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Laptop Advice?

submitted on October 13, 2008 by Bionicle in "Products / Gadgets"
Hi Guys, I'm looking to buy a laptop and just when I thought I found a good Toshiba laptop, every review said it was bad. The things I am looking for is:

250 gig memory
3-4 gig ram
dual or quad core
14-18" screen

My price ranges is around $550 and lower. Anyone have any advice? Also, I would like to purchase a laptop on "Black Friday", so tell me if you found any good Black Friday deals to!
 

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  • 7709
    steve_05
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    Posted by steve_05 on October 13, 2008
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    I look forward to Black Friday all year. This site will keep u posted on deals already announced for BF. The laptop situation looks good this year.
    http://blackfriday.gottadeal.c.....redictions
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    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on October 13, 2008
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    Black Friday was a big disappointment for me last year. Wait till after holidays and you get same deals but don't have to wait hours in line
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on October 13, 2008
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      A lot of the deals are available online on Thanksgiving too!
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on October 13, 2008
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    Bionicle,

    First, ask yourself what you "need" your laptop to do.
    - Are you running multiple applications?
    - Are you just word processing and Internet?
    - Are you running high end process heavy applications?

    Second, ask yourself what you "want" your laptop to do.
    - Are you going to be playing Ever-Crack or World of War-Crack?
    - Is this machine going to serve as your entertainment center?

    For $550 bucks your probably not going to get the super-gaming laptop, and judging form the specs you provided that might be what you're looking for.

    This will also help tell you what brands and makes to look at.
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on October 13, 2008 [reply] 0 0
      When are you going to jump on the gravatar band wagon man?
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    • Bionicle
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      Posted by Bionicle on October 13, 2008
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      What?
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 13, 2008 [reply] 1 1
      Eventually, just have not gotten around to it yet.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 13, 2008 [reply] 1 1
      Alright, I'm on the wagon now. Gee-Wiz, no peer pressure here. Wink
  • 7776
    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 13, 2008
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    It's going to be for gaming, entertainment center, and internet. I might go to $650.
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    • MikeG
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      Posted by MikeG on October 13, 2008
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      Gaming is going to be a little more difficult for that price.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 13, 2008 [reply] 1 1
      You've just placed yourself in the absolute minimum range of $700-$800 for a low end gaming laptop, and probable even then used or refurbished. If you want to play high end games like Conan and the like, expect to be in the $800-$1000 range before your laptop starts performing like you want it to do.
  • 7803
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on October 13, 2008 [reply] 1 1
    There is an old saying...

    Cheap, Fast, Good, pick two.
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    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 14, 2008 [reply] 0 0
    OK, but would this be a good laptop for what I want?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ol.....8010845774
  • 7900
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on October 14, 2008 [reply] 1 1
    The built-in graphics looks as though it could handle the higher end games, as well as the built in 3GB of RAM (I would still upgrade to 4GB though). However the problem is the processor which is designed to run at 2.0GHz. For gaming the minimum I would go is 2.4Ghz, and actually I would recommend 2.8Ghz or higher. Many of the newer high end games require a 2.4Ghz at a minimum, and if you want to keep up with future demands that new games are likely to place on the system 2.8Ghz or higher is recommended. Else you may find in 1-2 years that the bright shiny new game that you want won't run on your system.

    If your an audiophile you probably won't be impressed with the sound performance on this one, as it looks like it just utilizes a run of the mill on-board audio chip.
  • 7901
    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on October 14, 2008 [reply] 1 1
    Also of note, expect to buy a good cooling pad in addition the the laptop (Try to get one with three fans.), as gaming machines run hot when your actively gaming. Even a drop of 2-3 degrees will extend the life of the laptop significantly.
  • 7908
    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 14, 2008
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    Well, could you help me find one like this no matter the price so I can try to get some more money and buy it. (Hopefully by winning the monthly BuxR contest!) Wink
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on October 14, 2008 [reply] 1 1
      I'll keep an eye out, but I should forewarn that I don't deal search nearly as ruthlessly as I used too, but I do occasionally run into such deals when be-bopping around the net.
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    • Bionicle
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      Posted by Bionicle on October 14, 2008
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      OK, Thanks!

      P.S. I LOVE Dell computers if you find any!
  • 7961
    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 15, 2008
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    Just so you know, I won't be playing games 24-7 on here, maybe a few hours a night, when I get the chance. Does that help any? Or would I still need everything?
  • 7966
    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 15, 2008
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    Oh, look at this! Is this any good for what I want it for? I can upgrade the battery if I need to.

    My Components
    Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T3200 (2.0GHz/667Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1
    Jet Black
    Microsoft Works
    1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
    Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
    Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
    Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card
    Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
    6 cell battery
    Sound Blaster® Audigy™HD Software Edition
    My Accessories
    McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 30-Days
    My Service
    Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
    Earthlink Internet Access
    Also Includes
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    Integrated Modem
    Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
    Windows Vista™ Basic
    Intel Pentium® Dual-Core Processor
  • 7967
    Bionicle
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    Posted by Bionicle on October 15, 2008
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    Wait, I changed it a little.

    My Components
    Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T3200 (2.0GHz/667Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1
    Jet Black
    Microsoft Works
    1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis
    Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
    Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
    CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
    Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card
    Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
    6 cell battery
    Sound Blaster® Audigy™HD Software Edition
    My Accessories
    McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 30-Days
    My Service
    Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
    Earthlink Internet Access
    Also Includes
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    Integrated Modem
    Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
    Windows Vista™ Basic
    Intel Pentium® Dual-Core Processor
  • 8025
    Bionicle
    beginner
    Posted by Bionicle on October 15, 2008
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    What do you think?
  • 8027
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on October 15, 2008
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    I will join Solstice on the CPU, I think 2GHz is not fast enough if you plan to use it for games. The problem with laptops is that they are hard to upgrade and so you may want to think ahead for 2-3 years. If this was a desktop I would say just make sure the CPU slot support an upgrade when you need it
  • 8030
    Bionicle
    beginner
    Posted by Bionicle on October 15, 2008
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    OK, thanks!

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