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Discombobulated 02-05-2013 12:41 AM

Lenovo IdeaPad G780 Notebook: Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz, 17.3" LED (1600x900), 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 2GB GeForce GT 635M, USB 3.0, 6-Cell, Win 8 $660 + Free Shipping
 
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  • Lenovo IdeaPad G780 Notebook (59352497) [newegg.com]
    • $659.99 + Free Shipping
      • Specs
        • Intel Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz
        • 6GB DDR3
        • 750GB HDD
        • 17.3" 1600x900 LED
        • 2GB GeForce GT 635M
        • DVD±R/RW
        • WiFi N
        • 720 HD Webcam
        • 6-cell Battery
        • Windows 8
        • Ports
          • 2x USB 3.0
          • 2x USB 2.0
          • 1x HDMI

brisar 02-05-2013 12:41 AM

Lenovo IdeaPad G780 Notebook: Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz, 17.3" LED (1600x900), 6GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 2GB GeForce GT 635M, USB 3.0, 6-Cell, Win 8 $660 + Free Shipping
 
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Specs:
  • Intel Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz Processor
  • 17.3" LED (1600x900) Display
  • 6GB DDR3 Memory
  • 750GB Hard Drive
  • 2GB GeForce GT 635M
  • DVD±R/RW
  • WiFi N
  • Webcam
  • 6-cell Battery
  • Windows 8
  • Ports
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 2x USB 2.0
    • 1x HDMI

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jeriel05 02-05-2013 05:57 AM

How good is this deal? My wife bought me a lenovo P500 that has a dual core i7, I'm thinking of exchanging it for this one. Is it worth it?

EasyGuy 02-05-2013 08:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57375246)
How good is this deal? My wife bought me a lenovo P500 that has a dual core i7, I'm thinking of exchanging it for this one. Is it worth it?

Yes, if the prices are similar. Trust me the quad core will make it future proof.

jeriel05 02-05-2013 08:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EasyGuy (Post 57378542)
Yes, if the prices are similar. Trust me the quad core will make it future proof.

The p500 was bought on clearance for $538, do you think its worth the extra cash to upgrade to this one?

EasyGuy 02-05-2013 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57378996)
The p500 was bought on clearance for $538, do you think its worth the extra cash to upgrade to this one?


Staples currently have an i7 quad for $499 or less, if you can find one. In my area, it looks like every store have like one in stock.

jeriel05 02-05-2013 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EasyGuy (Post 57379272)
Staples currently have an i7 quad for $499 or less, if you can find one. In my area, it looks like every store have like one in stock.

The only one I saw was a Toshiba. I wasn't really interested in it. I'm really interested in this one, I would just like to know how it stacks against what I have. I don't mind paying the extra cash if its a big upgrade.

AmericanCarioca 02-05-2013 09:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57378996)
The p500 was bought on clearance for $538, do you think its worth the extra cash to upgrade to this one?

Bear in mind this also has a gaming video card in it so the upgrade would be more than going to a quad i7. Is it worth it? Dollar for dollar, probably, but the real question is what you use the laptop for. If you never game, or plan to, then no, consider getting a machine with a quad i7 and integrated graphics. Also, this is a 17-inch machine, whereas yours is a 15-incher.

menace33 02-05-2013 09:49 AM

Pretty good deal overall! +1

jeriel05 02-05-2013 09:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AmericanCarioca (Post 57379818)
Bear in mind this also has a gaming video card in it so the upgrade would be more than going to a quad i7. Is it worth it? Dollar for dollar, probably, but the real question is what you use the laptop for. If you never game, or plan to, then no, consider getting a machine with a quad i7 and integrated graphics. Also, this is a 17-inch machine, whereas yours is a 15-incher.

I don't game( but I might someday), I do edit videos and have a projector that only seems to work with Nvidia graphics.

EasyGuy 02-05-2013 11:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57380712)
I don't game( but I might someday), I do edit videos and have a projector that only seems to work with Nvidia graphics.

Then I would do the upgrade. Quad core helps with video editing. Also check your cable or try another laptop, never heard of a projector only working with one particular video card. I'm the same way, I dont game, but if I ever wanted to, I want to know that my laptop/desktop is capable of doing so. I also have like a million open tabs, I'm surprise you dont like the toshiba from staples, that one meets all your needs and is less money too.

PeteyTheStriker 02-05-2013 11:20 AM

Overall pretty solid deal, the GFX card is better then any 4000 intel setup. Resolution is one step up from standard.Has a good i7 so has some future proofing. Anyone know if this model comes with back lit keyboard? Overall good performance and very cost effective. +1.

one.gun 02-05-2013 11:27 AM

No backlit keyboard; I bought this exact model from Newegg a few weeks ago when it was $719. I think it was a fantastic deal even at that price.

jeriel05 02-05-2013 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PeteyTheStriker (Post 57383154)
Anyone know if this model comes with back lit keyboard? Overall good performance and very cost effective. +1.

I'm about to pull the trigger but before I do I would like to know this as well, and if it has Bluetooth.

one.gun 02-05-2013 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57383414)
I'm about to pull the trigger but before I do I would like to know this as well, and if it has Bluetooth.

Bluetooth, yes.

jeriel05 02-05-2013 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by one.gun (Post 57383482)
Bluetooth, yes.

How is the battery life?

craig.678 02-05-2013 11:32 AM

17.3 is huge. Anything other deals for smaller version?

jeriel05 02-05-2013 11:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EasyGuy (Post 57383026)
Then I would do the upgrade. Quad core helps with video editing. Also check your cable or try another laptop, never heard of a projector only working with one particular video card. I'm the same way, I dont game, but if I ever wanted to, I want to know that my laptop/desktop is capable of doing so. I also have like a million open tabs, I'm surprise you dont like the toshiba from staples, that one meets all your needs and is less money too.

I didn't like the fact that theToshiba didn't have a dedicated gpu, the low res screen, and I cant recall it having Bluetooth either

one.gun 02-05-2013 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57383544)
How is the battery life?

It's a gaming/desktop replacement machine for me, so I've never unplugged it. So, if you want me to be honest, I don't have any gauge as to how long the battery lasts.

taurus2007 02-05-2013 11:45 AM

Seems like a good deal without the taxes. At least the resolution is 900p, not that crappy 720p.

KITHPOM 02-05-2013 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by taurus2007 (Post 57383912)
Seems like a good deal without the taxes. At least the resolution is 900p, not that crappy 720p.

1366x768 is exceedingly rare in 17" laptops, usually will be 1600x900 which is an OK resolution but pretty standard for 17". Preferable would be 1080.

Supraazn 02-05-2013 01:13 PM

How big is the difference in your guy's opinion on 900p vs 1080p for a 17.3"? I know I should really just check it out myself in a store or something but ... hey I'm lazy and this is the internet.

doggyworld 02-05-2013 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Supraazn (Post 57386428)
How big is the difference in your guy's opinion on 900p vs 1080p for a 17.3"? I know I should really just check it out myself in a store or something but ... hey I'm lazy and this is the internet.

if you're ok with 1366x768 on a 15", than you'll be fine with 900p on a 17". If you're used to higher resolutions, than you'll probably want 1080p, but you'll pay more for them. I have a 1080p 17.3" laptop.

monkeman 02-05-2013 02:02 PM

in 4 1.
I had been kicking myself for not getting this when it was 719.99 a couple weeks ago. Thanks OP. Now to find a deal on 16 GB Ram (2x 8GB) to put in it... and possibly a SSD.

stolenteg 02-05-2013 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by monkeman (Post 57387740)
in 4 1.
I had been kicking myself for not getting this when it was 719.99 a couple weeks ago. Thanks OP. Now to find a deal on 16 GB Ram (2x 8GB) to put in it... and possibly a SSD.

Quick question regarding ssd, which ssd would i need(any adapter require) if i want to put the ssd in place of the disk drive.

gigalevu 02-06-2013 01:11 AM

wish the res was 1080p

flecko 02-06-2013 01:31 AM

I bought a similar model with Windows 7 a few months ago and the audio would skip. Make sure you test it thoroughly before deciding to keep it.

halloweenprince 02-06-2013 01:34 AM

17" screen is too big.

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zeth006 02-06-2013 01:58 AM

Not a bad machine all around. It's got the specs and it's got an ok resolution. But hardcore gamers would be best advised to look elsewhere and be willing to pay more.

scsl 02-06-2013 02:06 AM

Is this a touch screen? I though all Win 8's were touch screen.

pesok 02-06-2013 02:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scsl (Post 57399068)
Is this a touch screen? I though all Win 8's were touch screen.

DOnt know about this one, but i bought 2 new laptops for friends in past month and both WIn8 and neither had touchscreen(Samsung and HP)

toothpick 02-06-2013 02:15 AM

Resolution kills the deal...

toothpick 02-06-2013 02:16 AM

resolution kills the deal

gfx2 02-06-2013 02:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stolenteg (Post 57391088)
Quick question regarding ssd, which ssd would i need(any adapter require) if i want to put the ssd in place of the disk drive.

you can use any 7mm SSD, I think. so except for a few 9mm ones still floating around any SATA SSD would work.

and you can get plenty of deals on those these days. wont require any bracket or adapters generally...

superthang 02-06-2013 03:06 AM

how come on the description it said differently?
DO LIST:
17.3" HD LED backlit display
Integrated Intel® HD 4000 Graphics
Dolby® Advanced Audio™ for crisp, clear surround sound
DVD Drive
Integrated 720p HD webcam, HDMI out and USB 3.0 port
AccuType Keyboard with numeric keypad
OneKey® Rescue for system backup and restoration
Lenovo Energy Management

anyone know if the title and description match? and they wont ship with the low graphic card?

teetee1 02-06-2013 03:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by superthang (Post 57399284)
how come on the description it said differently?
DO LIST:
17.3" HD LED backlit display
Integrated Intel® HD 4000 Graphics

anyone know if the title and description match? and they wont ship with the low graphic card?

They will have to ship with the low graphic card because Intel HD 4000 is integrated inside the i7 CPU. Newegg is being careless and didn't include the GT635M info in the overview page.

blackflag486 02-06-2013 04:11 AM

The i5 version of this was $550 a montho or so ago. But for an i7, that's a fancy deal!

Quote:

Originally Posted by toothpick (Post 57399104)
resolution kills the deal

For $659 you will NOT find something with better resolution. What.. You want 1080p? Laff :lmao:.. GTHO TROLL!:mad:

bongobongo 02-06-2013 05:56 AM

Noob question I know, but I'm thinking of getting this and installing Windows 7 on an SSD. Would I buy an SSD drive and an adapter like this

http://www.pro-battery.com/batter...sp?id=1021

and then install Windows 7 on the SSD and have a computer with dual boot capability?

Thanks

Bob64 02-06-2013 06:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bongobongo (Post 57400668)
Noob question I know, but I'm thinking of getting this and installing Windows 7 on an SSD. Would I buy an SSD drive and an adapter like this

http://www.pro-battery.com/batter...sp?id=1021

and then install Windows 7 on the SSD and have a computer with dual boot capability?

Thanks

Well, not sure about the cd-rom adapter... but if all else fails, you could just run just the ssd and dual partition it for whatever os you want on it.

taurus2007 02-06-2013 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scsl (Post 57399068)
Is this a touch screen? I though all Win 8's were touch screen.

Not all laptops (or even ultrabooks) with windows 8 are touchscreen. You need to get the model that says touchscreen in the description, something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834215628.

Zephon13 02-06-2013 09:04 AM

Eh, still waiting for the 1080p deal with a gpu...

TheBagman 02-06-2013 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zephon13 (Post 57404842)
Eh, still waiting for the 1080p deal with a gpu...

I hear ya... maybe try the sony?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...34-127-831

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...34-127-899

zenix 02-06-2013 10:07 AM

seems to be OOS

Zephon13 02-06-2013 12:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheBagman (Post 57405374)

lol My past experience with Sony laptops hasn't exactly been great. I have 3 Vaio paperweights in my office, all of which were well spec'd. I just can't put my faith in getting support from them if I ran into any problems. I hate laptops, for the sole reason that when something breaks and it happens to be integrated, you're kinda just screwed. I would like something compact and light for my work though. It would make my life so much easier.

superthang 02-06-2013 01:04 PM

same here, sony seem to overprice their stuff and it break down as easily as an HP

toothpick 02-06-2013 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackflag486 (Post 57399582)
The i5 version of this was $550 a montho or so ago. But for an i7, that's a fancy deal!



For $659 you will NOT find something with better resolution. What.. You want 1080p? Laff :lmao:.. GTHO TROLL!:mad:

Seems I have far more posts/reps/intelligence than you sir. I am typing on this:

Inspiron 17R Special Edition

Was $925.00 Now $695.00
•Certified Refurbished
•Aluminum
•Intel® Core™ 3rd Generation i7-3610QM Processor
•8GB Memory
•1TB Hard Drive
•DVD/RW
•Integrated Webcam
•17.3-inch Full High-Definition (1080p) LED Display With Anti-Glare
•Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
•NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M 2GB
•Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth®

Yes, its refurbished they say. Looks new to me! And this is not a bad deal... I should have said: "Kills the deal for me". I would have purchased this if it were 1080p

Frontierboy 02-06-2013 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toothpick (Post 57417288)
Seems I have far more posts/reps/intelligence than you sir. I am typing on this:

Inspiron 17R Special Edition

Was $925.00 Now $695.00
•Certified Refurbished
•Aluminum
•Intel® Core™ 3rd Generation i7-3610QM Processor
•8GB Memory
•1TB Hard Drive
•DVD/RW
•Integrated Webcam
•17.3-inch Full High-Definition (1080p) LED Display With Anti-Glare
•Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
•NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M 2GB
•Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth®

Yes, its refurbished they say. Looks new to me! And this is not a bad deal... I should have said: "Kills the deal for me". I would have purchased this if it were 1080p

Any deals on a time machine?

BradM1733 02-06-2013 08:54 PM

Just says Pre-release for me with an option to get notifications. Does that mean Newegg ran out of stock?

blackflag486 02-06-2013 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toothpick (Post 57417288)
Seems I have far more posts/reps/intelligence than you sir. I am typing on this:

Inspiron 17R Special Edition

Was $925.00 Now $695.00
•Certified Refurbished
•Aluminum
•Intel® Core™ 3rd Generation i7-3610QM Processor
•8GB Memory
•1TB Hard Drive
•DVD/RW
•Integrated Webcam
•17.3-inch Full High-Definition (1080p) LED Display With Anti-Glare
•Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
•NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M 2GB
•Intel® Centrino® Wireless 2230, 2x2 bgn + Bluetooth®

Yes, its refurbished they say. Looks new to me! And this is not a bad deal... I should have said: "Kills the deal for me". I would have purchased this if it were 1080p

You win. I must now end my life! Thanks a lot... Einstein!...

Quote:

Originally Posted by BradM1733 (Post 57420534)
Just says Pre-release for me with an option to get notifications. Does that mean Newegg ran out of stock?

Pre-Release? I think that means they're going to be coming out with a new product to replace the old one.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frontierboy (Post 57418294)
Any deals on a time machine?

Also, that is a Dell.. Not even in the same league as Lenovo/IBM... In my non Einsteinish opinion of course!

Dealsfans 02-06-2013 09:21 PM

Very good deal , i bought one with 8G memory and 1TB half year before, but the price almost $800

toothpick 02-07-2013 06:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by blackflag486 (Post 57420598)
You win. I must now end my life! Thanks a lot... Einstein!...


Pre-Release? I think that means they're going to be coming out with a new product to replace the old one.


Also, that is a Dell.. Not even in the same league as Lenovo/IBM... In my non Einsteinish opinion of course!

lol. I respect and quote Einstein but have never claimed to be him. But I am a genius :D! I am a computer scientist, not a physicist. With computers, I know my sh*t!!! As "THE COMPUTER MAN" I'm sure I don't need to tell you how frustrating low resolution is when trying to write computer code (C++, Java, HTML...). Also, I have 100+ machines to manage. Using remote desktop on a machine that has a higher resolution than mine is EXTREMELY frustrating. Adjusting their resolution to match mine would ruin the users icon placement. Those are two of the main reasons a computer with <1080p is useless to me. The fact that you can't even enjoy a 1080p game/movie is irrelevant to me, but sad that anyone should be denied that. LED/LCD panels are cheap. 1080p should be standard by now. 7+ years ago 1920x1200 was becoming standard! Things are going backwards.

Regarding Dell vs. Lenovo, I hear that chant all the time. However, I've owned/operated a computer sales/service store for the past 20 years and have used/owned/repaired countless systems of all brands. My experience has been FANTASTIC with Dell! Lenovo has a better build quality for sure. Their laptops feel more solid and well built. Dell likes to build cheap and use plastic. But, they hold up fine and for what matters to me (performance/reliability), they are every bit as good as any other brand. So I would agree that Lenovo is a little better if you beat the hell out of your laptops and cost is not a concern. But, "a whole different league"? Hardly!

Lastly, aren't prices supposed to increase with time?

blackflag486 02-07-2013 02:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by toothpick (Post 57425712)
lol. I respect and quote Einstein but have never claimed to be him. But I am a genius :D! I am a computer scientist, not a physicist. With computers, I know my sh*t!!! As "THE COMPUTER MAN" I'm sure I don't need to tell you how frustrating low resolution is when trying to write computer code (C++, Java, HTML...). Also, I have 100+ machines to manage. Using remote desktop on a machine that has a higher resolution than mine is EXTREMELY frustrating. Adjusting their resolution to match mine would ruin the users icon placement. Those are two of the main reasons a computer with

For what you do, you should be using $6k laptops.. What are you doing looking at bargain bin prices!??!

jeriel05 02-07-2013 07:11 PM

its back in stock

SephirothWGP 02-11-2013 10:26 PM

Three days after receiving this my touchpad went out, and my keyboard won't work after booting the computer unless I put it hibernation mode first. I'm not sure about the keyboard but the touchpad seems to be a very common issue. Lenovo was no help, now I get to deal with Newegg's return policy... You have been warned, I actually liked this computer before it developed these issues.

JMUFly 02-21-2013 06:46 AM

Got this for my dad last time around. He hates windows 8, of course, but otherwise, he loves the laptop.

menace33 02-21-2013 08:20 AM

Still $659.99 so not a dead deal and a pretty good price considering the specs AND it has a dedicated video card. :thumbup:

monkeman 02-21-2013 08:37 AM

Got this the last time it was this price. Don't like Windows 8, but laptop seems good so far.

It says in the detailed specs that the max RAM is listed at 8GB but I upgraded to 16GB without issue.

It even says in the lenovo support application on this computer that the max is 16 GB, so I'm not sure why they list that as the max supported on newegg.

realdreams 02-21-2013 09:58 AM

10/100M ethernet, Atheros AR8162... This makes the laptop useless for many things..... A realtek PCIE Gigabit NIC doesn't cost much....

wenlez 02-21-2013 11:16 AM

i assume this is using Optimus, and i was planing to get a 17" laptop to put linux on it. Anyone of you have linux on a similar laptop?

Does anyone know what variant of GPU this is? i would be great if it's a 28nm GF117.

daiei27 02-22-2013 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scsl (Post 57399068)
Is this a touch screen? I though all Win 8's were touch screen.

Doesn't look like it. No mention of it on Lenovo's product page, either.

Great question, though. More people should be asking this rather than just accepting Windows 8 being forced upon them. If you're gonna limit yourself to that OS, you should at least shoot for a touch screen to make it worth the "upgrade".

zeth006 02-22-2013 10:35 AM

TU. The spec sheet alone is pretty decent at this price. 1600x900 ain't 1920x1080, but it's an improvement over the usual 1366x768. I would recommend asking around on notebookreviews and elsewhere about the viewing angles and color production as these are the other two reasons on top of pixel density people pay $100-200 more for higher resolution displays. Enough said on CPU, and the GPU's decent for low-setting gaming.

mig0 02-22-2013 10:38 AM

I should pull the trigger on this. The lack of 1080p is annoying but not a deal breaker, I don't have a time machine so i can spend $40 more on a refurb from dell with 1080p.
I do have a question. Is the optical drive easily replaceable with a caddy? I'd like to be able to install an ssd and have the internal hdd as a second drive. Or maybe ill go nuts and upgrade to bluray. (Probably not, I'd just get an external bluray drive).

sloepoke 02-22-2013 10:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EasyGuy (Post 57378542)
Trust me ...

Trust no one.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EasyGuy (Post 57378542)
... the quad core will make it future proof.

Only if your life expectancy is extremely short. If you're planning on living longer, plan on buying a new laptop in a couple of years.

For a more credible view on processor obsolescence, read up on Moore's Law [wikipedia.org].

rockmo 02-22-2013 10:41 AM

Just another gateway to make hacking the U.S. by the Chinese military easier.

sd_sd_sd 02-22-2013 10:46 AM

Would have got this if not 17". 17" is too big to carry around.

iamchris 02-22-2013 10:47 AM

So annoying to see them stuff in a decently-powerful video card and then a sub-1080p display.

What a waste.

thegameksk 02-22-2013 11:01 AM

How good is the graphics card on this? Im looking to upgrade from my 3 year old HP HDX 16T that has a NVIDIA Geforece 9600M GT. Im looking for a decently priced laptop that will let me emulate PSX, PSX 2, and PSP games. Will this do the trick? Also what is the point of an SSD drive? It seems to me its best to throw your OS on it for the speed purposes. Is this correct?

Barnstormer 02-22-2013 11:01 AM

I've been out of the computer game to long. My current rig I built like two years ago so that's pretty much 100 years in computer time. :) 95% of my gaming is console anymore but I'm looking to upgrade my PC for games like the new Sim City and Rome Total War 2. I don't ever do FPS on PCs.

My question is, how good is that video card? Hard to say how it will run games that are not even out yet, I know...

The_Doug 02-22-2013 11:08 AM

Since I haven't seen this yet, here's some info on the GT 635M: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVID...964.0.html

I've heard a lot of people complain about the 1600x900 screen. If you like this resolution, get it. If you don't, then get something else. I personally like to play games on my laptop and prefer the 50% framerate boost I get with the reduction in pixels. I specifically chose a laptop that wasn't 1080p for that reason.

If you don't play games, this is the wrong laptop. for you and you should just get one with integrated graphics.

If you do play games, then I'd stick with a Dell 17R Special Edition with the more than twice as powerful GT 650M that often goes on sale for $900 + 25% off. There aren't really an scenarios where I'd highly recommend this particular laptop at this particular price. I got my 17R SE w/ 3rd Gen i5 and GT 650M for $530.

I'd only bother with an i7 Quad if you do CAD work or similar or it's only $50 or less more expensive. I only notice the difference between my laptop's mobile i5 and my i7-2600K when I use 7-zip for large files and encode video.

PreacherCruz 02-22-2013 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daiei27 (Post 57760428)
Doesn't look like it. No mention of it on Lenovo's product page, either.

Great question, though. More people should be asking this rather than just accepting Windows 8 being forced upon them. If you're gonna limit yourself to that OS, you should at least shoot for a touch screen to make it worth the "upgrade".

Windows 8 actually runs faster and leaner than even Windows 7, is supposed to be safer and offers some new features and options http://www.techsling.com/2012/12/...windows-8/

The thing Is though, if you don't like the Metro set up and don't have a touch screen or just want your new computer to be more familiar to you, install ClassicShell which has features that add a start button, allow you to bypass Metro screen and much more! http://download.cnet.com/Classic-...53853.html

We just bought two new Windows 8 computers. Set up was a bit of a pain but then we installed Classic Shell and are loving our new computers now...

The_Doug 02-22-2013 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Barnstormer (Post 57761254)
I've been out of the computer game to long. My current rig I built like two years ago so that's pretty much 100 years in computer time. :) 95% of my gaming is console anymore but I'm looking to upgrade my PC for games like the new Sim City and Rome Total War 2. I don't ever do FPS on PCs.

My question is, how good is that video card? Hard to say how it will run games that are not even out yet, I know...

See my post above.

It'll run any game and most on medium/high.

What's your 2 year old computer though? If it's Nehalem (1st Gen Core i), Stars (Phenom II), or newer, it should be adequate for most gaming so long as you drop a graphics card in. A $150 Radeon 7850 will give you ridiculous performance.

Orcrist 02-22-2013 11:15 AM

Excellent specs for the price. The only issue is that slow bottleneck of a HD. I would stick that in an external enclosure and upgrade to a nice SSD for $250. The laptop would probably double in speed.

I recommend upgrading the ram too, take out the 2gig stick and put in another 4gig for about $25.

Big and heavy, but a nice desktop replacement and still technically mobile.


To answer the question: What's the point of an SSD.... the laptop will never use all of that core i7 CPU because it will spend all it's time waiting on the HD. If you put an SSD in, you will notice everything is faster. Not only will it boot in about 1/3 the time, but opening applications and multitasking will be much much faster. Anything that requires data off the HD and basic OS tasks will all be faster because you eliminated the biggest bottleneck in the system.

thegameksk 02-22-2013 11:22 AM

Anyone know if this has any expansion slots? If I pull the trigger id like to use my current HD as a slave for media and put an ssd as main.

Barnstormer 02-22-2013 11:23 AM

Thanks for that info. You know.. time flies because though I said 2 years I just went back and checked my Newegg orders and I actually build that thing with parts I orderd Feb of 2009. So the little bastard is 4 years old. I didn't get the processor from NewEgg so I can't remember what it is, but the mother board accepted: Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo. So yeah.. it's probably time to upgrade.

The other problem is the mobo if flakey so if I put more then 2GB of RAM in it, it likes to BSOD all the time. Windows 7 x64 actually runs somewhat ok with only 2GB of ram, and it basically functions as a DVR for Windows Media, which works well, but gaming it won't do well anymore...

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Originally Posted by The_Doug (Post 57761449)
See my post above.

It'll run any game and most on medium/high.

What's your 2 year old computer though? If it's Nehalem (1st Gen Core i), Stars (Phenom II), or newer, it should be adequate for most gaming so long as you drop a graphics card in. A $150 Radeon 7850 will give you ridiculous performance.


zeth006 02-22-2013 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by sloepoke (Post 57760672)
Only if your life expectancy is extremely short. If you're planning on living longer, plan on buying a new laptop in a couple of years.

For a more credible view on processor obsolescence, read up on Moore's Law [wikipedia.org].

This idea that you can "future-proof" is probably one of the biggest myths when it comes to electronics. It's smarter to buy a notebook with the intent of using it for its basic present functions for 2, 3, maybe even 4 years.

Example: I remember when people were shelling out good money several years back just to get HDMI-equipped notebooks over similarly priced notebooks with better specs. Just one problem: 40"+ 1080p TVs were super expensive back then for most people, and even when they finally became affordable, the GPUs that came with many of the first-generation HDMI-equipped notebooks from Dell and HP had GPUs that were too shitty slow to do 1080p playback.

mig0 02-22-2013 11:29 AM

Out of stock. Was going to pull the trigger.

thegameksk 02-22-2013 11:33 AM

Hoping they get more in. If not Im considering getting this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834310629. More ram and bigger HD for not that much more money.

bdams19 02-22-2013 11:54 AM

FYI I just added one to my cart

edit: it lied to me and canceled my order.

The_Doug 02-22-2013 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Barnstormer (Post 57761728)
Thanks for that info. You know.. time flies because though I said 2 years I just went back and checked my Newegg orders and I actually build that thing with parts I orderd Feb of 2009. So the little bastard is 4 years old. I didn't get the processor from NewEgg so I can't remember what it is, but the mother board accepted: Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo. So yeah.. it's probably time to upgrade.

The other problem is the mobo if flakey so if I put more then 2GB of RAM in it, it likes to BSOD all the time. Windows 7 x64 actually runs somewhat ok with only 2GB of ram, and it basically functions as a DVR for Windows Media, which works well, but gaming it won't do well anymore...

Well if you want to find out what CPU is in it, you can Google CPU-Z. It's an excellent program that will tell you system specs. You can run "dxdiag.exe" from the Start Menu to find out what graphics card you have if you'd like tips for gaming capabilities. You'll probably want something that can handle Civilization V at least.

At this point, it is expensive to upgrade RAM in an older system (lack of availability). Do you have the extra stick(s) sitting around to upgrade it to 4GB? If so, try going into your bios and reducing the RAM speeds to 533MHz (or the RAM multiplier), and increasing the voltage to 1.9V for DDR2 RAM. If you have a DDR3 board, let me know because you'll need different specific instructions. Then see if the system will run stably. Windows 7 runs much better with 3GB of RAM than 2GB if you can get the RAM to work. You can use Memtest86+ installed to a USB stick to test for stability.

Now if your CPU is a Core 2 Quad, then you really don't need to upgrade the system. Those CPUs are plenty capable. If it's anything worse, then it's reasonable to look to upgrades as you could put together an i3 system for $200 that's better in every way. It also depends on what parts you could reuse like PSU (if a good brand), HDD, and case.

To breathe new life into an old system, you can consider an $80 120GB Sata III SSD. You could move one of those into whatever new system you get down the line too. I would personally want to overclock that CPU, whatever it is. But that's your call.

If you're thinking of building a new desktop, feel free to PM me for some tips--especially those on money saving.

ctsinc 02-22-2013 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by jeriel05 (Post 57378996)
The p500 was bought on clearance for $538, do you think its worth the extra cash to upgrade to this one?

The scenarios where you'll see any improvement with a 4core CPU vs a 2core CPU are quite small in number. You'd have to clarify what you'd be using the system for in order to evoke even a mildly useful suggestion.

The_Doug 02-22-2013 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by thegameksk (Post 57762022)
Hoping they get more in. If not Im considering getting this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834310629. More ram and bigger HD for not that much more money.

I can't figure out any reason that system is better than what's available on a regular basis on HP's website or frequent deals on Lenovo Outlet.

ctsinc 02-22-2013 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Discombobulated (Post 57373272)
Newegg

For those interested
  • Lenovo IdeaPad G780 Notebook (59352497) [newegg.com]
    • $659.99 + Free Shipping
      • Specs
        • Intel Core i7 3632QM 2.2GHz
        • 6GB DDR3
        • 750GB HDD
        • 17.3" 1600x900 LED
        • 2GB GeForce GT 635M
        • DVD±R/RW
        • WiFi N
        • 720 HD Webcam
        • 6-cell Battery
        • Windows 8
        • Ports
          • 2x USB 3.0
          • 2x USB 2.0
          • 1x HDMI

If only it had a 1080p screen, I'd be all over it. I can barely stomach 1600x900 on a 15 inch, much less a 17 inch.

DonPaulieone 02-22-2013 12:18 PM

had it in card, paused to take a leak, and now OOS. Damn you bladder, TO HELL!

DonPaulieone 02-22-2013 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by ctsinc (Post 57763102)
The scenarios where you'll see any improvement with a 4core CPU vs a 2core CPU are quite small in number. You'd have to clarify what you'd be using the system for in order to evoke even a mildly useful suggestion.

A well constructed thought, but applicable 5 years go. More apps are multithreaded nowadays, and for $121 difference, he's getting a core i7, DEDICATED 2gb video, and a higher resolution display.

Ditch the p500 and get this laptop, when/if it comes in stock. I know this is slick deals, so your frugality may vary, but $121 is justified if you want more performance and a gaming-capable laptop. kicking myself in the arse for not completing order before hitting the pisser.

jaysquared 02-22-2013 05:39 PM

For those of you who couldn't get in since its oos.. I would keep checking back new eggs website.. Same thing happen to me when the deal was first posted then a day later it was back in stock again.. Great laptop btw if u inastall classic shell on it!

ctsinc 02-22-2013 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by DonPaulieone (Post 57763450)
A well constructed thought, but applicable 5 years go. More apps are multithreaded nowadays, and for $121 difference, he's getting a core i7, DEDICATED 2gb video, and a higher resolution display.

Ditch the p500 and get this laptop, when/if it comes in stock. I know this is slick deals, so your frugality may vary, but $121 is justified if you want more performance and a gaming-capable laptop. kicking myself in the arse for not completing order before hitting the pisser.

1. 99% of games employ 2 threads, the ones that can utilize more, won't since the video card in this would never take advantage of it. Number crunching apps such as matlab, or encoding apps can utilize the additional cores -- but the number of people that actually do this frequently enough for it to be worth the investment is incredibly small.

2. I have no idea what kind of video card is in the other laptop, but as I stated earlier, answering his question depends entirely on what he'll be using it for.

Baedric 02-23-2013 05:53 PM

I think Newegg has these back in stock again for anyone that is interested.

DonPaulieone 02-25-2013 03:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Baedric (Post 57785060)
I think Newegg has these back in stock again for anyone that is interested.

At full retail price! Total deal breaker.

thegameksk 02-25-2013 04:32 AM

What do you think of this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834310629. Same model with slightly different specs

Baedric 02-25-2013 06:20 AM

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Originally Posted by DonPaulieone (Post 57807452)
At full retail price! Total deal breaker.

Sorry about that Don! The day I posted they showed them in stock and at the sale price.

realdreams 03-06-2013 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by rockmo (Post 57760714)
Just another gateway to make hacking the U.S. by the Chinese military easier.

read too much propaganda and can't think?

rockmo 03-06-2013 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by realdreams (Post 58037812)
read too much propaganda and can't think?


They laughed at me when I warned of the Germans attacking Pearl harbor too!


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