Hello all, I've been wanting a laptop for quite some time now, but never had the resources to obtain one. I recently started a new job so I plan on getting one soon.
I've been doing a lot of research and pretty much know what I want, but since this is a major purchase, and I won't be able to upgrade like in a desktop, I want to be certain before I buy anything.
First of all, what I want it for. While I'm not a 'hardcore' gamer, I will be gaming quite a bit, so I would like something that can run fairly new games on mid-high settings (My to-play list includes Portal 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Fable 3, The Witcher, Skyrim)
I'd prefer it to be a 17 inch, but if I could get a performance boost for the same price by getting a 15 inch I would. Battery life doesn't really matter.
My budget is the main problem. I'd rather not spend more than $700. As with the screen size, if I can get a major boost for an extra $50, I'll dish out the dough.
So I've been looking on Newegg and I kinda like the look of this:
Acer Aspire AS7741G-6426
The reviews are all good, however I keep hearing about how much Acer sucks, so that has me worried.
I've also been thinking of buying a used actual gaming laptop of ebay. Something like this:
Asus Gaming Laptop
I just think it would be hard to snag something like this for less than $800.
So what are your thoughts? I'd appreciate any recommendations and advice.
Oh, here are some miscellaneous questions that I'd like answered if anyone wouldn't mind:
1. After purchasing I plan on doing a fresh install of Win 7 to remove the bloatware. Is there any reason I should not do this?
2. A lot of the laptops I've been looking at come with 4 gigs of Ram. If I upgraded to 6 or 8 would there be a noticeable difference?
Thanks, hope you can help me out