Which laptop to buy??

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Dec 25, 2011
Hey, i'm trying to buy a new laptop for playing games like starcraft 2, editing photos with gimp/photoshop, and doing school work. I have my eye on three different ones and can't decide which one to get. My price limit is 700$ but i'm willing to go over slightly. Here are the three i've been looking at:

1. A customized HP Pavilion dv6zqe series: 675$

Color dark umber edit

Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit

Processor AMD Quad-Core A8-3500M Accelerated Processor (2.4GHz/1.5GHz, 4MB L2 Cache) edit

Graphics card 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6750M Graphics [HDMI, VGA] edit

Memory FREE UPGRADE to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) edit

Hard drive 640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection edit

Primary battery High Capacity 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery edit

Display 15.6" High Def LED HP Brightview (1366x768) edit
Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support edit

Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader edit

Networking 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) edit

Keyboard Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad edit

2. Refurbished HP ENVY Beats Audio Edition 14-1260se: 700$

Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i5-480M Processor 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost
Technology up to 2.93 GHz


• 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM)

• Max supported = 8GB

Accessible Memory Slots: 2

Video Graphics:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics with 1024MB
DDR3 with up to 3738MB total graphics memory

Hard Drive: 750GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA) with HP ProtectSmart Hard
Drive Protection

Finish and Features:

• Aluminum in black with soft-touch surfaces threaded throughout the

• HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated microphone

Multimedia Drive: LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

Display: 14.5" diagonal High-Definition(8) HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)

Network Card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

Wireless Option: Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN

Digital Media: Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital cards
and Multimedia cards

Audio: Beats Audio

Keyboard: Full-size backlit island-style keyboard

Pointing Device: HP Clickpad with On/Off button

3. ASUS G73JW-XT1 Refurbished Laptop (Scratch & Dent): 715$

Display 17.3-inch Full HD LED-backlit

widescreen resolution 1920 x 1080

Processor Intel Core i7-740QM Quad Core
processor 1.73GHz

Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Chipset / GPU ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB GDDR5 VRAM

Memory 8GB DDR3; 8GB Maximum
Hard Disk Drive 500GB 7200 rpm SATA

Optical Disk Drive Blue-Ray/DVD Disk Combo Drive

Communications 10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Input Devices Keyboard, Touchpad

Devices Multi Media Card Reader
Integrated Webcam

Power Supply 8-Cell Lithium-ion

Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.2 x 2.25 x 11.8 inches

Warranty 90 Day

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
In order of gaming performance:

HP Pavilion <too bad the tiger direct run out of stock or at $530, it is the clear winner
HP Envy


Nov 11, 2011
I wouldn't consider buying a used (refurbished) laptop at this price. Also you want a 540M for gaming. Then you want to have the quality so it lasts. For all these things I don't think $65 is too much.
ASUS comes with a one year replacement plan no questions asked even if it is entirely your fault.
ASUS laptops carry other warranties making the price premium worth it if anything goes wrong (even if for most people nothing does).
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