budget laptop , need help choosing

djkk16

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Mar 23, 2016
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hey guys i am currently looking for a general purpose laptop for university needs such as programming and sometimes watching movies and stuff. As i have never bought a laptop before so i need help to choose a good enough laptop which fits in my budget . So far these two are the only laptops which fit in my budget.

-HP Notebook - 15-ac197nia (P4H62EA)
-Lenovo G5080 Laptop

Both have the same specs i.e
core i3 5th gen
4 gb ram
15.6 inch hd led
500gb hdd


other than that am also being offered a 2 year old dell inspiron 5520 which has the following specs

-core i5 3rd gen
-6 gb ram
- 500gb hdd
-15.6 inch hd led
- hd 7670m 1gb graphic card

Now i am more inclined towards the dell inspiron 5520 as it has a dedicated graphic card which means i can play fifa on the go and maybe even gta v on low. Now as its been in use of my friend for 2 years that makes me a bit skeptical as I dont want it to run into problems down the line. i hope to at least make it run 3-4 years till i change the laptop. Plus one of its stereo speakers is blown.

All three of these laptop am getting in the same price. What should i do ? and no other laptops new fits in my budget.
 

hang-the-9

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Issue with used laptops is that you need to know how it was treated. If it's in good shape, and passes stress tests (Prime95 and a video test like 3DMark), do a test on the hard drive for errors using a drive test utility from the drive vendor), it should be safe to get. Catch with those cheaper systems with video cards is that the video card can be a point of failure, but that's the trade off you have for better performance and cheaper price.
 

hang-the-9

Titan
Moderator
Issue with used laptops is that you need to know how it was treated. If it's in good shape, and passes stress tests (Prime95 and a video test like 3DMark), do a test on the hard drive for errors using a drive test utility from the drive vendor), it should be safe to get. Catch with those cheaper systems with video cards is that the video card can be a point of failure, but that's the trade off you have for better performance and cheaper price.
 
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