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Discussion in 'Technology' started by The Dr0w Ranger, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. The Dr0w Ranger

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    Hey guys, I'm looking at finally getting a laptop, and I am going with Dell since you can assemble your own rig.

    You guys know your shit, so can you help me with some decisions?
    I will provide the four or five choices Dell has for each part, and my needs, if you would kindly tell me which is likely to fit me best, I'll be in your debt.
    Processor
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P7350 (2.00GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
    No Extra Cost

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
    Extra $50

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T9550 (2.66GHz/1066Mhz FSB/6MB cache)
    Extra $175
    I don't know what I need, I can say that the only games I use on my pc are Age of Empires, Roller Coaster Tycoon and Spore, otherwise it's flash and freeware.
    I watch youtube, and multitask alot, which do I need?
    Screen
    Glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440x900) [Included in Price]


    Bright, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch WLED display (1440x900) [add $125]


    Hi Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1920x1200) [add $175]
    Dell Recommended


    Bright, Hi Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch RGB LED display (1920x1200)[add $250]

    Which will give me more bang for my buck?
    And which is a small improvement for a lot of cash?
    Memory
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz [Included in Price]
    Most Popular Customer Upgrade


    6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz [add $165 ]


    8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz [add $315]
    No idea how much I need, What the phuq do I used memory for, I know it stores information in a more accessible area for graphics and such, but how much is enough if I never want to buy Crysis?

    Graphics
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD [Included in Price]


    256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 [add $100]
    High Performance


    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD with Belkin HDMI Cable - 6ft [add $30]


    256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 with Belkin HDMI Cable - 6ft [add $130]


    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD and AVerTV NanoExpress TV Tuner [add $100 ]


    256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 and AVerTV NanoExpress TV Tuner [add $200]
    I doubt I need and HDMI, but won't that allow me to run my 360 through it?
    I don't have an HDTV, but I want to get one some day.
    How much Graphics power is needed for low power gaming?

    Wifi Card
    Intel®WiFi Link 5100 802.11agn Half Mini-Card [Included in Price]
    Dell Recommended


    Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11 Wireless-N Card with Linksys WRT160N Wireless Router [add $80]


    Intel 5150 Wimax, Wireless-N combo card [add $25] More Details


    Intel 5300 Ultimate-N Half Mini Card (3x3) with MyWiFi [add $10]
    I think we have a Wireless-N router, it Is Linksys.
    Anyway, I was wondering if a second router could be chained off in my room, router to router to extend range.
    What will be good enough to do it?

    Audio
    High Definition Audio 2.0 [Included in Price]


    ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card [add $80]


    Soundblaster X-Fi Hi Def Audio - Software Enabled [add $25]


    ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi Laptop Sound Card with Wireless Receiver Bundle [add $134]

    What is a Wireless reciever Bundle?
    and which will handle what I need?
     
  2. GaMeR

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    The included video card is definitely not for gaming, as for the choices they gave you, they're alright you could probably get a better deal if you buy the card on your own however, I don't think they'd install that for you. So with that said, I'd go with the 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 since you don't really need the HDMI cable as you don't have a HDTV. As for the $200 card, I'm not sure if it will allow you to record stuff from your 360 to be honest as I don't have much experience in doing that...
     
  3. +Deagle+

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    uhhh, i will say if you are looking for a gaming notebook rig it wont be cheap. Ill look around and see if i can find some decent notebooks for ya. Because this isnt gonna cut it...gaming rigs require alot of power.

    EDIT: here found a decent system, it has an open box discount where someone either opened the box and sent it back because it was the wrong notebook or whatever. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152100R
     
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    I agree with deagle, its not cheap and this wont cut it and well DELL SUCKS
     
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    Guys, I said I wanted a laptop that would do normal business and play games no stronger than AoE.
    Don't worry about gaming, I don't play games on there(other than AoE, which my old rig can handle), I wanted to know what will do business smoothly, youtube, video downloads and such.
    Thanks to GaMeR, for helping me figure out the functional processor for my set.
     
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    ...sorry thought this was a PC gaming thread..
     
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    Looking at the specs again as well as your expectations, I'd say the included stuff will be enough to handle your needs. The only thing two things that I would upgrade would be the graphics card (mentioned in my previous post) and the processor (pay the extra $50 to get the one that is slightly better).

    Also, what's the base price without any upgrades?
     
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    The Dell Studio 17 is about $600, but I added enough parts to make it into a $1500 set up, now, I may back it down a bit.

    I don't know about streaming and routing things, If I use my laptop as a capture card for my 360, can it handle the juice?

    Edit: I just browsed the Newegg site, looks good.
    I may go there instead, but I wonder, if I have a small set of parameters, what fits best?

    Edit:Edit: What about this Beast?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114634
     
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    Why not get an XPS? Aren't they good for gaming? Well , thats what I heard , and a good graphic card that I heard of was Nividia..
    I know on this computer , I have a Nividia GeForce2 MX card , and from what I seen , its the best seller thats what I heard..Idk , its up to you tho , from what I heard the XPS , and Nividia are good.
     
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    I think, THINK, I may get an Alienware M17x.
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    The basics on this are well beyond what I need right?
     
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    If your really lazy then yes buy a Alineware but you can get those parts for like 25% off and just get someone to put it together for a less price of an Alienware, but that's just IMO.
     
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    I don't know anyone who could build it, I don't know how I would get things like the body(which was the selling point), I don't trust having no warranty on the assembled unit, and I want the freebies.
     
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    Then yes go with the Alienware, it should be MORE than enough to handle anything you throw at it, just make sure you protect the crap out of it, Ive heard warranty sometimes doesn't cover Viruses.
     
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    I comes with a trial of McAffee, but I'm buying Trendmicro the following month if it works.
    It's just so Damn COOL, now to find a reasonably good wireless mouse and bag.
     

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