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Old 11-29-2006, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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yea well im going to college in a few months so i want a laptop
i want it to be able to run all my nessicary programs and run a few games- i tend to run alot of things when im online 7+ internet window's , music, a game , download's all at the same time so i need something that wont freeze up or be slow as ****
so im looking into a laptop in the 1500 range give or take ive looked into it alittle but... yea i know nothing about computer's so it makes it alittle hard. So im intrested in knowing what you think i should get i have a few selections here i looked into
http://www.avadirect.com/product_det....asp?PRID=5628

http://www.alienware.com/Product_Pag...l_default.aspx
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...us_Notebook#ts
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=DNCWGA1&s=dhs
http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/c...r.aspx?mid=164

yea keep in mind i dont know anything about computers so let me know whats overkill or not sufficient also any other computers then the ones listed and any brands you like .. any help is greatly appriciated
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No on the Dell if you game. You'd have to upgrade the video card, and that wouldn't be worth it.

Or, wait, what games do you play?
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yea i really dont like dell's already... i usally stick to starcraft and warcraft 3 (not so much) there not fashy top of the line game's but i still want something that can keep up with my multitasking
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anyone with laptop experience plz share your idea's
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well look at voodoo 2... they have some nice ones.... alienwares desktop rigs are overpirced alot !! but i dk about the laptops
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i need help narrowing it down, not getting more option's i think ive taken out alienware and voodoo( due to them been the same for double the price) and i dont like dell's much but im still thinkin about that one
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This sounds like blasphemy but I would buy one at like BestBuy and get a three year warranty.

There's no doubt your laptop will experience some failures during that time period - first the battery will die, then the LCD screen will mess up, other odd issues.
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Okay, I sell laptops like 40 hours a week so I should be able to help here....
CPU-Since you multitask a lot you must get a good dual core proc, either a Turion 64x2 or Intel Core Duo. If you really want some power you could go the Core2Duo route but I think for you that's overkill.
RAM-1gb is the minimum, If you can afford it get 2 (the max in nearly all notebooks)
HD-At least 80gbs, depend on how much music and movies you want to store.
Video- Don't bother with Intel Integrated graphics, they're very poor even for your needs. You'll never be able to play a new game on your lappy and they'd be kind of a waste. At least get an ATI x200/ nvidia gefroce 6100 or 6150 or equivalent integrated graphics. It's not a whole lot more to get an actualy dedicated card and I would encourage you to do so for playing new games.
For portability reasons (big, heavy notebook, shorter battery life, etc) I don't usually recommend a 17" screen. 15.4" is great for most people. What is your price range here?
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i'd like to keep it under 1800 ive looked into it abit and i have a few diffrent idea's but i cant really decide on anything due to the fact that i know little to nothing

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-hp-laptop-DU...QQcmdZViewItem

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...us_Notebook#ts

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det....asp?PRID=5628

http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/c...r.aspx?mid=164


these are a few of the things i was looking at i was thinking either get one of the first two as they come, or customize one of the second two ?
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