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    Hey everyone! I am in the market for a laptop that is primarily going to be used for student applications with some light gaming (WoW, Rome Total War, older games). If anyone has any suggestions for me I would appreciate it. Btw, since I am looking for some gaming would a Nvidia 7150M card be good for that kind of gaming? I've seen a few HP laptops for cheap that had them built in and would like to know if that is a good deal? Thanks, as always!
     
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    7150M should be good, i played WOW on 5200 :)
    but remember that wow takes lots of RAM (1-2GB), i played on 512mb and it was baaaad...
    but do you want new laptop or used?
     
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    A good place to start is Dell and Asus. You can get a lot for your buck with them. I got my lappy with the 8600m for $1,250 back in September, and it plays anything I throw at it. (except Crysis)
     
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    the thing about laptops is that same PC parts are faster than on laptop and cost less
     
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    The HP computer I linked was $600 had 2g of ram, 120gig hard drive, nvidia 7150 graphics card and a decent processor too. $1000 should get me a lot better, but I am gonna look for a bit to get a good idea of what I can get for what.
     
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    Does AMD or Intel matter processor wise? Is either one of them ahead of the other in the notebook/laptop market? Also, should I go for bluetooth internet connectivity, does it have any specific advantages over 802.11b/g WLAN? Would you recommend a 12 cell battery over a 6 for $50?
     
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    WAIT!!!

    I'd also check out Lenovo. I just bought 5 X61T tablet pc's from them and they are rock solid. They have titanium reinforced shells with magnesium internal roll-cages. I got a 54% discount (just the recurring Christmas sale). All of the tablets have built-in 802.11n, bluetooth, Vista Ultimate, 2gb of ram + 1gb of Intel memory, 1.8 ghz core 2 duos, and multitouch screens (can use active or passive digitization like hands on screen). I also got 3 year onsite accidental damage warranties for all of them. Finally, I ordered 2 docking stations and a bag. The total cost came to $10,500.

    I've also gotten to use Lenovo's accidental damage insurance. The guy above us in the office building always clogs his toilets and one day a mixture of crap and water came pouring out of the ceiling and onto one of the tablet pc's. Since it also has a spill-resistant keyboard, the internal components were fine even after being covered with crap. The keyboard needed to be replaced though, so I sent it in overnight (shipping covered by Lenovo) and the machine was returned from their North Carolina repair depot in a day.

    I discovered that the external wireless switch had been stuck when the technician replaced the keyboard, so after calling up Lenovo, they had on-site service the next day. Needless to say, their service is excellent.

    I would definitely choose Lenovo over Hp's or virtually any other laptop brand. My friend just got a Dell Inspiron and the machine is clunky and the general build is of a much lower quality in general.
     
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    That's great and all, but I am not going to spend over a thousand dollars on a laptop. For what I am going to use it for, it really would not be practical to invest that much. I am probably going to go with HP, as they offer the best price/performance ratio in my mind.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...t_series&a1=Category&v1=Versatile performance

    I'm probably going to configure a laptop off of that link. HP also offers a Intel based laptop with pretty much the same specs and price. I wonder though which one is better and how much of a difference I would see from upgrading the processor up a few tiers from the stock one they offer with the laptop.
     
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    Lenovo has very good regular laptops for less than $1000 too. These are just special touch-screen versions, so they're much more expensive than ordinary laptops.
     
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    The selection from Lenovo looks pretty sharp, but they seem a little graphically underpowerd. Yes I know, laptops for business, desktops for gaming, but I would like to be able to run the likes of WoW, Guild Wars, or Civ4 on there at a playable framerate with lower settings enabled. Most of Lenovo's offerings only have integrated graphics cards which blow.
     
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    Looks pretty good, but why is it that more expensive than HP? Is it just of better build quality or am I paying for the name brand? An HP laptop still comes out a 100 cheaper or so with similar specs.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that you're paying for quality. The HP doesn't have a spill-proof keyboard or a roll-cage.

    Anyway, it's your decision. I'm just trying to help.
     
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    BUMP!! Seriously though, does the laptop in the post above look like it is worth it? Does anyone have experience with it?
     
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    Dunno about Everex, never heard of them...i wonder who is the OEM behind them. Possibly MSI?
     
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