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HELP! Having Trouble Deciding on a Laptop for School

By Remo
Jul 31, 2007
  1. Hi, so I'm in the process of purchasing a laptop for University and was hoping someone could help me out with a couple questions I have.

    1) How does the AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 (1.8GHz/1MB), perform against the Mobile AMD Sempron™ Processor 3500+? Would both perform well for a school laptop?

    2) How much better is the ATI RADEON® Xpress1270 HyperMemory™ than the ATI RADEON® Xpress1150 with 256MB HyperMemory? Would both be good enough for basic office and internet use?

    3) Is the AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 (1.8GHz/1MB) with the ATI RADEON® Xpress1270 HyperMemory™ worth about 150$ more than the Mobile AMD Sempron™ Processor 3500+ and ATI RADEON® Xpress1150 with 256MB HyperMemory? Should I not bother with the upgrade for 150$?

    Thanks in advance for helping me out. Most of this stuff goes right over my head!

    Rina
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    1. A sempron is a much older (single core chip). The turion is far better.

    2. Any laptop is capable of graphics for basic office and internet use. Even cheap ones.

    3. yes. Ensure you maximize the RAM on any laptop you buy. It would also be wise to buy a faster rpm hard drive.

    4. Please post in the correct forum next time. (mobile computing)
     
  3. resu

    resu TS Rookie Posts: 172

    urm well it depends on what your gonna use it for really

    what course are you doing?

    i did architecture and i bought a acer 5103wlmi
    1gb ram
    turion 64 x2
    120gb hdd
    ati x1300 gfx card

    it can handle most things i throw at it and play games at good levels

    i needed the above spec as i was and still use 3Ds max 9 and autoCAD etc
    plus photoshop etc

    its a really nice solid unit the only trouble i had was that the sound card over heated (realtek) and ive noticed that they've replaced the realtek cards with creative
    im a bit annoyed as now i have no sound on my lappy but i bought a creative usb soundcard which is so much better and i can run my 5.1s off it :p

    if youve got the money.. spend it
    but if your on a budget then you really need to think what your gonna use the lappy for

    if its just written stuff and net then you can spend small amounts of money
    but if you wanna lil gaming on the side ... youll need to think what games your gonna want to play, is the price your gonna pay for a higher gfx lappy gonna reflect on the amount of time you'll be gaming?
    if you have a console then can you just survive on the console games?

    my advice is to seriously think about what your gonna use the lappy for .. and if you can have at least 1 gb of ram in the thing


    hope that helps
     
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