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Old 01-10-2006, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Customized Notebook, What u think?

Alright, I am getting a notebook to go to college with and I want something that is not too expensive but powerful, I want to be able to run good pc games smoothly but get my work done. How does this sound? (I customized it).

HP Pavilion with:
Windows home edition sp2
Intel P4 520 w/hyperthreading @2.8GHz
17" WXGA with brightview (1440x900)
512 MB DDR2 RAM, 533 MHz (2x256)
80 GB 5400 RPM HD
DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support
54g(TM) 802.11b/g WLAN w/ 125HSM/SpeedBooster(TM)
256MB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) X600

I would have gone with the AMD Processor but you can only get a 128 MB Graphics card with hypermemory with the AMD. Will 512 MB of RAM be enough, and could I buy a 512 MB stick and use that with one of the 256 to get like 750 MB of RAM?

But overall, for $1350, how does this sound? will it be able to run most games and apps? thanks.

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6600GT 128mb > fx5500 256mb. Ram on a video card means absolutley nothing remember that. X600 sucks btw.

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apps yes, games no, see if you can get at least x800 fro ati or 6800 for nvidia
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Old 01-10-2006, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well, compare this next customizations. Tell me which is better in which areas please. The gateway actually looks better for games with the gpu, but I am no pro. Thanks.

HP Pavilion @ $1334:
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2
AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-37 (2.0GHz/1MB L2 Cache)
17.0" WSXGA+ BrightView Wide Viewing (1680x1050)
128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM)
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
80 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support
54g(TM) 802.11b/g WLAN w/125HSM/SpeedBooster(TM)

or gateway NX560XL @ $1299:


Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition CD
Microsoft® Works 8.02
McAfee® Internet Security Suite 90-day Complimentary Subscription
Features Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2300 (1.66 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)3
512MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-256MB modules)
60GB 5400rpm Serial AT hard drive4
6-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick®, MemoryStick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, Mini Secure Digital®, RS-Multimedia Card™)
Modular 8x Multi-Format Double Layer DVD Writer (DVD±R/±RW/CD-RW)
Notebook Value Service Plan -- 1 year parts/labor/no on-site/1 year toll technical support5
One type II PC card slot
(4) USB 2.0, VGA, S-Video (TV Out), IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
15.4" WXGA TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 800 max. resolution)
ATI Mobility™ Radeon® X1400 SE 128MB Graphics (up to 256MB HyperMemory)
Full-Size Keyboard and EZ Pad® Pointing Device
Integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, and mic jacks
Primary 6-cell Lithium ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. limited battery warranty
Integrated V.92 56K modem
Integrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Ethernet Adapter
Six months America Online® Internet access6
Integrated Intel® 802.11a/b/g wireless networking card
Adobe® Acrobat Reader® 6.0, McAfee AntiSpyware 30 day introductory offer and Google Toolbar

heck i'm just gonna make a new post.
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