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Well, I'm an idiot and recently spilled half a bottle of water all over the keyboard of my laptop. Surprisingly it still works but runs horrifically slow, almost to the point that I wish it would have just broke. Anyways, I am considering buying a new laptop. Since I am not loaded with dough I wanted to get some suggestions on machines that would get me the most bang for my buck. I am looking for a decent gaming laptop for around $600-$700 (maybe $800 at most). I know that cheap gaming laptops don't really exist but I am not really a hardcore gamer (runescape, minecraft, and maybe a bit of starcraft is all I really play). I'll try and get as much detail as I can for what I am looking for...

 

-Mostly going to be used to light gaming, music, movies, etc.

-Will be plugged in about 90% of the time so battery life isn't really necessary

-Will be mobile quite a bit between school/home

 

Brands don't really matter as well since I don't know much about them. My first laptop was an Acer which lasted me about 4 years until it died due to heating problems. This one I have now is an HP which really wasn't the greatest but was decent. I have read that ASUS makes some quality laptops, but again I am unsure. Size doesn't really matter either and I don't know what else to put. If you need anymore information let me know.

Any help at all would be appreciated.


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If you go with Asus you won't regret it. Is it Starcraft or Starcraft 2 that you play?

 

Also you could've just force shut down the computer as soon as it happened and let it try for 48 hours, would've still been like new.

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Everytime I'm asked this question I answer, go with an Asus. You won't regret it. Everyone I know that has had a Asus including me have been very happy with it, and they last for a long while! I've had several brands up through the year but nothing beats Asus in design, build quality, set-ups and price.

 

One thing you should have in mind when looking at models is that the laptops with higher screen resolution uses to be a lot more expensive than those with a smaller resolution. Up to oneself to decide whether you want high res, but I can't buy a computer without at least 1920x1080 res.

 

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If you go with Asus you won't regret it. Is it Starcraft or Starcraft 2 that you play?

 

Also you could've just force shut down the computer as soon as it happened and let it try for 48 hours, would've still been like new.

 

It's starcraft 2. And I did force shut it down but only for 24 hours and it worked fine for about 2 weeks until everything went downhill.

I'm going to browse at some shops and see if i can find any deals, is it better to buy online or in person?


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If the prices are the same as online, it's better in person, but if the price is higher in person than online, then it's online.

 

One big thing to look at though is the warranties the places offer you. And you won't need an extended one, just look at the default ones.

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Alright well just looking online I have found a couple good deals I might be interested in.

I found this...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+/+15.6%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+640GB+Hard+Drive+-+Dark+Navy/1257685.p?id=1218243754694&skuId=1257685

Wanted to see if any of you guys had any comments on it. It seems to fit most of my needs and it has gotten some pretty good reviews.


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Intel GMA as graphis card is very bad. You'll be lucky if you can play Starcraft 2 on that laptop.

 

You'd be better off looking for laptops on sites like newegg.com, you're going to have a better laptop for a better price.

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If you spilled on your keyboard (and you expect it to happen again) I'd go with a thinkpad. These things are unbreakable unless you try. I spilled water on my t510 a few times and it is just unusable for a day (won't turn on - Lenovo puts this in there). If you look at the video below you can also see it (but that one doesn't turn off at all). However, if you want one with a graphics card they come expensive unless you go for thinkpad edge. Id look at the one on the right of this page, add the x3 processor, 4gb ram, and a larger hard drive. You should easily be able to play SC2 on that.

 

Also, if you're willing to spend a few hundred more dollars, you can look at the t410. They are more expensive, but even harder to break. Also comes with Optimus graphics. My t510 has the same graphics card (no optimus sadly) and can play MW2 max settings without lag.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7cvi00OZDM


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I would never go for a Thinkpad. That's what the college rented to the students when I was there, and the motherboards in there die pretty fast. I did 2 years of college with my now over 2.5 year old Asus laptop. By that time, half the Thinkpads had to have their motherboards replaced.

 

Any laptop that has drains in the keyboard for water will be good for spills.

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Lol, I won't be planning on spilling anything on it again. I am usually very careful with my stuff, except during heated matches of SCII... accidents can happen.

That newegg site is pretty cool, sorry for all the questions but while browsing I found a few more deals that caught my eye.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115855

Here is the first, it is an Acer but it has a dedicated graphics card (this is good right?) and most reviews (most about gaming) have been fairly positive minus a few issues with heating.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220749

Another ASUS that has gotten good reviews.

 

Any input on those? If any of those are good I may just order off the site, if not I will check at some local shops tomorrow when I get off work.


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The Acer one is deactivated, which means it won't be restocked, but the Asus one is a good choice.

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You shouldn't leave your laptop battery on the charger all the time, it's going to ruin the battery.


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Not really. I always left my battery on my laptop, even if most of the time I use the laptop when it's plugged in a wall outlet and after 2.5 years the battery still lasts 3 hours. It initially lasted 4 hours.

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