I am a laptop buying smacktard, and need help.

Discussion in 'SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs' started by Rakewell, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Rakewell

    Rakewell Platinum Member

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    Ugh.

    I just pulled the trigger on this laptop, on sale at BB for $399 (I'll pick it up later today):

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+K...t=A8&cp=12&lp=

    What I like about it, besides the price, is the following:

    -Discrete graphics (AMD 7640g)
    -Weight (5.5 lbs, oy my shoulders)
    -Windows 7 (Can't stand Win8)

    Basically, I'd like to sit on my couch with a decent laptop, play new games at decent, playable settings. I'm gonna swap out the HD for an SSD I have hanging around, and double the ram to 8 GB.

    My question is this:

    I can't put down more than $500 right now. Can I do better than this, proc speed/gaming wise, keeping it around 5-5.5 lbs, around $500?

    Or is this BB laptop a decent deal, and should I stick with it?

    Thanks in advance, peeps. Appreciate the advice.
     
  2. sm625

    sm625 Diamond Member

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    I'm sure for $500 you'll be able to find a laptop with discrete gpu in the next couple weeks. Especially cyber monday. But for $400? I doubt you'll find anything better. Maybe trinity with dual channel memory configuration? (Sorry I am just assuming that one you linked is single channel. It's the BBWay™)
     
  3. Rakewell

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    Right- It's dual channel, with one stick. Was gonna add another stick to make it 8gb.

    Better to hold out until Black Friday, huh...
     
  4. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

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    Yeah, hold out. Visually 1366 x 768 on a 15.6" is meh!, at best. I hear Lenovo plans a killer BF/CM sale. Go and sign up for the B&N Gold discount membership now. Odds are good you'll get everything you want and customized for half a grand.
     
  5. Rakewell

    Rakewell Platinum Member

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    Whoa. I guess I'm a bit late to the game. What's a "BF/CM" sale?

    And when you say "B&N Gold discount membership", you mean the run of the mill Barnes & Noble discount membership, like below?

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Membership-Join/379002828/
     
  6. Super56K

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    Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales are the week after this one** Buying a budget priced laptop right now is a terrible idea unless it's a crazy deal** The big sales are next week and continuing sporadically through Christmas so keep your eyes peeled, maybe check out the leaked ads to see what's going to be on sale**

    And maybe I'm going crazy but all the periods are getting replaced by asterisks in these posts**
     
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  7. sm625

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    Is something wrong with the forums? I keep seeing a whole bunch of @#@#
    @#@# @#@#
     
  8. kleinkinstein

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    Rakewell Platinum Member

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    Thanks, mate. Signed up. Cheers-
     
  10. Fayd

    Fayd Diamond Member

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    did you actually get a confirmation email? cause when i try, it says signed up, then just does nothing... :/
     
  11. Rakewell

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    I did. It took a few hours though...
     
  12. kleinkinstein

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    @ Rakewell, spotted this little $300 gem slated for BF and thought of you.Dell Inspiron 14z with 14.1", i3 4GB, and 500GB