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deyanbre says

Hey everyone!

You are my last hope to help me decide what to buy. I’m going in a few days to college, and I need to buy a laptop. I’m on the budget so I can’t afford Mac or something like that. My budget is around 600-700€. I’m doing graphic design, mostly in Photoshop and sometimes in Illustrator. I usually do web and UI design. I would like something to run that smoothly. I prefer a laptop because I currently have a desktop and I’m really distracted a lot when working. Also, I would like nice resolution, at least 1600×900. In the worst case I’ll bring my monitor.

Also, I made some list but I can’t decide. To go for the better processor or better gpu?

1. Toshiba Satellite P875-S7310 Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.4 GHz (Turbo 3.4 GHz, Smart Cache 6MB), 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, 750GB SATA 5400rpm, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, 17.3” HD+ LED 1600×900 TruBrite

2. Dell Inspiron 5520 Intel Core i7-3610QM (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz), 6GB DDR3 1600MHz, 1TB, AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB DDR3, 15.6” HD WLED (1.366×768)

3. Laptop DELL Inspiron 5721 Intel Core i7-3537U 2.0 GHz (DUAL CORE), 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, 1TB SATA 5400 rpm, AMD Radeon HD 8730M 2GB DDR3, 17.3” LED FHD 1600×900

4. Dell Vostro 3560 Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz (3.2GHz, Hyper-Threading 22nm), 6GB DDR3 1600MHz (8GB max), 750GB SATA 7200rpm, AMD Radeon HD 7670M, 1GB, 15.6” Full HD LED 1920×1080 Anti-glare

What’s the best deal?

Thanks!

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mattborchert says

I would highly suggest checking out ASUS laptops. They have the lowest failure rate of any laptop manufacturer, and are typically extremely competitively priced. Get at least 8 gigs of ram if you’re heavy into photoshop, and make sure it can be expanded to 16.

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cmoreira says

Yeah, check out ASUS laptops. They have good quality/price relation. I bought a nice 600€ asus about 4 years ago to do a bit of the stuff you do and it’s still rocking.

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pixelgrade says

Yes, +1 here for ASUS, and stay away from Dell Inspirons. The quality is not there, even if they have high specs.

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MHF says
wish you an ASUS laptop! :D

i had Dell for around 4 years with regular use and it ended semi-dead after 3 years! ... it’s 2 years since i have bought Asus N53SN, core i7, 8gb ram, 2gb to 4gb (shared) Geforce-Intel GPU! ... it is still completely alive even after my huge (almost 24/7) cg uses of 3dsmax, AE, photoshop, etc!

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T20 says

yes now ASUS is better than others companies in laptop series. i have ASUS N46vm it’s great.

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deyanbre says

So let the ASUS be my choice then.

Asus K75VJ-TY037D Intel® Core™ i5-3210M 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, 750GB SATA 7200rpm, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M(N13P-GLR) 2GB, 17.3” LED-backlit TFT LCD Display resolution: HD+ 1600×900 / 16:9 Display type: (Typical 200-nit) 16ms response time NTSC:45%, Glare 690€

or

Asus K55VJ-SX171D Intel i7-3630QM 2.4GHz, 6GB DDR3 , 1TB, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M(N13P-GLR) 2GB, 15.6” LED BackLight glare 1366×768, 640€

I cant found information about if RAM is upgradable up to 16GB? What’s the best deal?

Thanks everyone!

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pixelgrade says

I personally don’t like those huge 17” laptops. They are very heavy and bulky. Not much portability. It is a sort of a desktop. I think 15.6” is enough. You can couple it to a monitor when in need of more screen space. Also you need to be aware of the drawbacks that come with fast cpus (like the i7) – they tend to get very hot. But that is up to you and what you intend on doing with it.

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deyanbre says

Also I would go for a higher resolution (1366×768 it’s small). Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/N56VJ-DH71-15-6-Inch-Full-HD-1080P-Laptop/dp/B009M2X8OW/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378669819&sr=1-8&keywords=asus+notebook

Well, the size and weight isn’t a big deal for me. That one is perfect, but it’s out of my budget for around 200€. Cheapest I can find is 880€ in my country. Damn, I hate when I can’t decide :(

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