so i have been living without a laptop for almost 2 weeks till now. Have never experience this in the last 3 years.... Lack of internet seem less painful than this.
I just recently raise my limit of spending on a new laptop from $800 CND into $1k5 CND (tax applied) and hoping to find a good one ASAP!!!
There are few rules im using in my selection:
1/ Must be i5 and above:
I think anyone below i5 will not be able to run new softwares that coming out in the next couple years so i5 is a must. Since i just raise my money to 1k5, trying to get my hand on a Sandy bridge but its so hard to find one in canada since new stock just came out in US.
2/ Must have graphic card, not "intel integrated graphic":
well this should apply to all gamer.
3/ 99% no online purchase:
I would prefer to use cash over anything else atm. I dont have any sort of creditcards and dont wana borrow people i know's. Also I cant stand shipping, Im currently living almost without computer and i want to get my hands on 1 ASAP. Shipping will only make the situation worse.
I have asked some software maniac i know and currently nailing my choices to this
But then i realized how cheap sandy bridge is.... 800 bucks for a sandy i7 with 6gb ram and 1 gb graphic.... i was like WTF ZOMG... and after 30 mins doing some google search, i realized "its a tarp".
Most of the i7 laptop models on the market right now has no cooling capacity to support a full spec running system. They mostly counting on normal user who wont touch anything "over clock" related which is the power of the sandy bridge technology. The models that actually providing cooling solution are WAYYY too overpriced like 2k+ USD. And all of those are only for the CPU, we are not counting the graphic chipset heat....
I recall using my roomate laptop a few day ago: HP duo core. All i did was turning on magicka on the lowest setting and my hand (which was located on the left side of the laptop) was suprised with the ammount of heat the laptop actually produced. For those of you having a macbook pro out there, you should be able to understand what i mean. The entire cover of macbook pro is made by metal. When you try to run some heavy duty program like sc2 or just trying to bootcamp, the entire bottom cover is burned up and could cause some serious skin issue if its on your lap and u are not wearing pants....
THIS is what i call sufficient cooling:
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I think i will delay my laptop purchase until the end of next week to do a little more study on sandy bridge but most likely i will have to pass on that for now. It's power is way too powerful for a laptop at a right price to handle atm.
Will update this entry often until i get a new laptop :<