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So one of my homies needs a laptop for general college use, and as his go-to computer guy, I decided to help him out. He would like to keep it 500 USD or lower but he's fine with 20 to 30 USD more.

  • I5 or Ryzen 5 would be preferred
  • Dedicated GPU not needed
  • SSD must be present (maybe a hard drive as well)
  • 8GB of RAM at least
  • Touchscreen and good aesthetics are nice but not "must haves"

These are the contenders so far:




If any of you have other suggestions, please let me know!

CPU: Intel I5-7500 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master ML240

Motherboard: ASRock B250M PRO 4

Memory: 16GB Patriot Viper Elite

Gpu: Asus Dual 1060 3GB

Storage: Corsair 120GB M.2 NVME

500GB Samsung 860 EVO

1TB WD Blue

Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+Bronze

Case: Phanteks P350X

Monitors: HP Omen 25in 144hz

and some 25in Acer

Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX RGB

Mouse: Corsair M65 Pro

Headphones= VModa Crossfade Wireless(but used wired)

Speakers: Some janky speakers I jerry-rigged

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8 hours ago, Fuzzleworth1 said:

So one of my homies needs a laptop for general college use, and as his go-to computer guy, I decided to help him out. He

If he wants to still do some light gaming I'd get the R5 2500U or 3500U, but finding machines closer to $400 with dual channel RAM would be preferred.

The matebook D is probably the best one, it's under $500 on ebay



I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...



What is your budget/country for your new PC?


what monitor resolution/refresh rate?


What games or other software do you need to run?



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