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joshie0
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Registered: ‎10-14-2010

Best 17" Laptop?

Hi all,

 

I've been agonizing over which laptop to buy...perhaps someone here can point me in the right direction.

 

I'm looking for a 17-inch laptop, new (not refurbished), preferably under $1000.  I'm not a gamer, but use Photoshop quite often and do a lot of audio editing.  I obviously want the best specs I can afford.

 

Any suggestions?  I'm leaning towards the Samsung R780 due to its dedicated video memory and other good specs, but want to know if there are other great options out there.  Do I even NEED dedicated video memory?  And what's the current thinking regarding AMD vs. Intel?  Finally, what is the AMD equivalent to an i5 and i7?

 

Thanks in advance to all!

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asandwhich
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Registered: ‎05-28-2009

Re: Best 17" Laptop?

I would consider ibuypower. Most customization available. As for dedicated memory, if you do not have any it will draw from the main memory. Very helpful if you do a lot of graphics or 3d stuff. The "equivalent of the i7 is the phenom ll. But, those just now moved to the mobile platform and dont compete on the same level for they are somewhat cheaper.
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cpm
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Registered: ‎07-28-2009

Re: Best 17" Laptop?

 

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CrystalWoW
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Re: Best 17" Laptop?

Ignore cpm as you SPECIFICALLY said you did not want refurbished. The samsung is a nice unit. Dedicated video ram is nice for higher end gaming and high def video editing/streaming. While you may not need dedicated ram, it is definitely nice to have around. I am a rather big intel fan and the i7 processor is one of the best. The i5 would be great for most users though and with the bluetooth built in, that Samsung looks to be the best in your price point. You can get up into the higher Amd Phenom processors if you would prefer amd.

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RealGeorgeW
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Re: Best 17" Laptop?

List Of Laptops

 

Most of those are in your pricerange(or slightly over, if you can squeeze it into your budget)

 

I'd go with any of those on price/performance.

 

Dedicated graphics helps with Photoshop by offloading a bit of the graphical processing to the GPU, it will especially help if you ever do any videography.

 

The Samsung is a nice choice out of the list, and looks to be the best bang for the buck.





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NoNoBadDog
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Registered: ‎11-21-2008

Re: Best 17" Laptop?

Quote from contributor "asandwhich":

 

I would consider ibuypower.

 

Asandwhich, do you realize that this is a Best Buy forum? 

 

 

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asandwhich
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Re: Best 17" Laptop?

Yes I do.
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NoNoBadDog
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Re: Best 17" Laptop?

I just think it would be prudent to not recommend other retailers...this is after all a "Best Buy" forum.  I know just as well as you do that there are plenty of options when it comes to buying computers and related electronics, but I think it's not fair to do so on their own forum.  Just my $.02.

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asandwhich
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Re: Best 17" Laptop?

I apologize. I will try to stop posting advice that draws sales from bestbuy.
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