothing to heavy.
I wouldn't mind folding with it but I hear laptops get too hot for that.
I do travel with it so a light 15" would be good.
The 14" screens seems a little small for these old eyes.

I have only ever owned a Dell laptop and have had good luck with them.

Do I get an i3, i5, i7 ?
I want at least 4GB ram maybe 6GB
I need some guidance.
Thank you.

Current laptop Dell XPS m1530
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/dell...-32778979.html
T7700, 2.4 Ghz
128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
Dual In-Line Memory Module, 1G 667, 128X64, 8, 200,
Dual In Line Memory Module 2GB, 667, 256X64, 8K, 200
Hard Drive, 200GB,
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post #2 of 5
An SSD will make any laptop soar!

I don't think you would need anything over an i3 for your requirements, but I would go with an i5.
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Ok! cool an i5 and an SSD.
Thats a good start.
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for sure you can get a sandybridge i7, at least 4 gigs of ram, 15.6" screen with 1920x1080 res, etc.

Since you dont want a heavy laptop thats big, or has low batterylife and dont mind a weaker gpu, optimus is the way to go.

I would look at the sager np5160 first, http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html
Edited by s-x - 3/24/11 at 11:47am
post #5 of 5

That's a massive budget given your requirements. You don't need to spend that much money unless you really want to pay for pretty. *cough* Mac *cough*

Have a look at the

. It's a 13", but I've found that the small screen on my notebook is no trouble at all.
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