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1) What is your budget?
- $1,800.00 U.S Dollar range, NO MORE THAN $1,900.00.

2) What size notebook would you prefer?
- Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen (17" if it wasn't an extra $800)

3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
- United States

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
- I was thinking Alienware since I will be doing a lot of graphics work and video editing.

5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
- Lots of Adobe CS3 apps, like Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, and then video editing like Premiere Pro. (Web design along with others).

6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
- I will have it all over the house, taking it to classes, taking it to work, just about anywhere it wont get stolen.

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
- Yes, dependent. If the computer can handle it, I will get into some somewhat intense gaming. World of Warcraft at most.

8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
- Not too many, enough to last me through atleast an hour and a half of class until I can plug it in again

9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
- No I dont mind that.

10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
- I will run Windows but probably put Linux on an external hardrive along with all my music and videos so that I dont need to throw down $600 for a larger laptop harddrive.

Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
- Doesn't matter, but keep in mind I will be working a lot with web design and computer graphics and video editing.

12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
OR
UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen
WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
OR
WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
- Doesn't matter, but once again keep in mind I'll be using lots of graphics and design

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
- Yes

15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
- Buying within the week and want it to last for atleast 2 years

Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?
- I was thinking a cheap small harddrive, and then buy a big external harddrive to run linux and store all of my millions of songs and dvds, along with my high space consuming graphics files.

17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?
- Basically anything is fine.


Lastly, I was thinking about buying an Alienware m5500 with:
- 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
- 2GB Ram
- 256MB Video Card
- And then either kick up the screen resolution to a 1920 x 1200 since i'll be doing lots of graphics work, OR kick the harddrive up to a 7,200 RPM 100GB from a 5,400 RPM 80GB for $160, thinking that my harddrive will be able to transfer data much faster than the 5,400 RPM, and if I stick with the 80GB and upgrade the screen resolution, either way I can buy a faster external harddrive to run an operating system and anything else I need it to.

Sorry for the novel, but what do you guys think? I appreciate the help ATON!!
-Brett
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Macbook Pro 15.4
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz
-1GB DDR2 667 2X512 RAM
-120GB SATA 5400 rpm
- ATi Radeon Mobility X1600 w/ 128MB GDDR3
-15.4 1440 x 900
-8x double-layer SuperDrive

Price $1,799
Rebate $150
Final Price $ 1,649

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=7133508&Redir=1&description=Apple-15.4"%20MacBook%20Pro%20-%20Intel%20Core%202%20Duo%202.16GHz%20Notebook-MacBook%20Pro">http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=7133508&Redir=1&description=Apple-15.4"%20MacBook%20Pro%20-%20Intel%20Core%202%20Duo%202.16GHz%20Notebook-MacBook%20Pro

OR... If you want a Macbook Pro w/DX10 GPU

-Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz
-2GB DDR2 667 2X1GB
-120GB SATA 5400 rpm
-NVIDIA GeForce 8600 w/ 128MB GDDR3
-15.4 1440 x 900
-8x double-layer SuperDrive

Price $1,994
Rebate $150
Final Price 1,844

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/famil...ro~promo~1.asp

^ I dont know what happend with the first link but if you go into Macmall.com and look on the Blowout Deals you'll find the MBP w/ X1600 for $1,649 after rebate.
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