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    So this summer im saving up for laptop for my last year of college starting in September and i feel that a laptop would help i personally would like something in the range of 2000-2500max for price as i also will be gaming on it mostly rpg's and strategy and sometimes fps not very often tho battery life isent a big deal.
    i kinda want a large screen
    decent processor and video card
    so far the best ones ive seen so far for what im thinking are from a place called
    digital storm
    if you guys could give some advice and maybe what you think as i dont really wana blow all that cash on something thats gona suck.
    oh and warranty is nice
    and i live in Canada so it must be able to be shipped here and preferably in Canadian currency
     
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    Since you live in Canada, I assume 2000-2500 max is in CAD ?

    Either way, you will have plenty of options with that budget. Being Canadian myself, for laptop, I've always used Dell.
     
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    Dell is ok i guess but i find they lack in quality components for the amount of money they charge the only good they have going is warranty i suppose.
     
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    Yes, warranty was always the reason I chose Dell. Actually, you don't need to ask for advices here. You can go to various producer's website, such as Sony, Toshiba, IBM, Dell, etc, and choose your own components.
     
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    just wanted to know what people thought would be the best laptop for price range
     
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    For warranties, I can only recommend IBM and Dell. I've had Toshiba laptop once. Customer service was horrible. I have never owned a Sony laptop since they were always overpriced, so I don't know about their services.
     
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    hmmm never thought to look at IBM i completely forgot there still making stuff for average people lol
     
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    Dude your getting a dell! LOL, I would get a Dell or a Sony. my fiancé has a Sony and it's a great laptop.
     
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    I need something with some power tho all ive seen from dell and other such companies is highly priced low end parts in there laptops
     
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    What exactly are you looking for ?
    For laptops, much of the price goes into labor cost, you have to put that into considerations. You can't expect desktop (or even server ) quality components in a laptop.
     
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    something with generally the capability to do some gaming and running various programs for school such as autocad
     
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    If you are looking for truly portable laptop, you can't really game on it since mobile counterpart video cards really suck. For Autocard, you are going to need more cores which is not an option for laptops since they max out at dual-cores.

    It seems what you really want is those laptop that is in laptop size but isn't mobile. (Which means its battery will last only 30 minutes.)
     
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    power requirements are not my concern as it will be generally plugged in all the time and i do believe you can get quad cores for cpu
     
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    In that case, you need to raise your budget to around 4000 for such a "desktop replacement" laptop.

    Alienware has what you need. Look for M17.
     
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    Get a voodoo if you plan On using 3grand and need alot of power.
     
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    they have small screens tho only13.3 inch that i saw
     
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    They have bigger screens don't they? Or at least you can choose I thought.
     
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    hmm ibuypower has some pretty good high end dual core laptops with gtx 280's or 260's but unfortunately only 1 year warrenty
     
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    If you got the time, I'd go out on the OCZ website and buy a DIY notebook kit in order for your personal notebook demands and upgradability, most brands like Dell and HP are cheating on you through low-end hardware, limited upgrades, and price thanks to the popularity of basic computing, lazy Best Buy guys, and Windows Vista.

    The only companies around here who are willing to give you the best bang for your buck in laptops is OCZ (as mentioned), ASUS, Acer, and build companies.

    As for hardware, go AMD as they are better than Intel when seeking for price. However if you want number-crunching, go Intel if you like a hole in you wallet. Also, try to get as much memory as you can in your laptop as they got big limits in memory nowadays. Hard drives are only a problem if you don't want external storage and definitely get a good chipset to handle Vista and some games if you wanna take time off.
     
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    i think i will look into OCZ DIY notebook maybe will be fun anyways to assemble if i got one but i wonder what there warranty is like if they have one?
    also can you put in any mobile graphics card the DIY at 17" with the intel's only come with a ati mobile 3870 can it be changed?
     
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    does anyone know if the gpu can be changed in these OCZ laptops id like something better then a 3870 even in crossfire
     
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    Id say For rpg strategy and fps the 3870 would be fine as ya not going to get the same performance as a desktop gpu.
     
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    would the 3870 mobile be better than the 280m, 260m or the 9800 gpus for laptops?
     
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    Heres a site that might help you out abit. :toast:
     
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