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suggestions please..

By soulreaver
Jul 1, 2007
  1. hey, im looking to buy myself a new notebook...but im really confused bout the specs and the manufacturer etc etc...my budget is sumwhere around 1500 USD's...heres wat im really looking for...im quite a newbie...sooo...bare with me xD..basically i want the comp to listen to music(good sound quality is fairly necesery)..watch movies...and play a few games...

    screen:15-17
    motherboard:intel core 2 or amd turion..2.0 ghz (which is better?)
    RAM:2GB
    Hard Drive:150gb+(is there much of a diff between 7200 and 5400rpm?)
    Grafix card-sumthing that isnt too expensive but will still allow me to play the latest games...dusnt neceserily hav to hav the best detail...as long as theyre playable...with a good enuf clarity and detail..if u kno wat i mean..=P..p.s-ive always been partial to nvidia

    Misc.-built in blutooth n wireless..Windows vista..built in cam(not too necessery but is always good =P)

    waiting to hear from u guys..thnks
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    $1500 will get you a decent computer, but don't expect to play high end games on laptops unless you buy a gaming system (very expensive). Read computer shopper, pc world, and tomshardware (all online) for reviews.

    Ensure your laptop is maxed out on RAM and has a fast hard drive (7200 rpm or better) before buying.
     
  3. soulreaver

    soulreaver TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive found 2 laptops that i really like and hav the stuff i want...compare them plz...

    Asus-force 3547
    FORCE 3547 ASUS A8JS-4S024C Ensemble Intel Core 2 DUO / 14" WXGA / GeForce 7700 512MB / VISTA / DVDRW FORCE 3547 ASUS A8JS-4S024C Ensemble Intel Core 2 DUO / 14" WXGA / GeForce 7700 512MB / VISTA / DVDRW
    - 14.1" WXGA "Glare Type" Super Clear Ultra Bright Glossy Screen (1440x900)
    - ASUS Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) Pixel Guarantee
    - -Intel® Core™ 2 DUO 2.0GHz (T7200) Processor (Merom / 4 MB L2 Cache / 667 FSB) ASUS Default Processor
    - 512MB PCI-Express nVidia GeForce GO 7700
    - - 2,048MB (2 SODIMMS) DDR2 667MHz Dual Channel Memory
    - Standard Finish
    - ~Combo 8x8x6x4x Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW 5x DVD-RAM 24x CD-R/RW Drive w/Softwares
    - 120GB SATA 150 5400RPM Asus Default Hard Drive
    - Internal 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO)
    - Integrated Digital Video Camera
    - Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
    - Integrated System Speakers - Included
    - Built-in Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g
    - Internal Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR
    - Basic Black Business Case - Included
    - Smart Li-ion Battery (6-Cell)
    - 110/220V 120W Auto Switching AC Adapter - Included
    - Asus USB Optical Mouse
    - ~Windows Vista Home Premium w/ Drivers & Utilities CD's - ENS
    - 2 Year ASUS GLOBAL Warranty, 24/7 Technical Support & 2-Way Pre-Paid Overnight Shipping for Warranty
    TOTAL-1600$


    Hewlett-Packard Pavilion Notebook with AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-64
    Product Details
    Warranty Terms - Parts 1 year limited
    Warranty Terms - Labor 1 year limited
    Product Height 1.6"
    Product Width 11.7"
    Product Weight 7.8 lbs.
    Product Depth 15.2"
    Processor Brand AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2
    Processor Speed 2.2GHz
    Display Type WXGA+ high-definition widescreen with BrightView technology (1440 x 900)
    Screen Size 17"
    System Bus Up to 1600MHz
    Cache Memory 512KB + 512KB on die Level 2
    System Memory (RAM) 2GB
    Type of Memory (RAM) DDR2
    Hard Drive Type Serial ATA (5400 rpm)
    Hard Drive Size 240GB
    Optical Drive Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW
    Optical Drive Speeds Drive speeds not available
    Digital Media Reader or Slots Yes, digital media card reader
    Diskette Drive No
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 (UMA)
    Video Memory Up to 559MB total available graphics memory
    MPEG Yes
    Modem 56 Kbps*
    *Capable of receiving 56 Kbps downloads. However, current regulations limit download speed to 53 Kbps.
    Networking Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
    Wireless Networking Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
    S-Video Outputs 1
    Additional Audio/Video Connectors SPDIF digital audio out
    Audio Altec Lansing
    Speakers Built-in
    PCMCIA Slots 1 ExpressCard 34/54
    USB 2.0 Ports 4
    IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports 1
    Parallel Ports None
    Serial Ports None
    Game Ports None
    Notebook Weight Standard (more than 6 lbs.)
    Battery Type Lithium-ion
    Pointing Device Touchpad with on/off and dedicated vertical scroll up/down pad
    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Included Software Microsoft Works; Adobe Acrobat Reader; Hewlett-Packard QuickPlay, Photosmart Essentials; muvee autoProducer Basic Edition; Roxio Creator 9 Basic and more
    TOTAL-1200$


    HELPPPP!!!!
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I would go for the Asus computer, but they are pretty close to being equal.
     
  5. soulreaver

    soulreaver TS Rookie Topic Starter

    likewise...but you say that theyre pretty close to being equal..soo my question is...is the difference going to be very noticable??and also will the graphics card of the hp support games like UT and the like...?
     
  6. Char_X

    Char_X TS Rookie Posts: 209

    and i would go for Hewlett-Packard...
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,517   +336

    Hi-end performance eats batteries at light speed, so compare the mAh ratings;
    bigger is better.
    In general, the more cells in the battery the longer it will last.

    higher rpm disks perform better, but eat batteries too.
     
  8. munch2477

    munch2477 TS Rookie Posts: 149

    Then again battery life doesnt really mean much if you have it plugged in all the time like i do
     
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