Originally Posted by Horror
I'm not sure about the US, but isn't 1100 dollars a lot? in the UK you can buy a good touchscreen laptop - well I got mine with an i5 processor, a touchscreen one, and 8GB RAM for 600 pounds !!
would you like a touchscreen nowadays (just to follow the new 'fashion') or is that not really your thing?? laptops without touchscreens here cost around 300-400 pounds.
$1100 is a lot for a "consumer" grade laptop, definitely. For workstation laptops or "business" grade laptops, this isn't the cheapest, but it's certainly, by no means, expensive.
Our firm purchases Dell E6530 laptops at $1250 a pop.
They're equipped with an Intel i7-3740qm, 8GB 1600MHz RAM, Nvidia NVS 5200M 1GB GDDR5 GPU, and a modest 500GB 7200RPM HDD.
The reason they're more expensive is because they're made with higher quality parts unlike consumer grade machines.
OP, you can certainly find a consumer grade laptop that would meet your needs and budget easily. i7 laptops without a dedicated GPU run anywhere from $700-900. You could i5's for even less than that.