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Topic # 157539 4-Dec-2014 08:52
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Moving overseas and I'm wanting to buy a new laptop. Initially i'll use it for work until I can build a new PC and then it'll be used by my partner.

Main requirements initially is the ability to run a Windows 7 VM (my work/dev environment) so that I can do my work. The ability for it to run games (CS:GO is my flavour of choice at the moment) would be also be a great bonus. 

My partner was eyeing up a Surface 3 Pro but i'm concerned that it won't really meet the above requirements. I'd quite like one, but i'm not really willing to spend $1300+ on something that wouldn't be entirely satisfactory.

My budget would be somewhere around the $1500 although obviously if I can go lower than this that would be ideal!




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  Reply # 1188792 4-Dec-2014 17:14
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How about this:

http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=10010267&name=ASUS-P550LDV-15.6quot;HD-GLARE-2GB-GT820M-I5-4210U

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  Reply # 1188807 4-Dec-2014 17:27
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Asus is my pick. That laptop would probably need more RAM, I'd want 16GB if I was running VMs. The video card is also light for games, but getting much better will be expensive. I wouldn't buy a machine for myself without an SSD too.

My work laptop is a Toshiba Ultrabook, i5 with 120GB SSD 8GB RAM, just got it. Seems ok so far.




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  Reply # 1188812 4-Dec-2014 17:41
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I comfortably run Virtualbox on 4gb. I think 8gb would be fine, but it'd be either an upgrade or a much more expensive laptop.

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