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looking for replacement Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mallet, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. mallet

    mallet Kilobyte Poster

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    I had my Dell Insprion 1300 for far to long and I was wondering if anyone can recommend a Laptop that has a decent Graphics card, good dual core cpu and XP os?

    I could spend upto £800 max but I dont want to spend anyone then that as I still need to build a PC on the side later in a few months time. As the dell I got has a shoody cpu and intel gma graphics card and feels like its on its last legs. And in terms of upgrading Its already got 1GB ram. and you have to remember the grapahic card shares the RAM to :(

    Oh and also, has anyone had any dealing with pcspecialist? as the custom laptops are cheap and you can get a good spec laptop for £745

    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php?page=laptopsystembuilder


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  2. BosonMichael
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    Didn't take a great deal of time to look, but this one has a C2D with 2GB of RAM and an 8600M GT video card for $1499: link

    No idea how UK prices go for laptops, sorry. :)
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    PC specialist are supposed to be okayish on terms of quality of the PCs they build, and the customer service is supposed to be quite good, but the last I heard their delivery times sucked. By that I mean they said a PC would be delivered in 3 days and it ended up being 3 weeks :blink

    You can find reviews on them here http://www.dooyoo.co.uk/online-shops/pcspecialist-co-uk/1063952/

    and here http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/index.cfm?action=showthread&threadid=258947&forumid=2
     
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    404: Decent Graphics Card Not Found
     
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    LOL. I guess you missed the obvious, since that company only provides Linux on their laptops by default. If you want Windows you have to pay extra.... :twisted:
     
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  8. mallet

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    Thanks all for the feedback guys, I did do a search as well I managed to find a few but I found this larking at the back of dells site:
    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/winxp_inspnnb?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

    Unlike the other dells, you can choose XP OS, I found the inspriron 1520 with decent meat:

    intel dual core 1.60
    120GB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
    nVidia GeForce Go 8600M GT with 256MB DDR2
    for £600

    I also found this very useful site incase anyone wants to compare mobile graphics cards:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html



    cheers for that link GBL, thanks :)


    Honestly, even that Laptop can beat mine in terms of cpu power :biggrin



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    With the budget and figure you have in mind I'd recommend you go for a Toshiba Tecra or on a cheaper note Dell Latitude D630.
     
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  10. Mitzs
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    those looks like some good prices at dell, but don't forget ebay and your electronics store. Tis the season you know. They have good sales here this time of the year. Maybe they do over there too.
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    I didn't miss it at all (with you, it's *painfully* obvious). The point is, none of those laptops offer what he is looking for: a decent video card (not to mention XP, but I knew you were ignoring that portion of his request).
     
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  12. greenbrucelee
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    Yep I have to agree, that laptop sucks it didn't have anything mallet wanted.

    We know you like to promote Linux Freddy, thats fine with me but you should have chosen a decent laptop with a decent graphics card that ran on Linux to make Linux look a bit more viable to mallet
     
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  13. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Well if your looking for dual core laptops that play games then what about acer?

    There's a couple here on Ebuyer, one with 49 reviews with 5 star rating all giving good reveiws....
    Acer aspire 5633 at £549.99 inc vat that's not bad!:biggrin

    or there's a website here that has loads of Acer laptops where you can choose what spec you want!
    Shopacer

    If your going to use it for games then you need to buy a lptop with a dedicated graphics and not integrated. the top ones are Nvida 7950GT or 8600.
     
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  14. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    just checked out that Link - Mallet and it seemed a bit pricey for what you get! You only get two choices on Graphic cards and there's no AMD processors?

    128MB (SMA) INTEL GM965 + D-SUB + TV-OUT integrated scored quite low on What Laptop test labs
    512MB GEFORCE 8600GT + D-SUB + TV-OUT medium specs scored under 15000 on 3dMark 2003 and medium on What Laptop test labs.

    They seem a bit expensive, have you looked at What Laptop website/magazine?8)
     
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  15. mallet

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    I am not sure with acers reliability, I brought one off at Ebuyer last year. On the first day I had it, A few hours later the screen kept turning itself off when it want to and it wasnt a screen saver option or anything :biggrin a few of the people I spoke to, had various problems at the IT office with my model last year.
    However, as I remembered my cousin brought the exact spec laptop as I brought last year and hes not run into any problems as such.

    Iam still looking around electric laptop stores and havent found anything good :( it feels like the dell is the only option for now, and I really dont like paying for bad customer service.
     
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  16. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    fair play mate:biggrin We use Dell laptops at work and the AMD2 are very fast also did you know with the Dell laptops you can customerise the laptop shells? It's a place called LAPJACKS they also do covers/jackets for IPODS.:biggrin

    It's amazing just how much you can modify laptops these days:biggrin
     
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