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    Ca Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Hello,
    Still trying to decide on the laptop that I am getting for christmas and it's getting very close so I really need to make a decision...
    I checked the Staples website this morning and the laptop that I was planning on getting (DV6120ca) is still $1200 CAD (about $1040 USD), but the DV6140ca, which is a step up is on sale this week and is now $1250CAD (about $1084 USD). So is it worth the extra money to upgrade? The 6140 had an AMD processor and I don't know if that is a reason to go or not go with it. Here are the specs for the two computers:


    HP Pavilion DV6120ca
    -1.73 GHz Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology featuring Intel® Core™ Duo processor T2250 (2MB L2 cache) -1.0GB DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
    -120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    -LightScribe SuperMulti 8x DVD±RW with Double Layer Support
    -Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 with up to 128MB Shared video RAM
    -15.4” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) LCD
    -Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG LAN
    -Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)
    -High speed 56k modem
    -External Ports: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards; 3 USB 2.0; 2 Headphone out - 1 with SPDIF Digital Audio and 1 stereo; 1 microphone-in; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 TV-Out (S-video); 1 RJ-11 (modem); 1 RJ -45 (LAN); 1 notebook expansion port; 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin); 1 Consumer IR
    -HP Mobile Remote Control (Express Card Version) and Mobile Stereo Earbud Headphones Included
    -Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition, English


    HP Pavilion DV6140ca
    -1.8GHz AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-56 (2 x 512KB L2 Cache)
    -2GB DDR2 SDRAM
    -120GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
    -LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±RW with Double Layer Support
    -15.4” WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
    -NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 graphics, with up to 128MB Shared RAM
    -802.11b/g WLAN
    -Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
    -High speed 56k modem
    -HP Pavilion WebCam with Integrated Microphone
    -Ports: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards; 3 USB 2.0; 2 Headphone out -- 1 with SPDIF Digital Audio and 1 stereo; 1 microphone-in; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 TV-Out (S-video); 1 RJ-11 (modem); 1 RJ-45 (LAN); 1 notebook expansion port; 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin); 1 Consumer IR
    -Included: HP Mobile Remote Control (Express Card Version) and Mobile Stereo Earbud Headphones (1 pair)
    -Windows® XP Media Center Edition (Windows Vista Premium Ready), English
    -Comes with a free all-in-one printer because it is on sale


    Which notebook would you go with and why?
    Also, here is my FAQ:


    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $1000-$1250 CAD

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    University school work (word processing mostly), msn messenger, using the internet, playing some games (The sims 2), watching movies, listening to music.

    4) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    I will be travelling and taking it to school with me occasionally, but mainly for use at home.

    5) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games? Yes, but just the sims 2, maybe some other minor games.

    6) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    I like HP, I don't really like Dell or Acer.

    7) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As much as possible but 2-3 hours is fine.

    8) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    Depends on the website, I would order from the staples website.

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

    Screen Specifics

    10) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

    Widescreen probably.

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets. (I think, I dont know much about this)

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

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Yes, to some extent.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Buying it very soon, won't get it til Christmas though, and I want it to last probably 3 or 4 years.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 160GB?

    At least 100GB.

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

    Yes, I would like to be able to use and burn CDs and DVDs.

    Thanks And any advice would be awesome!!!

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Yes, it worth.

    The DV6140ca has 64 bit dual core CPU, 2x more RAM, and so much better video card.
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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    The AMD sounds like a good bargain for its price. Although it is slower than the Intel but it comes with an integrated webcam, free printer and twice the RAM. Not to mention it has a slightly better graphics chip. All for only 50 more, out of the two the AMD is your best value for money.

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by SideSwipe View Post
    The AMD sounds like a good bargain for its price. Although it is slower than the Intel but it comes with an integrated webcam, free printer and twice the RAM. Not to mention it has a slightly better graphics chip. All for only 50 more, out of the two the AMD is your best value for money.
    The Go 6150 is SO MUCH BETTER than the GMA 950
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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Yeah i guess so but still integrated and shared RAM. Dont really have the benchmarks but I have a desktop with that chip and its ok but nothing like a dedicated video card.

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    The difference is significant.

    The GMA 950 is the worst modern IGP, it doesn't even have hardware T&L.
    The Go 6150 is one of the best IGP options available on the market.
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    Ca Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    I'm in a similar situation having missed out on the 6120ca when it was $1100.

    I'm wondering, is there a big difference between the wireless connectivity?
    "Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG LAN" vs. "802.11b/g WLAN"

    Also, how much faster is the Intel over the AMD?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    I missed the DV6120 sale too! lol

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Doubt you would really "see" the difference in performance unless you do things like encoding video/audio, but its well known that Intel CPUs outperform AMD especially in the laptop market. However the Core Duo is a VERY good CPU.

    As for the wireless, shouldnt really matter as its just a networking component. Only reason the first one has Intel is because it is an Intel laptop.

    Another thing is the fact that intel centrinos are alot better at conserving battery power than AMD As far as I know.

    Id still go for the AMD if those were my choices.

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    Default Re: Which HP Pavilion DV6000 should I choose?

    Also, HP offers a 14-day guarantee where you can get a brand new computer if there is anything wrong with the one you have. I believe this is right. But if it is ordered online, would that start when you get or order the computer? Also, if it is bought in store, it won't even be opened until christmas day, but this policy would start when it is bought. Right?

 

 
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