Looking for a new laptop

OVerLoRDI

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, my current one was never very good and is completely worthless for gaming beyond starcraft. I want a laptop that has a dual core cpu of some kind and a good video card but not some 8lb laptop like the huge Dell XPS or the giant Alienware ones. Does anyone have any ideas or am i looking for the impossible?
 
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Originally posted by: OVerLoRDI
I'm looking to buy a new laptop, my current one was never very good and is completely worthless for gaming beyond starcraft. I want a laptop that has a dual core cpu of some kind and a good video card but not some 8lb laptop like the huge Dell XPS or the giant Alienware ones. Does anyone have any ideas or am i looking for the impossible?

How about an Acer Travelmate 8200.

X1600
Core Duo (2.0GHz)
120GB SATA hdd
2 GB RAM
15.4" WSXGA+ Screen
6.6 pounds

Here is the buy.com link to the laptop: Text
 

webhead2oo6

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for mid range gaming i reccoment the Inspiron 6000 series. its great for games like the sims 2. halo. Worms Armagetton risk, and yes. it plays starcraft (long live the legasy)
 
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Originally posted by: webhead2oo6
for mid range gaming i reccoment the Inspiron 6000 series. its great for games like the sims 2. halo. Worms Armagetton risk, and yes. it plays starcraft (long live the legasy)

The 6000 would be a possible choice for the OP, but he expressed a desire for the notebook to have a dual-cored CPU which is not provided on any mid-range Dell's at the moment.
 

Wall7486

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Z71V refresh notebook. x700, wsxga, 6 pounds. It can't get any better than that. No dual core sorry.

You obviouslly cannot have anything less than 8lb with dual core. You are using Desktop components, so it will be heavier and consume more power and inevitably low battery life.

Might I ask is this laptop for home use or are you lugging it around a lot? If you're getting one to save space for your home then I can understand. If you travel a lot, I think you should look for another solution, single core.
 
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Originally posted by: Wall7486
Z71V refresh notebook. x700, wsxga, 6 pounds. It can't get any better than that. No dual core sorry.

You obviouslly cannot have anything less than 8lb with dual core. You are using Desktop components, so it will be heavier and consume more power and inevitably low battery life.

Might I ask is this laptop for home use or are you lugging it around a lot? If you're getting one to save space for your home then I can understand. If you travel a lot, I think you should look for another solution, single core.

What are you talking about?? Ever hear of the Core Duo (also known by some as the dual cored Pentium-M)?
 

Snowice

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Originally posted by: Wall7486
Z71V refresh notebook. x700, wsxga, 6 pounds. It can't get any better than that. No dual core sorry.

You obviouslly cannot have anything less than 8lb with dual core. You are using Desktop components, so it will be heavier and consume more power and inevitably low battery life.

Might I ask is this laptop for home use or are you lugging it around a lot? If you're getting one to save space for your home then I can understand. If you travel a lot, I think you should look for another solution, single core.

LMAO
 
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Yesterday I picked up the HP DV5020us from circuitcity, after rebates for 850.

AMD Turion? 64 1.8GHz L2 cache 512KB
double-layer DVD+/-R/RW
ATI Radeon® Xpress 200M IGP 128MB DDR (shared)
80GB 4200RPM hard drive
1gb ram
Wireless remote

I think there are some good deals after rebate on circuitcity(there are 22 laptops under $1000). I waited too long to get it, yesterday at around noon this laptop was available on every store around me, at 6:30pm I had to drive 50 miles to get to a store with one left.

I am pretty happy with it, it has basic gaming capabilities like you say you need.
 

PepperBreath

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How is this system for basic gaming capabilities? I'll probably use it mostly for office work but I wouldn't mind playing a few 3D games, nothing too taxing though.

Intel(R) Celeron(R) M 380 (1.6 GHz)
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
128MB ATI MOBILITY(TM) RADEON(R) X700
256MB DDR2 SDRAM (1x256MB)
40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
 

RonML

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Like OVerLoRDI, I too am interested in purchasing a new laptop for under 2k.

I was doing some research on systems for gaming and general use as my main system. I plan to have XP, some varient of Linux, and
Hopefully, it will work with Vista.


Obviously, I'll need a discrret graphics card.
I noticed that a lot of the Turion systems have ATI Mobile Radeon X700 cards. I wonder how this compares to the brand new X1400 or x1600.
The ATI website is not all that helpful.
What is the performance difference between the two?

Also, are the screens of Acer or HP notebooks capable of the refresh rates needed for gaming?

 

Marmion

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I don't know about the US, but in NZ/Australia, Toshiba is about to release the Tecra A6, which is a T2300 Core Duo 1.67Ghz, X1400 128MB, 14.1" WXGA, 512MB DDR2-533, 2.26kg. Very reasonable NZ$2500, AUS$2200, which would approx be about US$1400.
 

cheesehead

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I'd go for the A6. Sweet machine, especially considering the price. The Apple PowerBooks are also rather nice, but you'll have to wait until Vista before you can use windows.
Alienware laptops are nearly identical to Dell laptops in some cases. The Alienware you refer to is remarkably similar to the 170 in specs; coinicidentally, they buy their laptops in barebones form from the same company. Coincidence?

 

SoundTheSurrender

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Originally posted by: Cheesehead
I'd go for the A6. Sweet machine, especially considering the price. The Apple PowerBooks are also rather nice, but you'll have to wait until Vista before you can use windows.
Alienware laptops are nearly identical to Dell laptops in some cases. The Alienware you refer to is remarkably similar to the 170 in specs; coinicidentally, they buy their laptops in barebones form from the same company. Coincidence?

I think Alienware is better though, you can start with the cheaper system and style get a Geforce Go 6800. The dells offer a intergrated card on the cheaper system.
but the 170 is pretty good. But its 2k :/