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Ok. I'm a junior in high school, and I'll be getting a laptop before I go to college, in August 2007. Inevitable. The thing is, I really want a laptop, like now lol. I really do not know if I'll be able to make an upgrade mid-college, but I hope I will, because 5 years, well, we all know that 2001 hardware is OLD lol.

All I want is:
14.1" TFT (maybe smaller up to 12.1)
Low-power chip for hw, web, programming/compiling, light photoshopping
Basic nvidia/ati much preferred over integrated, for cs1.6 at most.
Good construction (I don't want it to die when I drop it lol)
CD-RW/DVD, DVD-R not necessary
GOOD battery life. Not like 9hrs but maybe 3-4.
I'm planning on getting 2x1gb transcend from newegg whatever I do.
All for <$1000, like *well* under 1000. $999 is not good.

Clearly, not really demanding specs, so what should I look for right now for long-term laptop use/life? I get the impression that Core Duo would help, but saving a few hundred now could be put to just getting a new laptop in 2009 lol. What on the market right now will be the most resistant to becoming obsolete/slow? Thanks guys.
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You're not going to be able to find many laptops for under $1000 that will last 4 years. Your best bet would be to find some discount, like the Mac 50% student discount, or IBM business discount.
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Originally Posted by TheKraken
You're not going to be able to find many laptops for under $1000 that will last 4 years. Your best bet would be to find some discount, like the Mac 50% student discount, or IBM business discount.
Not that I don't like mac os, but they're a little pricey. I'm browsing the IBM Employee Site (remember seeing that, thanks Kraken & killnine).

I'm going to have to upgrade in 2-3yrs, yes, I know, but *until* then what would be the best path? Core Duo? Wait for merom? Get off cheap on a P-M and then a few years later on a cheap merom/yonah? I really don't know what to do, and I always do the wrong thing lol.

EDIT: In case anyone didn't know, I usually find good dell deals (laptop & desktop) on gotapex.com - the deals go fast but it's still good.

EDIT 2: I got a screenie of a dell I just put together. Does it look decent to you guys? I might go for 1.5gb, just replacing a 512 with 1gb...what do you all think? I warrantied that mofo to the max, man. Better last long lol. Not 4 years but 2-3 is just fine.
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that dell is SLOW

i'd rather get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115328
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you're better off waiting for a Dell coupon if you want something that cheap with those requirements. here's one for example.



you can upgrade to a crappy dedicated ATI card for 79 USD.
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Yeah, I would wait for something at slickdeals, or gotapex, or maybe use that IBM employee discount I handed out. Those are probably your best bets, though.

However, I have to make my plug for IBM. I am using one of their machines from 2002 and it still works great (I think 2002....T23, 1.13Ghz, 256megs of ram). I mean, they aren't necessarily the most powerful rigs out there,but they are typically light (X and T models) and always very tough. If you are using this for college and plan on taking it to class, writing labs and writeups on it, surfing the web a bit and maybe doing the occasional graphics/music work on it, get an IBM. Dells are usually cheaper for an equally equipped machine, but they simply don't hold up. there, I said it....GO IBM!
    
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You have to look at the differences though. For what he priced it really isn't that bad of a deal. He's got a stand alone video card whilst the one in the ad has integrated Intel graphics. 1GB of RAM vs. 512MB. 2 Batteries (I would personally just get 1 9-cell), more HDD space, and a DVD burner.

Most important it's got a dualie in it with a Yonah core. In application (PS) benchmarks I'm pretty sure that the Yonah would smoke the Turion.

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Originally Posted by vsingh
that dell is SLOW

i'd rather get this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115328
Just because it's a Dell branded laptop doesn't necessarily make it slow.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chim3ra
Most important it's got a dualie in it with a Yonah core. In application (PS) benchmarks I'm pretty sure that the Yonah would smoke the Turion.
Yes the Yonah smokes a lot of Athlon 64's depending on the model, those Core Duo's are amazing i would certainly suggest getting one, i mean they based their new architecture around it with the Conroe, Kentsfield, etc., and more HDD space because you wont want to delete anything until the end of the year, and maybe just a DVD player to watch movies, and a WiFi card, and more ram is always awsome, 1GB is prolly your best bet
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post #9 of 15
find some cheap core duo laptopor find dell discounts. if you win the lottary visit alienware.com
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What I recomend is having around what you want to spend ready to go. Goto dells refurbished website And plug in inspiron and select 256 mb under video card tab. then look for the cheapest thing with a 6800 or 7800. I just saw a inspiron 9400 with a 7800 scratch and dent going for 1100.
    
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