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 Post subject: A college notebook
PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:08 pm 
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I have been looking at some notebooks for college but I am having a hard time deciding what componets I need to upgrade. For the degree I hope to obtain, I have been told that I will need space to hold some big programs. I also want to be able to do some gaming on it. So far this is what I have kind of decided:
Core 2 Duo T7300
2GB Mem
160GB HD @5400 RPM
GeForce Nvidia 8400M GS

Would it be a good idea to upgrade the graphics card to a Nvidia 8600M GT and the Hard Drive to 200GB?

Some notebooks I was most impressed with have been the Vostro 1500 and HP Pavilion dv6500t. Are these good ideas.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:19 pm 
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get the 8600M GT. 200GBs wouldn't be a bad idea if your planning on putting lots of files.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:55 am 
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I wouldn't upgrade the HD. Get an external drive instead.
You can get either a 2.5 or 3.5 depending on how mobile you need to be. You can also get the enclosure and drive separate and then put them together to save a little $$.
http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard- ... B%5D=2:394


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 Post subject: Re: A college notebook
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:19 pm 
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Just received my Vostro 1500 (it took only 4 business days!) and I'm loving it. People say that Dell's quality has slipped, but this notebook feels solid. I certainly recommend the 8600M because the 8400M is really just a low-end card. I mean, if you're just looking for a quick game or two a week, then the 8400M would probably serve you well. If you really like your frames, go for the 8600.

The thing about the Vostro is that you can configure one with XP Home/Pro and NOT Vista. That was the major selling point to me, and I'm quite happy with the decision. The only real gripe with this laptop is its heft. With the lid closed, I would estimate the weight to be at least 8 lbs. Otherwise, I love it! :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 10:07 am 
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i'd go with pc noob. the 8600 is a lot better card. Definitely go with the external hd. I saw 70 bucks for 250 gb a lot better than 40gb for about 50$


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