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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Yeah. I'm looking for laptop.
I've posted this to 5 other forums, so hopefully I will get a response.
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Hi, I'm fireware, and I'm new to the forums.

1) What is your budget?
Less than USD $600
2) What size notebook would you prefer?

a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

Doesn't really matter

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

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

Doesn't really matter, just no Eee PC
5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Simple gaming, ie Halo 1 PC, CounterStrike, word docs, VS development
6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
Sometimes taking it places, but weight really isn't a problem

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Halo 1 for PC, and CounterStrike Source
8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
Over 2
9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
Nope


10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
Windows-based
Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
Doesn't matter
12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

Uhhhh. I've never owned a widescreen laptop before, so I don't really know.
13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
Matte. I will NOT buy something with a glossy screen.
Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
Something basic, and built like a tank
15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last? I should be buying within the next month or so. I need this to last for a few years

Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
Atleast 80GB
17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
DVD Burner is mandatory
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post #2 of 13
The problem with the sub-$600 range is that you won't get a discrete GPU with enough power to play CS:S. I think you'll need a bit more cash to get any "oomph" out of a notebook.
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post #3 of 13
I agree with the above poster.

Trying to be below $600 and be able to play some moderate games will be very difficult.

You can buy a baseline Lonovo or ACER that is around $600, but it probably won't meet your needs for gaming. You'd have better luck in the $800 range.
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post #4 of 13
You could buy a lower end dell with a descrete graphics card. Using dell coupons helps a lot
http://www.notebookreview.com/dellCoupon.asp

You can configure an inspirion 1525 with some coupons around that price. Or look at the dell refurbished outlet.
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post #5 of 13
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would I be able to play CS:S with a Geforce 8400m? and I'm looking a Dell Vostro 1400 or 1500 with a Geforce 8400 for about $550
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post #6 of 13
Yeah, not gonna happen. Anything in that price range is gonna have onboard graphics.

As for the 8400m gt, lol. That's a pitiful card. You might be able to play CS on all low settings, at best.
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post #7 of 13
Barely. It's hardly more powerful than integrated.
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post #8 of 13
u wont be able to my 9300 gets 60 fps in css get a used laptop. off ebay like a 9300 with 6800 and u be good to play to css
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post #9 of 13
You guys don't give the 8400M enough credit, it is capable of playing CS:S on all high settings. While I know its not solid proof, check this out. This guy is getting 48FPS in CS:S with all settings max including 16xQ CSAA and 16x AF.

You could always buy my laptop I for sale, see sig link. Although its a little over a $600 budget...I think I might lower the price to $900 in a few days...
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post #10 of 13
i can play css smoothly (of course low settings @ 1280x800) on my 1.6GHz turion 64, 768mb ram, radeon xpress 200m, 5400rpm hdd laptop... css isn't that demanding.
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