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Hawkeye18z

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#1 11 years ago

She's in college & needs a portable. This is the one I'm looking toward buying. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/ntbkx56800.asp?v=d Will it do whatever she needs for school? Should I go with the one that has the AMD Turion processor? Any better ideas? I've got to buy her one when I get back from my trip. Any help from those of you with the knowledge, is appreciated.:)




KeMiKaL

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#2 11 years ago

If she's only using it for school that would be perfectly capable of handling any software she is likely to be using - and it comes with a free Vista upgrade if you ever wish to move to that horrible OS :uhm:

I assume if it's only for school things she won't need more than a 120GB hardrive :nodding: 1GB RAM with a 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo seems pretty standard these days so those two should go together like magnets :)

If that's the model you're looking at, I'm sure it would be fine for the needs of your daughter.




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#3 11 years ago

That'll be more than enough for basic college work, and even light to medium gaming. She should be fine with it.

As for the CPU, the Core 2 Duo is superior to AMD's Turion range so you may as well just go with that.




Hawkeye18z

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#4 11 years ago

She's not a gamer, just web surfer/vids & school. Just want to make sure she has resources to burn & that 1 has an extra battery with it. She said most of her classmates have one of the generic brands; I told her we could do better than that. Plus, I get to use her as my Vista tester. lol We really don't have anyone where I live, to ask about this kind of thing. My nearest human neighbor is 1 mile from me & his name is Billy-Joe-Bob Gomer or something like that. Without this place I'd still be trying to figure out Win98. Thanks for the help.:)




ConstanceJill

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#5 11 years ago
Hawkeye18z;3545462Plus, I get to use her as my Vista tester. lol

Not sure that's a good idea. What happens if she looses all her data because of a security flaw or any other problem Vista-related ? I think it would be better to give her a reliable system so she doesn't have problems with it at school.




Hawkeye18z

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#6 11 years ago
ConstanceJill;3545485Not sure that's a good idea. What happens if she looses all her data because of a security flaw or any other problem Vista-related ? I think it would be better to give her a reliable system so she doesn't have problems with it at school.

You're probably right. I'll have to keep my eye on the Tech forum & see when the coast is clear.




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#7 11 years ago
ConstanceJill;3545485Not sure that's a good idea. What happens if she looses all her data because of a security flaw or any other problem Vista-related ? I think it would be better to give her a reliable system so she doesn't have problems with it at school.

Yeah, backup her work before upgrading, but if you upgrade later - say a few months, giving time for a majority of the flaws and holes in the OS are patched - you should be ok after that.

You may want to install Norton Antivirus on the laptop aswel if your daughter is going to be using MSN Messenger (Windows Live Messenger) or downloading third party programs.

If you don't want to pay for Norton, try AVG. I personally use AVG because I'm only on Windows a small amount of the time - I run Mac OS X (Apple Operating System) on my Mac ... obviously :p so I wanted a free anti-virus since it's almost pointless me having it. AVG is free (or you can pay for a slightly more advanced version).

There's a thread with information about AVG here: http://forums.filefront.com/showthread.php?t=302091

Your daughter should then be good to go, assuming she has the basic programs - Microsoft Word / Powerpoint / Excel.




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#8 11 years ago

Christ people, Vista may be flawed, but it's not dangerously unstable. And please avoid Norton. I'm not suprised you like Macs if you use Norton on Windows, Sonic...




marvinmatthew

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#9 11 years ago

If I may put my two cents in......

You might consider going with a generic brand (Toshiba, HP, Dell) because the Cybypower machines are pretty flashy. And on a college campus, it's pratically begging to be stolen.

Not to mention that one of the generic brands is more likely to have better tech support.




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#10 11 years ago

I agree, i think for college she would be better off with something like a Dell.

Personally i think that Cyperpower one is complete overkill for what you say she needs it for. Something like a Dell Inspiron 1501 would be just fine for just web surfing and watching videos and such.