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Old 07-21-2007, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Laptop suggestions?

For my sophmore year I'm going to be dorming and my parents want to buy me a laptop and make me leave my desktop at home -_- So I need suggestions for a good gaming laptop ranging from $700 - $850 and I need to be able to buy it at a nearby store. (compUSA, bestbuy,Circuit city, etc.)
I'm not familiar with gpu's in laptops so can you guys help me? Thanks.

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Old 07-21-2007, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im looking for a gaming laptop under 900 dollars too... but try and answer these questions, bolding your answers.-stolen from

General Questions

1) What is your budget?

2) What size notebook would you prefer?

a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?

17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?


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Old 07-21-2007, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The dell inspiron 1520 laptop is really the only barely gaming laptop for anywhere near that price range that i have personally come across. After a 300 dollar coupon you should be able to knock the price down to around 1100 dollars or even lower depending on how much performance you want to sacrifice. I personally tricked it out fully for 1,366 bucks. The only downside is that you have to buy it online, but it shouldn't take much to convince your parents that dell is a reputable brand.

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Old 07-21-2007, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well I don't really need extreme gaming. I just want to run CS:S and Guild Wars on high which I don't think demands that much performance.
Current Build:
CPU: AMD x2 3800
Case: thermaltake tsunami
Ram: 2x1gb OCZ ddr4pc3200
GPU: 7800 GT
PSU: Antec 500w
Mobo: DFI lanparty
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