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New Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by craigie, May 29, 2011.

  1. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I have been contemplating buying a new laptop for the last couple of months and have decided on this:

    Dell XPS 15"
    Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.00GHz
    1920 x 1080 Full HD with True Life
    640GB 7.2K HDD
    8GB DDR 3 RAM
    2GB NVIDIA Gefore Graphics Card
    9 Cell Battery

    Should be arriving next week :D
     
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  2. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

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    Looks good, what OS will you run off that, will you be using it for VM labs, and if so, VMware or Hyper-V?
     
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  3. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Windows 7 Ultimate probably, after I attend and hopefully pass my HP StorageWorks Solutions Architect exam, I shall be moving full throttle into VMware VCP mode.

    Already have a HP ML115 which will be the ESXi node, then I will purchase a ML110 G6 and make that an iSCI target using OpenFiler. Pop my Layer 2 managed switch in a and start on learning vSphere.

    My lappie will be running vCentre, might have to buy another ML110/5 so I can do all the cool stuff like Vmotion and HA (wife permitting).
     
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  4. kfoulks2011

    kfoulks2011 Bit Poster

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    really looks like a nice laptop. honestly ive never heard of a laptop with 8gb of RAM. very impressive to me. im jealous lol =)
     
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  5. Shinigami

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    Up until recently, laptops with tons of RAM was unheard of. But my Dell M6500 (one year old now) has 16 GB's of RAM (it's my mobile lab, I really need the memory). Roughly a year before I got this laptop, 8 GB's was just about the limit. One can now get 24 GB's of RAM on a laptop, I think I even saw 32 GB's somewhere... But those super dense laptop memory modules cost an insane amount of cash. The memory alone on this M6500 cost over half of what the laptop was worth new =\
     
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  6. kfoulks2011

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    thats really incredible. did not know any of that thank you for sharing. I will do some research on some of these super RAM laptops. Computers are getting crazier and crazier each day.
     
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  7. kfoulks2011

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    Update: did some searching and the Dell Precision M6500 Mobile Workstation that i found supports 32GB 1333MHz DDR3. pretty impressive if i can say so myself. Wanting to know the price on this machine and all i see is "call for pricing". That can mean only one thing; out of my budget!
     
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  8. Shinigami

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    Buying in bulk is probably the best thing to do. I priced my M6500 last year when I received it from my employer, and street price with 16 GB's of RAM was around $5500. However, we bought in bulk and got a considerable discount.

    I expect 32 GB's in todays configuration to cost roughly the same (doubling the RAM and halving the price). However, the harddisks are becoming a bottleneck when running multiple virtual machines. Large SSD's are also very expensive and a mechanical disk, although considerably cheaper bang for the buck per GB, begins to slow down when you run 10 VM's or so.
     
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  9. onoski

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    These laptop specs and prices makes the ipad 2 look like child's play:) well in comparison to some extent.
     
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  10. jiggy

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    Its one of those..."if you have to ask, you cant afford it" prices :D
     
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  11. Theprof

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    Nice! very good specc'd laptop indeed!
     
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    Seriously your making us all look bad now :blink ....
     
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