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    Smile Two Laptop Considerations

    I am gearing up for Black Friday and planning to purchase a laptop.
    These are both at $500. I plan to wipe the HD clean and install linux.

    The first contendent:
    http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS5742-76.../dp/B003ZUXWVQ
    * Model #: AS5742-7653
    * Processor: Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost Technology
    * Memory: 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM
    * Display: 15.6"
    * Hard-Drive: 500GB
    * Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    * Optical Drive: DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
    * Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

    The second contendent:
    http://bfads.net/Best-Buy-Black-Frid...op-w-Windows-7
    (model number not listed, seems to be an outdated model of the EB series)
    * Processor: Pentium Dual Core
    * Memory: 4GB
    * Display: 15.6"
    * Hard-Drive: 320GB
    * Graphics: Radeon 5650
    * Optical Drive: Blu-Ray
    * Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

    My gut tells me to go with the Acer for the i5 but then again it only has 128mb of dedicated vram. Am I able to dedicate more through the bios? My old 2004 laptop had the option to increase vram that way. The Vaio seems good with the 5650 and the screen is a lot nicer but Pentiums are pretty dated.

    Any suggestions?

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    It looks like this one got caught in the moderation queue because of the links... so here's a free bump!

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    I personally would never buy an Acer laptop. And a Sony would generally be overpriced for what you get.

    Can you find an Asus notebook anywhere for around the same price point?
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    For wow/games, the second choice is far superior has it as a discrete video card, which makes a huge difference when compared to onboard.

    Neither are too great though. Decent gaming laptops start around $650.

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