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Old 05-12-2007, 09:14 AM   #1
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Default Which of these laptops should I buy?

Okay, Im going off to graduate school, and I need a new laptop.. I would like to spend at most, $2,800... here are my requirements:

-the Basics: typing, powerpoint, internet browsing

- some gaming. but not too much (so a good, but not great graphic card), however need to use complicated engineering software such as inventer, autocad, 3dsmax (so it may require a good graphic card)

- NO NEED for movie editing, or music manipulation of any kind..

-must last 4 years...

These are the 4 laptops I have it narrowed down to, if you guys could say which one I should get, I would really apprecaite it.. remember my needs, as a constatly moving around graduate student from class to class, not really much gaming (only command and conquer 3), and a long battery life (im buying all the 9 cells)

1) alienware Area-51® m5550

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7400 2.16GHz 4MB Cache
Display: 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD
Motherboard: Alienware® Intel® 945PM + ICH7 Chipset
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 1024MB
Hard Drive: 160GB Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s 5,400 RPM w/ 8MB Cache
Video/Graphics Card: 256MB NVidia® GeForce™ Go 7600
Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem

Total: $2,417.00

2) Dell m1210
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Memory: 2GB Dual Shared Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Video Card: 256MB GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache

Total: $2,550

3) Asus Z96J
custom built from pugentsystems.com

Motherboard: Asus Z96J 15.4 inch Notebook (SATA) w/ DVDRW
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33GHz Merom
Video Card: ATI X1600 256mb
Ram: 2 x Super Talent SODIMM PC2-5400 1024mb
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400RPM Notebook SATA Hard Drive

Total: $2,450


4) Asus Z62J 14" WSXGA (1440x900)
custom built from pugentsystems.com

Motherboard: Asus Z62JM 14.1 inch Notebook (SATA) w/ DVDRW
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33GHz
Video Card: GeForce Go 7300 128mb
Ram: 2 x Super Talent SODIMM PC2-5400 1024mb
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400RPM Notebook SATA Hard Drive

Total: $2,600

Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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Hey, welcome to the forums!

Stay away from that alienware. Really the only thing different thing you are getting in it over the others is a good video card. Processor is worse than the others, everything else is the same.

I would go woth the first Asus laptop you presented (#3). It has got a good processor, decent video card, and plenty of RAM to handle all of your needs.

If i had more time before i had to go to work, i would give a link of one from Acer. if you are able to, check them out. Acer builds good comptuers and unlike all of the companies above, i have never gotten a tech support person outside of the US when i called.
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yeah def option 3 the acer for all of the above reasons
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:40 PM   #4
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ive narrowed it down to two laptops, here they are:

the Asus G1
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16834220124
and the Power Pro L 8:15 (HEL- 80)
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http://powernotebooks.com/specs/PowerPro/l8-15.php
with 2 gigs of ram^...

which one should I get???

I also, if you guys say the G1, just get the G1s, as I can wait until july to buy the laptop.. also, I am considering waiting for the HP 8510P to come out.
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That asus is a good deal for what you are getting. Which of the Powernotebooks are you considering? using that link, i and clicking "Sales prices" i was brought here
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the power pro L 8:15 Force, with 2 gigs of ram
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Asus, and make sure you buy the protection plan. Don't ask me why.
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I would have to say the Asus G1
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