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I see we've made similar mistakes.

Are you sure a 14.1'' screen won't do you justice? I'm almost begging you not to make the same mistake I did.

As far as CPU's go, the new Core Duo, or Core Solo (probably more your price range) is recommended. I wouldn't get the Media Center Edition either, you'll probably regret that.

For HDD's, do NOT get a large HDD unless you intend to put in dividers. I lost a 100GB HDD and had to replace it with a 40GB. Don't shake your laptop when it's doing things, lol.
I'm gonna take a swing over to best buy to get a feel for the sizes of laptops some time this week. I'm thinking IBM would be a good choice, cause theyr'e rock solid. Unless anyone else has a good deal?

Goodnight all. Time for bed.
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Yeah, a T60 is THE NEWEST thinkpad on the block, so you don't even have to splurge on that. But still, it would be sweet to have....haha, DDr2 and all that
    
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K I've been looking around...and 14.1" may be good enough. I have to remember...PORTABILITY. So now that I've said that....does that change anyone's mine?

I'm still looking heavily towards IBM right now, and am putting a few systems together to get price ideas.

Does anyone know how IBM's financing program works? cause if I go a little over budget and get a little bit extra of everything...then I would like to finance it.

Thanks guys.
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post #14 of 27
I would definitely recommend IBM. My school gives them to all of the teachers, and they are pretty good. They're kinda ugly, but the Z60 is very sweet looking. I looked at the site, and I think the Z60m is your best bet, unless you don't need/want the titanium.
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If you do go for a thinkpad, you'll get a dothan chip in it. You wont be dissapointed.
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post #16 of 27
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If you do go for a thinkpad, you'll get a dothan chip in it. You wont be dissapointed.

Actually...I don't think so....probably the core duo...

Or the newer pentium m.

The dothan is old as hell.
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post #17 of 27
I bought an ASUS z71v barebone in october with pretty much the same expectations as you. I use it for solid modeling, a little cs:s and everything else school related(matlab, PRO/E, Solidworks, Autocad). Since its a barebone you can buy cheap parts off ebay to save money. I bought the barebone + a cd/rw for about 900$ CAN before taxes and got proc, ram, wireless and hd for about 200-250 more. Heres the specs

Dothan PM 735 1.7Ghz (oc'ed to 2.26 using the ASUS fsb toggle)
2x256 MB ddr2 dual channel
80 GB SATA 5400 rpm
2915 ABG wireless
SD Reader
15.4 " wxga 1650x1050
Nvidia 6600 Mobile 128 mb
dvd/cdRW drive

ASUS says 6.5 hours for bat life but really its more like 3.5 hrs, 2.5 hrs of 100% load. This thing is only 6.5 lbs and its reasonably thin. Its becoming an old model now so I bet you could get a good deal on it . Also check out the new ASUS "built on" models cause they might have something out now to use the core due setup.

ps can somebody help me with my thread too?
    
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post #18 of 27
I third the Thinkpad, I used to have one, and the only reason I got a Mac was because I really can't stand Windows. But with Boot Camp and the new MacBooks coming out rather soon, I'd wait. Thinkpads are rock solid, and they'll stand a few rough drops. DO NOT get anything over 14".
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post #19 of 27
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I third the Thinkpad, I used to have one, and the only reason I got a Mac was because I really can't stand Windows. But with Boot Camp and the new MacBooks coming out rather soon, I'd wait. Thinkpads are rock solid, and they'll stand a few rough drops. DO NOT get anything over 14".
Why not bigger than 14"? I REALLY like the 15" and 15.4"...they're NICE screens. I'm not saying I'm going to get a big one...but I'm not gonna write it off yet.

I would LOVE to get a macbook Pro...BUT, it's expensive as hell...2000 base model...
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post #20 of 27
If you plan on doing CAD i stongly recommend a 15.4 inch screen since its the perfect comprimise between size and quality. You wont get resolutions over 1280x1024 with a 14". Most are limited to 1024x768. Remember 15.4 inch means it will only be 3/8 of an inch wider and 3/8 of an ich longer on each side (sometimes larger due to the styles of some manufacturers). You can get resolutions of up to 1900x1200 with some 15.4's!
    
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