Looking for a mid-high range laptop (on a budget)

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May 24, 2013 at 17:58:28
Specs: Windows 8 32-bit, AMD Athlon II x4 @ 3.1GHz / 2GB DDR3 1333MHz
Hello,

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).

Do Your Self A Favor And Backup Your Computer , Remove That Junk , And Orginize your stuff :D


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May 24, 2013 at 19:45:48
Not sure if you noticed, but the computer you linked to has been marked down to $430 at the moment. If you spend $70 more, you can get this machine, which has a more powerful Core i5 and 4 GB more RAM: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-K55A-DS5...

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#2
May 24, 2013 at 20:23:03
Configure it yourself and get what you want. I tested a configuration as you mentioned above and it works:
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/ho...
The first one ('Customize') is below your max budget and the second one comes out above it with what you need.

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#3
May 24, 2013 at 21:51:59
@Fingers: Your link isn't working, it's redirecting back to this thread.

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#4
May 25, 2013 at 04:09:53
Yes, I know that it's been marked down. When they're low on stock though the price goes up to it's $500.

Do Your Self A Favor And Backup Your Computer , Remove That Junk , And Orginize your stuff :D


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#5
May 25, 2013 at 20:57:53
Try this generic one:
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/ho...
Then select 'Intel' and 'Windows 7 OS' and you should be shown the same page I was on. I am not sure how that link could have gone wrong.

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