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Which laptop to get for 2300$?

post #1 of 13
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Ok Christmas is approaching and my dad's looks set to get me a laptop !
But which one ?
The budget is 2300$ and my requirements are :
200Gb HDD (raid capability is a plus)
Great for gaming
Long term laptop which would serve for a very long time...
Vista ready .... In case I get teased by it
Which one should I get ?
I've looked on the dells, the alienwares, but I still think there are better deals to be made out there that I still haven't seen...
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post #2 of 13
I think you are going to want to check out a Dell XPS, at least that would be my recommendation. Oh yeah and it will probably be difficult to find a laptop with that big of a hard drive, do they even make laptop hard drives that big?
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post #3 of 13
And 200GB will cost alot and weight like hell.
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post #4 of 13
On Newegg a 200GB laptop harddrive is $260, so I would estimate about $150 extra cost from laptop makers, which means you are going to have to really sacrifice something else to get the hard drive.
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post #5 of 13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834117367

Get one more stick of RAM and you're set.

Personally, I don't like Sony, but I found it on the Egg.
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post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by gravity View Post
200Gb HDD (raid capability is a plus)
Great for gaming

Those two are basically the anti-laptop. It's hard enough to fit a single HDD in a laptop, let alone multiple drives for RAID. Also, if it's great for gaming, it'll have a reasonably high-end video card. Meaning your batteries will last maybe an hour. If you're looking to get a laptop for portability, go with something that's efficient and will get the job done. If you're going for a gaming rig, just build a desktop. It's very difficult to pack power and portability into one unit.
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post #7 of 13
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I'm not into real portability.
Here's why I need this laptop. My parents are divorced and every two weeks I move from my dad's to my mom's. Can you just imagine the mess to move the pc every two weeks ?? Well that's what I've been going trough since about 6 years when I got my first PC ... I know I could just buy 2 rigs but well at the price I'd rather get a laptop...
EDIT : And that sony isn't bad... any other suggestions ?
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post #8 of 13
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Ok, I've set up two possible choices
1.area 51 m5750
T5600@1.83Ghz
17' screen
1gb of ram (Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz)
RAID 0 2x100GB 7200 RPM drives
X1800 mobilty 256ram
Total = 2014$
2.Area51 m5550
15.3 ' screen
T7200 @ 2Ghz
2gb ram (Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz)
100 Gb hdd @ 7200RPM
Nvidia Geforce Go 7600 256 ram
Total = 1979$

Which one should I get for the best gaming experience ? Is that 7600 going to cope with it ? Or should I sacrifice the processor to get more performance everywhere else ? Though choice...
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post #9 of 13
i know this isnt a laptop but why not get a Desktop PC? You could get like a 8800gtx, e6600 , p5w dh , 2gb ram, 250gb hd, x-fi soundcard, etc etc!
    
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post #10 of 13
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I talked about that on post #7...
I know, I could get myself an omg***bbqsauceuberl33t pc lol !
but well the problem is I move a lot so...I need a laptop
EDIT : anyway I doubt i could find those here in Indonesia... (8800gtx, etc..)
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