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Need help selecting a CPU for a notebook

By DonNagual
Mar 26, 2006
  1. Opinions please. I need to buy a new notebook. I know little about the Pentium lineup. What is the best CPU these days for the dollar? I don't want the fastest CPU on the block, yet I will also be gaming on it (will have the geforce GO 7800GTX) and 1 Gig of ram.

    I will be going to the dark side for my notebook, and using a Pentium so please, no AMD suggestions needed here.

    The main priority here is VALUE. I need a good balance between high performance, and low price. Also, do I want the Pentium M series? Pentium 4? Which model?

    Suggestions please!
     
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Get anything with a Pentium-M or Core Solo/Duo as it's called now. Most of them will have the Centrino name (which consists of a chipset+cpu+wifi card).

    Shame you decided not to look at the Turion-64 which is also quite good.
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Unfortunately, the company I MUST buy from is not currently offering any Turion based systems. Believe me, that is the way I wish I could go.
     
  4. Tedster

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

    why not an AMD?
    you get more bang for the buck.
     
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    I know, I know. Again, I wish I could go the AMD path, but I can not. My hands are tied people.

    Pentium suggestions please.
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Anything with Centrino then.
     
  7. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

    Yeah, Pentium M, or Centrinos are really good. And actually, for gaming, Pentium M's and Centrinos are better than the Athlon mobile processors. Read the rivals article on Maximum PC.
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    I'm looking at this system now:

     ・Pentium(R) M 760 (2GHz/2MB cache
     ・Progress MTV (Intel 915PMchipset/17WSXGA+/Mobility Radeon X700)
     ・PC4300 DDR2 1GB 533MHz(512MBx2)
     ・80GB ATA100/5400rpm
     ・Mobility Radeon X700 128MB PCI Express x16/TV-Out/D-sub15
     ・SlimDrive(DVD±R8x/±RW4x/DVD8x)CD+DVD
     ・3D Sound onboard
     ・10/100Base LAN + IEEE802.11a/b/g wireless LAN
     ・56K modem
     ・stereo speakers
     ・17.0 widescreen (1440*900)
     ・WindowsXP Home Edition DSP
     ・mini IEEE1394a ×1/PCMCIA TYPEⅡ×1/USB2.0×4
     
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Centrino is not a cpu, it's a package that consists of a Pentium-M cpu (or Core Solo/Duo), an Intel chipset & an Intel WiFi card. So a laptop with the Centrino logo will always have a Pentium-M in it.
     
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Or this one:

     ・Pentium(R) M 760 (2GHz/2MBcache
     ・Progress MXG (Intel 915PMchipset/17WSXGA+/GeForce Go 7800 GTX)
     ・PC4300 DDR2 1GB 533MHz(512MBx2)
     ・80GB ATA100/7200rpm
     ・GeFore Go 7800 GTX GDDR3 256MB(256bit) PCI Express x16/TV-Out/DVI
     ・SlimDrive(DVD±R8x/±RW4x/DVD8x)CD+DVD
     ・3D Sound onboard
     ・1000Base GigabitLAN + IEEE802.11a/b/g wireless LAN
     ・56K modem
     ・stereo speakers
     ・17.0 wide screen (1680*1050)
     ・WindowsXP Home Edition
     ・mini IEEE1394a ×1/PCMCIA TYPEⅡ×1/USB2.0×4

    About an extra $250 compared to the above system, the difference being the faster hard drive, screen resolution and the graphics card.

    How is the CPU I am looking at? Anyone have one? Decent performance?

    Totals about $1,800 US or so (and yes, it has the centrino label on it)
     
  11. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer TS Rookie Posts: 394

  12. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    I would go with the second laptop due to it's 7.2k rpm drive something needed for gamming. Trust me with my laptop with all it's kick asz parts, I'm bottlenecked by the 4.2k rpm 8mb buffer drive.
     
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Yep. I already ordered it, and should have it in a couple weeks. Went for the second one and upgraded to the 7200rpm HDD. It has 7800GTX graphics and the sweet 1680x1050 widescreen 17" monitor.

    Can't wait to have it in my grip.

    (all in Japanese but....)
    http://www.faith-go.co.jp/org_pc/progress_mxg.asp
     
  14. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,404

    Well, it looks like I got the right CPU.

    I went with the Pentium M 760. It is a 2Ghz CPU and this laptop BEATS my desktop's 3DMark06 score. Incredible!

    My desktop score score: 3344
    Athlon64 3700+ 2.2Ghz
    7800GT
    1Gb ram

    My new notebook score: 3412
    Pentium M 760 2.0Ghz
    7800GTX
    1Gb ram

    The CPU test were almost dead even between the Athlon64 3700 and the Pentium M 760, and the GPU score was obviously a little better on my notebook. But wow! Sweet little CPU. Thanks for all the help in this thread!!
     
  15. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    go with the centrino Duo i currently have a Intel Centrino CoreDuo T2300 1.67GHZ in my Dell Inspiron E1505 and its awesome

    Inspiron E1505
    100GB SATA
    1GB Dual Channel
    Intel Graphics
    Windows XP Media Center
    15.4"
    Media-Direct
    Intel Centrino CoreDuo 1.67GHZ (not the fastest but it packs a punch)
     
  16. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    did you read the previous post?

    he already bought and recieved the laptop over a month ago

    you may want to look at the dates next time ;)
     
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