Computer building advice.

CaptnRussiaCaptnRussia Members Join Date: 2012-10-30 Member: 164462Posts: 45
Ok this thread is similar but different from the one already here and I didn't want to steal someones thread to pose my own question, nor do I know the exact place to post this so off topic seemed reasonable. Ok I am helping my sister purchase a laptop on a budget of $850(can't build one) and was wondering where my best bang for the buck would be. Also need some money left for windows programs like word, powerpoint, and xcel. Thanks in advance for the help and again sorry if I made another irritating post.
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  • G0mezG0mez Members Join Date: 2009-06-27 Member: 67953Posts: 5
    lol good luck 8-}
  • VittuLimaVittuLima Members Join Date: 2012-12-25 Member: 176227Posts: 74 Fully active user
    How do you build a laptop?
  • CaptnRussiaCaptnRussia Members Join Date: 2012-10-30 Member: 164462Posts: 45
    What I mean is what kind of laptop, like toshiba, Acer etc. would be the best value. Does not have to be super good at gaming or anything, and like it would be at that price range, but something with a decent amount of dedicated video ram and hopefully either a higher grade i3 processor or lower i5. Just wondering for any ideas on it for a prebuilt computer what would be best.
    Y'all keep doin whatcha doin and you have yourselves a nice day!
    Tribes 2 is still rockin come check it out at TribesNext.
    If I see you in game as a gorge you are my next target. I will find you and I will get you. No gorge will escape!
  • ScardyBobScardyBob ScardyBob Forum Admins, Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Shadow Join Date: 2009-11-25 Member: 69528Posts: 4,983 mod
    http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/gaming-laptops-under-800/

    Since you need cash left over for software (Office 2013 is $140), you're looking for any laptops that are $710 or less.
  • ScytheScythe NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, Constellation, Reinforced - Silver Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 46Posts: 4,371 mod
    Or use google docs or open office, both of which are perfectly good, free, replacements for office unless you use all of excel's bells and whistles.

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  • derWalterderWalter Members Join Date: 2008-10-29 Member: 65323Posts: 634 Fully active user
    would buy a lenovo thinkpad of the X series.
    get one with a good CPU and bad hd and low ram and buy this yourself.
    you can get those in perfect condition used and with up to four years of warranty.
  • unter_hosenunter_hosen Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-01-05 Member: 11858Posts: 108
    I can second the build quality of Lenovo. You will pay a bit more for it, but its well worth it.

    I also have an Alienware M18x which I have had to have fixed on more than 5 occasions
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  • ScardyBobScardyBob ScardyBob Forum Admins, Forum Moderators, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Shadow Join Date: 2009-11-25 Member: 69528Posts: 4,983 mod
    Scythe wrote: »
    Or use google docs or open office, both of which are perfectly good, free, replacements for office unless you use all of excel's bells and whistles.

    --Scythe--
    Yeah, if you go down this route, then you could spring for one of the Lenovo IdeaPads (Y400/480/500). Those provide the best bang for your buck with gaming performance imo.
  • CaptnRussiaCaptnRussia Members Join Date: 2012-10-30 Member: 164462Posts: 45
    Thanks for the recommendations! Really helped me find some good computers!
    Y'all keep doin whatcha doin and you have yourselves a nice day!
    Tribes 2 is still rockin come check it out at TribesNext.
    If I see you in game as a gorge you are my next target. I will find you and I will get you. No gorge will escape!
  • Cereal_KillRCereal_KillR Members Join Date: 2002-10-31 Member: 1837Posts: 4,943 Advanced user
    What will the computer be used for?
    Even the most basic of computers can run Office, so that's not the problem.

    Does she need a laptop to carry around? Something that will stay at home? Will she play power-hungry games? Or play the occasional DVD ?


    See, if you don't need power but need to survive a whole day on campus, you'd want something light and with good battery life.
    If you don't need to move it around often, you'd take something a bit larger and quite cheaper.



    If you don't really need Excel, there are alternatives (LibreOffice for example).
    Also, check if the university has an DreamSpark/MSDNAA program.
    -signed-
  • sunilsunil Members Join Date: 2016-01-29 Member: 212275Posts: 1
    edited January 2016
    Users can also review other Laptops with good brands and best deals at laptopsamurai.org
  • margenmargen pakistanMembers Join Date: 2013-11-07 Member: 189100Posts: 2
    edited February 2016
    VittuLima wrote: »
    How do you build a laptop?

    Indeed, building your own laptop is chock-full of challenges. Parts are harder to find, choices are fewer, and you need a steady hand to deal with small screws and the tight confines of a portable case. What's more, there's not nearly as much information available in books and on the Web about assembling portable systems from the case up.
  • nightlightsnightlights Members Join Date: 2017-02-20 Member: 228095Posts: 4
    Toshiba is pretty good.
  • glenn0510glenn0510 San JoseMembers Join Date: 2017-09-25 Member: 233229Posts: 12 Fully active user
    But for 2017, what would be the best option?
  • sageoasageoa Members Join Date: 2017-11-17 Member: 234009Posts: 1 Freshly registered user
    Feels good ..Informative
  • BlueBottleBlueBottle AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2018-02-03 Member: 236674Posts: 344 Advanced user
    I've been pretty happy the last couple years gaming on my ASUS N56JR. That cost me around $800-900 in $US I think. But if she's just after an office computer you could easy pay just half that for something nice enough, even through the big retail stores. You can then get a trimmed down version of MS Office for less than USD $50 (my Home & Student Office came without only Powerpoint and Access, I think). Anyway I'd recommend looking at some ASUS laptops when you're browsing the store - based on their combination of a) parts availability, b) user-friendly set up, and c) professional looking machines.
    I've got my objections to the World, certainly. But I'll be very sorry to see it ruined.
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