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Old 03-12-2011, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I know this question has probably been asked time and time again but...

I'm wanting peoples opinions on what would be the best laptop for World Of Warcraft which isn't really graphic intense and just everday use. I used to have a Alienware and I just hated the fact that it was 17" screen and a bulky case.

I would like to get something in the 15's as far as screen size but I would really like a dedicated graphics card. I know you can pick up an i3 for a reasonable price, but I would prefer something faster, just not as expensive as an i7.

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Don't get Alienware. Except for a M11X, everything else is totally overpriced.

For WoW and surfing, you don't need an i5.

In what price range are you looking?

I can personally recommend this:

Newegg.com - ASUS UL80 Series UL80JT-A2 NoteBook Intel Core i3 330UM(1.20GHz) 14" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 310M+Intel GMA HD

I have the same model, only it's not an A2, its a BBK5. I got mine recertified as well, but still works great.
I have high praise for ASUS. #1 in my list of manufacturers.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah i've always heard good things about Asus and I think that would be my number one choice. Not really sure about price range at the moment, probably gonna find a recertified or used somewhere to keep it down, but i'm thinking that i dont really want to spend over 700.

I built my desktop and I installed an AMD Athlon II X4 2.6ghz 2.0mb cache, is the i3 going to be anything close to that in speed?
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This is the very one I got.

Newegg.com - Recertified: ASUS UL80 Series UL80J-BBK5 NoteBook Intel Core i3 330UM(1.20GHz) 14" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 310M
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the i3 5xx and 2xxx are around the same performance as the AMD cpu you have. the i3 3xx is slower, but not by a whole lot, the UM (ultra low voltage) are the slowest of the i3 line-up but give much better battery life.
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*gags* The UMs may save battery life, but they are not to be shun away. I beats any C2D with ease. My laptop performs well against anything I throw at it.
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Passmark scores:
Intel Core i3 330UM @ 1.20GHz - 1194
Intel Core i3 380UM @ 1.33GHz - 1274
Intel Core i5 430UM @ 1.20GHz - 1186
Intel Core i5 520UM @ 1.07GHz - 1291
Intel Core i7 640UM @ 1.20GHz - 1752

Intel Core2 Duo L9400 @ 1.86GHz 1238
Intel Core2 Duo T7200 @ 2.00GHz 1144
Intel Core2 Duo T7300 @ 2.00GHz 1146
Intel Core2 Duo T7400 @ 2.16GHz 1232
Intel Core2 Duo T7500 @ 2.20GHz 1272
Intel Core2 Duo T7600 @ 2.33GHz 1336
Intel Core2 Duo T7700 @ 2.40GHz 1393
Intel Core2 Duo T7800 @ 2.60GHz 1478
Intel Core2 Duo T8100 @ 2.10GHz 1361
Intel Core2 Duo T8300 @ 2.40GHz 1525
Intel Core2 Duo T9300 @ 2.50GHz 1697
Intel Core2 Duo T9400 @ 2.53GHz 1759
Intel Core2 Duo T9500 @ 2.60GHz 1852
Intel Core2 Duo T9550 @ 2.66GHz 1901
Intel Core2 Duo T9600 @ 2.80GHz 2027
Intel Core2 Duo T9800 @ 2.93GHz 2196
Intel Core2 Duo T9900 @ 3.06GHz 2289

There are plenty of core2's that outperform the i3 UM's and even the i5 UM's and i7 UM's. They're not geared towards speed, but some of the t5xxx which is mid range and t7xxx which is an upper-mid range, which is the first of two core 2 duo generations, out perform the i3's. and most of the 45nm (penryn) c2d's outperform it as well.

The i3 UM series has it's place which is giving mid range c2d performance with a lot better battery life and cooler temps, not playing games and being a mobile powerhouse.
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From what I searched on newegg I can't seem to find an Asus laptop with dedicated graphics with a larger screen than 14". I was hoping to get something in the 15's
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Newegg.com - ASUS K52 Series K52JC-XN1 NoteBook Intel Core i5 460M(2.53GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 310M + Intel HD

What do you think of this one, around 800 new so I might be able to find a recertified or used one for around my price range. Its the i5, but it looks like with dedicated graphics the i5's are the only thing in my screen size.
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for under 700 I only found 1 Asus laptop. There are 2 Acers that are pretty speedy if you're willing to spend 700.
Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7741G-6426 Notebook Intel Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory 640GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6550M
Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS5742G-6600 Notebook Intel Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
and the asus Newegg.com - ASUS K52 Series K52JE-XN1 NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core P6100(2.00GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

the first acer has a bigger screen, larger hdd and slower graphics, the second one is a 15.6 as opposed to the 17.3 of the other one, smaller hdd and faster gpu.


That one you posted is pretty good, but the 2 acer's have the next model up cpu and much faster gpu's.
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