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Laptop Help!


#1

I would love some help picking a laptop from any of you computer guys out there. I'm just as average computer hermit but I would like to have options as far as gaming,multitasking etc. I know my computer usage will become more sophisticated in the near future due to college courses so instead of just going with the bare bones good enough computer I want something a bit better. Ive been thinking about a couple different computers but am open to any suggestions.

Ive been leaning toward the Acer Aspire AS5740-5513

HP Pavilion dv6-1350us NoteBook----http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157240-- barely can handle Counter strike =(((( $604
A5cer Aspire AS5739G-6959 NoteBook---http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683411567 <-- comes with much better graphics card $650-700+
HP Pavilion dv6-2150us-- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a6834157117 $650. 599 w rebate.
Acer Aspire AS5740-5513 NoteBook Intel Core i3 --http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115729


#2

As far as laptops and gaming is concerned they don't really go well together. And 99% of the time laptops are bottle necked by the video card. The ram and HD can always be upgraded, so go with the best video card you can find for the price. Honestly I'm not looking through the links, pretty lazy. But here's a chart.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2569-6.html

Higher up = better. Honestly I'd go with a GTX 260m as the lowest I could get. Outside that most games probably won't be very enjoyable.


#3

i just had my dell inspiron 710m's hard drive die on me. 13.1 inch screen, 1.7ghz processor, 1gb Ram.

i just bought a netbook for home use because i have a work laptop as well and dont really need 2 laptops and i couldnt be bothered to put another new hard drive in my dell when it broke again. im looking to get $150 for it, new hard drives are like 60 bucks and you would need to install xp on it, but you could have the whole thing up and running for about 200 bucks. Message me if you want more details man, im looking to sell it asap.