my 6 year old desktop is finally dying on me... and I decided to switch over to laptops instead. Here's what I'm looking for:
1. i5 processor or better
2. under $800 (or $10-$20 over it's fine)
3. 15"-17" screen
4. anything that's better than my desktop's Nvidia 7600GT (I've been looking at 540m, do all 540m have optimus?)
5. battery life isn't a huge deal, I'm mainly using it as a desktop replacement, 6 cell battery is probably standard I assume?
6. Non-HP and non-Dell
a) Preferred to be easily output to two external monitors if possible (how does that work nowadays? I haven't looked at computer hardware for a LONG time)
b) Doesn't have to be, but preferred to be from Amazon.com (I've got lots of store credits there)
hard drive, RAM isn't a huge deal since I can always replace them...
I work with programming, Visual Studio etc... don't play much games on computer, and when I do, I don't mind putting things in low-medium setting at all just to get them to work since I mostly play console games.
if under $800 isn't possible with my requirements, can anyone give me a price point of what I should expect?
Last edited by plflorence; 02-08-2012 at 10:32 AM..
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example games would be like Modern Warfare 1/2, Dirt, portal 1/2 etc.... mainly FPS and some racing games. Again, I don't mind playing in low settings at all and turning off a bunch of effects since I play most of my games on the consoles anyways It's mainly for sneaking in a game or two when I'm traveling really.
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