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Old 12-26-2007, 12:13 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a reliable laptop for school. All I need it for is word processing, some internet and watching dvds. I was wondering how much RAM, cache L2 memory, processor speed, and graphic cards i need to be able to do all of that smoothly. I was looking at these computers: Acer Aspire 5050 5430 and this gateway. I'll replace the 1GB of ram with 2GB to run vista. but other than that, are these sufficient? thanks
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Old 12-26-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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The Gateway will be perfect for your needs.
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Thanks. The gateway is probably the one i'm going to get. What do you think about gateways reliability and costumer service?
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Well, I'll be honest. I've never had any good experiences with them.

I've heard they've gotten better, especially when they merged with Acer.

If your budget allows, buy a Dell or HP.
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yeah go with the gateway, better work processor, larger screen, and more hdd but like J said look into the dells

i have a latitude and its extremely reliable battery life is horrible but hey i got it for 200 bux
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:22 AM   #6
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If you can, look into the Dell's Vostro line. They'll fit well into your allowed budget.
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get a dell 1520(runs very well)
get 2 gb ram on it
and get a nvidia geforce 8400M GS
perfect for your needs, dvd, running programs(even a bit of gaming)
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Sorry guys, i forgot to mention my price range. i'm only willing to spend at the very most $600. I have a desk top, but i need the portability for college and stuff.
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If you can, look into the Dell's Vostro line. They'll fit well into your allowed budget.
vostro is ugly, but it will do the job on a budget. inspirons are decent too, my 640M is the same as an inspiron E1405. i got it with very nice specs for 656 shipped to my door, with tax included.
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vostro is ugly, but it will do the job on a budget.
You do know that the Vostro line is basiclly a black version of the Inspiron line? They're almost identical in appearance.
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