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Looking to see whats the best we can get for the money. Is this a good deal? it's re-certified, but that's ok.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220893
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post #2 of 13
That's an okay deal. The m11x is $599 at alienware.com. The colors of the lights might attract your girlfriend.
    
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I got all excited, but then I realized it's only an 11" screen. I'd like a 15"+
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Well I would go with the laptop you chose. Those are great specs for under $500. It even has dedicated memory!
    
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post #5 of 13
nice but that i3 UM will be super slow. buy an ssd and take the laptops hdd and put it in a 2.5" hdd enclosure.

ssd for os and programs, external for pics/movies
    
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Why is an i3 slow?
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by strap624 View Post
Why is an i3 slow?
It's not that slow for the average consumer, but if you're used to upper-class processors like your i7 950 it will be noticeably slower. Just different architecture. It's a 1.2 Ghz dual core with HT, not the fastest car in the race by any means. Also being a mobile proc it is probably less powerful than the desktop equivelant; I think it's close to the bottom end of Intel's lineup.
Edited by darthjoe229 - 3/21/11 at 12:40pm
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post #8 of 13
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how is the i3 compared to AMD's offerings? And it's for my girlfriend, she's currently using a laptop with a core duo t2050 with 512 mb ram, so I think this one would be a huge jump in that regard.

How are the Turion II's and Phenom II's?
Edited by strap624 - 3/21/11 at 1:15pm
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post #9 of 13
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115982

This is roughly the same price, not totally sure on how the procs line up, but with almost twice the clock rate I think it's good. Still has a dedicated card, though not as high performance as the other, but in her case I'd trade CPU for GPU. But the triple core can be funky. It's a fairly personal decision (I'm a bit of an AMD fanboy, but not totally.) You may want to hold out if possible; AMD's Llano lineup is shaping up to be a very impressive mobile experience.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by strap624 View Post
how is the i3 compared to AMD's offerings? And it's for my girlfriend, she's currently using a laptop with a core duo t2050 with 512 mb ram, so I think this one would be a huge jump in that regard.

How are the Turion II's and Phenom II's?
You should really read the Sticky at the top of this forum section. But I'll explain; that i3 is designed to be power minimal. This means it is going to be "slow" compared to a desktop and other non-power saving CPU models. If she got by with the t2050 and didn't complain then this will be a nice upgrade.

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