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Need help buying a laptop

#1nastynate3118Posted 9/1/2013 4:26:34 PM
Sorry if this sounds overly-dumb, but I need help finding a new laptop. My current one keeps overheating and is just going really slow.

Here are some things I am looking for:
-I work as a teacher so naturally I use Microsoft office extensively. I also use drop box.

-I have a vast music library of over 3000 songs, mostly on mp3 or wma files.

- I don't play a lot of games, but all except one run well on my current computer. I play Rollercoaster tycoon 2 and 3, Age of Empires 2, The Sims 3 and Sim City 4. The Steam games I play are Space Quest Collection, Kings Quest collection, Portal and Another World. The only game that will not run is the Bards Tale, which requires:

OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Processor: Pentium 4 2Ghz / AMD AthlonXP 2400
Memory: 512Mb
Graphics: GeForce FX5700 or better / ATI Radeon 9600 or better
DirectX®: 9.0c
Hard Drive: 6GB of free space
Sound: DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card

I am also thinking of playing games like WoW in the future.

-I need something with good battery life. My current laptop dies immediately when unplugged and feels like it is on fire.

The current laptop is a Compaq I bought for about $250 a few years ago (2008) I think.

Any recommendations?
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#2nastynate3118(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 5:11:12 PM
No opinions...?
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#3Freakwave003Posted 9/1/2013 5:12:49 PM
Budget?
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#4nastynate3118(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 5:13:41 PM
Lets say up to 1000.
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#5Freakwave003Posted 9/1/2013 5:14:13 PM
Any particular screen size?
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#6nastynate3118(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 5:15:55 PM
Quote:Any particular screen size?
@Freakwave003

No preference. Whatever looks good for gaming.

Obviously I don't want to spend 1,000 if I can avoid it. But that's what I'll put out to get something that will perform very well for what I am looking for.
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#7VoelgerPosted 9/1/2013 5:31:58 PM
HP envy 6 sleekbook

Or a
Samsung ativ book 4
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#8nastynate3118(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 6:01:49 PM
Quote:HP envy 6 sleekbook

Or a
Samsung ativ book 4

@Voelger

I'm at Best Buy. I'll look at those two.
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#9VoelgerPosted 9/1/2013 8:41:31 PM
Did you end up buying anything? I'm in a similar situation but its for my wife
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#10nastynate3118(Topic Creator)Posted 9/1/2013 10:13:34 PM
Went with the HP. So far it's working out well.
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