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Hi everyone, I would like to thank you all in advance for any help that I receive in my search for a new laptop. I'm a senior in high school this year and I'll be needing a laptop soon for college. I plan on going into college for either animation or special effects. (I'd like to be one of the people who make the trailers for movies but, I have no idea what that profession is called.) So, Here is a list of things I would need to be able to do with the laptop:

Animate using Adobe Flash
Edit photos using Adobe Photoshop
Edit video using Sony Vegas or WMM
Burn CDs and DVDs using Nero

Finding a laptop to do the things is simple however what makes it difficult is that:

It needs to be under $600
It needs to have around a 15" screen
I'd like 3-4 GB RAM
I don't like refurbished or used laptops because of bad experiences with them
I'm not a huge fan of Intel processors because of the integrated graphics

However, I will listen to any argument that you can make for the Intel based laptops because I'm not closed minded towards them as I am towards used and refurbished laptops. I hope that you are able to assist me in my search because all I have found so far is:

Gateway M-1631u for $449.99
Acer Aspire AS5536-5883 for $479.99

So, as you can see I have not had much luck. I hope that someone is able to assist me in my search for a great laptop.

Edited by SamuriCam, 30 July 2009 - 11:40 AM.

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Welcome to G2G

A couple of suggestions based on personal experience :
Firstly, I've been really impressed with Lenovo laptops. Check out Newegg for example as they have a good selection of them, some for under $600. Admittedly, they're all Intel processors (I too am not Intel's biggest fan) but you can't have everything.
Failing that, you can often do worse than getting a Dell of some description.
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