Cheap ISP Display Laptop

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Im looking for a <$300 laptop with a good ISP display with full windows, these are the perferd specs:

Dual core X86 CPU with 2.0GHz or faster

4GB of system memory

GPU that at least supports DirectX 9

Anything better will do I just need a simple laptop with a good screen
 

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They're not all the same performance, as you could find systems with Atom, Celeron, Pentium, or various AMD processors in that price range. There could be very significant performance differences depending on the form-factor and what sort of CPU they decided to put in it. You might have trouble finding many options with an IPS screen though, as those are less likely to appear in systems at lower price levels.

What do you intend to primarily use this system for, and how big of a screen are you looking for? Is something like a thin and light 2-in-1 notebook that converts between a small laptop and a tablet (but may perform somewhat slower) worth considering? Are you moving to this from another system and want to maintain a certain level of performance?
 
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I'm looking to use it for simple google docs for homework and maybe youtube or Netflix as well, I also use GeForce Now so I would use it for cloud gaming. I'm not wanting a 2 in 1 just a basic laptop and primarily a 13" - 14" screen, nothing too large since it will be for portability.

 

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Sure you can. There are some, especially when you get into the more compact 2-in-1 laptop/tablets. They might not have performance on the same level as higher-priced systems, and the screen might not be quite as good, but they exist. Most will have smaller screens though, in the 10.1 to 11.6 inch range, and in turn often smaller keyboards, so keep that in mind. Some of these might be better classified as "Windows tablets with attachable keyboards", but the line can be kind of indestinct between the two. For some examples, here are the search results for "IPS" on Amazon, that I've limited to new Windows laptops in the $200 to $350 range...

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_36_1?rnid=2421885011&keywords=ips&fst=p90x%3A1&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A13896617011%2Cn%3A565108%2Ck%3Aips%2Cp_36%3A15000-35000%2Cp_n_operating_system_browse-bin%3A17702486011%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011&qid=1528592719&low-price=200&high-price=350

Just keep in mind that Amazon search results can sometimes not be 100% accurate, so some of these results might not exactly fit that criteria, but most of them should. You might need to spend a bit more if you want a more traditional laptop with a 13.3" or larger, 1080p IPS screen and a Core i3 or better processor though. Those tend to be priced over $400.
 
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Ok, let's say I get rid of the IPS display and get a normal laptop and upgrade the display after, if I would want something more like 500gb or more of storage and 4gb of ram with a 64-bit operating system, do you think there would be anything in that price range?
 

USAFRet

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Upgrading the display screen on a laptop is a non-starter.
Don't buy one with the thought of doing that.

Generally, only RAM and drive(s).
 
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