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Old 07-23-2007, 03:34 PM   #1
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im going to buy a laptop in the next couple weeks and i need help on knowing what is the best for the money i can spend. i am not the most knowledgable, but as far as i know i am trying to find the cheapest computer that has a intel core 2 duo 2.0g proc, 2gs of ram, and the best graphics card possible for hopefully under 1250. i have been looking at ibuypower and cyberpowerpc, but people seem to say they dont make quality comps. any feedback would be great
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Old 07-23-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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also, is it worth steering away from the intel to the amd to save the money for a better graphics card. any and all recommendations are appreaciated.
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Most laptops that you will buy will probably have Intel processors. Also, you cannot really change GPUs in laptops. You will have to buy one with a good GPU also installed.

What games/programs are you planning to run?
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Old 07-23-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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umm, comp will prolly be used for cs:source and other hl2 games, possibly other new games im not sure, a lot of music and movies as well.
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Old 07-23-2007, 03:48 PM   #5
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yeah what thelis said

also what is 1250 is that usd or gpb or another currency .
also where are you planning to buy this from .
maybe fill in theese questions then we can realy give you a great reccomendation
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General Questions

1) What is your budget?

2) What size notebook would you prefer?

a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

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d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?

17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
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Default Re: Which laptop to buy?

Also, no way are you going to get a C2D 2.- Ghz in a 1.5k laptop. Think more like 1.66Ghz. That is more than enough for a lappy.
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ok thank you for helping me get my point across

budget: $1250 ish (us dollars)

size: 14-16''

i dont know about icons but im from the united states

no preference in brands

tasks: games like cs:source and things comparable, music, movies, surfing, possibly some low end video audio rendering

usually will be on my desk, but i needs to be transportable for writing papers outside and bringing computer to class/labs

battery life of 3 hours would be nice but im flexible

i plan on buying it online without seeing it first

i want to run vista

i would prefer widescreen with a middle range screen size option i guess 1680x1050

flexible on the gloss or matte of screen, glossy would be nice

i need at about 120gb of hardrive space, but the more the better

and yes i need a cdrw/dvd drive

thanks again for helping me be more specific
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Sorry but you won't get that good of a laptop for around 1250.

Here is what you need: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...TG3&s=dhs&sm=2

Customize it so it is 2.0Ghz. It will go for around 2k
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Old 07-23-2007, 04:14 PM   #9
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Also, no way are you going to get a C2D 2.- Ghz in a 1.5k laptop. Think more like 1.66Ghz. That is more than enough for a lappy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834117492
You could but you would be realy compromising the graphics then so it wouldnt game too well

Also i am from the UK so that makes it kind of harder for me but oh well

I would buy from newegg i think just about every us member can vouch for them

Thiis looks like an OK laptop . http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220165
you might wanna up the ram to 2GB though . ALso i dont know about that graphics card when it comes to gaming although it should be fine for cs:s and half life .even if not on full settings maybe see what other people think first as well though
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i mean i trust your opinion in that i dont know all that much, but wahts wrong with teh laptops on ibuypower and such for like $1200/1300 will they not suite my needs? i feel like i can stuff close to what i want for something less than 1.8
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Ok, give me a link and I will tell you what I think.
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i mean i trust your opinion in that i dont know all that much, but wahts wrong with teh laptops on ibuypower and such for like $1200/1300 will they not suite my needs? i feel like i can stuff close to what i want for something less than 1.8
OK yeah show a link and we can see what the specs are i am not from the US so i dont know many US stores . i only know about newegg because the US members on here like it so much
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umm... i have been looking at these hopefully you can give me an idea of what is good and bad.

http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/c...r.aspx?mid=242

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/ntbkx55850.asp?v=d

and this last one:
HP Pavilion dv9500t customizable Notebook PC
RL653AV

* – Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
* – Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor T7300 (2.00 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
* – 17.0" WXGA+ High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1440 x 900)
* – FREE Upgrade from 1GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) to 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
* – 511MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
* – HP Imprint (Radiance) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone
* – FREE Upgrade to Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection and Bluetooth(TM)
* – 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* – SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
* – No TV Tuner w/remote control
* – High Capacity 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
* – Microsoft(R) Works 8.0
* – HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

for 1388, but i am steering away because of the price
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No way. I do not believe that is 1388, show me a link.

Also, for some reason I cannot believe those links. I just can't. First off, the laptop brands are weird, I have never heard of either one of them. Then the price... It is too good... Wow.
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this is the computer, you just have to make all the customizations that i made and it will come out to 1388

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...dv9500t_series
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well hen get that one . it is a very good spec for the price
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ok thank you for helping me get my point across

budget: $1250 ish (us dollars)

size: 14-16''

i dont know about icons but im from the united states

no preference in brands

tasks: games like cs:source and things comparable, music, movies, surfing, possibly some low end video audio rendering

usually will be on my desk, but i needs to be transportable for writing papers outside and bringing computer to class/labs

battery life of 3 hours would be nice but im flexible

i plan on buying it online without seeing it first

i want to run vista

i would prefer widescreen with a middle range screen size option i guess 1680x1050

flexible on the gloss or matte of screen, glossy would be nice

i need at about 120gb of hardrive space, but the more the better

and yes i need a cdrw/dvd drive

thanks again for helping me be more specific

I just ordered my brand new Dell laptop yesterday. It cost exactly $1205 with all the extra tax and such. Let me tell you, this laptop is THE ONE to get. I haven't got it yet, but when I do, I'll take picts and tell you my impressions of 'actual' use.

For now, I can tell you what I know about it according to reviews and from my personal shopping experience. I ordered a new Inspiron 1420, the latest from Dell. It carries a brand new Intel Core 2 Duo "Santa Rosa", rated at 2GHz. Super speedy. I didn't get the optional Geforce 8800GS, because I don't want to game on it. You should it you do gaming.

The new platform adds longer battery life and faster computing to the technology bundle of a processor, chipset and wireless card. Intel will keep the name Centrino Duo for the consumer version, although changes already include a faster Core 2 Duo processor, bigger cache, increased FSB, support for the draft version of 802.11n wireless networking and a Turbo Memory feature that supplements the standard hard drive with NAND flash for faster booting. In other words, it's great for gaming, multimedia, and everything else in between. An all around workhorse.

It's loaded with features too, including the ones you specified as well. It is widescreen, but I got the 14" version. I don't like big laptops. There are 17" models if that's what you like. I picked the 9 cell batter that can last a max of 7 hours!!!! It has Vista and option for glossy screen. I hate that and picked anti-glare instead. Again, I'm not into gaming. It has 160GB 7200RPM hard drive, and yes, a DVD burner too!!!!! In addition, it has an 8 in 1 media card reader and two headphone ports so you can have two people listening in at the same time. It has a firewire port, 4-high speed USB ports, ExpressCard slot, Ethernet, modem, S-video, etc. and all the usual stuff.

That's it in a nutshell. The price range is excellent for this type of model and I hope they are reliable. Unlike the piece of crap Compaq/HP laptop I had before that only lasted a year. By the way, I still have the processor from my old laptop. I plan on torching it.
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yea i looked at the dell's and after i customized it to what i want i was up near 1500, not exactly what i wanted to spend. that laptop sounds great for you since you dont intend on gaming, but i do, i dont think it would work for me given our different needs.
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