I know the term is kind of an oxymoron unless you spend over $2000, but I'm getting a laptop for college - and despite having a desktop that I could upgrade, there's no room in the tiny dorm room for a desktop, so I can't build something for $$$$ and spend $$$ on a laptop which would be ideal.
-I was thinking something C2D with a T7200, seems like the best value CPU out there.
-I'm okay with having Vista, and obviously 2 gigs of ram would be nice, but if it had 1 gig 1-dimm, I could upgrade for relatively little cost.
-Looking for something with a hard drive in the 120+ gig range, 5400RPM is probably fine.
-In terms of weight, I *really* don't want some heavy nonsense to bring to class every day, I was hoping 6.5lbs max.
-For the screen, I was thinking at least 14", probably no more than 15.4" b/c of the weight issue, widescreen, maybe 1440x900?
-Graphics is the main problem I've been having. Trying to find a dedicated card that is actually good. I'm thinking 256mb or possibly 512mb for vram, but I've been struggling to find a card that runs games well.
Basically, I just want a laptop that would primarily be for class, so portability is needed, but I would also like to play some games on the thing, hopefully not at minimum resolution, as that would be slightly depressing. I'm looking to spend $1500ish.
I was looking at the Asus F3JP before, but I have read that the graphics are marginal with the current games, and can only run demanding games on very low quality. I want to be able to run some games for at least a year or so, until I can bring a desktop (and have room for it). Any suggestions?