Solved Recommendations For A New Laptop

September 27, 2013 at 02:17:08
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all, my name is Mike. This forum has provided solutions to several issues during the past couple of years and I'd like to first say thank you to all the contributors. I feel y'all are sincere and trustworthy.

I'm asking for your recommendations on a new laptop purchase in the +/- 800-1200 dollar range. It will be used mostly for browsing and multimedia but I'd like the option of decent gaming performance should I choose to play. I want a desktop replacement.
Characteristics (not deal breakers) I'm looking for are i7 processor performance, HD Graphics 4000 minimum performance, DIY hardware upgradability (including CPU), 6G RAM min., 2nd HDD/SSD compartment and a 15.6 to 17 inch display. Performance and reliability are my first priorities. At this time I'm looking at the HP dv7t-7000 series and flurting with the higher priced gaming laptops from Asus (G750), Alienware and MSI.
I currently have an eight year old HP Pavilion zv6000 series laptop with Windows XP Pro, 15.6in display, 2G RAM (max'd), 320G HDD, and a 2nd 1T HDD in the optical drive bay. This machine has been great over the years needing only a fan replacement two years ago.
Your recommendations/opinions for my next purchase is greatly appreciated.

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September 27, 2013 at 05:47:00
You already have your "wish list" (although I strongly suggest you "up" your minimum graphics requirement). Post some possibilities & we'll tell you which will give you the most bang for your buck.

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September 27, 2013 at 06:28:28
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You are more likely to find a second drive bay on a 17" than on a 15.6" laptop.
If you do not order a second drive, the bay will probably be empty without the brackets and connector so if you plan on adding it later, you will need to find/purchase the missing parts later.
I personally prefer the HP, especially since you can customize it online and choose options you want. I purchased a couple of HP laptops this way for my daughters and they have been happy with them, including one for interior design use (Photoshop, 3D Cad, etc).
Lap tops are not easy to or inexpensive to upgrade later (except adding more memory, which will be cheaper from sources like Newegg - - probably SSD's as well.) so plan on what you will need from the beginning if you can afford it, and graphics cannot be upgraded so be careful there especially. Since you are planning on gaming, go with the discrete graphics, you will be happier in the long run.
I definitely prefer Windows 7 unless you are going with a machine with a touch screen.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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September 28, 2013 at 10:34:26
Thanks for helping riider.
The listed laptops share the same specifications unless stated otherwise.
17.3" 1080 display; Core i7 2.4Ghz processor; 1TB 5400rpm HDD.

Asus G750JW-DB71 $1400 i7 4700HQ 12Gram/32max GTX765M DVD
GT70-2OC-065US $1400 i7 4700MQ 8Gram/32max GTX770M DVD
Qosmio X75-A7295 $1400 i7 4700MQ 16Gram/32max GTX770M DVD
GX70 3BE-007US $1223 A10-5750M 8Gram/32max HD8970M BD 750G7.2krpmHDD
Envy 17T-J000 $1200 i7 4700MQ 8Gram/16max GT740M BD-RW
Envy 17-J029NR $1180 i7 4702MQ 8Gram/16max GT750M BD
Aspire V3-771G9441 $1140 i7 3630MQ 8Gram/16max GT730M DVD
Envy DV7T-7200 $1000 i7 3630QM 8Gram/16max GT630M BD 1600x900
Satellite S55T-A5277 $990 i7 4700MQ 12Gram/16max GT740M DVD 15.6" 768 Touch
Envy DV7-7247CL $943 i7 3630QM 8Gram/16max GT650M BD
Aspire V3772G-9829 $919 i7 4702MQ 8Gram/32max GT750M DVD

I'm not limiting myself to just these laptops. They're just the ones I've found that looked interesting.

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September 28, 2013 at 10:41:42
Thanks for the tips Fingers. My HP has been fantastic for the last 8 years but unfortunately it's beginning to show it's age.
I will most likely buy as large an SSD as I can afford and use it as my primary boot drive placing the original drive in the second HDD compartment. I have no experience with Windows 7 or 8, but I'll probably go with Windows 8 as that OS is loaded on most of the machines I've been looking at.

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October 2, 2013 at 01:17:24
Thank you to all. Your advice and opinions helped me to decide.

I've decided to purchase an HP Envy TouchSmart 17T-j000 Quad Edition.
Base price $900 (1,000 minus 100 instant rebate) and as currently optioned $1,369.
Windows 8 64bit
Core i7 4700MQ
24GB mSATA/mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
17.3" Full HD 1080p LED Backlit Touch Screen
Two 1TB 5400rpm HDDs
Nvidia GeForce GT-740M with 2GB dedicated video memory
Blu-Ray Writer and SuperMulti DVD Burner
802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth
Back-lit Keyboard


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