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Best laptop for $1800

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#4
Which one would perform better.

And is more cores at a lower clock necessarily better?
It really depends on what you're going to do with it.
 
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#5
You won't love me for this comment, but IMO, in the $1500-$2000 range, the Apple MacBook Air running bootcamp is one of the "best".

I really dont like OSX, but under VMware or Bootcamp, the Macbook air is a great machine, if you want portable and workable. Superb keyboard/trackpad too.

If you want the biggest badass gamer/cruncher, then your suggestion is "best".

So, depends what you want to do with it.
 
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#6
It really depends on what you're going to do with it.
Gaming is not the top priority but if I do want to run L4D or TF2 I want it to play smoothly.
 
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well going to throw this out there cos its cheap..ish

Get a refurb inspiron 9400 (diff name in US just type it on ebay) E1705

make sure it has a dedicated gfx ... I.e radeon or geforce...

then easy upgrade to a 7800gtx!
put in 4gb ram

then you got a 2ghz+ dual core
7800gtx
4gb ram
Wuxga
1900x1200
17"
will play tf2 etc.. superbly :D


heres a link to upgrade it instructions
http://eduncan911.com/archive/2007/12/11/why-the-inspiron-is-a-king.aspx

maybe not what your looking for, but it's a great deal nonetheless
 
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#10
The Asus, or the Gateway FX.

BUT I've seen better results and more positive reviews with the Gateway FX series.
Check those, Highly recommended.
 
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#11
i would go with the asus i guess, better screen, more hdd.
 
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#12
Thanks. I think i'm getting the Gateway. Better GPU, quad DDR3. Should run things smoother.