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I could've done this myself, but I build gaming desktops for my friends. I don't know where to look for laptop configurators that aren't gaming based.

Right now, she's running a 10yr old brick that can't even play 480p video smoothly. So basically, anything she buys now will be better than what she has.

But I want her to have a decent laptop that'll be sufficient for at least a year or 2.

Here's what I need the laptop to have-
  • Processor Core i3 [At least]
  • RAM 3GB [At least]
  • HDD 320GB [At least]
  • GFX ATI/nVIDIA [No intel integrated crap plz] (She wants to be able to play minecraft, Fable:TLC & Sims)
  • Screen size 15" [At least]
  • Screen rez 720p [At least]
  • Battery life 4 hours [At least]
  • Webcam Built-in
  • CD/DVD RW
  • OS/software NOT NEEDED AT ALL

I know the budget is way too tight for what I'm asking, but if it's impossible then we can extend the budget to $600, I'll chip in for her.

EDIT: Absolutely no apple products plz.
EDIT2: Decided to go with the Acer Aspire AS5742G-6480. Thanks for the help guys.
Edited by txtsd - 3/29/11 at 9:40am
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post #2 of 13
I usually just troll around on Dealzon if you want a "good" cheap laptop.

http://dealzon.com/computers/laptops
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Newegg list with basic specs you're looking for

I know it's not much, but you may have to either cut a dedicated card or expand your budget. Those are some REALLY tight constraints.
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Originally Posted by darthjoe229 View Post
Newegg list with basic specs you're looking for

I know it's not much, but you may have to either cut a dedicated card or expand your budget. Those are some REALLY tight constraints.
Thanks. I didn't even think to look on newegg

You know, if all these sellers had an OS-less option, their prices would be much cheaper!
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not going to be able to get non onboard gpu laptop for less then 500
Edited by q6600nut - 3/28/11 at 8:45am
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115986
Should fit everything you need, and honestly 500 is really tight for what you want, unless you get a gimped gpu and at that point you might have well gone amd fusion.
Edited by s-x - 3/28/11 at 8:52am
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Originally Posted by s-x View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115986
Should fit everything you need, and honestly 500 is really tight for what you want, unless you get a gimped gpu and at that point you might have well gone amd fusion.
That's the one I'm considering right now. ty.

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not going to be able to get non onboard gpu laptop for less then 500
I did mention that if 500 is impossible, 600 is fine.

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I know the budget is way too tight for what I'm asking, but if it's impossible then we can extend the budget to $600, I'll chip in for her.
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10 year old laptop.. man im impressed shes kept it this long, she shoud be able to keep this next laptop for 20 years
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10 year old laptop.. man im impressed shes kept it this long, she shoud be able to keep this next laptop for 20 years
ha. I know, right? It takes about 12mins to boot, and 5minutes to open new tab in Internet Explorer. I gave her Chrome. It opens in like 5 secs
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post #10 of 13

you're asking for too much

http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-A...plesZipCodeAdd

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