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stop linking me to US site please, i live in canada and i don't plan to move anytime soon. and i will not order a laptop fron across the border because i think customs is gonna be a *****.
    
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actually i order a laptop from canada its not bad. custom is ok normally i have had good luck with custems. did take long to get it.
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Personally I wouldn't go with an Inspiron or Vostro, since they look ugly. The XPS m1330 is ok, but the 8400m GS would just fit into the barely able to play games category.

I was actually looking at Sony's FZ4000 series, the 1280x800 screen size isn't the best(especially considering its a 15" laptop) but for $1500 you get a 2.4GHz 45nm Penryn, 2GB ram, 160GB HDD, and an 8400m GT, which is essentially an underclocked 8600, and a blu-ray reader! Its the same price as a similarly configured XPS m1330 that doesn't come with blu-ray.

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...ductId=1005029


You could also go with the XPS m1530, which for $1500 will get you the same as the Sony, but with a 1440x900 screen, an 8600m GT, but no blu-ray.
    
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That actually looks pretty good.

I'm wondering what this means, though:

Memory 1GB+TM1GB

Also, the screen res is a bit low. My laptop is also 1280x800, and it's kinda lacking in vertical pixels.
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What about the 17" Dell Vostro Laptop 1700 (just add Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 256MB GeForce 8600M GT, TrueLife UltraSharp WUXGA LCD Display and 3GB RAM -dual channel memory is way overrated-)
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Personally I wouldn't go with an Inspiron or Vostro, since they look ugly. The XPS m1330 is ok, but the 8400m GS would just fit into the barely able to play games category.

I was actually looking at Sony's FZ4000 series, the 1280x800 screen size isn't the best(especially considering its a 15" laptop) but for $1500 you get a 2.4GHz 45nm Penryn, 2GB ram, 160GB HDD, and an 8400m GT, which is essentially an underclocked 8600, and a blu-ray reader! Its the same price as a similarly configured XPS m1330 that doesn't come with blu-ray.

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...ductId=1005029


You could also go with the XPS m1530, which for $1500 will get you the same as the Sony, but with a 1440x900 screen, an 8600m GT, but no blu-ray.
i think i'm gonna go with the XPS m1530 with a 8600GT, HDD 200gig 7200rpm, 15 inch (1440*900) vista ultimate, 3 gig RAM, cpu t8300 (2.4 gig). i don't care about blu-ray.

total of around 2000$ with tax. i'm not yet decided. i like the monthly payment option, but what bugs me is that i'm not sure if i'll be able to pay more from time to time if i want to.

anybody know about that?
    
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i think i'm gonna go with the XPS m1530 with a 8600GT, HDD 200gig 7200rpm, 15 inch (1440*900) vista ultimate, 3 gig RAM, cpu t8300 (2.4 gig). i don't care about blu-ray.

total of around 2000$ with tax. i'm not yet decided. i like the monthly payment option, but what bugs me is the ability is that i'm not sure if i'll be able to pay more from time to time if i want to.

anybody know about that?
No idea, but still a good choice. Personally I wouldn't go with Ultimate or 3GB ram (although with 2GBs you need to disable superfetch).

Honestly, is Ultimate worth the extra $150, when the only difference over Home Premium is DreamScene, BitLocker, and some business features like a Fax program? I'd say unless someone got it for free or the same price as Home, then I reserve the right to laugh at them.

Go back to Home Premium, and put that extra money into a 9cell battery if you don't already have one. My aunt's 15" Inspiron with an 8600m GT lasts about 2-2.5 hours on battery just browsing the web with a dimmed screen.
    
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i don't have a choise, Ultimate is the only option in the m1530 line that i chose (there's 2). i'll check with the other

edit: i just added 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery for 100$ more
    
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i don't have a choise, Ultimate is the only option in the m1530 line that i chose (there's 2). i'll check with the other

edit: i just added 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery for 100$ more
Don't go with the recommended builds, if you click the customize button at the top you have access to all of the upgrades.
    
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Don't go with the recommended builds, if you click the customize button at the top you have access to all of the upgrades.
i know, but when there's only one option i can hardly change it. in all the m1530 line, the only OS option is ultimate. and the only RAM options are 3gig and 4gig.

don't forget i'm in canada, so i'm ordrering from dell.ca. so i,m guessing my options are limited because of that.
    
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