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Purchasing a Laptop: What do you think?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Vroom, Jun 18, 2006.

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  1. Vroom

    Vroom Thread Starter

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    I'm in the market for a laptop. I've settled on one that looks good, but I'd like to get a second opinion. I'd most likely use the computer for word processing, running iTunes, and light-to-moderate gaming. I'd also like to not spend more that $575 on it (yeah I'm a cheapskate, I know :D ). Anyway, here we go:

    Compaq V5000Z Series Notebook PC

    OS: Windows XP Home Edition
    Processor: AMD Sempron(TM) 3300+ (2.0GHz/128KB L2 Cache)
    Display: 15.4" WXGA Widescreen (1280x800)
    Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM (1x256MB)
    Graphics Card: 128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM)
    Hard Drive: 40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
    Primary CD/DVD Drive: DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (Q: Does this write DVDs and CDs, or just CDs?)
    Networking: Integrated 56K Modem + 10/100 Ethernet LAN
    Primary Battery: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
    Productivity Software: Microsoft(R) Works/Money

    Final Price: $489.99 (after rebates and savings ;) )
    So, any thoughts?


    -Vroom
     
  2. acameron

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    I would up the Ram to 512MB, 256 will work but you will get a big performance boost from 512.....especially since the graphics card will be using some of the system memory for itself.....

    as for gaming....don't plan on too much with a laptop...that graphics chipset won't play much.........
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Lookis like a really good buy but I would do as acameron suggests and even up the ram to 1 gig as laptops really seem to drag especially with a Sempron cpu. I would bet you could game better with an Athlon though as he is right Sempron cache will limit game performance especially in a laptop where graphics are limited.
     
  4. Vroom

    Vroom Thread Starter

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    Hmm, thanks for the advice, I'll upgrade the ram, and I don't plan on doing too much gaming, mostly some older games (2-3 years old) that work better on XP (I run 98 right now)


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