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Old 08-03-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Laptop for school. Computer Information Major

I am going to school for Computer Information/Systems. Basically that will be a major teaching me how computers work and teaching me about programing then i picked a networking track so I will be getting my Cisco cert. The major requires you to get a laptop.

So with school starting in about 3 in a half weeks. I was thinking about picking up the laptop now. Although this semester I have no classes needing a laptop I have the money to pick one up.

Any suggestions? my budget is 1000 dollars. I was thinking with going with that custom pc company bfg. I am not really a laptop person so if some one that could possibly get/show me the best deal (doesnt have to be 1000 dollars) on a laptop doesn't have to be name brand that will last me for at least 2 years then please by all means help me out!

Thanks!

P.S. If you have any input or any suggestions please just post it.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:30 PM   #2
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before making any decisions you need to go to the schools IT department or to the class instructors and ask them what type of specs you need and go from there. They should tell you exactly what u need to have. Im in 4 computer networking and i just have this dell inspiron which was about $400. didnt need anything special, beats the laptops they were offering at the school for $1400 lol.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:31 PM   #3
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Grab a custom one off of iBUYPOWER.
Starting at $879 they are performance BEASTS.

My laptop an HP g60-120US has 3gb of ram vista 32bit and an onboard Nvidia Geforce 8200m and intel AMD chipset with a 2.00ghz dual core Turion. It will even handle some light gaming and all for about $600.

PS-250gb HDD too.^^^
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:57 PM   #4
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I am not really going to use the laptop for gaming besides star craft probably so I don't need anything spectacular for it. I am mostly going to use it for surfing the net and school work. I just e-mailed the chairperson of the major. I am going for my Cisco cert, I see that you have a cisco avatar.

best of luck my friend!!
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:19 AM   #5
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haha u play starcraft! nice me 2! we should game sometime!! my recommendation is buy one off iBUYPOWER their computers really are "BEASTS"
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:27 AM   #6
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This is what I pulled up...

I am going to try and see if I can cut down on price


Ibuypower----
Case
Battalion 101 CZ-10 Ultra 15.6" WXGA 1366x768 Widescreen W-LED LCD TFT Notebook w/Li-ion battery, Universal AC Power Adapter Original Metallic Black Color
Processor
Intel® Montevina Core 2 Duo Mobile T9600 Dual-Core Processor (2x 2.80GHz/6MB Cache/1066FSB)
Memory
4GB [2GB x 2] 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Notebook Memory]-Corsair or Major Brand
Video Card
Mobility DDR3 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4650 PCI-Express 3D Video [CZ-10 Ultra]
Hard Drive
320 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Notebook Hard Drive
Optical Drive
8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-10 Ultra]
Flash Media Reader/Writer
Built-in 3-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Notebook]
Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card
Built-in 10/100/1000 Network LAN [Notebook]
Fax Modem
Built-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Notebook]
Internal Wireless Network Adapter
Intel Pro/Wireless 5300 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi Link + Bluetooth Card [CZ-10 Ultra]
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....)-64-Bit
External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA]
None
USB Flash Drive
None
USB 2.0 Accessories
Built-in 3x USB 2.0 Ports [Notebook]
Power Protection
None
Carrying Case
Free Deluxe Carrying Case
Headset
None
MP3/MP4 Player
None
Video Camera
Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera
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1061$$




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# Notebook: CyberPower X7-T Series Notebook 17" (16:10) Wide Screen WXGA+ 1440x900 Pixels w/ NVIDIA GeForce GT130M 512MB Video, 1.3 Mega Pixels Webcam, HDMI Port, Intel Penryn, & 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
# NOTEBOOK COLOR: CyberPower X7-T Series Notebook Cover (BLUE Color)
# DISPLAY LCD: 17" (16:10) WXGA+ TFT Display 1440x900 Pixels Resolution LCD
# CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Mobile T9600 Dual-Core Processor @ 2.80GHz 1066FSB 6MB L2 Cache
# MOTHERBOARD: Mobile Intel GM45 + ICH-9M Chipset Mainboard
# MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC3-8500 DDR3-1066 SODIMM Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
# VIDEO CARD: Built-in NVIDIA GT130M 512MB Hybrid GDDR3 Video
# HARD DRIVE: 320GB 7200RPM SATA300 Hard Drive
# USB PORTABLE DRIVE: NONE
# OPTICAL DRIVE: 8X DVD Rewritable Drive
# SOUND: BUILT-IN AC 97 SOUND
# SPEAKERS: Built-in Stereo Speakers System
# NETWORK: Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Network Card
# KEYBOARD: BUILT-IN KEYBOARD
# MOUSE: Microsoft Notebook Optical Mouse 2.0A
# Internal Wireless Network Card: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g 54Mbps MiniPCI Card
# Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth
# Flash Media Reader: Built-In 4in1 Media Reader
# BATTERY: 8-cells Li-Ion Battery Pack 4400mAh (NB-BAT-330)
# CARRYING BAG: Free Deluxe Carrying Bag for 17 Inch Notebook
# NOTEBOOK TRAVELKIT: NONE
# AC ADAPTER: Universal AC-DC Adapter (NB-ADP-330)
# CAR ADAPTER: NONE
# VIDEO CAMERA: Built-in 1.3 Mega Pixel Webcam
# HDMI PORT: Built-in HDMI Port
# PRINTER: None
# PRINTER CABLE: None
# USB PORT: 3 x USB2.0 Port Connectors
# OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
# Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon: None
# FREEBIES: FREE! (Halo 2) Game
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Im sorta leaning towards the Cyberpower PC only because I get the accesories I want like the cooling pad... and a bigger screen.
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those will easily fit your needs 4 school :P also i recommend cyberpower i get all my computers from them and they are reliable, have been to me anyway good luck
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:40 AM   #8
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just placed the orderrrrr on the cyber power pc hopefully it comes in with no defects!
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