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Buying my first laptop

by tonsoffun49 / March 27, 2010 4:09 AM PDT

Me and my fiance have decided to go back to college so we think that now is the best time to finally buy our first laptop. I know absolutely nothing about laptops (im a desktop guy) so I need a little help on what to look for. We will be using it for MS Word programs, Online lectures, music, light photo work, and web browsing. If at all possible we want to play SIMS 3 on it. lol. Looking to stay under $500 and would love if it was no more than $400. Any help is much appreciated.

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That's slim pickings at 400
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2010 5:04 AM PDT
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You can try the Dell 399 buck laptop but at this price point there is little of interest. I'm disregarding, not offering a netbook since that would pain a Word user.

Let's dismiss Sims 3 since even at 500 bucks we are too far away from any gamer laptop.

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which processors
by tonsoffun49 / March 27, 2010 5:45 AM PDT

well from what i have seen sims 3 doesn't take to much to play. I want at least 3gb ddr2 ram. What I am clueless about are the processors. I know desktop processors not notebook ones. I have tried googling with not too many helpful results.

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well, lets dismiss my price range
by tonsoffun49 / March 27, 2010 5:47 AM PDT
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if i dismiss my pricerange. what should i be looking for in a good laptop. something that fits my needs and will last.

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I'll have to disagree.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2010 6:14 AM PDT
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My wife has Sims 3 and on a pretty good desktop it's not that fast so it does tax a machine. If we remove the dollar limit you can try the laptop pickers noted at;forum-threads

Also, head to and click on laptops. I'd start with i3 CPU laptops and see what you get with dedicated video memory.

Remember we will sacrifice battery time and a cool running laptop in order to gain the gaming capability.

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