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Laptop purchase

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:05 pm
by Frostweave
Hello everyone,

I'm seriously considering purchasing a new laptop through Dell since my very old laptop had an unfortunate accident involving the floor and my fist. (Long story) I would be using the system for pictures and hopefully gaming :o .

Anyways, Dell is having a sale atm and I am looking at 2 different laptops. They are about a $200 price difference and the only difference I can see is in the processor and video card. I posted the info here so that I can get some recommendations on the difference between the two systems. Thanks for the help in advance!!


Dell 1501 comes with a AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-56 and an integrated ATI XPress 1150 256MB Video Card.

Dell 1505 comes with Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB) and an integrated 256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory™

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:09 pm
by Zelima
I bought a Dell Inspiron 9300 a year ago and have been extremely pleased with it.

I do recommend getting the upgraded video card and 1 GB of memory. It makes all the difference in the world (zone times, not having to turn off certain effects) Not to mention that laptops are a bitch to get upgraded ex post facto. It's worth the extra $200, imho...


PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:07 pm
by xileksis
heck im running sygn on a dell inspron 9100 2.8 pent with 1 gig rand and a 64 mg vid and it does lag some what but over all it does well ..

so any thing bigger faster smother smarter is frosting on the cake 8-)..

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:38 pm
by Tizgarr
im running basically the same chip set/vid card as the 1505 in my acer laptop....only complaint i have with it is trying to box on it...everytime i try and log out the second toon it messes up my vid card and i have to reboot. other than that, its worked great.

I agree with zel though. i sucked it up and sprung for the 2.33 processors, 2 gigs of ram, and a 512 vid card.

another thing to concider is hd speed. i couldnt find any laptop that runs more than 5400 rpm. If your used to 7400 rpm, you might notice little slowdown when pulling from the harddrive. Thats why i sprung for the extra ram.


PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 9:24 pm
by Dashun
HDD's can spin at either 5400, 7200, or 10,000 rpm's. 7,400 rpm doesn't exist silly. Either way, S-ATA is faster than EIDE.

In my experience, AMD is better for gaming but need better cooling. However, with laptops, cooling is more difficult. So you might be stuck.

Video cards. Hard to judge which ones are the best. What you want to look for is on-board memory, core clock speed, and if it's using the 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0 pixel shader (3.0 being the newest and best).

RAM is where you never want to cheat yourself. 1gig or higher is gewd.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:56 pm
by Tizgarr
sorry 7200, fat finger typing strikes again )