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  1. DTonesXD

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    i've had my custom built pc for nearly 2 years and it was really good however, now i want something more portable but has the capabilities of a computer (not a tablet, i already have an ipad)

    i don't know what laptop to get, it will definitely be a downgrade in terms of components and i am aware of that because it won't be used for heavy CPU/RAM usage.

    I will be using it for writing documents, making powerpoint slideshows, the internet near enough all day, occasionally play minecraft, occasionally make an hour long dvd on sony vegas, watch youtube videos, occasional photoshop editing, skype (want a decent webcam, around 1.3mp)

    This is basically what i have been using my desktop for recently so i think my specs are currently a bit of an overkill for that

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    What kind of laptop specifically would you recommend or if you can't tell me that, what specs should i look for in a laptop?
     
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    whats you budget
    you can get some very high spec laptops
    do you want windows or consider Mac OSX

    i5 CPU or equivalent - comparison site here http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
    8GB Ram will be fine for photoshop

    I'm not sure of the requirements for minecraft or sony vagas

    But I make videos using windows movie maker and create to dvd on an i5/6GB ram and also do a lot of photoshop editing
     
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    hi, sorry should have mentioned. I want to spend a maximum of £300. I have been considering the Lenovo G50 pentium edition, do you think that would be suitable for the tasks i've stated?
     
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    for your requirements
    i3 CPU 4GB Ram appears to be around the £299
    But if you could post a link to where you plan to purchase
    As its £ are you in the UK
    ??

    This laptop would be fine for
    Not sure what webcam they have - but a check of the specs should tell you
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    It would be OK for photoshop editing - BUT depending on how large the files are , if RAW format and just what you want to do - the PC may be quite slow
    No idea on minecraft
    And also making a Video and then rending and writing to DVD may take a lot of time
    I created a movie from various modified photoshop files and with music etc and the PC with that sort of spec did struggle
    it took 1.5 hours to render and create the DVD
    mjy i5 with 6GB ram took 20mins
     
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    what do you mean ?

    you should see the CPU comparison for the three machines here

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2193&cmp[]=2277&cmp[]=2408

    now you may be better off with the 8GB memory - But that CPU is slower
    It will depend on what you are doing the most thats memory dependant
    I would probably go with the CPU speed

    Unlikely to play any games very well, is that what you meant by LAG - if so i think you will be disappointed with games
     
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    I meant lag in video editing.
    I usually just do one dvd every year and very rarely use photoshop, i just want it to work at reasonable speed when i do use it.

    Gosh i am getting so many different opinions from people, sorry about this but could you just give me a link for a laptop under £300 that would cope with once a year video editing, the occasional non heavy photoshop use and can handle a simple non graphic demanding game, allow for 5ghz internet?
     
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    you will need to check the speck to make sure that 5Ghz is support , often its not on the entry level laptops

    No sorry, i cannot provide a link, as I don't think at this price point you will be able to obtain lag free editing.
     
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    i think you are getting the same response here
    http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f108/recommend-a-laptop-1011362.html

    Your not going to achieve the spec for your price range

    So you are getting a consistent response and not really different opinions - other than the BMW v Merc / Canon v Nikon normal differences
     
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    You might find a laptop within your budget if you buy a used one from a reputable source on Ebay. Many used laptops are a lot cheaper than similar new ones.
     
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