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 Post subject: Help with a desktop replacement for college
PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:28 pm 
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Hey. I am a DIY computer guy, albeit I am not a seasoned vet or anything. I am going to college next year, and I am trying to figure out what the best choice would be. In a perfect world, I would like a gaming laptop with an especially nice screen with HDMI input (or DVI) for console gaming. I do a lot of audio/video editing as well. If it could somehow magically be a tablet PC, that would be awesome, but I know that is all but impossible to find in a gaming laptop.

Right now, I am using a DIY all in one powerhouse PC that me and my dad made about a year ago, and it handles everything we need it to do very well (media editing and Crysis runs great, for example.) I know that I can't get optimal performance from a laptop, but any help would be appreciated.

I am looking at Falcon Northwest at the moment, but I am completely open to suggestions. Any brands I should look into or stay away from would be nice. Also, I was wondering if there was a way to DIY for laptops? I have not found anything like that... it seems you have to buy name brand. Right this second, price is not an object. I like to set my sights high on hardware and then cut back to a price range.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:58 pm 
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dude those desktop replacement laptops are like 20 lbs. Are you sure that you want to be carrying that around all day? if you don't know what it feels like, get a huge dictionary or a 500 pack of paper, and carry that around for a day, then take it out and replace it with a regular 100 sheet notebook. That's pretty much what the difference will be.

A better idea if you care about your back would be buying a smaller, cheap 200-500 dollar laptop like the Asus EEE PC, and building a kickass desktop.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:48 pm 
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gateway started their new series
http://www.gateway.com/systems/series/529598006.php
8800gtx in a 17" laptop for $1600

you can snag it at bestbuy for $1250
little you'd want to modify - 3GB ram?

It's a great value, but as stated, this isn't something you wanna be walking around with. I'd suggest a 12" or so for something you'll be hanging onto all day. After using my 12" msi s271, and asus eeepc I'd go for the eeepc 9" later this month.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:56 pm 
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I liked looking at those Sager's from a few posts down.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:34 pm 
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Check out ASUS's lineup on newegg. I bought a 14.1" laptop with a C2D 1gb ram and an ATI x1700 video card all for $1300 and it weighs just over 5 lbs. The nice thing is I can play source engine games at 60fps on mostly high settings. They now have 8600GT equipped laptops for around $1000.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:12 am 
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I'm getting a lot of replies on other forums saying I should build a desktop again (I can't take my desktop to college, my parents use it too) and then buy a mediocre laptop... I'd rather just buy a nice laptop off the bat, but what do you think?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:40 pm 
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Get the desktop and the crappy laptop. You'll be much happier on the long run. Laptops can't be upgraded at all, other than RAM and Hard drive. So assuming that you get 2 or 4 gigs right off the bat, there's nothing left to upgrade other than the hard drive, and that doesn't improve performance as much as you'd like. With the desktop, you can slowly upgrade stuff as newer technology comes out.

Plus you'd never get any work done in class if all you're doing is pwning in TF2. :P


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:28 pm 
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I like my suggestion the best :lol: my laptop is more than powerful enough for my needs


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:09 am 
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K. Olsen wrote:
Check out ASUS's lineup on newegg. I bought a 14.1" laptop with a C2D 1gb ram and an ATI x1700 video card all for $1300 and it weighs just over 5 lbs. The nice thing is I can play source engine games at 60fps on mostly high settings. They now have 8600GT equipped laptops for around $1000.


I say BAH!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:56 pm 
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Dictator Bob wrote:
I'm getting a lot of replies on other forums saying I should build a desktop again (I can't take my desktop to college, my parents use it too) and then buy a mediocre laptop... I'd rather just buy a nice laptop off the bat, but what do you think?


I say go with the 15 pound monster laptop with everything built in.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Just wondering- do they make gaming grade laptops that double as tablet PC's? Hopefully with a larger screen than the standard 10-12 " tablet? For college, a tablet would be more useful than a gaming rig, at least as far as actual "schoolwork" is concerned (I don't know, maybe I might do some school work if I get bored of Crysis) and I'd like to know if there is a suitable compromise.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:56 pm 
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Don't bother with a Tablet PC.

If you want to take notes with your machine, get one of those USB notepads that integrates with Microsoft OneNote.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:19 pm 
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Right now I am liking Falcon nW, Sager, and the Dell.
I did not like the Alienware or Voodoo.

Any other brands? of the ones listed, what do you like the best? I would rather not buy a dell, but it is cheapest.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:51 am 
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My next desktop replacement will be either Sageror Pro-Star, depending on if Pro-Star will finally start offering zero-dead pixel insurance. If not, then I go with Sager. Either way it's the same laptop.

Dictator Bob wrote:
I would rather not buy a dell, but it is cheapest.


Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. I've got a 7 year old Pro-Star laptop that has outlived a lot of my friend's Dells, HPs, and ShitPaqs.


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