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Old 09-07-2007, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm gonna be getting a new job soon and would like to build a laptop. It's something I've wanted for a long time.

It needs to be able to play games, but not necessarily on maxed settings. If it can play BF2 on medium settings fluently I'd be happy. I want 17" screen size if at all possible. I want at least an AMD Turion X2 CPU and 2GB of RAM.

Now.. I've found this: Newegg.com - EVEREX XT5000T NoteBook AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50(1.60GHz) 17.0" Wide XGA+ 1GB DDR2 533 100GB 5400rpm Dual layer DVD Burner NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 - Retail

It seems to fill what I want pretty good. It doesn't have a very fast CPU but at least it's dual core and should play some games.

I need to know though... are laptops usually upgradeable, or is everything integrated? Can I upgrade the CPU, video card, RAM and hard drives later if I want to?

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Whats your budget? You should get a barebone laptop so you can buy only the parts you want.
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You can upgrade the laptop CPU, but they are very expensive. The video is either integrated or a card, most like integrated. The ram is the simplest part, its just under the laptop behind a cover. Hard drive is simple too. Like the ram, unscrew one or two screws, pull out the tray and replace.
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You can upgrade the laptop CPU, but they are very expensive. The video is either integrated or a card, most like integrated. The ram is the simplest part, its just under the laptop behind a cover. Hard drive is simple too. Like the ram, unscrew one or two screws, pull out the tray and replace.
Agree here - RAM and HD are easy to do. Heck, even the CD ROM is as well. Video card, i don't think so.

If you are looking to carry your laptop around, i would stay away from the 17inch screen. I had a 15inch one and was pain in the butt to carry. 14inch is perfect. just my 0.2
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I found this one: Newegg.com - ASUS F3 Series F3SV-X1 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T7300(2.00GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 1GB DDR2 667 160GB 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS - Retail

It's got an 8600M GS...so it would play the games I wanted to even on low-medium, which is fine.

I'm not really sure what my budget is, because I don't have a job yet. I was just going to pick one I liked and have that as my goal.
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The Asus S96s is a good choice. Its less than $600 (without components) and it usually comes with a 8600M GS

If you have a MXM slot, you'll be able to upgrade the video card as well.
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