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I'm between bestbuy or the Gateway Store..

The link for the best buy is http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....#productdetail

The link for Gateway Store is
http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668033.php

A few pros that i saw in ordering from Bestbuy is that it offers a 320GB harddrive, however its only 5400rpm. It also includes 4GB of RAM, but will the OS it comes with be able to utilize it?

A few cons i saw about bestbuy is that the CPU is clocked at 1.83GHz. On the gateway store it says 2.0GHz, however maybe theres is also clocked at 1.83GHz but they just rounded up?

Please give me some feedback as to what you think the best purchase would be! thanks ahead of time, Keith.
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Unless the BestBuy has Vista 64-bit installed, you won't be able to use all 4 GB of your RAM as it will only be 32-bit. Also, most laptops to date have shipped with 5400 RPM drives (desktops have increased to 7200/10000/15000 RPM). I believe (and if I'm wrong, please correct me anybody) that the 7200 RPM drives have just started to be shipped and be more readily available for purchase in pre-built systems. As far as the processors, I'm thinking they have two different processors in there. BestBuy doesn't list the specific proc included, but the Gateway has a T5750 which is rated at 2.0. Just comes down to the trade-off between processing power and space. If it were me, I'd go with the Gateway and swap out the hard drive for a larger (and possibly faster drive at 7200 RPM) for cheaper. Not to mention the fact that you get Office 2007 Student with the Gateway and only Works (they still sell this!?) with the BestBuy and would have to find Office somewhere. Just my two cents...
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the HDD from gateway is said to be 7200RPM..
however the only thing keeping me from ordering from Gateway Store is that from bestbuy i get a free $49.00 game and a 70 dollar printer for free... ughhh decisions decisions..
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You can always go with OpenOffice and get the BestBuy for cheaper (with the game and printer). Here's the page I was looking for... According to this you CAN use 4 GB.
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post #5 of 9
Unless the Bestbuy one has 64-bit Vista I wouldn't waste my time. Go for the Gateway store you'll see a larger difference in speed from your hdd than your RAM. Good luck, hope you get what you want. Oh when is Atom coming out, that might be worth waiting for.
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post #6 of 9
Go with BestBuy and get the free st00f + a cheap(er) warranty than Gateway's.

The only reason I'd go for Gateway over BestBuy is not because of the HD, but rather the CPU clocked at 200Mhz slower. :\\

My 10 cents.
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This says this month with Atom. It's yet to be confirmed, but there's been rumors that it'll be released this summer regardless. A TDP of 0.6-2.4W is impressive considering it's smaller than a US penny...
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i got my p-6831 off craiglist for 940 shipped brand new. might look around in the big cities on there and call/email them if you can find one and see if they would mail it to you if you bought it.
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Originally Posted by kppowell View Post
the HDD from gateway is said to be 7200RPM..
however the only thing keeping me from ordering from Gateway Store is that from bestbuy i get a free $49.00 game and a 70 dollar printer for free... ughhh decisions decisions..

I work for Gateway and may be able to work you out a similar deal on the system & go over the differences. Feel free to message me.
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