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Does she *need* a laptop? Or would a desktop suffice?

How much yuo willing to spend on it?
    
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Does she *need* a laptop? Or would a desktop suffice?

How much yuo willing to spend on it?
personally I want to build a desktop for her if I could but with the costs of a new monitor it would be in the 800 area for a low end parts. Low end isn't always bad because shes not really a gamer like me. But I think its time for a upgrade. Shes not really into pc's but she does like her music and does mostly school work. The sad thing is most games that she will play can't even play on her laptop because its outdated or her video card doesn't meet the system requirments.

So my goal is to either update her laptop to the best of my ability without spending a arm or a leg or bite the bullet and save up for a new system for her.

Truthfully I don't have 700-900 to through into a new system and I wouldn’t waist more than 150bucks trying to update this older laptop. I want to figure out my options and make a plan as to what to do.
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$690.71 for a new rig:
Subtotal: $650.90 + $39.81 shipping = $690.71

Now, that includes a 17" LCD monitor. Thus, if you have a monitor, you'll knock off $170.63 (including shipping). If you settle for 512MB RAM on top of that for now, you'll end up below $500.
    
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$690.71 for a new rig:
Subtotal: $650.90 + $39.81 shipping = $690.71

Now, that includes a 17" LCD monitor. Thus, if you have a monitor, you'll knock off $170.63 (including shipping). If you settle for 512MB RAM on top of that for now, you'll end up below $500.
wow nice, thats actually not that bad of a little rig.. thankyou rep+ for the effort!!!

only I have to add a video card to that list. about 40-120bucks, gota do a little searchin on newegg for one

as soon as I have about 700 bucks to dump on it I will go that rout. Its more familar to me than working on this laptop. I like desktops anyways because they seem to have a kind of future proofing to them to a degree. When I'm done with it I'm sure she will love it and it wont be as frustrating as working with her underpowerd laptop.
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You might actually get some money for that laptop

Oh, I picked a board with onboard video. That Biostar is not a bad one for mATX. If you insist on video, then look for an ATX board also.
    
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You might actually get some money for that laptop

Oh, I picked a board with onboard video. That Biostar is not a bad one for mATX. If you insist on video, then look for an ATX board also.
oh lol I didn't notice that! ok i gotcha kool. do you think it would play something like world of warcraft? i know thats prolly a little demanding onboard video. It looks like its equivilant to a 6200 and based on a friends 6200 128mb he can play bf2 on low settings which is respectable

Yeah if I can talk her into selling it, it might cut a 3rd of the price..
post #17 of 17
That's not a dinosaur. I just setup a compaq armada 233mhz mobile pentium lappy with wireless for my grandma. Thing has win98 and 80mb RAM. That seemed like a dinosaur. I think 512 MB is the only thing you can do to make it faster.
     
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