I am currently in the market for a new laptop but let me give a little background. Getting a nice tax return this year (one of the many bonuses of having a kid now) and decided to upgrade from a 6 year old macbook that I've had for....well 6 years. Great computer that has served me well and still does but it is time to say goodbye. I wish I could buy an awesome/amazing computer but I live in the real world now where there are other priorities leaving me with a budget to spend around $1000 +/- ~$250. I've put many hours into researching computers and trying to find the perfect laptop within my price range. Since this is the first big purchase where I have many, many options to choose from, I want to make the best educated choice I can. So I've narrowed down my search to 5 Laptops, 1 being the ideal laptop that is just outside my price range BUT if I found cheaper, coupon, refurbished (maybe) I would buy. The potential laptops are:
- Acer Aspire V3-772G-9460
- Asus G750JW
- Asus G750JX (ideal laptop but out of my price range, unless I get lucky)
- Asus N56JR
- Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
There are things I like about all these computers and at this point I could purchase one of them and be happy for the most part but would like to narrow it down to preferably 2 options so there is as little regret as possible. Basically I need a huge HD for my iTunes library, it's over 500 GB and would like a lot of room for games as well, so I could get away with a 750 but a 1 TB is probably what I really need. My current desktop is ancient and want as good a video card as I can get so I can FINALLY play some PC games. Basically some questions I have, or some areas I would like to be enlightened about.
The Lenovo computer has two video cards, which is awesome I guess. But I really don't understand the complete benefit and haven't been able to find a good article explaining the pros and cons. My assumption is it is twice as good, but does that mean it will rival the video card in the G750JX which is the best out of the bunch? I've used videocardbenchmark.com to compare all the cards but the two video card thing is throwing me off, do I just double the "number" and that is the cards potential?
The Acer computer has a CPU speed of 2.2 GHz, everything else (I believe) is at 2.4, I don't know what the really means...does the .2 really effect the performance that much? Is it a give and take with RAM? I just don't know or really understand the relationship between the CPU and the rest of the computer, just haven't been able to wrap my mind around this stuff yet.
How much RAM is really necessary? 8 fine? Should I shoot for 16? 24, am I crazy?
Once I go SSD, do I never go back?
Is it pretty easy now to go in and upgrade hard drives in laptops? My assumption was/is it is impossible or for really technical people, were I'm barely a novice.
At this point I've stared at these computers for awhile and I'm looking for some outside advice from the community I frequent the most, no not my family, you, the users of Giant Bomb. Any suggestions, answers, advice, guidance will be most appreciated. I'm always open to other laptop suggestions to check out, I'm not married to any of these choices and I'm still in the researching stage, not the purchasing stage. And I'll ask questions, many questions so please be patience with my stupidity and ignorance of this new endeavor for me. Thank you.