Recommend me a laptop

So i bought an HP awhile back & now it wont turn on. Shit was defective from the start from the battery dieing, overheating, wireless not working, etc…Will never buy an HP/Compaq ever again…So please dont recommend me that brand…

My budget at most is $600, maybe $650 if it has Bluray…

*Mostly for internet
*Must have HDMI
*Bluray would be nice but is not a deal breaker
*Must be able to play SFIV or SSIV when it comes out
*Can do some photoshop & basic video editing but this isn’t really a big deal to me
*Good wireless card

I was going to buy this but im hearing this wont be able to play Street Fighter

So im pretty much looking for something like that but with a better graphics card…

Did you have one of those overheating nvidia laptop chipsets?

Toshiba all the way. Cheap price but solid build quality.
Sony if you have money.

i think so, it was always hot, almost got 2nd degree burns just trying to use the media buttons on top…

Any particular models to get from Toshiba?

is there a specific budget you looking for?

edit: opps never mind about that.

and once again i’ll be nice and let you also look at what i’m looking at

If you willing to get these for spend 100-150 more. I can’t say how reliable MSi’s laptops are, but these looks like the specs you are looking for with a dedicated video card.

edit: heres another one same price range to the ones i posted from acer

Toshiba is pretty good. HP/Compaq is terrible. Sony is good too, but expensive and I doubt you’ll find any good ones in the $600 range. Other brands to consider are Fujitsu, and brands like Acer, Lenovo, Asus, are all pretty new so they could be a hit-or-miss
Also, you need to look at the graphics card for laptops, especially if you want to play SF4/SSF4. Avoid GPU from Intel like Intel GMA. Go for nVidia or ATi. Examples below.

i have had very good experiences with Dell’s laptops. both @ my work and personal laptops. the studio line has a very good price->performance ratio.

Dell are good, we use them at work never really have any problems with them. Alot of people recommend Asus these days though I’ve not had any personal experience with their laptops. Their boards + GPU’s are good stuff.

I am currently using a asus and I must say their great for gaming. But atm I’m looking at that toshiba I have posted up. That will probably be my next lap top or I mjight just buy a desktop.

Thanks for the links but im on the fence in which one i should get. Acer doesn’t have Bluray & Gateway seems way more powerful…Gateway graphics card sucks ass though…Which one do you guys think is the better buy?
Acer $649
Gateway $630 local
Acer Aspire AS5739G-6959 NoteBook
Intel Core 2 Duo T6600(2.20GHz)
4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm
DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
Equipped with 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M dedicated graphics

  • Intel Core i3-330M processor Its actually an I5-430m cpu
  • 4GB DDR3 memory (2 x 2GB, 0 open slots)
  • Blu-ray Disc-enabled DVDRW/CD-RW drive
  • 15.6" LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display (1366x768)
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD (128MB of dedicated video memory)
  • HDMI port for connection to an HDTV.
  • Built-in webcam and microphone
  • Multi-in-1 digital media reader (Supports SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO and xD-Picture Card formats)
  • 4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Weighs 5.8 lbs. and measures just 1.5" thin
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled

which ever one you want to sacrifice.

gateway for: for blu-ray, but no sf4 since its a GMA and probably wouldn’t be able to run that.

acer: for gaming, no blu-ray.

its up to you man.

No $600 laptop will get be able to get all you want and play SF4 or do photoshop. To be able to actually game on a laptop properly prepare to spend two or three times as much.

SF4 on PC is a pretty good port and runs well though, on a $600 laptop with decent GPU, it should run at a consistent 30 frames on lowest settings.

i am shopping around for a new laoptop as well, so what kind of laptop should be able to run BBCS??

The latest Core i3/i5/i7 intel mobile are the way to go. They save a TON of battery life. The new integrated from intel is much better than the old intel integrated (still not as strong as ATI or Nvidi’s mobile graphics but still decent) now that the graphic chip is on the same die as the CPU and at 45nm (less heat too), but seriously if you want a gaming laptop go for an Asus , MSI or Alienware, you’re fuckin joking if you are going to be overheating that little thing playing on a regular laptop. You can probably play some street fighter here and there with the background disabled but its not a real gaming machine.

Gateway = Acer. Acer makes the laptops for Gateway.

Why bother with BluRay on a laptop? Low res screen + laptop speakers suck so much balls, unless you are going to output to a TV system anyway.

Toshiba all the way.

Is there a big difference between an Intel Core Duo & Core i5?

What exactly do these do?

C2D is the previous generation of processors, the new I5’s are faster and run cooler.

Also playing SF4 at 30fps is not playing SF4 at all, that why no sub $1000 laptop will play that game, you’d need a dedicated graphics processor. Most of the highend ones that come in more expensive laptops are still garbage anyways.

Yep, I can’t find mobile comparisons right now but here is a comparison of the desktop version: i5 661 vs e8600 (both 3.33ghz, i5 661 costs ~$220 while e8600 costs ~$290, used for price comparison)

Just like FunkyP says, it runs much cooler as well because of the size (32nm vs 45nm) and running things cooler is important to a laptop’s lifespan. Not to mention the power saving features of the new Clarkdale architecture (Arrandale for Mobile) are better than the previous architecture and it consumes less power to begin with. Handles multi-threaded apps better, etc.

I think I mentioned it in another thread, but if you really MUST have a gaming laptop, wait for the Nvidia Optimus and/or AMD/ATI Fusion (this will probably come much later this year) to come out. It allows for switching between the onboard graphics and discrete graphics so you only use the powerful gpu when you need it and you save power and battery and much less heat. AMD’s Fusion is their answer to Intel’s Arrandale graphics integrated i3/i5s but will run on 32nm and on the same chip as the CPU (unlike the Arrandale ones which have a 45nm graphic chip and 32nm CPU chip on the same die) which will mean it will run much cooler than Intel’s offering and judging by ATI’s graphic performance it will floor Intel’s integrated graphics as usual. It doesn’t really make sense to get a core 2 duo mobile right now when the i3s/i5s are out unless you can get them at significantly much much lower price.

So you’re saying i should just go with the Gateway? Its has i5 in it & its $630…I guess i really dont need a gaming laptop. Will this allow me to do basic photo/video editing at least?