Laptop shopping. Need guidance.

By aksd · 8 replies
Sep 25, 2008
  1. Hello TS I'm back. Yet again I'm shopping for a notebook and am making a post to consult the great repository of Tech enthusiasts.

    So here I am, 2 years later, shopping for my next laptop.

    I'm looking for the most bang for the buck as you might say.

    Good all around performance including gaming capabilities. For gaming I would say current gen "Source" games (TF2 HL2 series etc) for the bottom line. Must be able to play those. Not too interested in current hits, such as Cod4, UT3, Crysis W; those I would rather save for desktop play.

    15" or 17", doesn't matter. XP > Vista. If shipped with Vista that would be fine. I've had good luck with finding and installing XP on laptops [see post over 40 replies on just one model]

    For the final and key point, FUNDING. 1k is good 1.5k is MAX MAX. No higher than that.

    On another note I was looking at the new Gateway. I saw a post about it a while back. "Only sold through bestbuy" as I remember. Maybe the P-6860FX? Pricewise it was fine. 1.3k or maybe, as I remember 1.5k. I think that maybe doable.

    Anyways...Give me your opinions and thoughts.

    Thanks TS

  2. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I don't really know much about the current laptop scene except for the massive explosion of every manufacturer putting out 'netbooks' as I am a desktop person, never owned a laptop.

    But I would just like to say that TS has a laptop buying guide here might be worth checking out.
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Remember, unlike desktops, you can't swap graphics adapters. So if you may need it down the road opt for a higher end graphics adapter up front at initial purchase
  4. aksd

    aksd TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 51

    o.O thanks for the link to the guide. That's new since last I was on TS :)

    Also thanks for the speedy replies.
  5. b1ackplague

    b1ackplague TS Rookie

    I just picked up an HP DV7 1020US laptop from It hasn't arrived yet (anxiously waiting!! :p). Its 1,350$ + 20$ shipping and a 50$ MIR.

    2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, P7350 (1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache)
    4GB DDR2 RAM
    9600M GT Video Card
    17" LCD @ 1440x900
    Blu-Ray/Super-Multi Drive
    Built-In TV Tuner
    320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive (ugh, has an open slot for another drive tho :) )
  6. b1ackplague

    b1ackplague TS Rookie

  7. aksd

    aksd TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 51

    I've been looking for a bit and I think I'm going to get the gateway P-7811FX (Bestbuy exclusive)


    Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P8400; 4GB DDR3 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; Labelflash support; 17" widescreen 1920xsomething; 200GB hard drive (7200rpm); built-in webcam; Windows Vista Premium 64-bit with SP1; 9800m GT 512mb

    Price is currently $1250 +tax

    To me it looks like the best deal right now. 9800gt and under $2k; new Intel mobiles on 1066bus; DDR3.....

    Thanks all for your help.

  8. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

  9. manofmany

    manofmany TS Rookie Posts: 28

    I looked at that laptop in the store the other day before my fiance settled for a Toshiba 17" for $699. That Gateway was very nice and eye catching. Right next to it was a very fancy Asus too. I think you'll enjoy the Gateway.
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