Help me pick a laptop

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  1. Griffin

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    Okay fellow nerds, I am in the market for a new laptop. I will be using part of my tax returns so I have about a week before the funds are in order. But 1K is max budget. I am not a huge gamer but I do want to play the latest and greatest when i do play. So, I have not looked around extensively yet. But these two have caught my eye:

    MSI E7235-295US Notebook PC - Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 2.0GHz, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 17" WXGA+, Windows 7 Home Premium, Black/Red at TigerDirect.com

    Newegg.com - lenovo IdeaPad Y550P(324156U) NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M - Laptops / Notebooks

    Thoughts? Advice? Alternatives?
     
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    i just got an HP G60-630 a couple weeks ago. i don't know how it would work for games, not even sure what kind of games you are looking to play but it's working out great for me so far. i got it for $560 bucks, seemed like a steal to me.
     
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    Lenovo's are GREAT. So are HP (I'm on a dv7 now).

    The biggest thing, IMHO is to stay CLEAR of Intel's embedded graphics. If you go AMD you'll likely get ATI graphics regardless but if you get Intel spend the extra money to have a 3rd party graphics (embedded is fine unless you're going to do a lot of gaming).
     
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    Just before Christmas, I purchased a 15 in Mac Book Pro. Great machine but it exceeds your budget.

    I've been able to "sync" all of my music, photos, and emails with my Mac Book Pro without a problem.
     
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    Mac guy here myself as well. If you interested in a Mac, MacBook Pro, hands down one of the best laptops available.
     
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    You'll never be sorry with lenovo, I've dropped my x200, smashed it with a hammer in the shop, and spilled coffee all over it and it still runs like a champ.
     
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    Wow. Wasn't expecting so many responses. Thanks.

    To complicate matters I have found that a Dell XPS 16 is just within my budget.
    The Dell Online Store: Build Your System
    I really really like this laptop. In the reviews there are a few macbook guys who switched and love it. The way I have it configured it has a true 1080p res screen, 4gigs DDR3, 7200 RPM hard drive, and 1gig dedicated graphics card. Oh and an Intel i7! With leather trim no less. I thought that was cool. I am not the guy that always gets the latest and greatest so I will have this laptop for probably several years. Just as I am stuck with my droid for the next two. I will not be upgrading as soon as the next cool android phone comes out. So I want a laptop that has specs that will keep up over the next few years and quality enough not to crap out on me right after the warranty expires.

    The XPS 16 I built comes to $1200 which is $200 over my budget. I also work for the state so I get a discount. Problem is they have us shop from a special Dell Employee Discount site that forces you to configure with expensive options and it ends up being more not less. So I am going to try to call Dell and see if they will apply my discount to the $1200 laptop I built. If this works it will put it right in my budget! If not I will be going back to the MSI or the Lenovo.
     
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    I have to agree on the Mac. Hubby (electrical/computer engineer) bought me a Macbook last year and it is the best machine I have ever owned. I was against changing, but decided (just this once LOL) to listen to his recommendations. I'm glad I did :)
     
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    Ordered an Acer Timeline for my wife.
    Acer Aspire Timeline AS5810TZ-4657 Refurbished Notebook PC - Intel Pentium ULV SU2700 1.3GHz, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" WXGA, Vista Home Premium at TigerDirect.com
    She loves the form factor. It' a bit underpowered for my tastes but that is because the battery really does last 8 hours. But she loves it. It's better than our previous desktop. Won't play COD but it does everythin she wants/needs and looks cool too. $399 not too shabby.
     
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    I got an HP mini 110 netbook for Christmas and it is actually very nice...its small but gets the job done...don't know if that would be what you are in the market for, but their pretty cheap and have quite a few feature....the only drawbacks is there's no disc drive whatsoever, and not as much memory as a regular laptop....

    But it has a webcam, 3 usb drives, great graphics and screen, nice little keyboard,
     
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    I can appreciate the love for the mac but the only mac in my budget is the bottom rung macbook. It's right at $999 the max of my budget and it has literally half the ram of the others I am looking at. And it will not play any of the games I want to play because it has integrated graphics. To get a macbook or macbook pro configured to fit my needs I will have to double my budget.

    I realize I probably just turned this into a Apple/PC war thread. I hope not. I guess I'm hoping someone will post a link to the ultimate laptop deal that has everything I want right in my budget. LOL. Hey, it could happen
     
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    I just boght this one yesterday I think it is a good price and the specs are good too.:icon_ banana:
    HP G71-340US - Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz - 17.3 " - 4 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD


    $ 599.00 officemax.