I've been looking at laptops for the past week as a developer/gamer, for a budget (<$600). Right now I'm thinking about getting the http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-A55A-AH3... . It's reviews are great, but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card (which I will be doing mild gaming on this laptop: Minecraft, Terraria, TF2, etc...), and it has a rather low resolution display. I'm asking for your opinions on whether or not I should get this laptop, or a different one.
On this laptop I'll need it to be able to run VMs (probably only one at a time), play MILD games (^ above ^), and be able to multitask and compile rather quickly/efficiently. When it comes to AMD vs Intel, I prefer Intel as a developer and it's raw power, but AMD can do (if for a significant lower price difference). I believe these specs below should be more explanatory than I can say in words.
4GB+ RAM (because we all know how much RAM it takes to compile)
Intel iSeries Quad Core (or better/AMD equiv.)
350GB+ HDD (7200RPM preferably...)
Dedicated GPU (better than an Intel HD (integrated))
I'd also love to hear your experiences with the laptop you suggest (if you so have it).
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