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Old 06-21-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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What should I spend it on?

Which processor is better, Intel or AMD?

I heard Windows Vista is bad, is there a way I can get something better?
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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What are you going to be using the laptop for.. that makes a difference in what is best for you. Although I would never suggest Vista. Most come with Win 7 now and it's much improved IMO
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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What are you going to be using the laptop for.. that makes a difference in what is best for you. Although I would never suggest Vista. Most come with Win 7 now and it's much improved IMO
I'm going to be using it for office work. In addition, I will use it for entertainment purposes (movies/music). When I watch movies on my computer now it drags/skips, I dont want that. I want a laptop with high memory. And I will surf the web, i'll be doing a lot of multi-tasking on my laptop, a lot of tabs open.

Hopefully things like Excel and Powerpoint will be included in my bundle this time.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:08 AM
 
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Ok, let me let it easy:


Amazon.com: Gateway NV7915u Notebook PC (Black) - Intel Core…

OR

Amazon.com: HP G72-250US 17.3-Inch Laptop: Computer & Accessories
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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I liked that Gateway too and considered buying it. After talking with my husband's buddy who is into all things computer, I am not. He said Gateway computers don't play nice- meaning software problems and other glitches. I have 2 friends who have them and yup, that is exactly what happened...

He did suggest Toshiba. He said to stay away from any T processors and AMD. AMD used to be great but have gone downhill. On the Toshiba the new Intel i3, i5 and i7 are great choices.

That is what I am going to get... saw the i3 on sale at Best Buy last week for like 699. It was a good deal... Since I don't need it right away, I am waiting for the i5 to go on sale... :-)

Check it out- it has lots of memory, great size hard drive and screen area. Have fun!
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:00 AM
 
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You're showing 17" models. You do know these are heavy to cart around. If you want to be more mobile, get something with a 15ish screen like a HP/Compaq CQ61 or 62. You want it to be a core 2 or higher (core duo is lower). Now to keep yourself in budget you will need Office Student @ $150, Internet security at $70, tax/printer/accessories @ $200. So the top end on cost of the notebook is $580. Wait another six weeks for back to school ads as they usually include rebates.

As to your concerns most $399 and above notebooks come with a large hard drive, 3GB ram or higher and a pretty strong processor. In todays technology DVD based movies dont freeze up or jerk. The only way now for this to happen is usually your cable company cutting down your bandwith while watching a movie over the internet. Windows 7 is standard in current notebooks, just make sure it has Premium or Professional loaded.

Also be aware your old printer may not have current drivers available and some older software will be not compatable with Win7 which is why I included a printer earlier in my response.
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