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Old 10-29-2007, 08:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, my mother has decided to buy me a laptop for my xmass gift, but she needs an idea as to what I want and I HAVE to stay below the price of the laptop. I am looking for any laptop with a decent processor, preferably an AMD processor, with 1GB of ram and a decent integrated graphics card. Screen size needs to be 15inch or bigger... I WAS looking at Newegg.com - HP Pavilion DV9610US(GS718UA) NoteBook AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58(1.90GHz) 17.0" Wide XGA+ 1GB 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 7150M - Retail but I was wondering if I could find something a little cheaper, and I would also like opinions on that laptop, also, the laptop will end up having XP Pro installed so it doesn't matter to much on hardware, just preferences of mine. The max price is ~$600. But I can probably talk her into that HP I linked to with some help from my brother and your opinions...
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Old 10-30-2007, 09:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you plan on doing any gaming i would recommend this dell vostro.

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The geforce 8400 will give you better performance than integrated graphics. If you can afford it the geforce 8600 is the best graphics card generally available on laptops. Despite many peoples criticism of dell according to consumer reports there laptops are very good quality. I would not buy a HP/Compaq (they are the same company). My laptop is a Compaq and it had defective ram when I picked it up from the store.

With the geforce 8400 the dell comes to $599
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I'd rather stay away from dell right now. But this laptop won't really be used for heavy gaming, maybe some warcraft 3 or starcraft, that is about it. I found what I think I will end up getting. Any opinions would be appreciated.
Newegg.com - HP Pavilion DV6605US(GS662UA) NoteBook AMD Mobile Athlon 64 X2 TK-55(1.80GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 1GB 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 7150M - Retail
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I would not recommend anything made by HP. If you do not want a dell then I would recommend checking out Toshiba or Sony. Asus also makes great laptops but they may be outside your price range.
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HP makes some of the best desktop/laptops available...So I do recommend getting an HP.
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I cannot recommend Hp based on my past experience with them but it is possible that I may have just been unlucky. the laptop that you selected seems to be pretty good but you may be able to get a better price (CompUSA runs a lot of sales on HP's)
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Yeah might've just been unlucky..Or I might be lucky..Could go either way. But i've had my HP for a couple years now and I've only had to update it a couple times.

And here's a good HP Laptop for you. It's even a good deal ($100.00 rebate) so it comes out to 519$ in the end. It's got a 15.4" screen so it's just what you wanted basically.

Newegg.com - HP 530(GH640AT#ABA) NoteBook Intel Core Duo T2050(1.60GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 512MB DDR2 667 80GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel GMA950 - Retail
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That Del Vostro is a way better deal then the Hp ^
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I am going to stick with HP, I don't need the laptop for serious gaming, just my casual gaming, wait... is the 7xxx series graphics dx10 capable??? Either way the only games that will ever be played on it will be warcraft 3, sc2, sc, diablo 2 expansion... Other than that, it will be used to do vocational work and school work. Now, it is time to talk mother into the laptop I want...
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