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Old 05-01-2005, 05:08 PM   #1
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do I want a laptop or a desktop next?

My Dell has officially entered the catagory of "T3h Suxxorz". PCI wireless slot not working, mouse messed up, terrible battery life (for both of my batteries), it shocks me every once and a while, shuts off randomly, mouse touch pad is messed up. All this remains after I formatted my computer, so it is all hardware and prolly the motherboard. New motherboard replacement is comprable to buying a new computer...so that's what I want to do.

I am trying to decide if I want another laptop or go with a desktop right now. The laptop I would get is an HP with AMD 64 bit and dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 100gig HD, 1gig memory and dedicated ATI video card so no sharing. Pretty good machine. And it's only $1200 at CompUSA with no intrest for 18mos.

I know for $1200 though, I could get (or build) a desktop that would surpass that in everyway. I would miss the portability of the laptop, being able to move about, and I have no real place for a desktop, but I use my laptop like a desktop anyway.

Suggestions? (sorry for the long post)
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Laptop!

I got a Dell Inspiron 9100, and it's a beast. I love it.
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:23 PM   #3
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f*ck dell. That is what I have now, and will never own another again. After doing research, dell's suck. I have gone to a couple repair shops and they all said the same thing. "another dell?"

I have had so many problems with mine, and I have 3 other friends with different models of Dells all have problems w/ theirs, and we all bought ours around the same time (w/in 6mos). Dell = the suck!
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laptop. i have been possibly looking at a mac for my next one......
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f*ck dell. That is what I have now, and will never own another again. After doing research, dell's suck. I have gone to a couple repair shops and they all said the same thing. "another dell?"

I have had so many problems with mine, and I have 3 other friends with different models of Dells all have problems w/ theirs, and we all bought ours around the same time (w/in 6mos). Dell = the suck!
Yeah, Dell sucks. But at least they're my ***** for a few more months.

I think I'd just build (that means have someone build) me a sweet desktop actually.
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:19 PM   #7
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i like my Dell laptop and the desktop i used to own

i say desktop and build your own



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Old 05-01-2005, 06:40 PM   #8
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laptop, i bought my at christmas and only used desk top a few times
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build a desktop if u want performance
or laptops pwn if... ya know
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and yes, i know my wires are hideous in that pic, and a hard drive is laying in the bottom...that pic is from a long time ago :thumbs2:
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Money being equal, you'll get alot more machine if you go desktop. I've got a Dell laptop, but I don't use it for gaming. It's just for when I need to take it places or I feel like browsing the internet from my couch.
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Holy cable clusters batman!!!!!


Build a desktop, you'll get a better machine for that kind of money.
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Old 05-01-2005, 09:28 PM   #13
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custom desktop > laptop

but i would get a laptop if you do a lot of traveling and you actually need a computer in mobile locations.
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built desktop > brand name

dell = teh suck
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Money being equal, you'll get alot more machine if you go desktop. I've got a Dell laptop, but I don't use it for gaming. It's just for when I need to take it places or I feel like browsing the internet from my couch.

yep that is why i use mine. but the laptop has been nice since i couldnt bring my desktop, both my monitors, and 4.1 surround sound with me to the desert but the laptop fit nicely in my bag
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it all depends on what you want to do

like stated, if you want to do alot of pc gaming and have a pc that you cant move, then get a desktop.

if all you want is to do **** on the net, do school **** and be able to use it anywhere in the house(or anyplace where the inhabitants are dumb enough to have open WAN's available) the laptop is the way to go.

btw ive had my dell desktop for about 2 years now, and aside from reformatting a year ago to clean it of 50 million viruses and spyware, it runs like a champ. im thinking about getting a laptop next since my desktop is good to me. when i reformatted and restarted for the first time it had like no drivers so the screen and hella other **** wouldnt work, so i called dell and the guy walked me through(after a week i couldnt find the problem) and he figured out the folder the drivers had a different name than the folder the drivers should have been in, so i renamed it and bango it ran fine. i will be getting my next lap/desk from dell. i hear you can call them and tell them you dont want all that extra crap installed so you have a very unmolested pc as far as useless crap programs(like the HP storeboughts come with).
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Dell is a four letter word. The Profanity filter should catch it. Sadly, It doesn't.

I tried to price my laptop from dell, and they are on drugs. I went to the BX and found TWICE the machine that dell would have sold me, and for under $900.

Dell tried to tell me they were giving me a military discount, of 2%. That doesn't even help with the sales tax.

Fvck Dell. Fvck them in their stupid asses.
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my dell stays up for months at a time and never has any serious issues...I have been looking for a laptop as well tho so I can sit on campus and do work.
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I've had a dell laptop for 2 years now. Good laptop, about time to reformat though. But I've had a few parts repaired under warranty and the dell guy drives to my apartment, fixes my laptop while I'm watching, and doesn't charge a dime. You just can't beat that.
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it all depends on what you want to do

like stated, if you want to do alot of pc gaming and have a pc that you cant move, then get a desktop.

if all you want is to do **** on the net, do school **** and be able to use it anywhere in the house(or anyplace where the inhabitants are dumb enough to have open WAN's available) the laptop is the way to go.

btw ive had my dell desktop for about 2 years now, and aside from reformatting a year ago to clean it of 50 million viruses and spyware, it runs like a champ. im thinking about getting a laptop next since my desktop is good to me. when i reformatted and restarted for the first time it had like no drivers so the screen and hella other **** wouldnt work, so i called dell and the guy walked me through(after a week i couldnt find the problem) and he figured out the folder the drivers had a different name than the folder the drivers should have been in, so i renamed it and bango it ran fine. i will be getting my next lap/desk from dell. i hear you can call them and tell them you dont want all that extra crap installed so you have a very unmolested pc as far as useless crap programs(like the HP storeboughts come with).
Yeah, the only problem I've had w/ mine was the HD crapped out. They sent me a new one, and when I installed all the drivers, I left all the crap out.
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Dell is a four letter word. The Profanity filter should catch it. Sadly, It doesn't.

I tried to price my laptop from dell, and they are on drugs. I went to the BX and found TWICE the machine that dell would have sold me, and for under $900.

Dell tried to tell me they were giving me a military discount, of 2%. That doesn't even help with the sales tax.

Fvck Dell. Fvck them in their stupid asses.

Are the prices at the BX that much better? I am due to go into the Air Force around Oct/Nov time.

I can build my own desktop. I don't do a lot of hardcore gaming. I just use a computer for the internet, music, burning dvds, and digital music editing. I occasionally play games on it, but I don't ever really have the time. The big thing is price right now. I don't have an extra $1200 laying around right now that I want to spend freely so I was thinking of buying a laptop from compUSA who has an 18mos no intrest deal. That way I can afford the $90/mo payments instead of fronting the $1200.

Oh well, I don't know.
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desktop first then laptop

those be the rules...
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the BX has crappy prices on computers...it would be the same to go online and order one.
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I'm not saying the BX always has the best prices, because they def. don't. What I can say is that d*ll doesn't give a **** about giving a military discount. I got more than dell would have sold me for $900.

But for the most part, the BX is more of a convenient place to buy **** than it is a bargain megaplex.

And really, where am I going to find this stuff locally anyhow... I'm in frikkin' Oklahoma.
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well it depends... if you want to be a serious gammer and dont have 5k to drop on a lappy then dont mess with it... you can get a nice one that will do alot of good stuff for a good price but it wont get a game machine with out serious money spent.

for a desktop pc me and brent can help you build an AMAZING cpu, for 1,000.00 i can build you a complete cpu including 17inch lcd monitor, mx510 mouse, keyboard, 5.1 sourround sound, etc , etc 3000 A64 whinchester, etc etc, very nice cpu! not a budget build.
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I decided that I will get another laptop again. I will be moving quite often in the next 1-2yrs due to entering the service and a desktop would just be more of a hassle.
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they just aint fast enough for me to game on... but they are nice to have
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I like my free HP

The previous one went bad on me too many times and I got a free one out of the service plan I had on it. So I just paid for a new service plan on this one. I had a month to go on the previous service plan as well when I got the new one!
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