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Best Laptop for around $500?

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  1. BrooksyX

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    Hey guys I plan on buying a laptop in the next week or so and I was wondering would be the best laptop for about $500. I can do up to $600 but that will really be pushing the budget. This laptop will be used primarily at home and at college. Doesn't have to be super good as I have my quad core desktop. So mostly typing papers and some light gaming. Mostly like Counter-Strike: Source and other source engine games.

    Things most important to me:
    -Graphics Chipset (the best I can get for cheap)
    -Battery life
    -Size (Smaller is better. Nothing over 15")
    -Durability
    -Price (obviously lower is better)

    Right now I am really interested in getting a toshiba notebook as they seem pretty decent for the price and I like the keyboard and the way they look. Really interested in this one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9163772&type=product&id=1218040476935 but its a little over my budget.

    Would prefer to buy from a store (such as best buy, frys, office depot, staples, etc...)

    So what do you guys think is the best deal for the price right now? Thanks :toast:
    (oh and I am not interested in a netbook, I just sold my dell mini 9)
     
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    wow, thats like the price for a high-end netbook. Could it be possible you could do $600 for credit, and do an extra $300 financed? you could get a good sli notebook, which can max out everything out today.
     
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    high on the price is better! Haha. Higher the price, better the specifications.
     
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    u in canada or the us
     
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    Higher price doesn't mean better specs. It means how well the seller overprices it. lol
     
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    Don't want an Sli notebook. Just need something simple. And I don't wanna finance anything either. I don't have any credit and I would probably get turned down for a store card. (Only 18 years old) I used to work at sears and they turned me down for a card :ohwell:

    I'm in the US
     
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    Yes it would, prolly only at 15 - 20 fps tho. My bro's inspiron 1525 w/ mobile 965 express and T2300 1.6GHz can play it all low settings at 15fps.
     
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    Not a big deal as I need a super badass graphics card but say laptop A is $500 and Laptop B is $550 and has a way better graphics chipset ill spend the extra $50 for it.
     
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    Look at Dr.Death's link. Great GPU there for a tad low price.
     
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    I wanna try and stay away from HP. Not really impressed with their laptop quality at the moment.

    Plus its sold out right now.
     
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    i bought a hp laptop and i have one small problem with it the net work card dose not work for n other then that is is a great laptop its the dv9934ca
     
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    Samsung NC20 if you can wait until Mar. (are you UPGRADING new week, or first laptop?)
     
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    Price and size?

    edit: Need something with a little more processing power and want it to be at least 13"

    Sorry for being so picky.
     
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    It won't be my first laptop. But it will be the first I have had in a while. I currently don't have one. I just had a dell mini 9 netbook and want to try and stay away from them. Just to weak right not.
     
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    Look into Asus, Acer, Gateway and dell. You should be able to find a laptop with a low end core 2 or turion and an 8400/8600/9500 for that price. An 8400 will play wow without any hicoughs.
     
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    what :wtf:
     

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