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Old 06-26-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default New Laptop

Hey everyone. I dont know much about computers (just basics) and I would really appreaciate your help I currently have a Compaq Presario R3306 and it doesnt meet my needs anymore, so I am looking for a new laptop. I am looking for something powerfull, that doesnt give off a lot of heat or noise. I will do some traveling, but it will be mostly for home use. My gaming needs are light, however I do have a game called Football Manager 2006 which needs a very fast processor to let it run smootly.

(EDIT- This is what I have right now BTW: http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Presario...r_3000_R3306US)

I have been looking at some computers, and I was wondering which one do you think will suit me best?

Here are the options so far (and any other suggestions are appreaciated):

Option 1

HP ZX5000 P4 3.0GHz with Hyper Threading
15.4 Widescreen WXGA Display
ATI 9600 128MB Video Card
60GB Hard Drive
3 Floppy Drive
802.11b/g Wireless
12-Cell Battery

Something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Hewlett_...ebook_Computer

Option 2

Pentium 4 3.06GHz w/ Hyper Thread 800MHz FSB and 512K L2 cache
1GB of PC2700 Ram (2 X 512mb)
60GB Hard Drive w/ 16MB cache at 5400RPM
24X CD-R/RW DVD-Rom combo
15" SXGA+ Screen (1400X1050 max resolution)
ATI 9600 w/ 128MB 8X AGP
56K Dial-up modem, 10/100 Network port, and built in wireless networking

Option 3

Toshiba Satellite A75-S213 P4 3.33Ghz
Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows XP Home
Platform Learn More: Notebook PC
Expansion Ports: 1 - Type I/II PC Card Slot
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Class: Pentium 4 HT
Processor Speed: 3.33GHz
Additional Technologies: Hyper-Threading Technology
Memory Type: DDR
Memory Size: 1024MB
Memory Speed : DDR333 (PC2700)
Memory Slots (Total): 2
Memory Slots (Available): 0
Capacity: 100GB
Optical Drive Type: DVD-RW/CD-RW
Type: Media Reader
Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
GPU/VPU: ATI Mobility Radeon 9000
Video Memory: 64MB Shared
Communications Description: Integrated Modem
Integrated LAN
Integrated Wireless LAN
Interface Type: 802.11b/g Wireless Networking
RJ-11 Phone Connector
RJ-45 Ethernet Connector
Width: 10.8"
Height: 1.8"
Depth: 14.4"
Weight: 8 lbs
Display Type: WXGA
Viewable Screen Size: 15.4"

Something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Toshiba_...r_PSA70U1Y200G

Option 4

Sony Vaio PCG-K37 P4 3.2GHZ
Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
Installed Memory 1 GB (DDR SDRAM)
Hard Drive 80 GB
Display 15.4 in. WXGA TFT Active Matrix

Something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-VAIO_K37..._RW_DL_802_11G

Option 5

Toshiba Satellite A105-S361 Centrino
Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium M
System Bus Speed: 533
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1000 MB
HD Size: 120 GB
Size (LWH): 14.2 inches, 10.5 inches, 1.45 inches
Weight: 6 pounds

Something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Toshiba_...05_S361_Laptop

Option 6

HP Pavillion zv5000
Microprocessor Pentium 4 at 2.6Ghz
Microprocessor Cache 512KB (L2)
Memory 1024MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 512MB) at 266MHz
Memory Max 2048MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 1024MB)
Video Graphics ATI Radeon 9000
Video Memory 128MB DDR SDRAM (shared)
Hard Drive 80GB enhanced-IDE hard disk drive
Multimedia Drive DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo
Display 39 cm (15.0 inch) WXGA+ WVA TFT (1280 x 800) display
Fax/Modem Integrated v.90/v.92 56KB modem (RJ-11 connector)
Network Card Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Connectivity Broadcom 54g MaxPerformance 802.11g

Something like this: http://www.shopping.com/xPF-Hewlett_...ebook_Computer


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Old 06-26-2006, 10:13 AM   #2
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Default Re: New Laptop

Option 2 looks the best, although the video isant great - does it have to be a laptop..?

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Old 06-26-2006, 11:25 AM   #3
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Unfortunetly I do need a laptop for traveling when I need to.
Anyone else?
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Old 06-26-2006, 12:16 PM   #4
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well im guessing your budget is around $1000-$1500

First of all, the pentium cpus you are getting in these laptops are obsolete. The new Intel Core Duo is very fast, it does run hot though, but you can get a lower model which should be okay.
Here are a few suggestions which are a lot better than the options you have given. (newegg.com is the website i have used so you can see pictures and compare too).
Low Cost, not the best Quality:
Mid-Class, Great Value:
Best For under $1500 with great features, on the heavier side (8.6 lbs):
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:01 PM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestions.

I have a question however:
Why are thos ecompletest only between 1.6 and 1.8 GHz?

And why is the new CPU better than the pentium one?

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Old 06-26-2006, 02:36 PM   #6
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core duo has two processors running. while pentium M only has one processor. each processor divides the workload that one pentium M would have to worry about. that's why it's better.
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:39 PM   #7
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I see, thanks. But, would having a dual core 1.8GHz be as good as having a Pentium 3Ghz for example (Speed and performence wise)?

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