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I am a complete newb when it comes to netbooks but I do get a few grounds but to be honest not enough to persuade me to purchase it...yet.

I came with a few questions I just have to answer in my quest for the perfect netbook for me. I also do plan to upgrade to 2gb ram

Can you upgrade the processor of the atom? I know that it will vary from motherboard to board but is the option out there.

Can you install 64bit on the N450 atom processor?

Is the N450 the best atom processor for netbooks right now?

Would an SSD get bottlenecked heavily or won't perform 90%~ on an atom processor?

I've been mainly looking at the Asus EEE pc 1001P vs the dell mini 1012 and from the few reviews I've gathered the mini's lcd isn't as great as Asus and the price range for it right now the Asus is only $10 more than the dell mini(walmart sale w/ tax+waste+ship).

The main thing is I'm only willing to spend 300~ on the netbook or 350 depending on what more I can get.

One thing to keep in mind I wouldn't mind paying 50-100 more if I can get more worthwhile features as I have a huge obsession with getting the BEST FOR MY MONEY.

Thanks to all those who are willing to take the challenge/help.
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Not really, it's usually smoldered onto there. But you can find out in your manual/online/etc

Yes, you can install it on that model

No, there are better ones out there.

No it wouldn't be, though I am not so sure. But if it's stock, then it will be slow if it's a crappy ssd.

The net-book depends on the budget, what do you really need it for? Does it need to have a camera, good battery life, etc? Or price-performance ratio?

ASUS Eee PC 1000HE. Unless someone has a better one.
Edited by fireman - 6/11/10 at 12:12am
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Isn't the 1000HE more expensive with just wireless N and lower battery life? I'm looking to watch youtube, 720p videos, and web browinsg and stuff. I'm not too much into gaming but if there's a $300~ netbook out there that can watch hulu I'd grab it in a heartbeat.
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$20 more depending on where, cl, ebay, etc but since you told me what, The mini for $280ish used, $295 on ebay, and $310 on Amazon is probably better. N is usually for people who want better speeds to transfer things wirelessly/streaming/etc

Right now, I don't know of any cheaper than the Dell. Unless you use craigslist

Or someone posts something better
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2GB of RAM isn't worth it. I regret that upgrade.

All the single-core atoms run at almost the same performance. Also, the Atom 330 is the most powerful, and only dualcore atom processor on the market right now.

Netbook SSD's run at about the same performance as hard drives.

The N450 does support 64-bit, though I don't see why you'd want it.

Make sure the netbook has a 6-cell battery.

Asus is the best brand.
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The atoms are soldered onto the motherboard, can't be upgraded.

Desktop and "nettop" atoms are 64 bit but not netbook atoms.
    
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Originally Posted by SkillzKillz View Post
2GB of RAM isn't worth it. I regret that upgrade.

All the single-core atoms run at almost the same performance. Also, the Atom 330 is the most powerful, and only dualcore atom processor on the market right now.

Netbook SSD's run at about the same performance as hard drives.

The N450 does support 64-bit, though I don't see why you'd want it.

Make sure the netbook has a 6-cell battery.

Asus is the best brand.
Ever heard of the Atom D510? It's basically the updated version of the Atom 330. Neither are used in any netbooks that I know of though: link.
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The atoms are soldered onto the motherboard, can't be upgraded.

Desktop and "nettop" atoms are 64 bit but not netbook atoms.
That was the case with the Atom N270 and N280, but the N450 has 64-bit support. Not that it really matters anyway since most netbooks can only hold hold up to 2GB of RAM.
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Ever heard of the Atom D510? It's basically the updated version of the Atom 330. Neither are used in any netbooks that I know of though:
ASUS has a netbook with the Atom N330 and Ion graphics. It's nifty.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220660

It comes in black, or silver. Less battery life than a single-core Atom, though.
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The atoms are soldered onto the motherboard, can't be upgraded.

Desktop and "nettop" atoms are 64 bit but not netbook atoms.
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I am a complete newb when it comes to netbooks but I do get a few grounds but to be honest not enough to persuade me to purchase it...yet.

I came with a few questions I just have to answer in my quest for the perfect netbook for me. I also do plan to upgrade to 2gb ram

Can you upgrade the processor of the atom? I know that it will vary from motherboard to board but is the option out there.
nope
Can you install 64bit on the N450 atom processor?
yup
Is the N450 the best atom processor for netbooks right now?
There is also a N470, but it's hard to find, and doesn't have a big increase in performance.
Would an SSD get bottlenecked heavily or won't perform 90%~ on an atom processor?
Can't say for sure, but when I briefly plugged my 500GB WD Black into my netbook, I saw that it could use the full 90mbps the HDD could do.
I've been mainly looking at the Asus EEE pc 1001P vs the dell mini 1012 and from the few reviews I've gathered the mini's lcd isn't as great as Asus and the price range for it right now the Asus is only $10 more than the dell mini(walmart sale w/ tax+waste+ship).

The main thing is I'm only willing to spend 300~ on the netbook or 350 depending on what more I can get.
HP Direct has a promotion with Bing right now, 25% off, so you could get an HP Mini 210 for ~$230
One thing to keep in mind I wouldn't mind paying 50-100 more if I can get more worthwhile features as I have a huge obsession with getting the BEST FOR MY MONEY.
Consider the HP Mini 210
Thanks to all those who are willing to take the challenge/help.
Answered your questions in bold.
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