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Old 08-07-2016, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So I need a new laptop, the one I have now is crapping out on me , it's an hp and I've had it going on six years now. Laptops can be REALLY expensive of course and my boyfriend is saying how he thinks I should spend $800 to $1000 or more on a laptop any less than that then I'll be buying a piece of crap, I spent about $500 at Best Buy when I bought the one I have now and it gave me no problems until this year. I mainly use my laptop to surf the web, watch tv shows and to play the Sims. Does anyone have any recommendations? I was going to go buy a laptop from Amazon or Best Buy.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:47 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I don't think you need to spend more than $500 for a good laptop for basic use.
For example:

$390, i5-6200u, 1080p, 8GB, 500GB:
Acer Aspire E5 575 51GG 15 6" Full HD Laptop Core i5 6200U 8GB RAM 500GB HDD | eBay

$340, i3-5010u, 1080p, 4GB, 500GB:
https://www.amazon.com/Asus-F555LA-A.../dp/B011KFQASE

$530, i5-6200u, 1080p, 8GB, 256GB SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/F556UA-AS54-1.../dp/B01CGGOUJM

$500, i7-5500u, 1080p, 8GB, 1TB:
https://www.microsoftstore.com/store...ctID.333692300

There are tons more ... depending on what size you want.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:03 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I mainly use my laptop to surf the web, watch tv shows and to play the Sims.
A thousand dollar machine would be severe overkill for that kind of usage. My ASUS was listed at $800 and I got the "open box" price of $650. I do heavy image processing and I need a muscle machine. You need one with good image resources, I think. Find one with the latest WiFi protocols and good video adapter.
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Location: Ohio
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If you can forego "The Sims" or the game is web-based, you could do all of that with a sub-$200 Chromebook.

HP Pavilion 14-Q010DX Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40 GHz) 2 GB Memory 16 GB SSD 14.0" Chrome OS (Manufacturer Refurbished) - Monoprice.com
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:39 AM
 
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I don't think you need to spend more than $500 for a good laptop for basic use.
For example:

$390, i5-6200u, 1080p, 8GB, 500GB:
Acer Aspire E5 575 51GG 15 6" Full HD Laptop Core i5 6200U 8GB RAM 500GB HDD | eBay

$340, i3-5010u, 1080p, 4GB, 500GB:
https://www.amazon.com/Asus-F555LA-A.../dp/B011KFQASE

$530, i5-6200u, 1080p, 8GB, 256GB SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/F556UA-AS54-1.../dp/B01CGGOUJM

$500, i7-5500u, 1080p, 8GB, 1TB:
https://www.microsoftstore.com/store...ctID.333692300

There are tons more ... depending on what size you want.
id'e go with asus since they offer FREE lifetime tech support unlike most companies wich charge
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Gladstone, Oregon
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Which Sims do you play? I think the 4th game is not as heavy graphic wise but if you set the graphics to high it might require a more powerful laptop. I had a gaming laptop that cost me $1,500, it ran the Sims on high settings with laptop mode selected and I was getting 60fps on speed. Sad thing was that the graphics card died on me after two years. So I went straight to desktop gaming and spent $2,000 on one with a lot of power. That might be overkill but I don't know how to build my computer I probably could of got it much cheaper.
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