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Old 05-04-2006, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying a notebook, need some advice...

Okay, I'm going off to college and I want to buy a reasonably priced notebook to do all sorts of crap. Gaming is one. But I also need it for things like Excel, MS Word, Photoshop--school and multimedia things (because I run a website and so forth). I've been using the PC I'm on now for five years now I think, it's got 512 MB of RAM and it's been brutal--massive slowdown when running MS Word, Firefox, and Photoshop simultaneously (or running JUST Psychonauts, which made me cry for hours--the slowdown, not the game, the game was absurdly awesome...once I played it on an XBOX). I want 2 GB of RAM as a gift from me to me. So anyway, I was looking at Dells because...I don't know, seemed natural enough, and here's where I found a problem:

Inspiron Notebooks vs. XPS Notebooks

I opened two simultaneous tabs, one customizing an Inspiron and one customizing an XPS. Here were their stats:

Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Microsoft Office Basic - Includes Word, Excel, and Outlook email

The only difference between the two is that the Inspiron has a 256MB NVIDA® GeForce™ Go 7800 while the XPS has a 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GS, which wasn't available on the Inspiron.


With these stats, the prices came down to:
Inspiron: $2,652
XPS: $3,289

That's a difference of almost $600. Can anyone explain for what? Is the XPS more durable, more upgradeable...?

If both are kind of not the way to go, then is there a better brand of notebook PC out there, a better value with a similar set of stats?
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Unfortunately you can't build your own notebook lol so I would go with the XPS.
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Unfortunately you can't build your own notebook lol so I would go with the XPS.
Wait, why? What makes it worth the $600 more?
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Old 05-06-2006, 02:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The XPS line is just more expensive imo. I'd go with the Inspiron over the XPS with a price difference that big.
Also, before buying through Dell I'd check Alienware and see if they can't build you a laptop for the same amount of money. Their laptops are way better for gaming and customer support is much better than Dell's.
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The Alienware Laptops are just absurdly expensive.
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Go for HP Pavilion DV 5140 Notebook. It has 2 GB RAM. A good graphics card which will take care of your gaming requirements and its only for 1500 USD.

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My mom's looking at it from her Dell dell account, she's getting the best warranties and virus protection programs, at a total $2,373

Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB)
17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
100GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal(2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
256MB NVIDA® GeForce™ Go 7800
80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

The hardware alone is $2,057 --somehow she got a MUCH better deal than I did.

Her total is $2,405.70, which included a 4-port USB surge protector.
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i would make sure you have at lest 160gb hard drive
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With the money you've got to spend you could probably build or buy a killer desktop pc but if you need a laptop i would go with the inspiron although neither can be upgraded except for the ram.
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The XPS comes with its only personnel tech support. All the cool fans and the cool looking outside. Nothing too fancy, I would just go with the inspirion but if you have the money spring for the XPS you wont be sorry
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