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by: Archeris July 24, 2013 7:44 PM PDT

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What's a good laptop?

by Archeris - 7/24/13 7:44 PM

I'm looking to buy me a laptop, and have pretty much been going around, and around the web searching for the perfect one. So far, I've not had fantastic results, but I have found some.

First off, let me detail what I'm looking for.

OS downgradable to Win7, if it's not already.

4th gen i7-4700MQ Processor
Though I could live with 3rd gen i7-3630MQ if the price is at least $100 cheaper

17.3" FHD 1920x1080p matte led screen.
No budging room here. It -has- to be FHD.

Full-sized keyboard with 10-key
It's important that it is a -good- keyboard, because I do a -ton- of typing. Backlit would be nice, but not a must.

Bigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1102
or
Intel® Dual Band Advanced-N 6205
In other words really good wireless, meaning at least dual band, because the wifi in my apartment is an absolute joke.

Graphics...I'm not really sure. The Nvidia GeForce series is mostly what I've seen in 90% of the laptops I've looked at, and I'm not to savvy on how fantastic those are, or even what the relative difference is between the 600 or 700 series, etc. Lets just say that this isn't going to be a gaming machine. Probably the most graphically demanding program I'd run is Age of the empires 3.

Ram: Don't care. As long as It's user upgradable
HDD: anywhere from 500GB-1TB.
DVD: Just a regular multi-layer R/W DVD.
USB3.0: 2 min, more would be nice.
USB2.0: Not necessary, but wouldn't hurt.
Battery: doesn't matter. 99% of the time it'll be plugged in.

And finally, price range...Oh goody.
anywhere from $0-999 is alright, though anything past 1k is pushing it.

Examples of what I've found that match what I'm looking for, but are a bit out of my price range.

MSI GE70 2OE-017US
Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT2G22
HP ENVY 17t-j000 Quad Edition Notebook PC

IdeaPad Y510p Laptop - Yes I know this is only a 15.6" laptop, but Lenovo makes computers that are unparalleled. (slight exaggeration, but it's my opinion.)

As a final note, I am very technological inclined, and mechanically proficient. So I'm very comfortable building/upgrading a laptop if anyone knows if that's more wallet-friendly, and/or there's a really good older gen laptop that's capable of being upgraded.

I appreciate any comments, help, or deprecating jokes anyone cares to deliver. happy

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