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Old 07-13-2006, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have two choices, both are secondhand. I know nothing about computers so I need help.. I plan on using it just for around the house mainly; search the net, msn and maybe for pc games like Guild Wars. Would either of these be able to play Guild Wars? what laptop is the best in your opinion?

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CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Hard drive: 40 GB
CD / DVD: CD writer + DVD reader

Compaq Presario 2100

AMD Mobile Athlon XP 2400+
* 1.79 GHz Rated - 2.4GHz Real
* 512 MB RAM
* 40 GB hard drive
* 15" TFT display
* Radeon IGP 320M 64MB-(shared) Graphics
* CD Writer/DVD reader
* IEEE 1394 Firewire
* Conexant 56K ACLink Modem
* Wireless Lan-Express IEEE 802.11
* Fast Ethernet Network (broadband ready)
* USB X 2
* S-Video Out
* Mic & Headphone Jacks
* 2 x MCPCIA Slots
* Windows XP Home
* Battery condition: Excellent
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CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Hard drive: 40 GB
CD / DVD: CD writer + DVD reader

HP NX9010 NOTEBOOK WIFI

Specifications:

- Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Processor : Intel Pentium 4
- Processor speed : 2.4 GHz
- External Cache : 512Kb
- Standard Memory : 512 MB
- Internal Hard Disk Drive : 40 GB
- Hard Disk Drive Speed : 4200 rpm
- DVD/CD-RW 8x
- Floppy disc drive
- Wireless
- Firewire
- Display type : TFT XGA
- Video adapter : ATi Mobility Radeon
- Video RAM : 64 MB
- Sound : 16 bit SoundBlaster Pro compatible stereo sound
- modem : 56 K
- Network interface : integrated 10/100 NIC
- External I/O Ports : 1 Parallel, 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 S-video out, 1 RJ-45/RJ-11, 1 infrared, 1 audio in/out, 1 PS/2
- Keyboard : Full-sized keyboard with five programmable easy-access buttons
- Mouse/Pointing Device : Touchpad with dedicated two-way scroll and on/off buttons
- Chipset : ATi Radeon IGP 345M / ALI M1535+
- Power supply type : external 90W adaptor, 8-cell Lithium-Ion battery
- Dimensions (w x d x h) : 329.2 x 272.3 x 49 mm
- Weight : 3.5 kg
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In this situation, i'd go for the HP Intel version. Athlon XP is outdated.
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Thank you.
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^ Agreed.

They're both pretty slow, but the Pentium is faster.
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Worth $800nz?
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Also whats the difference between Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home?
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XP Pro has some unlocked features. I mean no offense by this, but if you needed help with deciding on those two laptops, you wouldn't make use of the XP Pro extra features.

I dunno how much NZ dollars are so I can't help you there.
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800.00 NZD
New Zealand Dollars = 494.163 USD
United States Dollars
1 NZD = 0.617704 USD 1 USD = 1.61890 NZD

Just use Google.


For $495, you won't get a better laptop. Get the Intel HP though.
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No offense taken, thanks for your help.
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Also, XP Professional is a little faster, but not worth spending extra money on it. Service Packs make is slower too. If you have an old copy of XP laying around that is SP1 or below, you might want to install it to get some speed on the laptop.
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