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Old 01-04-2009, 02:25 PM   #1
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I need a new notebook computer... help

Looking for something for word processing, some photoshop, internet, and thats about it. Needs to be around the 15" size, and between 6-700 dollars. I've been out of the loop on this stuff for a while, so help from people that know their **** would be sweet.

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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 13. I'm liking it pretty well.
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Get a Sager. Their M.O. is exclusively laptop computers, and they have an excellent reputation. Their company and support are USA based as well

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Never heard of them... looks pretty good. If they are around in 5 years when I need a new laptop I'll give them a shot
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Newegg.com - $500 - $750, Laptops / Notebooks, Laptops, Notebooks & Netbooks, PCs & Laptops

id personally stay away from vista. itll do nothing but eat precious battery life. anything with at xp and at least a gig of ram should do the job - no need on going all out. in fact, i would even recommend the asus eeepc series if the screen size didnt bother you.
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Never heard of them... looks pretty good. If they are around in 5 years when I need a new laptop I'll give them a shot

"Sager has been an industry leader in the production of portable computers since its inception in 1985. In its two decades of service, Sager has developed a reputation for offering the most advanced technologies at prices unrivaled in the industry, while backing all of their products with the best warranties in the business. Focusing exclusively on portable PCs, Sager is consistently among the first to break new ground in implementing technical advances for mobile computing, including powerful solutions for mobile gaming, video editing, and advanced business application"

They've been around a while already
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Re: I need a new notebook computer... help

I picked up an HP dv5t, my only complaint is the quick touch panels are very touchy, and I often have to wipe them down after trying to use them, or they constantly try to adjust as if I were hitting them again.. even when there's no sign I'd touched 'em.. (no fingerprints or anything)

I got mine for about 40% off with discounts though so I can't complain too much

compaq has the same basic hardware/software as they're the same company.. but better prices, couldn't hurt to check those out
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I say order a Dell. that way you can order it with XP instead of Vista
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I've had two Dells and they have both done their job. Dell allows you to customize the hell out of their laptops so I am sure you can come up with something in your price range that fits your needs.
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My wife still uses her Dell insperon 4100. She bought it when XP first came out
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There's one for sale on SVTP never been out of the box...

FS: Brand new Acer 15" notebook - SVTPerformance
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looks like a deal to me
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^^^ If I had the 500 I'd buy it as mine **** another hard drive...so it's time to replace it.
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I say order a Dell. that way you can order it with XP instead of Vista
When I ordered mine, Vista Home Premium was the only choice. There was no XP or no-OS options. I didn't really care, because I was putting Vista Ultimate on it, anyway. I was just hoping I could save a few bucks.
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you could pick both this summer. I guess that ship has sailed
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Re: I need a new notebook computer... help

I think I'm gonna get a dell... I can get the most for the money and I like their reputation. Ill probably get a studio model with the only upgrade being 4gb of ram from 3gb... itll come in right around 699.
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I think I'm gonna get a dell... I can get the most for the money and I like their reputation. Ill probably get a studio model with the only upgrade being 4gb of ram from 3gb... itll come in right around 699.
4 GB of RAM is a little over the top if you're not doing any gaming, even if you are going to run Vista. I'm not sure what the difference is between the price in the 3 GB and 4 GB versions, but a lot of times manufacturers really jack up the prices for small upgrades that you could do much cheaper yourself if the need arises.
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The laptop I bought not too long ago is everything you just said and I use it for the same reasons as you want to. I have a compaq, 15" with 1 GB of memory (I just updated to 2 for the fun of it), it has vista but still ran quick and does the job. I think I paid around $650 for it so it should be in your price range.
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Woohoo got the comp today. Instead of a laptop I went with a desktop. Brent help me put everything together for it, and just got all the parts today and put her together. Me likey so far
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Post up the specs. I know Markuz will probably ask you eventually lol
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Core 2 duo @ 3.16 Ghz
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What was the final price on that? Like 780? (without the expensive blurary)
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That 9800GT has to be the best value in graphics cards in forever.
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What was the final price on that? Like 780? (without the expensive blurary)
Parts were all 757.54... shipping was 35 dollars. I already want another vid card to run sli... ill probably buy it soon lol.

the blu ray player was only 119...
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Parts were all 757.54... shipping was 35 dollars. I already want another vid card to run sli... ill probably buy it soon lol.

the blu ray player was only 119...
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I have no idea what that means... or does...
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I have no idea what that means... or does...
It uses electricity. With it's magical electrical consuming properties, your small apartment can use more electricity a month than Mark's three bedroom house.
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I have no idea what that means... or does...
It folds proteins which are used to try to understand diseases.

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It uses electricity. With it's magical electrical consuming properties, your small apartment can use more electricity a month than Mark's three bedroom house.
One 9800 GT won't use enough electricity to dent your bill. I run 2 8800GT's, one quad core processor and one dual core 24/7 and only paid 90 bucks last month.
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WTF? folds proteins?

How does me running a video card help understand a disease? Im really ****ing confused.
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WTF? folds proteins?

How does me running a video card help understand a disease? Im really ****ing confused.
Your video card is the same thing as a processor basically. Folding@home just uses it to run calculations on protein (simulated protein) and then sends it back to Standford so that scientists can examine it.

You get a certain amount of points for every WU (Work Unit) that you send back. There are teams that you can join. I fold EOCF (Extreme Overclocking Forum) which is ranked 16th in the entire project. I rank 56th right now on the team.

You can also fold PS3's and regular PC processors.
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i like how it went:

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