The Army finally paid me 10 months of the back language pay it owes me, about $3k, so we are making some long-deferred purchases. My 2009 edition Netbook (10" 1024x600, atom processor, 2 GB memory) is no longer adequate to my needs. I travel a fair bit and would like to be able to do school work and work work and Minecraft.
I had originally planned to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $600, but I am horribly tempted by things like this (Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK 15.6" Full-HD Gaming Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M) with Windows 10), which is more like $800. Particularly appealing are the SSD, additional drive bay, upgradeable RAM, and non-gimpy processor and GPU. I’m not willing to go much higher than this unless it’s a heck of a good deal.
Things I don’t particularly care about:
-totally awesome battery life
-massive screen (anything down to 12" is doable)
Things I do care about:
-Can be made to play nicely with Debian Linux variants
-Playing the occasional game
-Not having to buy a new one for a few years
Thoughts? Where’s the sweet spot in laptop buying in the 400-900 dollar range? I haven’t been in the market in a very long time.