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    Default Need help in laptop comparing.

    I'm not sure where to post this exactly, but this looks like the right place, perhaps.

    So basically, I'm looking at 4 different laptops right now. But it's kind of tricky. There's 3 different graphic processing chips and I'm not sure which is the best one.

    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics with up to 1405MB
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Graphics with up to 1022MB
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Graphics with up to 1534MB
    NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics with up to 895MB

    Now, checking Notebookcheck, it seems the 4200 actually performs better than the 4250. But, that might be because they're all baseline models without considering the extra memory? And some sites are saying that the 4250 performs slightly better overall, but with older games performs considerably better than the 4200. And all of these models have different (hypothetical?) memory totals.

    So which is the best one?

    Here are the laptop's I'm looking at. I can't afford much, so this is what I could find for under $350. :/ (Keep in mind, I was using a Celeron 900 + GMA 4500M. So even the GeForce which is the worse in the group is better than what I had. Though, the Radeons are all considerably better.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Compaq-Presari...=19Q50X0TNXSCR

    http://www.amazon.com/Compaq-Presari...=19Q50X0TNXSCR

    http://www.amazon.com/Compaq-Presari...=19Q50X0TNXSCR

    http://www.amazon.com/Compaq-Presari...=19Q50X0TNXSCR

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    Default Re: Need help in laptop comparing.

    i wouldn't get any of them. i'd go for something like this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834158320

    far superior graphics to what you are looking at and a better processor as well.

    edit: i just saw you were looking at the sub-$350 price range, nevermind my above comment, get the one with the athlon 2 processor.

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    Did I miss something? The cheapest one I see is the top link (Compaq Presario CQ62-220US) at $430 up to 900 for the last link.

    If you are looking in the sub 600 range, and don't mind used.
    MODEL - Clevo B5130M (Sager NP 5135)
    Age: October 2010
    DISPLAY - 1920x1080 15"
    CPU - Intel Core i5 M 460
    HDD - Hitachi HTS723232L9A360 (320GB SATA 7200rpm)
    RAM - 4GB memory (2x2GB)
    GFX - nVidia Geforce GT 425M (Can switch to Intel HD Graphics to save energy)
    OS - Has Windows Ultimate 64 bit.
    Price with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit: $575
    FedEx Ground.

    Found: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...ighlight=sager

    Also, is this your main computer or you just looking to have something portable with very light gaming? Or is gaming on it not necessary?

    If just keeping it under $350 and again, don't mind used.
    MODEL - ASUS UL30 Series UL30Vt-A1
    DISPLAY - 1366 x 768 13.3"
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300(1.30GHz)
    HDD - 500GB 5400rpm
    RAM - 4GB DDR3 1066
    GFX - NVIDIA GeForce G210M + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Can switch to Intel HD Graphics to save energy)
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    PRICE - $325 shipped and Insured obo

    Found: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...ghlight=laptop


    I think your best bet is to look for used on forums, CL or if you have to, ebay.


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    Default Re: Need help in laptop comparing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Outlaw View Post
    If just keeping it under $350 and again, don't mind used.
    MODEL - ASUS UL30 Series UL30Vt-A1
    DISPLAY - 1366 x 768 13.3"
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300(1.30GHz)
    HDD - 500GB 5400rpm
    RAM - 4GB DDR3 1066
    GFX - NVIDIA GeForce G210M + Intel GMA 4500MHD (Can switch to Intel HD Graphics to save energy)
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    PRICE - $325 shipped and Insured obo

    Found: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?...ghlight=laptop
    Holy cow! That's a great deal... The processor is a bit weak, but the rest is quite good. At least twice as good as the best option that I listed.

    I wonder why it's so cheap? Those things sell for quite a bit more than that, even used. Makes me a bit wary. Plus it's "OBO". Hmm.

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    I only know as much as whats posted so I would say send them a PM. Worst case, they forgot to post something about it or, they decide to jack the price because you told them it was so cheap. lol I would definitely search used when on a budget. It looks like a few of their things were quite a bit cheaper. The 580 with waterblock was 345. New that retails for 480 without a WB.

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    He seems pretty legit. Looks like I'll be buying that laptop unless he sold it sometime between an hour ago and just now.

    Thanks Outlaw! Here I was excited to get something that has double the 3DMark06 score... and now I'll be getting something that has double *that* score! SCORE!

    Also, LOL at 12 hour battery life... that's just amazing. Even if I only get half of that... that's still 6 hours.

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    NP, glad to help out. Hope it all works out.


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    This laptop IS AWESOME!

    This is exactly why I always post everything to a forum or two. You just never know where it'll lead you. I went from an okay laptop that couldn't do much at all, to thinking about an upgraded version of that laptop... to this, which is ridiculously better than anything I've ever owned before.

    My rep... TAKE IT ALL.

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    Which isn't much....
    Two years. They were great. Let's make the next ones even better!

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    I thought the Radeon 4200 was bottom of the barrel?
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