Laptop suggestions

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Hey there,
A friend of mine if thinking of buying a new laptop and is looking for some suggestions. From what I understand his budget is something around 900-1k $. He is interested in having a i7 processor, 4+ gb ram and a nvidia with 2gb of memory. I've been watching a few laptops myself but a lot seem a bit strange. They're either missing the optimus or the cuda options for the video card or have just one of them. In your opinion, witch one is more important? Other laptops have really slow HDD and so on... Some suggestions plase?
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What is your friend trying to achieve with the notebook, is he a gamer? We need to know the application. Regardless, ASUS has various options within that price range.

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Mostly for everyday usage and a little gaming. Nothing too extreme on both both sides. He wants to be able to play the most recent games at a decent/decentish level and have a nice working laptop. And he's a big asus fanboy :p

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Check out the new AMD A-series APU based laptops. Higher end machines have decent HD 6600 GPUs integrated, and boosing the memory gives you the texture space you want dynamically.

I picked up a machine with an A8-3520M for my wife, which integrates an AMD HD 6620 GPU. Boosted it up to 8Gb, and with the quad core and memory she is able to play pretty much anything. Skyrim plays as well as my desktop machine and looks awesome. Plus, with the memory upgrade and a SquareTrade 3-year accidental damage policy I was still under $800 US.

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a link of a few links if possible? to a specific product.

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The model I bought for my wife was a Gateway-branded Acer that is no longer available at Tiger Direct (where I bought it) nor at Newegg.

Here is a quick search list from Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006550&isNodeId=1&Description=a8-3520m&x=0&y=0

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A certain laptop caught my attention and I'm curious of what your opinion is on it
Asus K53SD-SX248D: Core i7 2670QM 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce 610M 2GB

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Any opinion?

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One opinion, initially: battery eater.

The CPU is a bit heavier than I'd be looking (more towards the i5 if you are Intel oriented), graphics suck (hardly better than the Sandy Bridge integrated), and the screen should be 17" or larger if you are intending to game on the system's main screen.

Reviews of the GT 610M shows Skyrim (common test software) running 25fps ON LOW, and ramping it up it struggles to maintain 10fps.

What you have is a DTR (desktop replacement) workstation.

Along that line: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214604

This is 6Gb RAM, Core i5, and a GTX 560M which should absolutely destroy that Asus in graphics performance. The similar reviews show Skyrim hitting 21.5fps in ULTRA, 40fps on HIGH (playable) with the 560M.

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I must admit that it looks nice but a little pricey in my country (romania).
Well I forgot to mention it and sry for that. He is interested in replacing his home computer (his desktop) witch is way out of date with a laptop just because it's easier to transport when he moves around. For gaming purposes he intends to use a usb keyboard + mouse and a monitor. The same goes for movies. The laptop will just work like a media center. So from this point of view, battery life isn't all that important to him.
It was interesting to see about the videocard. I just read a few things about it and it really is crappy.
I currently have a gt 520M on my laptop and works under average with most games... What video cards are considered a GOOD upgrade from that? I don't want him to struggle like me :(

EDIT:
A nvidia GT 630M from what I saw after a quick look seems to be a middle quality video card. What's your opinion?

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Yes, the 630M is lower end of mid-grade. My suggestions would be for an nVidia GT or GTX GPU, numbered x30, x40, x50, x60 (replace the x with the generation, e.g. your 630M is the x30), but stick with gen 4, 5, and 6.

If AMD is an option, look at Radeon HD GPUs, numbered x5x0, x6x0, x7x0, x8x0. The APU I mentioned above is HD 6620M, a generation back from the newest but still a solid performer.

In both cases, there are laptops using full desktop GPUs, like the GTX 560, but I advise staying away as they are really not portable (and are HOT!). It is a personal choice.

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How about a:
Laptop Asus G53JW-SX268D Core i5 480M 2.66GHz 4GB 500GB GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB
I don't think it's directx11 compatible though

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That would be a good running machine for gaming.

Yes, GT/GTX 4xx is DirectX10, 5xx and 6xx also have DirectX11.

Same on AMD, HD 4xxx is DirectX10, 5xxx 6xxx and 7xxx are DirectX11 as well.

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I would like to suggest Dell Laptop which will be better for you because Dell have more new features and good security with Malware Removal so take Dell Support for any kind of information.

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Ugh... Dell has a terrible reputation, builds cheap systems, and just isn't where I'd go. I buy Acer/Gateway over Dell (in fact, I just did a month ago!) rather than be charged Dell's crazy service fees.

Asus builds quality. Malware removal is not so much a feature, as ANY PC can be loaded with free software that blocks ad/spy-ware.

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Not a big fan of DELL myself. And the pcs I find available to me don't seem to have anything interesting in them. Just medium quality, low cost components.
Anyway thanks for the feedback. My friend decided to wait a little more and get some more money to buy something better and not regret the investment later on.