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    Us Battle of the APUs

    I'm skipping the form and touching on the relevant points. Feel free to ask questions if I missed something important.

    I'm looking for a computer that'll last me until (probably mobile) Haswell. Has to be a laptop; desktop is out of the question. I'd love to find something like the K53TA, but a dedicated card isn't strictly necessary so long as I'm not on Intel graphics; probably the most demanding game I'll play is Civ V, and I'm not one for eye candy. I'd rather not wait another month for Trinity, but I'm open to arguments to convince me, keeping in mind the budget.

    Budget: Let's say $500; less is more.
    Brand/look/style: No preference/don't care.
    Performance: i5 if in budget, or A6/A8, see below.
    Graphics: Anything better than Intel.
    Size/resolution/weight: Irrelevant. I'm 6'6" and using a 1080p external monitor.
    Refurbs: Sure, with warranty; see below links.
    Timeframe: As soon as possible.
    Longevity: 18-24 months.

    The two I'm looking at presently are an Ideapad Z575 and a Gateway NV75S02U, albeit adding a two-year warranty onto the latter.

    I'm debating whether I need any more warranty than Lenovo's outlet provides, and whether 1600x900 17.3" is any more use to me than 1366x768 15.6" if I'm mostly using an external monitor. There's also the fact that I haven't yet used my 10% first-time-purchase Lenovo coupon; does anyone know if it works in the outlet?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    If you can stretch your budget another $140, this would be a great option.

    Newegg.com - Refurbished: HP Pavilion dv6-6144ca Refurbished Notebook AMD A-Series A8-3500M(1.5GHz) 15.6" 8GB Memory 750GB HDD 5400rpm BD Combo AMD Radeon HD 6750M

    AMD A8 Quad Core, AMD 6750M dedicated GPU, 8gb of RAM, 640gb HDD, and switchable graphics for up to 4-5 hours of battery life.

    If you can't, then this is the same thing but no dedicated 6750M GPU. The integrated GPU is about on par with a 5650M.

    Newegg.com - Refurbished: HP Pavilion dv6-6145dx Refurbished Notebook AMD A-Series A8-3500M(1.5GHz) 15.6" 8GB Memory 640GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6620G

    I personally find the DV6 to be the best APU notebook around because it has pretty good build quality for the price, and it has alot of nice features like a pretty decent (albeit low res) screen and 4 Beats audio speakers. I have two friends with the DV6 and I can't believe they both got them for 500 bucks, seems like it should belong more to the 700-800 range.

    If you don't like this though, the Lenovo seems better from your two options.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    If you can stretch 50$ then I think this is the best you will get:

    HP - 17.3" Refurbished Pavilion Laptop - 6GB Memory - 640GB Hard Drive - Steel Gray - dv7-6165us

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    Dell - 15.6" Inspiron Laptop - 6GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Diamond Black - I15RM-3529BK
    No reviews on this yet. Better webcam than the one on the Lenovo.

    If you are mostly using an external monitor, no use at all. But the resolution on the 17" would be better due to the higher ppi (than the 768p on the 15") giving you little more sharpness. And the higher resolution allows you to fit more stuff on the screen. More real estate, the better. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    I don't think the coupon will work in the outlet.

    If you need a laptop now, buy one. If you can wait, then wait. It is too early to speculate if you are missing much by going for Llano.
    Last edited by idiot101; 12th April 2012 at 12:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    @idiot101:
    For 20$ less and no dgpu...The only argument could be if wouldn't consider refurbs but that's not the case.

    @Threshold:
    If you have 550$ than take the dv7 (17' 1600x900,A8,6620g+6750M,6gb ram,640gb hdd). It's really by far the best deal you will get now. Believe me, i searched a lot these days because i'm in the same situation.

    EDIT:
    Or there is another option. The K53TA is now even cheaper (434$):

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-K53TA-B...a72e2b8ae#shId

    Only 4 available...GET ONE FAST!

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    The only reason I would dissuade you from refurbs is due to their 90day warranty unless bought from an official outlet. I don't think you can get to extend the warranty on these laptops.

    P.S. After reading the reply below, wanted to clarify that I was talking about manufacturer's warranty, not squaretrade. I am aware that they offer coverage, but didn't consider them when I made the statement above.
    Last edited by idiot101; 10th April 2012 at 07:13 PM.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by idiot101 View Post
    The only reason I would dissuade you from refurbs is due to their 90day warranty unless bought from an official outlet. I don't think you can get to extend the warranty on these laptops.
    On the K53TA above the 1-year extended warranty costs 80$, or 2-years for 112$.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    @idiot101
    I appreciate the concern. Definitely need at least an option for a 1-year warranty. I'm not worried about the webcam. Confirmed that I can't use my coupon at Lenovo's outlet but the outlet Z575 is still looking more attractive.
    @splinter22prime
    That's awesome, but I won't have the ability to buy until Friday and my bet is they'll be sold out before then.
    @Gearsguy
    A 6750m would be wonderful but I just don't see it happening for that price.

    Is there any reason that the 6620G wouldn't be perfectly adequate for my needs, even at 1080p (without eye candy)?

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    The 6620g can't handle games very good at 1080p. For 780p it's ok but not more. For 1080p you should really try to stretch to 550$ and get the HP, it will handle the games good on 1080p.

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    Default Re: Battle of the APUs

    Quote Originally Posted by splinter22prime View Post
    The 6620g can't handle games very good at 1080p. For 780p it's ok but not more. For 1080p you should really try to stretch to 550$ and get the HP, it will handle the games good on 1080p.
    I didn't realize how demanding Civ V apparently is, but it's really on the upper level of what I'd intend to run.

    I could justify the extra $50, but no warranty options is a no go, unfortunately.

    What about the 6650M, as found here?

    Is that even worthwhile due to the 6650M being DDR3, and hence having only half the bandwidth of the 6750M? My understanding is that higher resolutions are impacted significantly by bandwidth, but I don't know how the math works out, or if that's even relevant since I'm content to run on low settings, albeit at 1920x1080.

    Finally, does it make a difference if this is to an HDTV rather than an LCD monitor?

    Thanks.

 

 
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