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Old 11-10-2005, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, heres the current dilemma I am in:

I'm a college student who is majoring in comp sci, so I know a lot about computers and I know how to build a computer, but I'm kind of a noob when it comes to knowing what kind of parts to by as far as brand

Anyway, right now I have a very powerful Dell 6000d laptop computer with a 15.4" widescreen, Centrino M processor, 1gb ram, 128mb graphics card, upgraded screen...pretty much a small step below the XPS. It ended up being 1,700 which was a great deal (34% off) with a 3 yr warranty (did it just to be safe)

However, with all this power, it still falls short playing games like CS: Source, and handling a lot of tasks at once. So what I am thinking about doing is getting a small cheap laptop that can handle all the basic tasks for notetaking and such (just to bring to class), and then using the leftover money to buy a really powerful desktop pc.

I figure I can get about 1,300-1,500 on ebay if I sell it right now based on what has been sold on there so far. So, using this money, I would like to buy around a $500 laptop, and then use the other 800-1000 to buy a really good desktop.

What kind of system can I get with this money? Keep in mind that I need a flat-screen monitor as well. Is this a good trade off from what I have now? Thanks in advance!
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ohhh sweet god! 1000$ budget.. alright

motherboard:
MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491

CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

RAM:
OCZ Value Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024V25DC-K - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227039

Harddrive-
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120813AS 120GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148106

Powersupply-
RAIDMAX AURORA RX-580F ATX 580Watts Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152022

Video card-
eVGA 256-P2-N376-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130215

Case-
Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133132

operating system-
Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16837102151


someone probably alredy beat me to it... but oh well >_<

comes out at around 950 w/o shipping

save up a few extra bucks and spend like 240 on a good Acer 19" lcd
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thanks a bunch

Like I said, I don't know exactly what I'm going to get for my current laptop or how how much a cheaper notebook is going to cost me, so 950 without a monitor might be a bit of a stretch. I was looking more like 700-800 without shipping, which should leave me enough money to buy a good monitor as well.

Any suggestions on what I should downgrade with the above configuration?

Also, what should I get for a notebook? I was thinking that since I'm planning on majoring in CS (Im a freshman), I should experiment with either Linux or Apple as I've only worked briefly with both of them.
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How can you be in a computer science class but not know computer hardware? Well you could go with corsair value. It's like 15-20 bucks cheaper. If you're into overclocking, get a lower processor with a venice core like a 3200 or a 3500 if you really can't spend much. You can save a little but 100 bucks max if you want to do cs:S. Hmm you can even get a 6600gt instead of the 6800.
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Also, what should I get for a notebook? I was thinking that since I'm planning on majoring in CS (Im a freshman), I should experiment with either Linux or Apple as I've only worked briefly with both of them.
You should just run a dual-boot system in case you run into problems.
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How can you be in a computer science class but not know computer hardware?
I mean I know a lot about hardware, but I don't know specifics like whether the San Diego is better than the Clawhammer
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ohhh sweet god! 1000$ budget.. alright

motherboard:
MSI K8N Neo4-F Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130491

CPU:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

RAM:
OCZ Value Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory Model OCZ4001024V25DC-K - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227039

Harddrive-
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3120813AS 120GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148106

Powersupply-
RAIDMAX AURORA RX-580F ATX 580Watts Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152022

Video card-
eVGA 256-P2-N376-AX Geforce 6800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130215

Case-
Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133132

operating system-
Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition With Service Pack 2 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16837102151


someone probably alredy beat me to it... but oh well >_<

comes out at around 950 w/o shipping

save up a few extra bucks and spend like 240 on a good Acer 19" lcd
Scrap the GT for a GS, Scrap the 3700+ for a 3000+ and get yourself the LCD right now .
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Scrap the GT for a GS, Scrap the 3700+ for a 3000+ and get yourself the LCD right now .
Will I notice a big difference in performance? b/c i know its a pretty big difference in price between the two...thanks!
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