What notebook should I get with these features?

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  1. redrahul

    redrahul Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    max $1100

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Probably 14"-16"

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    Online, Costco, Best Buy

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

    Dislike: Dell, Hp, Apple

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?


    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Photoshop, Big Time Gaming, School Work

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


    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    Yep, Starcraft II, Battlefield Bad Company: 2 so would like somewhat high graphics card with HD

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

    At least 3 1/2 hours

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Preferably Seeing it first from anywhere in the Bay Area. On line is ok. These days, most are pretty good. I WOULD like to test it but online is usually cheaper. Online dealer will full refund policy would be ideal for me as I do like to check out the keyboard and some other stuff before buying.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    I've gone to Win 7, 64 bit on my machines (for good or bad)

    Screen Specifics

    Actual resolutions: at the very least 1366x768 preferably alot better

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

    Doesn't matter to me.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Would like to be stylish, but not too much concered about it.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    With thin couple weeks

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    I would like a couple of years or more

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    I would say at least 500 with 7200rpm. If it has an option for a second drive, that would be cool. SSD drive wanted.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    Love to have Blu-ray, but minnimum Dvd multioptical with +R

    19) Additonal features:

    Must have: 2.0 multipixel webcam, HDMI, eSata, USB 3.0 (because have stuff only works with 3.0), at least Intel core i5 2.0GHZ
    Love to have: less than 6 lbs, express card slot, touchscreen

    I know a good bit about computers when it comes to USING them, Ie, user but I'm not patient enough to play around with components. I program, but I don't want to keep reinstalling OS's as I never do that and so on.

    Also, I prefer something with warranty or option of buying one as I'm NOT lucky with electronics to say the least and warranty has become a habit by now.

    Do I need this to be as fast as my overclocked workstation? Yes, because I use computers alot.

    IF someone finds something, please post links and yes, the whole purpose was to find a really good deal and explain.

    Thanks in advance

  2. mangbhoy

    mangbhoy Notebook Consultant

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    At that budget, highest performance for games together with battery expectations is slightly difficult to find but here are some systems that I'd recommend:

    MSI GX640-098US ($1150 approx.)
    Display: 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Glossy
    Video Card: 1024MB DDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5850
    Processor: Intel® Mobile Core i5 430M
    Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz (Up to 8GB)
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

    ASUS N53JQ-A1 ($1159.00 approx.)
    Display: 15.6" WXGA HD (1366x768)
    Video Card: 1024MB DDR3 nVIDIA GT 425M
    Processor: Intel® Mobile Core i7 720QM
    Memory: 4GB DDR3 1066MHz (Up to 16GB)
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive

    Sager NP2180 ($980 approx.)
    Display:15.6" FHD (1920x1080) Glossy
    Video Card: 1024MB DDR3 ATI Radeon HD 5650
    Processor: Intel® Mobile Core i5-540M 2.4-2.9GHz 3MB L3cache
    Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz (Up to 8GB)
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM
  3. thundernet

    thundernet Notebook Deity

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    It isn't fair ! ! !They are so closely matced that is impossible to choose.The choice for me would be easy,The Assus, if it wasn't for the inferior screen.I would still take the Assus based on quality reliability and better processor.
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