Back to School Gifts for Every Budget - Ideas for those with ~$1000 to spend

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Back to School Gifts for Every Budget
Ideas from $100 to $500
Ideas for those with ~$1000 to spend

Under $1000:

MSI X340 Slim Notebook - $899.99MSRP - Find Lowest Price Online

The Apple Air laptop has got a lot of attention due to it's slim design but is very expensive for most people.  MSI offers a solution with their X340-023US laptop.  While this notebook runs Windows Vista Home Premium it has a very nice 13.4" display as well as a 1.4GHz Core Solo processor, a 320GB HDD, 2GB of memory, 1GB Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n networking with Bluetooth.  Also included is the standard card reader, 1.3MP webcam, 2x USB2.0 ports, VGA out and all for a mere 2.86lbs - almost as light as the Lenovo S10-2 netbook.  This looks similar to the Apple Air and offers a lot more value at under $1000.  It's worth looking at if you need something super thin and light.

 X-340 Setup

 

Over $1000:

iBUYPOWER Chimera Killer X58 - Starts at $1899 - Configure here

For those that like to have some fun in between studying for tests, the iBUYPOWER Chimera Killer X58 system is perhaps one of the best ways to spend $1900 or more.  The base model comes with a sweet case pictured below as well as a Core i7 920 processor that is liquid cooled by Asetek.  Also under the hood is 6GB of DDR3-1333, SLI GeForce GTX 275 cards all plugged into an ASUS P6T motherboard.  If you want to get all crazy you could configure the hardware to run in the neighborhood of $4500.  There is a lot of flexibility but the basic package is pretty sweet with 6GB of memory and SLI.

Chimera Killer

 

Final Thoughts:

While I'm sure there are a ton of other products that could have been included in this article, I have chosen a few that fit almost every price range.  I also realize that times are tough and you may not have the money to spend on items on page 2 and page 3.  That being said, as I was writing this article, I saw prices drop as companies are gearing up for a downward economy as the back to school sales start.  This is really good news for us consumers if we've got a little money to spend - it will stretch even farther.  Remember to check our shopping comparison page that will help you find the lowest price, save money and get you the best deals on the stuff you're looking for.

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