Best laptop for under $800?

Franky3839

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I'm looking for a laptop under $800. It's use will be mainly in standard internet use, video watching, school work, light gaming (skyrim), CAD and rendering programs, and Adobe programs such as Photoshop. Its ultimately going to be more of a desktop replacement and not something I'll be carrying everywhere other than to a class or two..

The following are the best ones I've found so far within $800, but I'm not really sure which is the best among them once you get into specifics. Ideally I'd like to find something cheaper if you know of any better, but of these which is the best for my needs? Mainly when it comes to the processor and graphics?

HP Envy 15t - $799.99:
Intel core i7-4700MQ 2.2GHz
8 GB DDR3
1 TB Hard Drive
Windows 7
NVIDIA GeForce 740M
15.6 diagonal HD BrightView LED (1766x768)
Backlit Keyboard
4 USB 3.0
6-cell battery

Acer Aspire V3-5726-70TA - $799.99:
Intel core i7-4510U (2.0GHZ with turbo boost up to 3.1GHz)
8 GB DDR3L
1 TB Hard Drive
Windows 8.1
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
15.6 Full HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED (1920x1080)
1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0
6-cell battery

Lenovo Z40 - $659.00
Intel Core i7-4510U (2.00GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD
Windows 8.1
NVIDIA GeForce GT820M GDDR3 2GB
14.0" FHD LED Glare Wedge (1920x1080)
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0
4-cell battery

Lenovo Y40 - $749.00

Intel core i7-450U (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB)
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD
Windows 8.1
AMD Radeon R9 M275 2GB
14.0" FHD LED AntiGlare Backlight (1920x1080)
2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0
4-cell battery
 

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Go for the HP Envy. That processor is extremely good, with 8 virtual cores as opposed to the Aspire's 4 virtual cores, and the HP Envy processor frequency can reach up to 3.4Ghz which is higher. The GeForce 740m will prove well for a laptop GPU, and you will be able to play games with decent quality.
 

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Go for the HP Envy. That processor is extremely good, with 8 virtual cores as opposed to the Aspire's 4 virtual cores, and the HP Envy processor frequency can reach up to 3.4Ghz which is higher. The GeForce 740m will prove well for a laptop GPU, and you will be able to play games with decent quality.
 
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