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notebookcheck.net compares mobile processors and graphic processors.
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post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by ColdRush View Post
I'd go for an XPS 15 with a 9cell, gt 540, and an i7.
I will second the 540 part. this seems to be the card you are looking for.
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Originally Posted by KG363 View Post
Thanks,

Does anyone know about a website that compares mobile graphics or a charts or something along those lines?
This is the website I've used for years, every time a new chip is released.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Compari...rds.130.0.html

EDIT: Gah, ninja'd!

And as Citra said, definitely look into education discounts from various manufacturers once you've got a college picked. I've seen some pretty slick deals when I've searched myself (in college as well)
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I'd go for an XPS 15 with a 9cell, gt 540, and an i7.
That sounds terrific, but I can't find it in my price-range
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Where should I look for these college discounts?
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Originally Posted by KG363 View Post
Where should I look for these college discounts?
I know HP and Apple(lol) offer them for sure. Not sure about dell though.

Edit: Yes, dell does too.
Edited by Citra - 3/29/11 at 4:05pm
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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
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Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
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Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
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Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
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Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
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Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
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Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
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Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
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13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
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post #17 of 42
I recommend the Lenovo Thinkpad X120e. Based on an AMD Zacate chip (Fusion), sub-compact but bigger than a netbook, with a decent GPU(/APU), built extremely well, with an excellent keyboard, and 4-8hr battery life (depending on configuration and battery). Configurable at checkout. Should cost $400-$700, max.

I have the X100e (its predecessor). The only downsides to the X100e are netbook-ish performance, short battery life, and excessive heat. All three things are addressed with the X120e.
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You have a very nice desktop that you are bringing with you so just get something small with a long battery life. A gt540m is completely unnecessary and will only cause you to have bad battery life and a hot laptop.

You should be looking at 14" at the MAX. I would personally suggest something like the HP DM1Z or wait for a nice small sandybridge laptop. But really, I wouldn't go over 13" if you plan on bringing it to class

edit: HP DM1Z and ^his^ lenovo suggestion are very similar with the Lenovo likely costing a little more for the same specs but likely offering better build quality
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Which do you guys think is better? I'm kinda leaning toward the Acer. This isn't a final decision or anything, I'm still looking

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215004
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834131115
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Originally Posted by col musstard View Post
You have a very nice desktop that you are bringing with you so just get something small with a long battery life. A gt540m is completely unnecessary and will only cause you to have bad battery life and a hot laptop.

You should be looking at 14" at the MAX. I would personally suggest something like the HP DM1Z or wait for a nice small sandybridge laptop. But really, I wouldn't go over 13" if you plan on bringing it to class
Is 15.6 really that big?
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