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InvisibleShroomismM
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Looking at laptops
    #3504423 - 12/15/04 05:57 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

so I'm trying to swindle a laptop out of one of my parents for christmas..or at least the down payment on one.. as I'm sick of having to use the public library all the time. I'm probably just going to do a monthly payment thing since I just recently got a job.. but I'm wondering if someone can help me decide what to get.

Basically I'm going to be using it for everything.. graphic design, music, games, internet, writing, etc, etc... it's going to be on the road a lot. I want it to be fast and have lots of memory, and easily upgradeable. (I don't know much about laptops and how easy they are to upgrade....)

I want to try one with an Athlon processor and at least 80gb of memory, and 512 mb of ram. This is the one I have my eye on.. but it's pretty expensive - http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/HP-Pavili...roductDetail.do

does anyone have any suggestions for a good quality laptop (maybe a cheaper one) that will suite my needs for at least two years?


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3504450 - 12/15/04 06:01 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)



Get what I got... alienware area-51  :grin:


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: duster]
    #3504475 - 12/15/04 06:04 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

My Acer suits me well. I noticed you mentioned music and graphic design. Ive heard Macs are good for that, check out some powerbooks. only down side to macs are very very very limited gaming.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: duster]
    #3504545 - 12/15/04 06:12 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Alienware, indeed.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: duster]
    #3504619 - 12/15/04 06:22 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

alienware... did I mention I don't want to spend like 5 million dollars? well those are nice and all but too much for what they are.. pentium 4, 40gb, 256 mb Ram for $2,300??

So yeah.. I'm trying to stay somewhere around $1,500.. and that one I posted from circuit city looks like the best deal for the money. AMD Athlon 64.. 100GB hard drive, 512 mb ram... and it's cheaper than the alienware

oh and I just plain suck with macs. I can never get used to them.. I'm too dependent on the PC


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: duster]
    #3504686 - 12/15/04 06:30 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

duster said:


Get what I got... alienware area-51  :grin:




Lol i have an Alienware im pretty upset i got it. it sux ass for the price i paid.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3504691 - 12/15/04 06:31 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Whoa, Shroomism ? Where you at? Muahaha.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: runnerup]
    #3504692 - 12/15/04 06:31 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Plus im constantly getting parts replaced.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: AbstractHarmonix]
    #3504705 - 12/15/04 06:32 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Librirary.. I illegally drove here  :shocked:

where you at?


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3504714 - 12/15/04 06:33 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

did you illegally drive to the library to go on the shroomery?

thats pretty hardcore man


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: runnerup]
    #3504725 - 12/15/04 06:35 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

yeah I'm a shroomery fiend like that

what makes it scarier is if I get pulled over I go to jail do not pass go do not collect $200.. so... gotta blend in with the pleebs :cool:



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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3504808 - 12/15/04 06:47 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

Shroomism said:
Librirary.. I illegally drove here  :shocked:

where you at?




Oh DAMN!  How did I know?  I am at another Aquarius's house.  Rochelles, ellll yeah.  The other white meat.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: AbstractHarmonix]
    #3504857 - 12/15/04 06:55 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

It's that psychic sense you got :wink:
ah sweet bring me some of that other white meat later.. this bitch is closing in an hour


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3504913 - 12/15/04 07:05 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

daaaamn.

thats about the price i paid for my laptop(toshiba satellite), and mine is a 3.2 Ghz.

lap tops are the shit!  :thumbup:

definitly a good investment.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: thePatient]
    #3504932 - 12/15/04 07:07 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

yeah they have definitely been getting cheaper.. always a good investment..

haha nice avatar freak.. how's indiana?


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3505700 - 12/15/04 09:07 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

i'd recommend staying away from Athlon 64, unless you use linux and are a big time techie... the technology just isn't used by the vast majority of applications, and you'll pay extra for no real benefit. maybe some years down the road, but for now, nothing really uses the 64's capabilities.

I recently bought a custom machine from LACLinux.com - p4 2.8 ghz, 2X512 mb RAM, ATI RADEON 9600 (128M DDR), newest Debian linux... all in all (i got almost all the upgrades they offer for this model) it ran me about $1800... although I got my work to pay for the whole thing :smile:

but why do you want a laptop? you can get/build a desktop for MUCH cheaper... unless you need the "computing-on-the-go" or are moving a lot, i'd seriously recommend building a desktop.


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3505798 - 12/15/04 09:23 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Get your alien friends to supply you with their warez. :grin:


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Re: Looking at laptops [Re: Shroomism]
    #3505963 - 12/15/04 09:54 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I'd recommend against buying on credit. If you force yourself to save for it, you're going to stay within your budget and prioritize appropriately. I bought a remanufactured Gateway 2.5 years ago for about $1500, the fact that I still use it now makes me consider it a success. That said, the monitor now draws lines that don't exist, the thing is reaching its end of life.

For me, the premium of a laptop was worth it because I can work on the bus 1-2 hrs a day. But otherwise, I'd also recommend against getting laptop. You'll be paying more for a slower machine. Repairs are $200 minimum no matter what it is, when most desktop parts can be replaced for less than that.

Get a good monitor, be cheap on everything else. That will get you started and you'll have a backup system when things break. Look at remanufactured and refurbished machines on major vendors websites, they often have sweet deals.


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