Buying a laptop - Need Suggestions (Sorry don't know where to post)


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Get the Lenovo. I just bought one and I love the keyboard style and the quality. It also has battery maintenance apps so your battery wont be knackered after a year like most laptops.
Apr 3, 2014
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This is a Windows based forum so I am sure most of you have a good knowledge on these stuff.

I will need a laptop for the next four years for my University work, so I thought of taking this opportunity and buy a laptop that can run games well. I will be buying the laptop from USA within 5 months (to avoid the various taxes imposed by Indian Government). I can buy it anytime, tomorrow, next month, after 5 months, whenever the time is suitable.

My budget is Rs. 50,000 ($817) (Could push to Rs. 55,000 ($897)). My budget is fixed in Indian Rupees instead of dollars as the Rupee value constant changes everyday.

I will be using the laptop mostly for my University and personal use. Presentations, Assignments, high level programming, engineering related stuff in the next four years, entertainment, a bit of photoshop and random usage and media and of course, gaming. What I want is it should be able to run all the latest games at decent FPS. Doesn't have to be 1080p or 4k maxed out yolo swag settings. Anything at moderate settings with decent FPS is good enough.
For specifications, I have come to know that a quad core i7 doesn't give any major performance boost over the dual core i5 (assuming both have everything else the same), so I can go with i5 and even choose i5 with a better GPU than an i7 with a weaker GPU. 8 GB of RAM and anything over 750 GB of HDD (doesn't have to be SSHD or SSD) is what I am looking for. I won't be able to play all games at 1080p with a low-mid level laptop GPU and processor so I can sacrifice a 1080p display for a 1336x768 display but I would of course prefer a 1080p if its possible with the price range.

Now, based on what I am looking for. I have found a few laptops.

  • [li]Lenovo Y40
    Everything in the Laptop is REALLY nice except that it has AMD R9275M. I have always heard about technical and heating issues related to AMD GPUs and in general under performing against their NVIDIA equivalents.
    There are two versions, 500 GB and 1 TB being sold for $800 and $840 respectively (after instant savings).

    4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB)
    Windows 8.1 64
    14.0" FHD LED AntiGlare Backlight (1920x1080)
    AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB
    8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD

    [li]HP ENVY 15t
    On customising it with the mentioned specifications, it costs $820 (after discount) which I think is reasonable since it provides an optical drive, fingerprint sensor and NVIDIA graphics card.

    4th generation Intel? Core™ i7-4510U Dual Core Processor
    Windows 8.1 64
    15.6-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit Display (1920x1080)
    2GB NVIDIA GeForce 840M Graphics
    8GB DDR3L System Memory (1 Dimm)
    Free upgrade from 1TB to 1.5TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive ($90 savings)
    SuperMulti DVD burner
    Standard Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader


Now, that's all I could find reasonable at the price I want. I personally prefer HP since I find it gives better specs for the price but I have heard complaints of HP laptops HDD or heating issues.

If anybody has some better alternatives and opinions, you're most welcome to mention them. Thank you.

Sorry if its wrong section...

I would recommend Lenovo, I own Lenovo Z580 and it's great! Lenovo are well build, I got to see that by accidentally dropping my one of the desk, by pulling the power cord, while running a game with a DVD inside, nothing was damaged not even a scratch on the Laptop or the DVD. The hardware running perfect from the start until now and it's over a year old. My laptop is a good gaming laptop. Here are the specs:

IdeaPad Z580
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs)
1TB Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M Graphics

also up to 5 hour battery life ( depends on usage, usually 3 hours when I play games and 5 hours for everything else )

and it only costed me €660

I would not go for anything other than Lenovo!

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