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Only have a $1400AU Budget.

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by xxfatexx, Jul 10, 2007.

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  1. xxfatexx

    xxfatexx Newbie

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    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ACER-AMD-DUA...1QQihZ001QQcategoryZ26266QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Is a laptop like that good for $1400? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? I would just like it a laptop as my desktop is getting old and i reguarly move inbetween houses with my computer so it's not too good for it.

    I would mainly just like to browse and maybe a bit of light gaming such as WoW and Warcraft 3 and was also wondering if that gfx card would be able to handle it?

    I cannot stretch my budget much as i am just a 15 year old school student :(

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mujtaba

    mujtaba ZzzZzz Super Moderator

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    Hello and Welcome to the forum :)
    Have you looked at the new DELL offerings such as E1520 and M1330 ?
    And also please fill the FAQ.
     
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Acer notebooks are not known for having the best build quality . . . if you complete the FAQ as mujtaba said we can help you much more. :)
     
  4. xxfatexx

    xxfatexx Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget? $1400 AU

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen



    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    Not really, First time buying a laptop

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Just browsing and some gaming

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    A bit of Both.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    I would like to play Warcraft 3 and WoW, And some other games which have very low requirements.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Not really an issue, Mostly will have it plugged into the wall while using.

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    Not really if someone has recommended it or it has been given good reviews.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    I have only used XP since around when it came out, open to using Vista but i dont know how much coverage it has on games.

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Not Fussed

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

    Standard
    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    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.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    I think non-glossy but i'm not exactly sure, hate glare in the sunlight haha.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    As long as it looks decent and not like a brick, it's fine.

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Years to come :) It will mostly be replacing my crappy desktop.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB? Preferrably around 120gb but i only currently have a 40gb on my desktop so anything is good!

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
    Not really, have DVD burner and CD burner on other desktop in the household.

    Hopefully this will help you guys help me choose one, I've basically been looking at eBay as my budget is quite low but i am only a student in school so i cannot really stretch it too much more.
     
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Thanks for completing that, it really helps. :)

    Consider the HP 6715b for a 15.4" - great quality and a good value. For something more multimedia-oriented, consider the HP dv6000t/dv6500t.

    17" - I'd look at the Acer Aspire 9300 and the Dell Inspiron 1520.
     
  6. xxfatexx

    xxfatexx Newbie

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    Thanks for the help, So you don't think that laptop on ebay i posted in the first play was good? I thought 2gb ram with the ATI 1300XT and Dual core AMD processor may be able to play the games i wanted to, and seeing its in Australia = Cheap shipping, And it was $100 under my budget with the cashback
     
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