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    • boundy
    • By boundy 30th Sep 17, 12:39 PM
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    Time for a new laptop
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    • 30th Sep 17, 12:39 PM
    Time for a new laptop 30th Sep 17 at 12:39 PM
    After 6 years my i3 acer laptop is reaching the end of is useful life.
    It started to overheat if it does anything too taxing and turns off. I've stripped it down to clean out the fan and the main board but it was pretty clean in there so didn't make a difference.

    I want to future proffer my next purchase as much as possible so have a few must haves

    Hdmi
    USB 3
    Usb type c
    Number pad
    SSD

    This seems to tick every box but it would be nice to have a full HD screen

    https://m.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-320-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-14-inch/platinum-grey/p3288129

    £500 is my max budget

    Anyone got any other suggestions?
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    • Debbie Savard
    • By Debbie Savard 30th Sep 17, 7:09 PM
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    • 30th Sep 17, 7:09 PM
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    • 30th Sep 17, 7:09 PM
    IMHO an i3 CPU is already past it's sell-by date unless you're doing very light work on the laptop.
    • boundy
    • By boundy 1st Oct 17, 12:38 AM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 12:38 AM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 12:38 AM
    IMHO an i3 CPU is already past it's sell-by date unless you're doing very light work on the laptop.
    Originally posted by Debbie Savard
    Let me know if you can come up with an i5 under my budget
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 1st Oct 17, 3:23 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:23 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 3:23 PM
    After 6 years my i3 acer laptop is reaching the end of is useful life.
    It started to overheat if it does anything too taxing and turns off. I've stripped it down to clean out the fan and the main board but it was pretty clean in there so didn't make a difference.
    Originally posted by boundy
    Did you clean out the gap between the fan and the heatsink and the heatsink itself where the fins are? That is what gets clogged up.

    If they were OK then it suggests that something is causing the CPU to run at 100% and this could be faulty software or a virus or other malware.

    Personally I'd back up my important data, get a Windows install disc and do a clean installation. Despite what others say, a Core i3 is far more than capable for everyday stuff. Even a Core 2 Duo with a SSD drive is.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 1st Oct 17, 5:55 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 5:55 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 5:55 PM
    After 6 years my i3 acer laptop is reaching the end of is useful life.
    It started to overheat if it does anything too taxing and turns off. I've stripped it down to clean out the fan and the main board but it was pretty clean in there so didn't make a difference.

    I want to future proffer my next purchase as much as possible so have a few must haves

    Hdmi
    USB 3
    Usb type c
    Number pad
    SSD

    This seems to tick every box but it would be nice to have a full HD screen

    https://m.johnlewis.com/lenovo-ideapad-320-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-14-inch/platinum-grey/p3288129

    £500 is my max budget

    Anyone got any other suggestions?
    Originally posted by boundy
    Your mentioned laptop does HD@720. I.e. not 1080 though not a massive difference for a home user.
    sc dmp 2012 13k

    Jan 2017 7380 paid. 50% ish...
    • boundy
    • By boundy 1st Oct 17, 9:20 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 9:20 PM
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    • 1st Oct 17, 9:20 PM
    Did you clean out the gap between the fan and the heatsink and the heatsink itself where the fins are? That is what gets clogged up.

    If they were OK then it suggests that something is causing the CPU to run at 100% and this could be faulty software or a virus or other malware.

    Personally I'd back up my important data, get a Windows install disc and do a clean installation. Despite what others say, a Core i3 is far more than capable for everyday stuff. Even a Core 2 Duo with a SSD drive is.
    Originally posted by Tarambor
    I carried out a full strip down and clean of the internals, I've also done a complete fress install of win 10. It's running fine to be fair but it's no spring chicken compared to newer machines. I tried to edit some videos from my helmet camera (720p, 60fps) and it really choked.

    I've just got a new work laptop that blows my old tech out the water, it's got an i7-7600u, it a shame I can't use it for personal use.

    Biggest issue with my old laptop was lack of Hdmi and lack of USB3, the battery is also on its way out, it can manage about 1.5 hours now.

    I've now placed an order for 1 of these, seems to tick all the boxes,
    https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X556UB-DM262T-ASUS-X556UB-DM262T_1966546.html
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 2nd Oct 17, 8:10 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 8:10 AM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 8:10 AM
    I carried out a full strip down and clean of the internals, I've also done a complete fress install of win 10. It's running fine to be fair but it's no spring chicken compared to newer machines. I tried to edit some videos from my helmet camera (720p, 60fps) and it really choked.

    I've just got a new work laptop that blows my old tech out the water, it's got an i7-7600u, it a shame I can't use it for personal use.

    Biggest issue with my old laptop was lack of Hdmi and lack of USB3, the battery is also on its way out, it can manage about 1.5 hours now.

    I've now placed an order for 1 of these, seems to tick all the boxes,
    https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/X556UB-DM262T-ASUS-X556UB-DM262T_1966546.html
    Originally posted by boundy
    Asus have excellent support.
    And you got your full HD screen+nvidia gpu.
    Enjoy your chosen laptop!
    sc dmp 2012 13k

    Jan 2017 7380 paid. 50% ish...
    • alexalex
    • By alexalex 2nd Oct 17, 1:50 PM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 1:50 PM
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    • 2nd Oct 17, 1:50 PM
    Asus have excellent support.
    And you got your full HD screen+nvidia gpu.
    Enjoy your chosen laptop!
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Tottally agree! I have Asus too and i love it
    • letsbehonest
    • By letsbehonest 7th Oct 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 7th Oct 17, 12:55 PM
    I must aggree with one comment about cleaning and the backup the fresh install and start again that's what I did made a great difference I then changed the Hdd with a ssd.
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