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Old 10-12-2006, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I'm currently considering buying a laptop. I'd like to keep the price under $2,000. I want something that's fairly slim and has a battery life of more than 3 hours. I also want to be able to game. Nothing too intense just Source games and maybe WoW. I bought my desktop from iBuypower.com and I'm thinking maybe I'll order a custom lappy from them too? Or maybe from Cyberpower? Any other suggestions?

What's the best processor for laptops? I see they're building notebooks with Intel Core Duos now. What about the AMD Turion 64? I want a good balance of power, battery life, and portability. I'm kind of behind on my CPU knowledge, so if you guys could fill me in, it'd be appreciated.

Any other suggestions/ comments are welcome. Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The new laptops from AMD (Turion) have very impressive battery life.

Example:
My Dad bought this laptop about 3 months ago, and it has about 4-hour battery life, with constant use (played games on a road trip).

The video card on it isn't impressive, but it's large (17"), and 1GB of RAM. All under $1200.

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...gon=&langid=EN


The core 2 duo's are powerful, but I was told at Future Shop that they only get about 1.5-2 hours with that processor. And they're called Centrino Duo with laptops.
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So a dual core cpu is probably not a good idea for my laptop then.
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No, cause you're really looking for battery life, not hardcore performance. Do you plan on gaming on this laptop?
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Yeah, I want to do some gaming. Stuff like HL2 and WoW. I'd also like to do 3D work and Source game mapping.
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, I've decided I do want to go with a dual core laptop. I'm just deciding whether to go with a Core 2 Duo or Turion 64 X2. Is the Core 2 duo 64 bit? If not, then I'll go with the AMD. Does anyone have any side-by-side comparisons of the two?
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got a inspiron 6400 aka the e1505 for cheap (1369 Canadian) and it has

Core 2 Duo 1.83
2 gigs ram
x1400 video card
80 gig hd
battery upgrade
operating sys upgrade
3 year complete care warranty (normally 300$ for 200$ included in the 1369)


Im satified. It seems to run well. I really wish they had a better video card though like a x1600 available. Either way it even plays fear quake 4 Doom 3 ect for me acceptably. Wow would be cake im sure. If you are really into games though you would probably want to get something with a X1600 to a 7950GT as they will be quite future proff for gaming and run the most demanding games smoothly.
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forgot to add...from what i understand the core 2 duos are 64 bit but the core duos are 32 bit.
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Okay, cool. Thanks for the info. I'll probably get an X1600 or GeForce Go 7600 range video card.
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