That's what I'm here for. CAG is my trusted go-to for info and not just for games. I really do appreciate the info. Me, I'm sorta of low tech in a high tech world. Always a couple steps behind most.
Stay away from HP, at least customer (lack of) support. I did find a doorbuster at best buy, Dell Inspiron 15.6" touch screen Intel core i5 8GB with 2TB HDD. Forgot to get its price.
The portability of the laptop is nice. Barely have space for one PC. I travel often. Be able to upload and edit videos on the road. GoPro. If possible, play some lower requirement steam games like Diablo 3. Then, I've heard it's better using two computers for streaming.
I might be able to use the money I was going to use for a TV and put it to use on a better laptop. Be nice to get everything online early and know how much cash is left for doorbusters and other goodies.
If you don't mind me asking, with your research, what would you recommend?
Hi, I'll add to this. I had an HP Pavillion tx1000 series about 10 years ago, the one with a swivel screen and touch screen. The thing failed in less than 2 years due to a motherboard design flaw so they could make the laptop thin (though it is still thick if compared to today's standards). The nVidia gfx on that was also to be blamed because they (nVidia) eventually lost a lawsuit. That was after I already sold the laptop, so no replacement laptop from me. HP customer service was awful and unhelpful throughout the experience. Yes, it was out of warranty, but that's how you lose customers for life.
Ever since then I have bought Thinkpad laptops for me and my close ones. I have a Thinkpad T410 that is 7.5 years old and still running its original HDD. But I also bought a T420 where the HDD died within 1 year (replaced by warranty) and motherboard died in 5 (bought a 'new' replacement from eBay - if you're into DIY, there are many guides for Thinkpads online and on YouTube). Since these Thinkpads are used by corporations, sometimes they have leftover new spareparts (to fulfill the corporations service turnaround times) and you can buy those 'new' old parts at a fraction of the cost versus going to the manufacturer. There aren't many, but enough to go around. Be very thorough with the eBay seller though. The less communicative sellers are generally more shady.
Overall, I bought 6 Thinkpads for my close ones and myself. Two had issues, including the one mentioned above and some of the fixes were done by the depot while in warranty. The major failure was Mobo failure in 5 years due some foam design flaw that ended up shorting the whole thing.
You can consider Lenovo Thinkpad if you want longevity. But avoid the entry level Thinkpad like the E-series (Edge) or SL or L. Those are not that good because those are dressed up Lenovo Ideapad. Not built for the professionals like Thinkpad is.
This is a resourceful link about used Thinkpads to familiarize yourself with the different model lines: http://ktgee.net/pos...thinkpad-guide.
If you want to buy new ones, look out at other deal websites where sometimes you will get 25-40% coupon codes depending on the time of the year (you'll probably end up paying $800-$1000 for entry level Intel Core i5 processors and some other upgrades and a lot more when you max out the options). I got the T420 above at $580ish because it came with DOS only (one of those rare moments for Thinkpads). I got a Windows license from my college's Dreamspark account back then (free OS :-D). Not too bad for a T-line at the year of release. Still cost much less than my stupid tx1000 even after factoring costs of Mobo replacement and all.
All the best and pay more to pay less later. That's my motto, for now.