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Greetings... Well, its been a long few months since I was last here, and during that time, though I had been planning to rebuild my rig, I have decided to put that off until next year.

BUT HOPE IS NOT LOST!

as I have decided to buy a new lappy to hold me over until then. Ive been wanting one for a couple years and have now decided to break down and get one. Nothing TOO fancy, but no slouch either, and better than my current rig anyway!. Its an HP,(never thought I'd say that ), but I can return it at any point in the next year and upgrade to something else no questions asked(supposedly).

Now I was wondering, since I'm not notebook savvy, can anyone tell me if this is a good/ok deal: $1449 - Core 2 Duo t5500 (1.66ghz), 2GB DDR2 ram, 256MB+ GeForce 7600 Go, Lightscribe dual layer dvd, 2 x 100gb sata HDDs(5400 rpm ), 17" WXGA + Ultra BrightView widescreen display, and a bunch of crap I probably wont use, like built in webcam and such... Im stoked and ready to buy next week-ish , but can anyone point me in the direction of a better deal?

edit: oh yeah, and do HP laptops totally blow or are they decent(in terms of quality/durability?)
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Dell Inspiron 1705 with T5600 1.83 ghz, 2 gb ram, 7900gs, 1x120 gb hdd, 17 inch widescreen display and windows media center for $1548. I don't usually recommend Dell but sometimes they have really good deals on laptops.
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hmmmm...that 7900GS is very tempting...

stupid hp's dont even offer anthing above 7600's that ive been able to find

this may be a noob sounding question as I think i already know the answer, but can I buy a a diff vid card for my lappy later? Because I cant seem to find any...
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I don't think video cards for lappy's are easily upgradable. I second the vote for Dell.... their laptops are actually pretty good (did not check that E1705 out, but sounds like a good deal)
    
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you cannot change out vid cards. I bought 2 laptops today. An Hp and a Dell. I was going tgo buy one Alienware, but decided on a cheaper Dell. The Hp is really for my lil girl. She's 10 and drives me crazy when she gets on my desktop. The Dell is for me . The Hp is a 1.6 ghz turion X2 with a crappy 6150 nvidia card. It's nice though, I'm impressed so far. But my Dell on order is a monster. C2D 2 ghz, 7900 gs, yada yada(insert tim allen bark here). I do believe the dell is a better deal though.
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Hmmm...what sucks is actually reading a bit more into it, this HP seems to have more to offer with the exception of the vid card situation, and if that dell has the display im thinking it does, I saw both side by side and honestly I like the HP screen WAY better...more clarity and more contrast than the dell. Then again, i'm sure Dell's higher-end displays are probably just as good, which makes me want to dump another 108$ if I do in fact get the Dell. Choices, choices...

well...thanks all...ima try to make up my mind here soon
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