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    Sup guys, like the title says im buying a lappy soon and just want to know what you guys think of this one. Ive looked at a few 100 and this one seems to be the best for its features and price. It will be mainly used just for internet, office and maybe some light gaming. Let me know your thoughts, i wanted to stay under $500.
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    Hey James, do you have a Walmart next to you ? they have some great deals on laptops if you have the cash. I just got a 17.3" from Dell with 8GBs of memory, 750GB HDD whgich was going for $599, but with the extras I added it came out to $709.99 including 2nd day shiping, and payments through Dell were obly $24 a month.

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    Just like a desktop, you get what you pay for. Good luck in your search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Hey James, do you have a Walmart next to you ? they have some great deals on laptops if you have the cash. I just got a 17.3" from Dell with 8GBs of memory, 750GB HDD whgich was going for $599, but with the extras I added it came out to $709.99 including 2nd day shiping, and payments through Dell were obly $24 a month.
    Hey Stan, yeah there is 3 within 15min of my house lol! Really...ill have to check walmart out, dont think i ever would have looked there! Thanks Stan!!
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    Just like a desktop, you get what you pay for. Good luck in your search.
    Thats what i was thinking and afraid of, i havent owned a laptop in 6+ years. Thanks Bob!

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    I like that Lappy. The A8 is a good entry level cpu with good graphics. Walmart has some good deals and so does Kmart/Sears. You can also look at newegg Openbox/Clearance and refurb section for even better deals.
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    Hey James, Walmarts on-line store even carry's Asus laptops & Notebooks. I was planning on buying one at my local Walmarts, but they were out of 17" and had no idea when of if they were getting more, due to the 15.6 " laptops being their best sellers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    I like that Lappy. The A8 is a good entry level cpu with good graphics. Walmart has some good deals and so does Kmart/Sears. You can also look at newegg Openbox/Clearance and refurb section for even better deals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Hey James, Walmarts on-line store even carry's Asus laptops & Notebooks. I was planning on buying one at my local Walmarts, but they were out of 17" and had no idea when of if they were getting more, due to the 15.6 " laptops being their best sellers.
    Yeah i did some searching and most that were 500 or below were mostly a lot lower specs than this one. I did find this one but its refurb, do you guys trust a refurb and will i be able to downgrade to WIN 7?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesLT3 View Post
    Openbox and refurbs scare me!! Read below though

    Yeah i did some searching and most that were 500 or below were mostly a lot lower specs than this one. I did find this one but its refurb, do you guys trust a refurb and will i be able to downgrade to WIN 7?
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    I buy refurb parts all the time. Most come with the same warranty as a new laptop from the manufacture. Most are returns that havent been used but since the box was opened they cant sell as new anymore. I have not had any issues up to this point. Hell Dell and Lenovo have outlet sites that sell nothing but refurbs. Same warranty but cheaper? That is a deal to me.

    The Acer refurb is ok. Its ok. Not a fan of the ULV cpus. Long battery life but performance is so so. GPU is terrible. Higher memory and higher drive space. So its a trade off from the one you picked earlier.
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    Dedicated GPU Newegg.com - Acer Aspire V5-552G-8632 AMD A-Series A8-5557M(2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Notebook Windows 8 64-Bit


    A sure winner here! HP ENVY dv7 DV7-7250US Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 1TB HDD $569

    Newegg.com - Refurbished: HP ENVY dv7 DV7-7250US Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 1TB HDD 17.3" Notebook Windows 8


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    The HP looks good except for the 90 day warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    I buy refurb parts all the time. Most come with the same warranty as a new laptop from the manufacture. Most are returns that havent been used but since the box was opened they cant sell as new anymore. I have not had any issues up to this point. Hell Dell and Lenovo have outlet sites that sell nothing but refurbs. Same warranty but cheaper? That is a deal to me.

    The Acer refurb is ok. Its ok. Not a fan of the ULV cpus. Long battery life but performance is so so. GPU is terrible. Higher memory and higher drive space. So its a trade off from the one you picked earlier.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Dedicated GPU Newegg.com - Acer Aspire V5-552G-8632 AMD A-Series A8-5557M(2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 15.6" Notebook Windows 8 64-Bit


    A sure winner here! HP ENVY dv7 DV7-7250US Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 1TB HDD $569

    Newegg.com - Refurbished: HP ENVY dv7 DV7-7250US Intel Core i7 3630QM(2.40GHz) 8GB DDR3 Memory 1TB HDD 17.3" Notebook Windows 8


    And yes if you have windows 7 it can be installed. Either solo or Dual boot.
    Thanks for the info Sandy and links. Im liking the the Acer you posted, now i need to see if i can add more memory. If so this one might be in the running.
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    The HP looks good except for the 90 day warranty.
    Yeah i thought the same, that 90 day warranty kills it for me.

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    I agree with the 90 day warranty. Thought that was odd. I do like the Acer one. I might have some memory for that one sitting around here. Need to see what the speed is.

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    I was recently in the same position as you, unless you're really desperate or stripped for cash, don't assume getting one with an fpu is good value. You can get get ones with i3 processors and dedicated GeForce 630m gpus that will perform better overall and on par or better in games.

    I opted for a Dell inspiron special offer at the time. So make sure you look out for a good offer/rebate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsod View Post
    I was recently in the same position as you, unless you're really desperate or stripped for cash, don't assume getting one with an fpu is good value. You can get get ones with i3 processors and dedicated GeForce 630m gpus that will perform better overall and on par or better in games.

    I opted for a Dell inspiron special offer at the time. So make sure you look out for a good offer/rebate.
    Gaming is really the last thing i want it to do, that was kinda of a bonus. This will be more for work than anything. Most of the i3 laptops ive looked at use the HD graphics.

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    Default Re: Buying a laptop soon

    That's the thing though. An i3 will perform far better in every non-gaming task, probably by a margin too. I can imagine though if your budget is tight, the a8 will give you the most graphical power for your money. I'm just saying if you can spend a little more it may be worth it, not because the graphics will be better, but because everything else will be.

    If graphics really aren't that important then there's really little reason not to go Intel I think. If you spend a bit extra you can get the best of both worlds without sacrificing cpu productivity.

    I know they are two different product lines, but my laptop with an i5 and a 650m was cheaper than the top of the range msi fpu "gaming laptops". So if you shop around, you may well find a better deal. Good luck anyway, I'm sure you'll be pleased with either choice, those amd fpus are a nice piece of kit

    Oh another thing to mention is, don't forget about the quality of your screen and its resolution. No good getting a good deal if the screen isn't very good brightness/colour/contrast wise. Also, know the limits of mobile graphics. Chances are you won't be running games at the highest resolution, so in a gaming sense getting a higher resolution screen isn't necessarily better because games will look bad scaled. For instance I could have paid extra for a 1080p display, but my 650m can't play games as well at that resolution. Higher resolution didn't mean better quality either, so I stuck with the standard 960p screen!

    Oh and there is battery life too!

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