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Buying a Laptop, asking for recommendations.

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Jack Ketch

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Hello and thanks for the help.
I'm planning to purchase a gaming laptop in the next month since my PC is old and a laptop would be good for classes. I'm not computer savvy (my knowledge base can be summed up as "Big numbers are better!") so I'm asking for advice on good laptops. Just as an example, I'm currently reading what dedicated and integrated graphics cards even means, so I'm pretty ignorant in this field.

The most system demanding thing I will be using this laptop for is gaming; more specifically some titles I'm interested in:
Aion Online
Global Agenda

Mainly I play MMORPGs, but I do also like some FPS games as well, if that has any impact on component choices. When at home I would like to hook up my laptop to a HDTV, and use the laptop display like a dual monitor for web browsing while gaming, just like I do with my PC. Again, no idea if that effects anything particular (Ram due to multitasking? Processor? Graphics card from displaying two image? I simply don't know), so mentioning it.

I am in the $1,000 - $1,500 price range. I'd say $1,300 or less is my ideal price. $1,500 is definitely the high end, I'd expect a big difference in performance, and its not $1,500 plus taxes, shipping, etc. Additionally I'd like the laptop to last me at least 3-4 years before I need to think about replacing it.

Any advice and recommendations are appreciated. Anything from "Make sure it has Thingamajiggers and that the doohickey is a 5.89 or better" to "Manufacturer A is cheaper than B, but B is more dumbyproofed." But if you have time to recommend and discuss specific laptops with configurations, that is appreciated.

~Jack Ketch

EDIT: Just stumbled on "80 GB Intel X25-M MLC SSD" as an option on ibuypower's configuration list. Are these a good investment? Seeing as how I have an external HD, is there a downside to them beyond the inevitable price increase?

Edited by Jack Ketch, 22 January 2010 - 11:39 AM.

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