It's that time again- my current computer is showing its age and I think it's time for a new laptop. I was initially hoping to hold out until this summer, but it's always had heating problems (crappy fan) and they're starting to get worse. I'm in the process of typing my thesis and I can't afford to have this computer crap out on me.
Computers have changed a lot since the last time I purchased one and, I'll admit, I really don't fully understand the technical specifications anymore (seriously? 6GB of RAM? who the fuck needs that??). I was wondering if you fine folks could help me narrow down the field to find some options.
I mainly need a computer for productivity, though I want some ability to play games as well. I don't need something that can run Skyrim with a dozen texture mods. But I'm hoping to have something powerful enough to run Rome 2 when it comes out. I'm also assuming that a laptop that can handle R2 can also handle the TW franchise games that have come since Rome 1. Rome, Civ IV, and Sim City 4 comprise 99% of my computer gaming. I'm more of a console guy.
- Purchasing from Amazon.
- Budget of up $700. Really, really, really want to stay below $600 because I also need to buy MS Office.
- A Windows laptop, HP strongly preferred. If it's not HP, I should see "gives blowjobs" among the technical specifications.
- A keypad to the right of the keyboard.
- Wireless networking and bluetooth support.
- Screen < 17".
- Multi-card reader.
- Integrated webcam & microphone.
- A physical ethernet port.
- An HDMI out.
Preferences and desired items which, if necessary, I'll live without:
- Largest standard-size battery possible.
- Smaller size preferable.
- Windows 7 preferable, as I keep hearing that Windows 8 is a donkey turd.
- Blu-ray player.
- 500GB HD or larger.
- As much RAM as possible.
- A graphics card (no preference to AMD or nVidia).
- Backlit keyboard.
My big issue is that the specifications I read for processors and graphics cards today mean nothing to me, and I have no clue what constitutes a lot/a modicum/a smidge of RAM- three issues which I don't want to just throw a dart at the board and see what it hits.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
If it helps, this is the one I've been thinking about.