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Old 10-15-2006, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question A good time to buy powerful laptop?

I'm looking into a laptop to replace my current desktop PC, and I was wondering if now is a good time to buy, or if there is some technology upgrade coming in the near future I should wait for.

I just don't want to buy a laptop now and find out a month later that there are quad-processors in notebooks, or something like that.

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Old 10-15-2006, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on your budget. What are you going to use the laptop for? What's your price range?? Give more info.

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Old 10-15-2006, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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theres really never a good time to buy laptops, most ddr setups are way cheaper than ddr2 right now...
but thats about it
you want a core2duo mobile right now, circuitcity has a really nice viao C2D really small laptop its awsome $2400, or $2100 unprotected, i have no clue what they are tryin to say...
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Depends on your budget. What are you going to use the laptop for? What's your price range?? Give more info.
Right now I'm looking at systems $2000-$2500, but if I decided to blow my account, I could look at stuff $3000+. I'd like it to become my primary PC, so I'd like it to be capable of everything, including most high-end gaming with good quality. Is that being unrealistic for my price range? The best deals I've found in terms of value and power are with Gateway and Dell. Here is a gateway notebook I built on the web site:

System Name: Gateway NX860XL

Unit Price:* $1799.99

Config Price:* $2178.97

Total Price:* $2178.97

Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition w/ XP Media Center Backup CD
Application Software: Microsoft® Works 8.5
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2.00 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 4MB L2 Cache)
Memory: 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-1024MB modules)
Screen: 17" Ultrabright WSXGA+ TFT Active Matrix (1680 x 1050 max. resolution)
Hard Drive: 100GB 7200rpm Serial ATA hard drive ........[ +US$60.00]

Optical Drive: Integrated 8x Multi-Format Double Layer DVD Writer (DVD±R/±RW/CD-RW)
Extended Service Plan Including Limited Warranty: Notebook Value Service Plan -- 3 year parts/labor/no on-site/3 year technical support ........[ +US$159.99]
Accidental Damage Plan: Three years accidental damage plan ........[ +US$99.00]
Battery: Primary 8-cell lithium-ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. limited battery warranty
Security Software: No Security Subscription Selected
Carrying Case: Targus® Platinum Deluxe Carrying Case (fits 17" screens) ........[ +US$59.99]
Integrated Wireless Networking Adapter: Integrated Intel® 802.11a/b/g wireless networking card
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® Wireless Networking Module
Speakers: External speakers not selected
Answers by Gateway Support Cards: Answers by Gateway Per Incident support card
Rebate: $100 instant savings (reflected in price, limited time promotion)
Mobile Technology: Features Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology
Floppy Drive: 6-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick®, MemoryStick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, Mini Secure Digital®, RS-Multimedia Card™)
Expansion Slots: One type II PC card slot
External Ports: (4) USB 2.0, VGA, S-Video (TV Out), IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
Video: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS Graphics w/ 256MB DDR Video Memory
Keyboard and Mouse: Full-size keyboard w/ integrated 10-key pad and EZ Pad® pointing device
Multimedia Package: Integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, and microphone jacks
Modem: Integrated V.92 56K modem
Network Adapter: Integrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter

Would this be strong enough to last a while? Or would I need to increase my price range?
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Old 10-16-2006, 09:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2006, 10:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't like dell or gateway, but for laptops I hear they're better.

I would say yes, better than my desktop. Gamming laptops can get hot but other than that as long as you're willing to dish out cash most people are happy with them. You may want an external hardrive for storage, but other than that I have no suggestions.

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