So given several recent problems with my old Macbook, I've decided it's time to junk it and pick up a new computer ASAP. Unfortunately, I'm not the most computer-savvy consumer. I'm good at using them, but basically I don't know shit about hardware. Can anyone give me any good recommendations?
I want to be able to do some gaming with it- I don't need anything too
top of the line but I'd like it if it could run, say, Dragon Age II or something like it. I'm willing to pay a little more since I've found that I'm doing much more PC gaming than I used to lately, and I pretty much live on my laptop so I may as well invest well.
I also need a decently long battery life so that I can take it to campus and take notes in class with it for a couple hours if I can't get an outlet, but I don't need it to last all day or anything. I don't take long trips often so it's not like I'm looking for something that I can watch movies on a plane with or anything, just something that will get me through the day.
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So I saw that the m11x alienware just had a price drop. What do people think of it? Is this a good choice? It's certainly an attractive machine. If people think it's worth it, what kind of specs should I go with? Should I get more ram than the default minimum, or is it easy and cheap enough that I should just upgrade it on my own?
I'd recommend going with around an i5 - the Alienware line isn't what it used to be in my opinion, and you end up paying more for the name and awkward cases. If you're all abouts the dell, I'd recommend going with the XPS line (decent for gaming, and really nice screens on them now).
Well, the main draw for me is the fact that the core 2 duo m11x just dropped to $600, more than anything else. But if the general opinion is that that's not a great idea, well, like I said I'm no expert. I just want to have a good computer again
Are you looking for a small 11" screen laptop, what was the measurement of your old Macbook?
13 inch. I'm fine with anything from the 11 to 15 inch range, anything more is too big.