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Old 06-10-2009, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am looking at a Sony Vaio on newegg. I just want to know if it is good enough for what I want to do and whether or not it is overpriced. I want a computer for school mostly, but also to play games some on the weekends. I looked at Sony.com and the FW is way more expensive so Im not sure if this one is last years model, which is fine, because it has almost everything I want. The biggest downside I see right now is the graphics card, but it is decent.

Newegg.com - SONY VAIO AW Series VGN-AW290JAH NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T9550(2.66GHz) 18.4" 4GB Memory DDR2 800 320GB HDD 7200rpm Dual layer DVD Burner NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT - Laptops / Notebooks
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i wouldnt get that, sonys tend to be a bit overpriced

Newegg.com - MSI GT627-216US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8400(2.26GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS - Laptops / Notebooks

MSI makes good laptops.
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if you do, burn off your recovery media immedately and keep them somewhere safe. Sony does not post up drivers for their notebooks on their website.

18" display is rather big. I would not want to be lugging that around.

I can see what you are getting at with the video card. The 9600MGT is starting to get a little dated because other manufacturers have moved on to ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series card.
Personally i would be going for one of these
Newegg.com - MSI GT725-212US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000&#40;2.00GHz&#41; 17.0&#34; Wide UXGA 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm BD Combo ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 - Laptops / Notebooks

Okay, the $100 more. The secreen is only 17" However the you are getting BluRay/DVDRW combo. And you are getting a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850

Otherwise, there is the
Newegg.com - MSI GT725-074US NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8600&#40;2.40GHz&#41; 17.0&#34; Wide SXGA&#43; 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 - Laptops / Notebooks

Check out http://www.techist.com/forums/f84/la...g-list-165525/ and you will see that you are getting a Class 1 Graphic Card as appose to a Class 2 Med Range Graphic Card
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