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Recommend a laptop for me? Please?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JDcompy, Oct 28, 2013.

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  1. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I spent a good 5 minutes trying to find the right forum area for my thread- please feel free to move me if I am in the wrong spot!


    I need a new laptop, desperately. My current one is 10 years old. It's been a long time since I purchased a laptop and to be honest, I HATED the laptop I have since the moment I got it. I purchased on ebay and didn't know much about it. Thankfully, you all are great and knowledgeable experts (especially compared to me) :)

    My current laptop is an HP. I had to reformat it countless times in the first year and it doesn't stupid things with the mouse. I hate it. I hate it so much. I just hate it and want it to go away for ever. I can't ever buy an HP laptop again.

    I feel like my needs are fairly simple.


    • I like a good amount of HD space, but don't need anything crazy. I tend to save photos/videos from my camera and some media here and there.
    • I'm not a gamer. The gaming I do consists of flash games on kongregate.com - not saying it wouldn't be really nice to play a game or two on there- but I don't need anything high tech for gaming.
    • I do want it to be fast- a good amount of ram and processing speed. I hate waiting a long time for thing to load, and I do tend to reboot my computer infrequently and don't want it getting bogged down quickly. I want to be able to run my AOL instant messenger and my firefox with 50 tabs open.
    • I want a windows-based computer - Not a mac
    • I need a laptop that will not easily overheat. That has been a constant problem with my HP.

    I don't really want to walk into best buy and hand over a 1000 dollars for their overpriced stuff. I feel like if I can talk to you all, and do my research, I'll be able to get a good laptop for a decent price. I'm hoping to spend in the 3-400 range. But I suppose if it's really that amazing, I could go to 500.

    Recommendations? Thoughts? I don't know a whole heap about computers, but I know most of the terms. The more detailed you can be the better, always.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH ahead of time. I know you all give up your free time for strangers and I ALWAYS appreciate your helps!

    Thank you!
     
  2. Ray582

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    I would compare laptops at newegg.com. I found that they had the best pricing and inventory. Whatever you get don't get it with windows 8. It is terrible.
     
  3. flavallee

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    I concur with Ray582.

    The refurbished Windows 7 models at www.newegg.com are worth looking at.

    I've purchased several refurbished Windows 7 desktops and laptops from there in the past 2 years and have been happy with all of them, and I didn't pay more than $300.00 for any of them.

    Dell has a better selection and is what I recommend and use.

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  4. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Thank you flav and Ray,

    Though, I pretty much want anything BUT an HP laptop. I hate HP, with a passion.

    My problem is when I go to this website, I Don't know what to look for. I don't know how much ram I need or how much processing speed because I don't know what is what.

    Thoughts? Ideas?

    Thank you!
     
  5. JDcompy

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    I guess I need help with figuring out what specs to look for in a laptop.
     
  6. Ray582

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    Go with an i5 and 1TB of ram and you will be very happy. If go refurbished you can get a lot more for your money. Just stay away from Windows 8. This will limit your selection but you will find plenty to choose from.
     
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    If you're looking for a good laptop for basic computing use and not for hard-core gaming or anything real system-hungry, the Dell Latitude D830 should do well for you.

    I personally own 2 of them and have had them for about a year and a half.

    The one I linked you to has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM and a CD/DVD burner and has Windows 7 Home Premium installed, so it's a very good deal for the price - $240.00.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834200961

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  8. JDcompy

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    Ray, my mouth watered when you said 1TB of ram. They make that already?

    Frank, I borrowed a DELL from a friend a bit ago and really enjoyed the dell. I may look into dells. After hearing about the 1TB of ram, is 4gb of ram enough for 50+ tabs open all the time on the computer? And, I thought 2ghz processor was slow. Is that not the case? thank you!!


    Is i5 the processor?


    Thank you both again for your continued attention!!!
     
  9. flavallee

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    I'm sure he made a typo when he said 1 TB of RAM, and that he was actually referring to a 1 TB capacity hard drive.

    1 TB of RAM would be 1000 GB of RAM.

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    I can't comment on Intel Core i3 or i5 or i7 processors because I've never owned a laptop with one.

    Having one in a laptop will add significantly to the price.

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  10. JDcompy

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    Is there a website where I can list different specs that I want and it can give me a list of laptops that have those specs?
     
  11. flavallee

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    Not that I'm aware of.

    If you go to the Dell laptop section, you can select and browse through the models according to their processor type.

    Intel Core 2 Duo

    Intel Core i3

    Intel Core i5

    Intel Core i7

    You can also browse through the best ratings and reviews.

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  12. JDcompy

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    ok. Other than "higher is better" what are the differences between the different Intel cores?
     
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    If you go here, then select "Menu - Products - Processors", you can browse through the different "Intel Core" processors.

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    What do you want to do with the computer? Core i3 is for very basic computer tasks like simple web browsing and e-mail. Most people do well with an i5. An i7 is for Photoshop, video editing, possibly gaming, etc.
     
  15. JDcompy

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    Hi Tony,

    I'm not really a gamer, but I do like to do video editing. And photoshop is a HUGE + because I am very into photography.

    Would an i3 not be able to handle that stuff very well?
     
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