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by Jan in NM / March 21, 2007 2:03 PM PDT

My son will be going off to college this fall. We have never purchased a laptop. I'm looking for recommendations for PCs brands for around $1000 to $1200. I want something reliable and can take being moved around. He wants that plus good gaming abilities. Any help is apprecitated.

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Over in the Laptop forum...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 1:05 AM PDT
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That same question comes up weekly if not more often. See what is written there but... For a gamer that's a little slim. If you consider that Vista might be on this laptop and you need 2GB to get on par performance with XP on 512M to 1GB then your budget is very slim.

Bob

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Laptop advice
by Jan in NM / March 22, 2007 11:45 AM PDT

Thanks for replying. I'm also a newbie to CNET and its forums.

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Be practical...
by Willy / March 22, 2007 1:42 AM PDT
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If you take any advice on a purchase of a laptop be sure to include, "insurance" as well. That is from theft and/or breakage.

Since, you kid wants gaming and a mobile, it what's now offered that really not the best of both worlds. Also, your budget is low for a gaming laptop as those are usually in the hi-end of purchases. Overall, gaming laptops are more a mobile desktop in practical terms and need to be close to AC outlet. Gaming time would greatly reduce battery life even if you get the best out there, so a 2nd battery is a practical must have(another $125-160). If at all possible, apply the $1-1.2K then any money your kid can muster to better the laptop selection. IMHO, go for what the studies really need and take it from there. Leave the wish list stuff until the sophmore/later yrs. as what really needs to be had. Wink Most universities do supply a list of the s/w and basic h/w for computer purchases, maybe even an campus purchase as well.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Laptop decisions
by Jan in NM / March 22, 2007 11:52 AM PDT
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Good info, especially about the insurance part!

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Also Consider
by Dr.Coolpoo1 / December 15, 2009 12:25 AM PST
In reply to: Laptop decisions

If I were you I would go about 200$ over budget and get an alienware. Those are some of the fastest most reliable computers out there. Or you could get a mac.

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