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Flakpanzer

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#1 11 years ago

Hey, for my 18th birthday (w00t 18 today finally) I made a deal to pay for half of a laptop if my parents paid for half. I'm building it more for gaming, but the price is the issue. Ideally I'd like to save money, but I'm not sure which of the two of these is going to be the better deal based on the hardware. I was hoping one of you guys could give me a hand here. Also, if this white background thing carries over, sorry. It was from copying and pasting and I wasn't able to get rid of the background. HP Pavilion dv9000t customizable Notebook PC EZ345AV – Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) – Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo T7200 (2.0GHz/4MB L2Cache) – 17.0" WSXGA+ BrightView Widescreen (1680x1050) – 512MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7600 – FREE Upgrade: HP Imprint Finish/Microphone/Webcam – $50 off upgrade from 1GB (2 Dimm) to 2GB (2 Dimm)! – FREE Upgrade from 120GB 5400RPM to 160GB 5400RPM!! – Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support – Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection – No TV Tuner w/remote control – 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery – Microsoft(R) Works 8.0 – HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope -HP 90W Auto/Truck Adapter ER691AA#ABA $79.99 $79.99 To change quantities or remove selected items, click on Order subtotal $1,758.98 __________

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#2 11 years ago

Howe much ram do you get at the first one? If you get 2 gig I whould go for the first one, since a 7900GS is almoust the same as a 7600GT, and the 7600GT got 512md ram on it. And thats good whem you got a 1680 by 1050. But you should get another upnion though...




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#3 11 years ago

Shoot, didn't even realize it didn't show that I chose 2GB of RAM for the first one. Thanks for pointing that out :D

Also, the 7600 in the HP is a stock 7600 GO edition card, its the mobile STOCK 7600 model.




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#4 11 years ago

The Dell is better due to the 7900. Since the 7600 is a 'vanilla' 7600 (i.e. not the GT model) even a GS model 7900 is far superior.

Why on earth do you want a laptop, though? Do you have any idea how heavy a 17" gaming laptop is? They are not really all that portable. You're better off buying a smaller bottom-end laptop for $500 (e.g. the $549 Dell Inspiron 1501) and spending $1500 on a gaming desktop.




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#5 11 years ago

Well, the idea is that its a replacement for my desktop when i'm not at home. As it stands, the Dell will out-perform my current desktop anyways in pure speed. The only advantage my box has now is a 7800GT and a 3700+ (which is a 2.2GHz single cored CPU, so I guess its not as much of an advantage). I dont intend to be using it as some kind of go anywhere anytime anyhow kinda deal, I want power but at the best deal possible :D I'm also quite well aware of the weight issue you mentioned. I have an old clunker laptop. A whopping 90mhz CPU and I think like 96 megs of RAM. It weighs like 10 pounds at least. I do see what you're getting at though.

I won't be upgrading my desktop for a good while now because of the fact that the only way to go is into new CPU designs, DDR2, and DX10. Estimating the cost of the build I want, it'll run me upwards of 3000 dollars, and thats more money than I'm willing to spend for a desktop PC at this time. A laptop will serve me better as while it may not perform in some cases AS well as my desktop, it will certainly do its job when I'm away from home. Having a nice desktop is only fun when you can use it :(

An additional benefit is that I'll have a decently high-end laptop (not the best, but its certainly up there) to eventually put a DX10 card if they start releasing discreet DX10 chips for retail sale.




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#6 11 years ago

You can't put a new graphics card in a laptop, which might scupper your plans slightly...




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#7 11 years ago

The Dell without a doubt with its 7900GS. But could I reccomend this Gateway? http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529664469.php Nearly identical specs as the Dell but for only $1500. Only difference is the Gateway has a 80GB 7200RPM HD I think.




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#8 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3632270You can't put a new graphics card in a laptop, which might scupper your plans slightly...

Only slightly. As for Gateway, I can't believe I didn't think of them before. Whats the general feeling on Gateway laptops; quality of build, support, etc.? That Gateway is incredibly cheap compared to the other two, albeit with less HDD space, its still a hell of a bargain as far as I can tell.




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#9 11 years ago

Yeah go for the gateway, besides its 7,200 RPM and you can easily upgrade the HD??




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#10 11 years ago

True, I added a 120GB HDD over the 80GB that was in the gateway and it was like 80 bucks more. Not too shabby. It was 7200RPM's, as well. Anyone else have a yay or nay? I have until tomorrow (monday) to come to a final decision.