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Buying a new laptop, need expert advice.

#1TakuruPosted 7/17/2014 10:01:24 PM(edited)
My laptop had a good 6 year run but is done for.

I know nothing about the current laptop market but I've heard that you can get an excellent laptop for $500ish now unlike back when I bought my current one.

I'm going to purchase a new one this weekend and want some advice from you guys instead of just trusting the people at Best Buy/whatever about what would be the best brand for what I want to do with it. Price isn't really an issue although I'd like to keep it under $600 just to not waste money.

My dream laptop would have:

+Be extremely fast
+Be able to actually game on it
+If possible, have the ability to be able to upgrade the parts (graphic card, etc.) With my current laptop, you can't do anything to it.
+Lots of storage, I filled up 300GB on my current laptop kinda fast
+Have basic features (HDMI port is a must, mini sd, built in web camera, etc.)
+Excellent screen quality
+Be user friendly

Can you guys recommend a brand/laptop I should look at when I visit the store this weekend that has most of these features? Or am I asking for too much at that price point and need to spend more to get what I listed?
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#2jedinatPosted 7/17/2014 10:31:50 PM(edited)
+Be able to actually game on it
Eh, old games and sorta recent on low maybe

+If possible, have the ability to be able to upgrade the parts (graphic card, etc.) With my current laptop, you can't do anything to it.
No.

+Excellent screen quality
No.

Or am I asking for too much at that price point
Yes.

Can you guys recommend a brand/laptop I should look at when I visit the store this weekend
lol, yeah just pop on over to Walmart and get yourself a Nabisco Astro.
#3FlakconPosted 7/17/2014 10:40:41 PM(edited)
The only laptop I could find that suit all that is a laptop from Sager (www.xoticpc.com) . They are built for upgrading in mind but it's not really a seamless upgrade like desktop is. You can only get parts from them to upgrade due to the fact that each laptop has a very unique hardware specification and you probably have to send it in to upgrade each time. IIRC, only the GPU could be changed. I don't know.

Another one is a Singapore based brand that you could choose your own parts as well. www.aftershockpc.com

All these laptops are above your price though
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#4GTRagnarokPosted 7/17/2014 10:42:40 PM
$600 will get you one that's certainly better than your old one, but it will still be pretty basic by current standards.
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#5Death_BornPosted 7/17/2014 10:52:59 PM
With that price point you will not be able to get a gaming laptop, only one that has a basic graphics card. For gaming, think more like 1000+. In general, they are more pricey than desktops for the same features.
#6Takuru(Topic Creator)Posted 7/17/2014 11:00:11 PM
Then what type of laptop should I be aiming for minus the ability to perform high end gaming or upgrade parts?
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#7JiazhenPosted 7/18/2014 12:42:50 AM
a refurb
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-15-6-Touch-Screen-Core-i7-4500U-Black-Laptop-Refurbished/331262513804
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#8ChickenAndJuicePosted 7/20/2014 10:12:38 AM
Some dreams may come true. Unfortunately, your idea of a laptop isn't one of them. Do the common sense thing and build a desktop. Derp
#9DragnfyrPosted 7/20/2014 10:29:17 AM
Only the most expensive and bulkiest gaming laptops have upgradeable graphics cards. With most laptops you'll be limited to HDD and RAM upgrades.
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#10DragnfyrPosted 7/20/2014 10:31:11 AM
Takuru posted...
I know nothing about the current laptop market but I've heard that you can get an excellent laptop for $500ish now unlike back when I bought my current one.


$500 will only get you a fairly basic entry level laptop with integrated graphics and a 15.6" 1366x768 display. If you want to play games at high settings with a good screen then the minimum is still $800-$900.
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