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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Ferny84, Aug 24, 2006.

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  1. Ferny84

    Ferny84 Notebook Geek

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1500-2000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Gaming, 3d work, browsing the net

    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    I'll take it to my friends house so we can LAN

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    World of warcraft, warcraft 3, HL2 (and upcoming mods for it).

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I like how Asus looks and Dell

    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Itd be nice to have more than 3 hours

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    No

    9) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in?

    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    Widescreen
    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    At least 2 years.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 120GB?
    80gb is fine

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?

    DVD-CD/RW

    Also, will prices be going down on laptops with the x1600?

    I see a laptop with a x1600 video card at the source and its the same price as a dell 9400 with a 7900gs.

    I would prefer a smaller laptop but with gaming capabilities.

    :confused:
     
  2. claudione314

    claudione314 Notebook Deity

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    For 15.4" laptops, Asus is almost always the way to go. The S96J, A8Jm, F3Jm, and W3J and are all good options. I've listed them from the cheapest to the most expensive. Performance differences are minimal. The Compal HEL80 is also a good choice.

    If you'd consider a 17", the Dell e1705 offers the best price/performance ratio on the market: its 7900GS card smokes X1600's and Go7600's. Other good 17-inchers (less powerful but better built) are the HP dv8000 (with a Go7600) and the Sager NP5750 (with a X1600).

    C.
     
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'll add the HP nc8430 to the thorough list C. put down. Great build quality.

    17" - Sager offers the NP5750 with the Go7800GTX now, which is faster than the Go7900GS at stock.
     
  4. N-Diggity

    N-Diggity Notebook Guru

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    I would reccomend the 9400 since your Canadian, as am I. I just ordered mine Saturday morning, and got a good deal on it. Came with a notebook skin and an all in one printer, which obviously arn't deal breakers but it's still nice to get them. I got my skin already on monday and the printer came today. My laptop finished being built yesterday and of 2 o'clock yesterday, is shipping from Austin Texas. So it doesn't take too incredibly long.

    Configure it with the 7900GS and you'll be great for gaming, just watch for sales as the prices fluctuate every week.
     
  5. Ferny84

    Ferny84 Notebook Geek

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    Dells "Do not pay until 2008" plan sounds good to me...

    Im just afraid that core 2 duo will be a lot faster than just regular core duo.
     
  6. claudione314

    claudione314 Notebook Deity

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    They will be for 64-bit applications, which are very rare nowadays unless you're a Linux user. One will really appreciate Core 2 Duos when Vista and related 64-bit apps/games come out. Until then, they will still be faster, but not too noticeably so.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about upgrading to Merom until Q3 2007 at the earliest.

    C.
     
  7. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    twilyzer Newbie

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    If you want to get a S96J and want a merom option from Canada you could check out NCIX.com (cdn prices)

    if you select this first

    Toshiba TS-L632C DVD+-RW III Notebook Optical Drive for ASUS S96J (TS-L632C)

    you will be offered the S96J cheaper as combo, this special comes and goes i've noticed.

    $677.34 S96J
    $101.15 TS-L632C DVD+-
    $41.28 Intel PRO/WIRELESS 3945

    $312.76 T5600 or $378.34 T7200
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    1132.53~1198.11
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    your choice Hard Drive
    your choice RAM

    I considered milestonepc.com because I thought their service would be best, but I am impatient and wanted the T7200 with 4m cache, plus NCIX.com prices came out to be cheaper and they offer multiple shipping options. May have to wait an extra 2-5days on stock but that was no biggie for me, my order got processed in 2days and I can't wait to get it. :D

    Also right now they have a limited supply of OCZ silver 5+ thermal compound for just $5.99 you may want to add as well.

    I considered ordering cross border but everyone that offered S96J seemed to use UPS and they charge crazy extra duty fees. :mad: So you won't get a deal that way.

    Hope this helps a bit.
    Too bad it's slim pickings in Canada for a good deal. :(

    Good luck
     
  9. chrisyano

    chrisyano Hall Monitor NBR Reviewer

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    I will second claudione314's and Chaz's recommendations. They are all excellent options to choose from.

    Since you would like more battery life, however, you may want to go with a 15.4" system. The Compal HEL80 comes with a 9-cell battery for some good unplugged time. 17" systems generally have shorter battery life.
     
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