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Old 10-04-2012, 05:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need help finding a laptop.

First of all, Iím chronically ill. Understanding things is hard for me and I know very little about laptops and computers, so Iíll need to be walked through a lot of things.

I currently have a Dell N5010 (with Windows 7), Iíve had it for about 2 years or more and itís failing. (Needs a new battery, lags horribly while playing minecraft (6fps is average), and overheats very fast. (I currently have a Belkin fan to help.)) Iíve read itís not worth upgrading/replacing parts. Your opinion on that?

Due to my chronic illness I am lying in bed all day or on a good day, sitting at my desk. That is why I need the versatility of a laptop. I am also on it most of my waking hours, so I need something that can handle that much usage.

I am currently only using it to browse the web (I use chrome), watch videos/films (provided by the internet), and play minecraft. I do want the laptop to be able to handle more graphic intensive games in case I ever want to get one, but Iím not a hardcore gamer.

As for my price range: I currently have 2k (USD) to my name, but Iíd much rather not use it all if possible. I was saving it for something else, but a laptop is much more important to me.

If there are any other questions Iíll do my best to answer.
If building a laptop would be better, Iíll need a lot of help with what specs/parts would be best.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Extremely Capable Laptop:
Newegg.com - MSI GT Series GT70 0ND-202US Notebook Intel Core i7 3610QM(2.30GHz) 17.3" 12GB Memory DDR3 1600 750GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M

Capable Laptop:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246628

Budget Laptop:
Newegg.com - lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (20934EU) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 14" 6GB Memory DDR3 1600 750GB HDD 5400rpm DVDĪR/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE

The best balance between performance and price is that Lenovo IMO.
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Is the MSI so much better than the Ienovo Y580 that it is worth the price difference or is there little difference between the two?
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Faster HDD, faster GPU, and double the RAM. For Minecraft it isn't worth almost double the price because you can give it a better HDD/SSD and more RAM later.
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