Im not one to reccomend dells as i have stayed away from dell as much as possibe and said they were crap, but..............as of 3 days ago i bought one. I reccomend the dell e1505 very highly now, i configured mine with the core 2 duo 2.0 ghz, 80 gb 7200prm HD, 1 gig ram and the ATI X1400. I also got the audigy sound card. Slapped a coupon on thet baby and got it for $1082 with tax and all. So far ive played wow, sims 2, morrowind, and battlefield 2. I will be testing half-life 2 and counter strike today when i get home. WOW plays very good with high-medium to high settings. It just killed the sims 2 no contest, perfect. To my surprize it actually played battlefield 2 with medium settings!!! and it played it well, around 28-33fps.
It multitasks like a beast does pretty much everything lightning fast and the screen looks insane also. Downsides are mine only has 80GB HD (because i wanted to save money), the screen sometimes doesnt come back on after you close and open the lid, and you have to remember to set the graphics proformance to optimal when not plugged in in catalyst, otherwise your games will play like crap when your playing on battery. It doesnt boot up in record times either, but its not like it takes forever.
Like i said im not a fan of dells, but it looks like ive ade an exception. This model of dell is a steal in my eyes. google dell coupons and get the one for 20% off over $999 purchases, i saved $255. Theres also a $62 service option under the protect my investment tab that i unchecked and saved $62 (up to you weather or not you want a warrenty, as for me i can live without)
All in all this is the best bang for your buck, it totally kills and is smokin fast. if you dont want to spend alot get this one......
...bu If you have the money you might could go with toshiba, but when i looked at them they all seemed too high, and i would advise just staying away from sony.
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