So I figured that it's about time I ditch my 5+ year old dell notebook and get with the latest hardware. However, I'm not too familiar with notebook hardware and I could use some advice/suggestions.
I'll be using this mostly for web surfing, programming, and CAD work. I do however want to be able to watch videos/play games once in a while without any hassles. They're older games, though- counter-strike, sims, age of mythology, etc.- so a somewhat mid-range dedicated graphics chip should suffice.
What I'm looking for:
-powerful processor. nothing bleeding-edge, but more than anything I need the processing power.
-At least 250GB 7200rpm hard drive
-solid construction (very important). aluminum body is a plus but not required. nothing gaudy/too colorful
-15-16 inch screen. Anything over 17 is too big.
-good battery life / portability
-no preference in ddr2 vs. ddr3. 2GB would suffice.
I really appreciate any help you can give me. I expect to spend over $1000 but much over $1500 is a no-no.
Doing some research, I came across this laptop from Sager:
http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_cu ... =customize
That's pretty much exactly what I'm looking for, but the graphics card is a deal breaker. I don't need anything that powerful and I'm sure a card like that drains the battery like crazy. If I were
to buy the above model, I'd buy the matte screen upgrade as well as a 7200 rpm hdd. I've already sent an email to their customer support about configuring the NP8662 with a different graphics card and I am waiting for a reply.
Thanks in advance....