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I was thinking of getting a laptop
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I was on Amazon and happened to notice this notebook http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...llFullInfo and, well, I was thinking of buying it because it has a nice balance of mid-range hardware and a good price tag.
I do have a couple of concerns, though:

1) nVidia Optimus: The laptop switches between the GeForce GT 420M and Intel GMA HD depending on whether or not you need the extra power (to conserve the battery). My concern with this is wouldn't all the switching back and forth wear out the GPU faster? And don't these GPUs run really hot?

Heck, I can't seem to find any decent custom laptops that cost $800
Custom Desktop
CPU: Ivy Bridge Core i5 3570 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
CPU Instructions: MMX, SSE1, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1,
SSE4.2, EIST, iAMT2, Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
RAM: 8192MB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-10600 1333
HDD: 1 TB Western Digital HDD
Video: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5
Audio: Realtek 5.1 HD Audio
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#2
Even though Acer is a brand that I avoid like the plague, I'd assume there would be an option in the BIOS to configure the behavior of the GPU switching.
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#3
fair i3 CPU but Nvidia 420m slows you down don't get that laptop

find a Nvidia's medium-range models:

example:
350m,360m,370m,~so on
450m,460m,470m,~so on
Main Hub:i5-4670(3.4Ghz Factory Clocked),ATi Radeon HD7770(GDDR5+128-bit+1GB),Win 10 SL(x64),ASUS H8M-E,8GB DDR3 RAM
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(12-30-2010, 04:56 AM)halfhourdump Wrote: Even though Acer is a brand that I avoid like the plague, I'd assume there would be an option in the BIOS to configure the behavior of the GPU switching.

Based off of what I read, it can't be disabled via BIOS. What brand is a good one to get?
Custom Desktop
CPU: Ivy Bridge Core i5 3570 3.4 GHz (3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
CPU Instructions: MMX, SSE1, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1,
SSE4.2, EIST, iAMT2, Trusted Execution Technology (TXT)
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
RAM: 8192MB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-10600 1333
HDD: 1 TB Western Digital HDD
Video: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2 GB GDDR5
Audio: Realtek 5.1 HD Audio
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