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  Quizzical

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12/05/12 11:01:56 PM#21
Originally posted by Abdiell
Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by Abdiell
I thought HP was supposed to be god awful? 

You're shopping for a sub-$500 laptop.  What do you expect in that price range?  It's not like anyone else is going to give you good build quality in a sub-$500 laptop that can handle games.

If you don't want to get the HP I linked, that's fine.  The Samsung will suit your needs so long as you fix the memory.  An A8-4500M is the same die as an A10-4600M, but with 1/3 of the graphics disabled and the CPU clocked lower.

Wasn't trying to offend you...

 

Also, the one you linked is out of stock.

And likely not coming back, as it will be replaced by a Windows 8 version of the same thing.  Oops.

Regardless, my point was that if you wanted something faster than an A8-4500M and are willing to pay more for it, the sensible thing is an A10-4600M.  A discrete video card doesn't make sense below about $800 or so.  But that's going over your budget.

Anyway, I found this link while looking for another alternative.

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=BE04137

The product doesn't matter.  Look at the price tag.

Reg. Price: $60,599.00
Instant Discount: $59,993.01
Price: $605.99
  Quizzical

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12/05/12 11:05:20 PM#22
Originally posted by Abdiell

I was able to find this one:

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Midnight-Black-15.6-Refurbished-Pavilion-m6-1035dx-Laptop-PC-with-AMD-Quad-Core-A10-4600M-Accelerated-Processor-and-Windows-7-Home-Premium/22081776#Item+Description

Same deal as before:  mismatched memory channels means that you'll want to replace the 2 GB memory module with your own 4 GB module.

Refurbished also means that you don't know what the previous owner did to it.  But Trinity launched earlier this year, so it can't be that old.

  Abdiell

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OP  12/06/12 5:38:48 PM#23

I just pulled the trigger on this deal http://1saleaday.com/main/

 

 

HP 15.6" HD Laptop w/ 3.2GHz Quad-Core A10 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7660G, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD for $399.

 

I know I will need a new 4gb memory stick. Can you recommend one on newegg?

 

Thanks.

  Quizzical

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12/06/12 6:52:36 PM#24

You need a single 4 GB DDR3 SODIMM.  Take your pick:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007609%20600000399%20600006178&IsNodeId=1&name=204-Pin%20DDR3%20SO-DIMM

You want it to have at least as good of specs as the 4 GB module that comes with the laptop.  As for what those specs will be, you could wait until you have the laptop, open it up, and see.  My guess is that it will be 1333 MHz CAS 9, as 1066 MHz hasn't been cheaper than that in a long time.  HP has started advertising that some of their laptops have 1600 MHz memory, so if you get lucky, it could come with that.  But the memory clock speed likely won't be adjustable in the BIOS.

If you don't want to wait and see, then you could just order a 1600 MHz module now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231481

  Abdiell

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OP  12/06/12 10:35:19 PM#25

So the sticks don't have to match exactly?

 

If I get that 1600 stick, and the laptop comes with 1066 or 1333. it will be fine?

  Br3akingDawn

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12/06/12 10:42:14 PM#26
Originally posted by Abdiell

I just pulled the trigger on this deal http://1saleaday.com/main/

 

 

HP 15.6" HD Laptop w/ 3.2GHz Quad-Core A10 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7660G, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD for $399.

 

I know I will need a new 4gb memory stick. Can you recommend one on newegg?

 

Thanks.

:\ its only 1366x768res.... terrible for gaming.

  Quizzical

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12/06/12 10:54:33 PM#27
Originally posted by Abdiell

So the sticks don't have to match exactly?

 

If I get that 1600 stick, and the laptop comes with 1066 or 1333. it will be fine?

It will be able to run at the lower speed.  What you don't want is to buy a 1066 MHz module, then have the laptop BIOS assume 1333 MHz and have your module crash the system.

  Quizzical

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12/06/12 10:55:20 PM#28
Originally posted by Epic1oots
Originally posted by Abdiell

I just pulled the trigger on this deal http://1saleaday.com/main/

 

 

HP 15.6" HD Laptop w/ 3.2GHz Quad-Core A10 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 7660G, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD for $399.

 

I know I will need a new 4gb memory stick. Can you recommend one on newegg?

 

Thanks.

:\ its only 1366x768res.... terrible for gaming.

It's also $400.  When you find a comparably powerful 1920x1080 laptop for $400, let me know.

  vonryan123

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12/06/12 10:58:04 PM#29
Originally posted by Quizzical 
"you want the AMD system and not the Intel one."

With 24 years in building computers I say at this stage in CPU chipsets thats more a matter of wallet and choice then one being "better" then the other

  Quizzical

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12/06/12 11:03:02 PM#30
Originally posted by vonryan123
Originally posted by Quizzical 
"you want the AMD system and not the Intel one."

With 24 years in building computers I say at this stage in CPU chipsets thats more a matter of wallet and choice then one being "better" then the other

It's the graphics, not the chipset.

  carson11

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12/07/12 10:03:40 PM#31
HP Pavilion g7-2238nr,  it features17.3 inch with 1600 x 900 Display Resolution, powerful 1.9GHz AMD A6-4400M processor(with TurboCORE Technology up to 2.8GHz), and Radeon HD 7520G Discrete-Class graphics (up to 2029MB total graphics memory)
  Quizzical

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12/07/12 10:26:51 PM#32
Originally posted by carson11
HP Pavilion g7-2238nr,  it features 15.6-Inch HD Display with 1600 x 900 Display Resolution, powerful 1.9GHz AMD A6-4400M processor(with TurboCORE Technology up to 2.8GHz), and Radeon HD 7520G Discrete-Class graphics (up to 2029MB total graphics memory)

A6-4400M is basically an A10-4600M cut in half--on both the CPU and GPU sides.

  carson11

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12/08/12 1:25:43 AM#33
Check here for gaming laptop under $500 models
  miguksaram

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12/08/12 1:31:40 AM#34
Originally posted by carson11
Check here for gaming laptop under $500 models

You don't know the can of worms you just opened up but it will be fun to watch Quiz's responses.

  Quizzical

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12/08/12 7:13:59 AM#35
Originally posted by miguksaram
Originally posted by carson11
Check here for gaming laptop under $500 models

You don't know the can of worms you just opened up but it will be fun to watch Quiz's responses.

Well that's a fairly random list.  I don't think that whoever made that page understands the meaning of "under $500".  Or, for that matter, English; I count eight spelling/grammar blunders in the first paragraph alone.  And that's not counting the factual errors, such as that its example of a "powerful dedicated graphic card" is integrated graphics.

  jdnewell

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12/08/12 7:27:12 AM#36
Originally posted by miguksaram
Originally posted by carson11
Check here for gaming laptop under $500 models

You don't know the can of worms you just opened up but it will be fun to watch Quiz's responses.

Indeed.

I read these forums mainly to read the bad advice and see how Quiz responds. It is usually entertaining lol.

I may give advice sometimes thats not 100% spot on, but I at least make an attempt at good advice. Some things people say in here make me wonder if they are not trying to screw someones computer build up 0.o.

  DMKano

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12/08/12 7:38:10 AM#37

I have a high end gaming laptop (with external docking station that has a dedicated 2GB GPU), SSD and 16GB ram, i7 CPU, it's close to $4K, and my $1500 desktop blows it away in performance in every way

Laptops suck when it comes to gaming IMO, I know sometimes its a necessity, but you could spend huge bucks and never even come close to a performance of an average desktop.

there are a lot of portable desktop PC cases with carrying handles etc.... I'd go that route 

  Quizzical

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12/08/12 7:55:24 AM#38
Originally posted by DMKano

I have a high end gaming laptop (with external docking station that has a dedicated 2GB GPU), SSD and 16GB ram, i7 CPU, it's close to $4K, and my $1500 desktop blows it away in performance in every way

Unless you've got a way to get full PCI Express x16 bandwidth and PCI Express-like latency to the video card, that's not a high end gaming laptop.  I'm not aware of any off-the-shelf laptops that can do that, apart from some port that AMD briefly offered several years ago, which certainly wouldn't still be high-end today.  PCI-SIG has some external PCI Express standard, but I don't think any laptops use it yet.

  dbrian

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12/09/12 12:29:28 PM#39
Seems like you are looking for an AMD A8 laptop under $500, I found an Acer laptop with same specs like the samsung laptop you listed but at a lower price of $429 hhttp://bestlaptopsunder500hub.com/best-laptop-under-500-deal-of-the-week.html This laptop got A8-4500M running at 1.9 GHz with 4 MB Cache AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics packing 512MB of graphics system memory 4 GB DDR3 RAM. 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive All this for $429. I think this is the best deal you could get or go for a core i5 laptop Compare here http://bestlaptopsunder500hub.com/top-laptops-under-500-dollars-comparison.html I would say go for the Asus i5 laptop
  ShakyMo

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12/09/12 12:41:52 PM#40
Your not going to get a laptop for $500 that plays games, well unless you just want to play peggle or something.

Heck you can't really build a gaming desktop for $500. Your looking around $800 for something satisfactory (but not high end)
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