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07-14-2008 04:17 AM  9 years agoPost 1
evoflight

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I need a new laptop, I was going to go with Dell but the one I had quoted was pretty expensive. As far as hardware for the most part this is what it had

Intel T9300 dual core 2.5ghz 800mhz FSB 6mb Cache
4gb Ram
128mb Nvidia video card
250gb Sata HD 7200RPM
13.3" Wide Screen

It came out to $2,200 with tax. I really didnt want to spend that much, I figured I'd ask if anyone else had some suggestions. I want something with some power because I'm going to be doing some basic video editing/gaming.

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07-14-2008 04:19 AM  9 years agoPost 2
evoflight

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I also want it to be light and easy to carry around, that's why I went with the 13.3" widescreen. Here was it's dimensions

(w) 12.5, (d) 9.4, (h) 0.87 to 1.33 inches

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07-14-2008 04:35 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Horas

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try this link. i saw your configurations on an xps for $1003.

http://www.deals2buy.com/delldeals.htm

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...4471&lid=566643

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07-14-2008 05:01 AM  9 years agoPost 4
legoman67

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if you want a powerhouse and laptop your going to be paying a fair amount

heres mine

inspiron 1520
15.4 true life 2080x 1440 display
256 nvidia
4 gig ram
120gig 7200 rpm drive
dual core 2.0

it came to like 1800 last year.. its great!

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07-14-2008 05:19 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Topher

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Powerful PC and light weight portable dont go together, pick a side. Also Dells are garbage buy a better brand. The best bang for the buck I found is at http://www.cyberpowerpc.com.

will wash your heli for a quarter

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07-14-2008 06:59 AM  9 years agoPost 6
Sean Williams

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How about something from Area 51

Team Avant
Team Triforce
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07-14-2008 08:43 AM  9 years agoPost 7
alfred

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Sorry Topher

I have had Dells before and thought not much of them, but my new XPS 1530 is rocking along.
Apart from Vista Ultimate which it runs with ease, I also run Linux Mandriva 2008.1 Spring on it.

Here are the specs:

XPS M1530
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T8300
Genuine Windows Vista(R) Ultimate 32 bit (English)
4GB ( 2 X 2048MB ) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2
15.4" UltraSharp(TM) Widescreen WSXGA+ (1680x1050)
200GB SATA 7200RPM Performance Hard Drive
256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 8600M GT
Intel(R) 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini-Card
Dell(TM) Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module
TV Tuner with Remote Control Package
TV Tuner Card (ExpressCard)

As a personal Laptop (not a work one), it's pretty bloody good.
It runs my Flight Simulator without issues, TV Tuner card gives me SD digital TV for when I stay in Hotels/Motels. Plug in SD etc memory cards from cameras..Has a button which you just press and it finds the wireless Networks all around you (most of them, completely wide open and unsecured LOL ).
Good battery backup ..about 2 hours.

It's got 3 high speeed USB slots..Firewire...HDMI output....on and on.
Finger swipe....

It's not too big and not too heavy either. Actually, I don't think it's much heavier then my T42 Thinkpad from work.

Mine was about AUS $2100,- so in America, it should be a bit cheaper.

So far it's the only bloody Dell I have ever liked

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07-14-2008 11:42 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Learn to Fly

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MacBook Pro.


Jeff
Believe nothing you hear, and half of what you see...

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07-14-2008 02:03 PM  9 years agoPost 9
SSN Pru

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I've had two Toshiba's and an HP. I would recommend either over a Dell any day!. I have Dell's at work and they just feel and look cheap!
Good battery backup ..about 2 hours.
LOL, batteries on laptops are not supposed to be 'backups'...

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07-14-2008 02:10 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Pistol Pete

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IF you like INTEL chips and WINDOWS Operating system..also known as WINTELL systems...you cant go wrong with DELL...they do what they do...compute.

Typing from this Dell system since April 2004.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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07-14-2008 02:41 PM  9 years agoPost 11
Cowjock

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I second the Mac Book Pro!!! Nice machine, runs windows too.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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07-14-2008 02:51 PM  9 years agoPost 12
michael88997

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alienware rocks ... had my laptop for almost 3 years and nothing has gone bad... plus you can upgrade anything in it if you wanted to

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07-14-2008 03:23 PM  9 years agoPost 13
evoflight

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I guess the price was to bad, I forgot to mention the price included $250 in software. I'll take a look at the alienware. I wanted to stay away from macs, I'm not a big fan.

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07-14-2008 03:46 PM  9 years agoPost 14
SSN Pru

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I wouldn't buy any software with my laptop. you can probably get it for cheaper elsewhere anyways.

hell, see if you can get the machine without an OS on it. You can buy the OS for cheap money and have the installation disk too instead of just a restore disk.
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07-14-2008 03:47 PM  9 years agoPost 15
redvtr1000

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what do you want the thing to do???

I bought a widescreen hp laptop a few months ago and aside from some of the crappy software they preload the thing with it has served my every purpose very well.

Its an hp pavillion, dv6000 series (not sure but I think dv 6041 or something). Dual core processor, nvidia geforce 750m graphics, burner, plenty of usb ports, wireless, and a nice looking screen. Best of all, total price was 800 for a nice looking light weight laptop that does all I need and more. This thing runs phoenix just fine (not as great as my desktop in the graphics department but superb for the price).

If you are playing the craziest games with the hottest graphics this might not be what you want but if you want a decent computer at a good price that can handle something like phoenix then I can't see how you could go wrong with one of these, especially with the rate at which computers advance technologically.

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07-14-2008 04:00 PM  9 years agoPost 16
evoflight

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Before I added in the software I looked around on the internet to see what other prices I could get it at and you do get a discount when buying it with the system. I couldn't find it cheaper anywhere.

As far as what I want it to do. I'm pretty much mostly going to be using it for school work. I'm starting to get into video editing here and there, that's what I wanted to get something with some power. Last night I uploaded a 16min video into Sony Vegas Movie Studio and it took my current computer 4 hours to encode it from a vob to an mpg file. I wanted to bash my head into the wall.

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07-14-2008 04:24 PM  9 years agoPost 17
Topher

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Do you really need a laptop computer for school? I used a low power IBM T40 ($200) for normal school work but saved all my high power stuff for my desktop ($900). Video editing requires a lot of power and your going to pay 3x as much for a laptop that has the capabilities of a desktop.

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07-14-2008 04:28 PM  9 years agoPost 18
evoflight

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Do you really need a laptop computer for school? I used a low power IBM T40 ($200) for normal school work but saved all my high power stuff for my desktop ($900). Video editing requires a lot of power and your going to pay 3x as much for a laptop that has the capabilities of a desktop.
This year I'm going to be staying at my moms on the weekends and up near my school at my my dads during the week. I kind of wanted one computer I can do all my stuff on and take it back and forth.

I was looking on NewEgg at one of those cyberpower laptops you mentioned. Have you ever personally had one? I've never heard of the company but they have a really good deal on one at newegg

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07-14-2008 04:36 PM  9 years agoPost 19
evoflight

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They also have a really good deal on an ASUS, how are those?

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07-14-2008 04:37 PM  9 years agoPost 20
Topher

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No, I have not owned one as I dont believe in buying new or expensive laptops as mine tend to be subjected to a lot of abuse. However, they are used at work as portable CAD workstations and perform very well. The majority of the machines CP sells are simple "no frill" comps that get the job done for a good price. You wont find glossy paint or fancy chrome **** on most of them like Dells or Macs but they are built well with quality hardware which is more than can be said for most proprietary brands. You wont be disappointed. I also suggest you look at Asus and Twinhead.

EDIT:
I bought an Asus for my step dad. My only complaint is Asus doesnt like to support XP anymore and they put there Wifi switches in stupid places. Other than that, its solid machine.

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