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Purchasing a New Laptop, have some questions~

Q: Purchasing a New Laptop, have some questions~

Hey there,
I'm planning to purchase a laptop from Futureshop here in Vancouver,BC. Canada.
It's a Toshiba (Intel Centrino Duo Processor Tech. with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450)
2GB Memory (type unkown)
250GB HD Space
GFX:ATI Radeon HD 256MB Dedicated
Wireless: 802.11a/g + Pre-N WiFi +BlueTooth
TruBrite Screen, Webcam and Mic, 5-1 Media Adapter
Price: $1599.99 CDA
$70.83/Month for 24Months

I kind of hate how Futureshop give such vague specs on the products they sell. :T I kind of don't want to buy it from here, but the laptop looks pretty good in terms of specs and Futureshop has financing available.
I'm just wondering if this will be a good buy..I'll be mainly using the computer for school, a little bit of gaming (WC3, CNC, ..etc, mainly RTS Games)
I'm fairly new to laptops..
basically want a decent one with a dedicated gfx card for my rts games and one with a fair bit of hd space.
any tips, suggestions, or comments please share them with me
I keep second guessing on laptops I want to purchase. I do want to get the most out of what I pay.
Thanks in advance! Cheers-

Here's another Laptop I'm Considering
HP Intel Centrino Duo Processor Technology intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450
Ram: 2GB DDR
HD: 200GB
GFX: NVIDIA 8400M 128MB Discrete Graphics
Wireless: 802.11b/g Pre-N +Bluetooth WiFi
12 Cell Lithium-ion Battery, Webcam,Mic,5-1 Media Reader,Remote & Earbuds
Price: $1499.99 CDA ($66.67/Month for 24 months)

So these are the two laptops I'm considering
I hope you guys can help me decide!

Here's another one I found at BestBuy!!!
It's something I'm also considering buying!

HP Pavilion DV9548 17" Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz Laptop - Best Buy Exclusive

Product Details

Web Code: 10090135
Mfr. Part Number: GA480UA#ABA
Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo T5450
Screen Size 17.0 in
RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 2048MB DDR2
Hard Drive 200GB SATA 5400RPM
Optical Drives 8X Super Multi LightScribe DL DVD+/-R/RW
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
Average Battery Life Not Provided By Manufacturer
Product Weight 3.5 kg
Audio Type Altec Lansing
Battery Type Lithium-Ion
Cache 2MB L2
Fax/Modem 56K V.90
I/O Ports See The Features Section
Included In Box See The Features Section
Network Card Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
Other Software See The Features Section
PC Card Slots 1 ExpressCard/54
Pointing Device Touchpad
Preloaded Operating System Windows Vista Premium
Processor Speed 1.66GHz
Product Dimensions 29.5(W) x 3.9(H) x 38.5(D) cm
Removable Storage Integrated 5-In-1 Digital Media Reader
Screen Type WXGA
Speakers Built-In Stereo Speakers
System Bus 667MHz FSB
Warranty 1 Year Limited Hardware

Cheers Again!

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A: Purchasing a New Laptop, have some questions~

First off I will say that most of the time, Best Buy is pretty overpriced. Also I've never been a huge laptop enthusiast, as I use my computer for gaming, it's a little pricey to get a gaming laptop (and by a little I mean VERY pricey). But from when I have looked at laptops, I've noticed that if you know what you are looking for, you can often find something cheaper on warehouse like websites, such as Newegg.com. Also, if you go with Newegg, they offer extended warranty plans.

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So I'm thinking about buying a new laptop!

I've got a set of questions for you.

Background Info: I've pretty much decided that I want the current Dell Inspiron 1420, or that I want to wait for the new studio/inspiron laptops to be released (there seems to be controversy over how exactly the newer laptops will fit into the current lines of laptops as well as when they will be released.) Here's a link about them: http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/03/dell-studio-line-details-leak-out/

Other things to keep in mind: I'm not in a huge hurry to replace my current laptop (which is a dell inspiron 8600), but I kind of want to I'm slightly nervous about it since that blue screen incident (even though that turned out to be not a big deal)--it also does some other slightly disconcerting things, like beeping upon startup (which apparently indicates errors?), the screen flickers sometimes (particularly when it's not plugged in), and the fan is louder than it used to be (I think). I don't know if any of this indicates anything very negative, but these things combined with the age of the system (about five years) makes me slightly nervous--whether that is justified or not. *shrug* I would also like to be able to at least have the option of carrying the laptop to campus when I need to without dreading it--my current laptop is very heavy, and I can't take it if I have almost anything else to take with me.

On to the questions!
1. Do you think I s... Read more

A:Purchasing a Laptop--Many Questions!

personally i would wait.
When you do buy a laptop i would make sure it has a core 2 duo at least 2.0ghz with at least 2gb memory and a 250gb hard drive...

If you could afford it i would actually go with:

which i believe also has a new model coming out this month or next..

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Me and my brother (We both have near identical setups, our MOBO's and RAM are the same down in my biography). We are both wanting to upgrade from 8 to 16gb, and am wondering what the best way would be to do it. Here is what i'm thinking.

A. We buy 2x8gb, and we each get a stick.

B. We buy 2x8gb. Someone gets both the 8gb sticks, and gives the other one the 2x4 sticks.

C. We buy 4x4gs, and we each get 2 sticks.

A few questions, i know that we can't interchange ddr3/ddr4, so we would just be buying ddr3 (Unless we go with B), But is having a 4gb/4gb/8gb ram configuration ok? Or does it need to be "Symmetrical".


Are the 2 i am considering, are they compatible with my MOBO? And which one would be best?

A:Few questions about purchasing new ram.

If you don't want to have trouble with RAM, don't mix new and old.
If the memory on both computers are exactly the same brand, model and timings, the Answer is B: one gets 4x4 G and the other gets 2x8 G

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Years ago I bought my first Dell, it was a Pentium II, the last one I bought was around 2000/2001. It was over $4000 & included the Dell ADA995 THX 5.1 speaker system which I use to this day without any problems.

15 or more years have passed since then, at that time Dell home desktops were built like tanks & lasted for years.

One concern I have in making a purchase of a 8900 top of the line, is all the problems being reported regarding BIOS issues & general hardware problems/reliability. Are they not what they used to be in these regards?
Also, the amount of complaints regarding customer service/tech support issues concerns me. Should I be?
Another thing that seems to be a problem is orders not being sent on time or being charged for a purchase then going through what appears to be huge hassle getting these issues resolved quickly. I'd like to hear from people that can recall Dell desktops back then & have continued to stay with them.

A:Dell Desktops, questions before purchasing

These forums were full of helpful owners many years ago. Did they all jump ship & start building their own

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I want to purchase office 2010 and install it on two of my personal desktop PC's. I am completely overwhelmed by the number of people selling Office 2010 and the wide range of prices that they are asking. I had no idea that Office 2010 could be downloaded--what are the pros and cons for downloading software like Office 2010???
I see some people on ebay that are selling Office 2010 software that comes with a CD/DVD that has been "professionally removed" from another PC--is this a legal way to resell 2010 or would I just be wasting my money?
I would like to purchase the software legally but I don't want to over pay for it!!!
Anyone out there have any ideas???

A:Questions about purchasing Office 2010

You can transfer Microsoft Office from one computer to another but you would need to trust the seller on that. One tip. If you have a student at home you may be able to get office 2013 for free.

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Hey all....well I recently had a problem with using my headset and speakers simultaneously (posted problem here http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic25942.html ) and was curious if it would be best to just buy a new sound card.

I found the Creative AUDIGY2 ZS PCI sound card in the PriceWatch here on techspot for $59 but the company selling it for that price states that it's an OEM and does not include any software. From the ICT Company site - "Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Internal Sound Card (Software not included) - New Bulk
Contents: Sound card"

Does this mean that the drivers are not included and if so then is there somewhere I could download the software/drivers for free? Or is it worth it to pay the extra $$ and get a non OEM with all the software included.

Also, if I got this new soundcard would I be able to use my headset and speakers simultaneously? Or would I have the same problem I do now?

Thanks for the help.

A:Questions on purchasing OEM sound card

The OEM version from Newegg appears to include a driver and utility cd. Unless your speakers are digital, with the OEM version you won't be able to use the analog output for both speakers and headphones (unless you use a splitter).

You would have to get the platinum or pro versions with the internal or external box to use both speakers and headphones, I think.

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I've been tasked with providing the cost of upgrading Acrobat (currently using version 8 - ouch! - and kind of up in the air for which version to change to). It's my understanding that we'll have to buy the full version of anything at this point, so I'm trying to get prices/availability on any versions beyond 8 (though I have no intention of getting 9, and am somewhat averse to 10 as it's still pretty out of date). I've done a little asking around of others in my profession as to what they're using, and it seems like fairly evenly spread between 9 all the way up to DC Pro. But I have a few ?s unanswered I'm hoping someone can help with.

1. How does the licensing work? I thought it would be per computer but I saw a note on this Amazon page (which I know is by a third party seller, which is why I'm double-checking!) that (for X at least) it allows installation on up to two computers?

2. Either way, when it is installed on any one computer, is it available to all user profiles? I'd assume yes but one person I spoke to said you need a separate license for each user on a PC. I'm guessing, and very much hoping, that's false.

3. I understand that DC (both pro & standard) allows one to edit directly in PDF. This is super handy, but two questions:
a) What version did editing in PDF become available?
b) in any version, does it work on secured documents (such as form 11388 on this page)? Again, one source says yes (for D... Read more

A:Adobe Acrobat questions before purchasing (versions 9-DC)

Questions 1, 2 and 3 can be most suitably and satisfactorily answered and indeed with absolute guaranteed accuracy by asking Adobe

when the route to the provider of the program/app is available so easily, this is always the best way.
Certainly more reliable than taking a statement on Amazon or other such media as being correct - that does not mean that in the case of the question asked for the product advertised - that the answer is not correct

In relation to this
but one person I spoke to said you need a separate license for each user on a PC. I'm guessing, and very much hoping, that's false.Click to expand...

Indeed and it tends to support what I said - go straight to the horses mouth

Finally with regard to the final request
A free trial for 7 days more or less fully functional

and of course you can try 11 at will

That said perhaps someone else will reply who has direct knowledge of the versions you mention in regard to the learning curve and user friendliness.
Of course in regard of the latter aspect
user friendlinessClick to expand...

It is IMHO very much a matter of personal opinion - what YOU find user friendly - someone else may not.

I trust you find my reply helpful.
I really cannot see the point of asking anyone except Adobe for the answers to questions 1, 2 ... Read more

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I am building a computer with a Q6600 which will be overclocked. The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L (unless I have been out of the loop too long and there is a new inexpensive board that is widely recommended, please let me know). My options for memory are DDR2 800 CAS 5, DDR2 800 CAS 4, and DDR2 1000 CAS 5. How much performance gain would I see with CAS 4 over CAS 5, and how much would I see with 1000MHz over 800MHz? What effect does being able to run memory 1:1 with FSB? (The 1000MHz will probably run at 1066MHz.) Should I try to set the FSB as high as possible or is it just as well to run 800 x 4. I have read random posts and articles on this stuff in the past, but never really could grasp the concept. Could someone could clear things up in this area for me? Thanks.

Power Supply
The system will include the Q6600 and also an 8800GT. Everything else is basically standard, a hard drive, a dvd drive, a flash card reader... oh, and 4GB ram. I am going with a RAIDMAX SMILODON case that includes a 500W psu because it is a nice looking case, build quality seems decent, has good features, and includes plenty of fans. The rebate helps too. If I remember right, Newegg's pictures show 22A on the 12V+ line, (newegg's site has not been working right all day... is it just me?). Anyway, if I could get multiple opinions on whether this is enough PSU for the system... I know some people are all about expensive PSU's, and I have had one system with a core 2 duo ... Read more

A:2 Questions: Memory and Power Supply (purchasing new)

No real performance difference with CAS latencies at all and DDR2-1000 will give you a whopping 1% performance boost.

The only thing that DDR2-1000 is good for is overclocking your FSB.

This will give you a good idea of power consumption: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3153&p=10

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1) Are You Required to Set Up and Use the Fingerprint Reader on a T540P?2) Can you Purchase a Back Up Copy of the OS so if you have a Hard Drive Failure You can just replace the Hard Drive and Reload the Entire OS with all the Lenovo Features and Drivers and not have to to play with getting things back and Working?3) Is it Possible to Replace the Existing Hard Drive  with a Much Larger One so you can keep everything on One Laptop and not having to move the Data off to and External Drive and then look for that data on another Device. Like a 1 or even 2 TB Internal Hard Drive and it will actually work and no glitches like I have had with my T540P since my hd failed and not able use. And is there any  Lenovo Service Centers that can possible make a 1 TB or 2 TB work and not cost half of the cost of a New Thinkpad with Windows 7 Pro OS on it? Or is it you are limited to the Max for a Hard Drive of only 500 GB??? Since Lenovo Has No Pre Purchase Support Via Email even when you Contact them You Never Get Any Response From Them! And though their Thinkpad are 300.00 More that other brands... You would hope you can get Direct Support from them...Starting to look at Other Brands... Due to lack of Support as to getting a Complete Copy of Software that comes with a Thinkpad in case of Failure...Oneida101

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I run a small video business - and I am wanting to be able to output from my program (studio 10.7) to a TV I have in my office. My computer does not have an output option at this time - other than to my monitor. I don't want to over do the computer I have but I would like to add this feature. Where do I start? What video card do I need? Would this be a PCI card? I think I want s-video out - right? I have the Nividia GeForce 6100 graphics card now. When I upgrade my card do I need to add any new memory or any other upgrades to make everything work right?

Thanks for any help!

A:Questions about purchasing a video card upgrade

Easy sollution

Video out to TV has been around for many years.
Go to ATI and check out the All in Wonder with s-video.
But the TV has to have s-video in.


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I am thinking about buying a new graphics card, probably likely to be the GeForce 8800GTS 512 G92. (MSI OC or BFG OC2)

I currently have a Gigabyte GeForce 7950GX2 (1GB). First question, I think I already know the answer, The 8800GTS (G92) would kick a 7950GX2's *** wouldn't it?

Second question, I currently have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Rev 1 Motherboard. Would I gain any performance by buying a X38 motherboard which has PCI Express 2.0 support if I was to buy the 8800GTS (G92)?

Third Question, my current power supply is a Thermaltake PurePower 500W (TT-W0057). Is this likely to have any issues running a 8800GTS?

Other system specs:-

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66)
2 GB Corsair Ram (800)



A:Possibly Purchasing New Graphcs Card - Questions Help

1. Yes, you know the answer already.
2. I doubt a new motherboard would give you a significant performance boost.
3. Your power supply should be enough for the new card.

I would just get the new card and play it. It should run your games great.

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1) Are You Required to Set Up and Use the Fingerprint Reader on a T540P?2) Can you Purchase a Back Up Copy of the OS so if you have a Hard Drive Failure You can just replace the Hard Drive and Reload the Entire OS with all the Lenovo Features and Drivers and not have to to play with getting things back and Working?3) Is it Possible to Replace the Existing Hard Drive  with a Much Larger One so you can keep everything on One Laptop and not having to move the Data off to and External Drive and then look for that data on another Device. Like a 1 or even 2 TB Internal Hard Drive and it will actually work and no glitches like I have had with my T540P since my hd failed and not able use. And is there any  Lenovo Service Centers that can possible make a 1 TB or 2 TB work and not cost half of the cost of a New Thinkpad with Windows 7 Pro OS on it? Or is it you are limited to the Max for a Hard Drive of only 500 GB??? Since Lenovo Has No Pre Purchase Support Via Email even when you Contact them You Never Get Any Response From Them! And though their Thinkpad are 300.00 More that other brands... You would hope you can get Direct Support from them...Starting to look at Other Brands... Due to lack of Support as to getting a Complete Copy of Software that comes with a Thinkpad in case of Failure...Oneida101

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I am getting somewhat confused (sometimes it doesn't take much)
Ok 1st:  From Lenovo's website
The ThinkCentre M900 Tiny is everything that you need in a compact size: durable, manageable, expandable, flexible ? do-able. Tiny form factor with the latest in Intel® Core? processors and up to 16 GB of memory with two drive bays offer the performance and expandability you need.
Here it seems to indicate 16gb of memory which seems to be what is offered under customize
However here:

Tiny but Flexible


The ThinkCentre M900 Tiny fits just about anywhere, but is still flexible, offering one 2.5? bay or one M.2 slot for your choice of storage, and up to 16 GB of memory with expansion slots for up to 32 GB. The latest
It seems to be indicating 32 gb of memory does this mean Lenovo only offers up to 16 gb but you can put in 32 if you want to toss the supplied chips, It wouldn't be to bad if they offered the 16gb as 1 chip with the other one free but it seems the only option is 2x8, this seems kind of wasteful if you think at some time in the future you may want to upgrade to 32 GB
Is it possible to special order with 1 16gb chip and 1 open socket?
2nd: Drive bays
The 1st clip from the website above says 2 drive bays
The 2nd clip says 1 bay either a HD or SSD but not both
Which is it ?
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A:M900 Tiny: Purchasing and upgrading questions

This article may answer most of your questions:   Building The Ultimate Windows 10 Micro PC (Lenovo M900 Tiny)

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Ok, I'm looking for a laptop under 2000$ that is powerful (um, something above 2.8ghz that's not a celeron), upgradable (that is in graphics card and up to 2gigs of ram) plus a case that looks cool (kinda like the alienware laptops). I've seen the new AMD 64's for only 1,600$ but they don't have nifty cases. Any ideas my dear friends?

A:I need help purchasing a new laptop.

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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 ). 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?

A:Purchasing a Laptop: What do you think?

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.........

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I'm not sure if I'm on the right board or not, but I'm giving this a go.

I have a superb desktop but recently a need has arose for a laptop. I need something rather cheap, my expenses are up right now and I can't really go over $500, (I know, not many good ones that cheap)

My only requirements (other than the standard stuff) is the ability to smoothly run all Adobe CS2 applications (not simultaneously), would you say any of these computers could handle it?


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I am looking for a nice decent stable laptop that i can if possible run Windows and Linux on. I am also considering doing the Mac OS X on there but not sure. Ive never used OS X or rather any mac before but i am after all a Geek and need to know how to use them. Price Range: as low as i can. its not going to be a power pc or anything just something to get me through the day, possibly doing some Wireless Security Checking for clients and general things like typing and such. Any laptops that dont break down so bad over time? For instance: My sister purchased a compaq 2 years ago. so far she has had, A Failure, DVD drive failure, Screen failure, and keyboard failure. Anything anyone can suggest. Pretty much any software issues i can easily take care of myself so i dont really need the tech support i just NEEd FAST hardware repairs if the computer breaks down. Apple i hear makes a nice pc. probably a grand is my max price just doing some browsing. Or i plan on just getting a desktop i build from scratch which will do about 5 times the power as any laptop i can get for the same price, more stability, but no portability. The whole idea of carrying a small laptop around would be nice.

A:Purchasing a laptop

they do make very small factor boxes these days
I have a HP dv5094ea - excellent machine and great value for money given the spec
1GB memory

but it is a HP which meged with compaq 4 years ago...

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Hello, I need a new laptop and I'm not quite sure where to start because I know nothing about computers. I know that I need something that is very durable because I move my laptop a lot. I do a lot of music downloading, so I guess I need something with plenty of memory, I'm not quite sure. I was reading that it was good to get an external hardrive to add on to the internal hardrive, but I don't know if that's hard to do. I was thinking of going through Dell, but not sure if that is the best bet. If anyone can give me some tips and recommendations, that would be great! Thank You

A:Need Help with Purchasing a Laptop

I would go to dell. Get me one of them XPS lappys lol.

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I am purchasing new laptop. I am tired with boot speed & performance of SATA drives & want to go with SSD.

Currently, I am comparing
XPS 17 Laptop - Feel the Thrill with 3D Laptop Screen | Dell
XPS 15z Laptop Details | Dell
Premium Laptop, Professional Audio Laptop | HP Envy

My requirements are

-> Slim & Stylish
-> SSD drives for OS & Sata for data
-> Long battery life
-> Shouldn't more than 7-8 lbs

Remaining things like Processor, RAM etc any thing will work from Core i7 range & 8GB will be good. Not high end gaming cards, just normal will work. I don't want any heating & rebooting issues.

I hope someone will help to choose some good laptop.

BUDGET is not an issue.

Waiting for some responses.


A:[Help] Purchasing new laptop

Well given the three choices I would automatically lean toward the HP. I have a grudge against Dell, they don't stand behind their products and their tech support is hopelessly useless. I've had good luck with the HP machines I've worked with. I currently run an Acer *See my system specs. that has been great. They just released a bunch of second gen iCore powered machines, might be worth a look.

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Do you have a recommendation re: buying a laptop with 4GB ran dual core must have windows XP home???

A:purchasing a laptop

what do you mainly use a laptop for, gaming, school, general usage. It makes a difference.

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What is the most durable/best long lasting type of laptop that you can purchase? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks for your time.

A:Purchasing a Laptop???

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As my previous thread "HP Laptop doesn't work" I am planning to get a new one. I still plan to fix the old one to give to my Dad. Which was the original plan before I dropped the laptop.

I kinda like the Asus laptops but the 17.3 is so wide it won't fit in my carrying case at almost 18 1/2" wide. The Dell Studio 17 doesn't seem bad but would prefer a 17.3". I can spend about $900 and want something that has good reliability.

I primarily will use the laptop as a desktop replacement.
Office 2007
Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks CS3
Working on Website
Going to school online.

I am not into gaming except for the occasional game of hearts. However, I would like to connect the laptop to the LCD 1080p Television I plan to purchase in the near future.

There are so many choices and brands out there: Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, MSI, etc... it is scensory overload.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Purchasing a new laptop

I like HP...

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What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

A:Purchasing a New Laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by denwilliam

What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

Obviously features and basic specifications would be a primary consideration, but I'd also give a lot of thought to build quality and support---what is going to happen if you have failure of some type within warranty?

SSDs are inferior only as regards price and capacity. They are noticeably faster than standard drives. If your laptop will hold only 1 hard drive, an SSD may not be large enough to hold all of your data--in which case go with a standard HDD.

At your budget, I'd guess you can get an Intel processor of some type. They are generally better performers in the mid and upper price ranges.

If you have a supplier picked out, maybe you can post a link to the web site.

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I'm in the market for a new 15.6 laptop. I’ve been testing one of the new Acer models and it appears to be the best bang for the buck. It comes with a multitude of features including at least 4G Ram, 350G HD, Four (4) USB ports, HDMI, Modem, Card reader, Video, audio, microphone inputs, 8 X DVD, Web Cam, Windows 7, Intel Processor, etc, etc., for about $650 at Costco. The only downside I see is the terrible Acer support. Doesn't seem they have much interest in supporting their products. Their English is very difficult to understand and they are quick to hang up. Costco is the big plus. Two year warranty support and 90 days full refund if you are not satisfied. I'm not familiar with Acer at all and need some opinions. Does anyone have an opinion about Acer and please let me know what other brands you would recommend that can match up with these features and price?

A:Purchasing a laptop

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Current one is down on its last legs, umm so looking for the usual, good deal, but yet somehow built for gaming. Is www.IBuyPower.com a reliable site? Been eyeing a computer they have


Basically I would like something that won't be outpaced my minimal system requirements for games for at least the next 2 years, don't need max, just playability is fine with me oh and something that can easily handle current games like Oblivion and The Orange Box. Current one crashes on portal which was a sign....

How important is CPU speed? Dell has some great deals but all their duo core processors are 1.5 GHz and no graphics chip to speak of...

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I didnt know whether to put it in the Vista forum or the XP forum so I put it here. Question. I have heard that the license that comes with a Vista product will work for a XP Pro installation. Is this correct? Will I be able to install XP Pro using the Vista license or would I have to purchase a new XP Pro license, or at least use one that we have?


A:Purchasing a new laptop with Vista want XP

Only if you have Vista Business or Ultimate ... (According to this) ...

Don't know anyone who's done it yet.

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I've gone ahead an ordered the y510p, Thanks for the help.

I live in Indiana, USA

My current laptop has probably died on my graphics wise, and I'm planning on getting a new laptop. Whether or not Wal-Mart abides by the warranty I purchased from them.

It's the sort of screen corruption seen when the integrated graphics are shot. The laptop probably needs a new motherboard. Playing high intensity video games for long periods on laptops isn't a good idea unless they have been designed to do the job. That warranty should come in handy.Click to expand...

With this in mind, I want to purchase a laptop that can handle prolonged gaming, as that is my primary use for the laptop. The secondary usage is for my college courses. As I have not spent much time comparing computer products, I'm not sure where to begin my search, or what to look for.


My current laptop is an Inspiron N5050
Intel Core i3-2330M Processor
4GB Memory
Integrated Intel HD Graphics (Stupid no 3D shadow shading)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dell Stage software

The main games I play are Minecraft, Pay Day 2, and League of Legends. I would like to play games such as cube world, Planet Side 2 without lag as I have invested money into them, but not had that much opportunity to play extensively due to current lag issues.

For most games I'm used to playing with the graphics more or less on minimum to get the best FPS out of the game... Read more

A:Looking for advice on purchasing a laptop

Bought my son a Sager from Xotic PC. They certainly build gaming systems and they give you some latitude to configure. Their customer service is excellent. I never heard of them before until I went here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ and through research - a ton of research - I went ahead and pulled the trigger. Other excellent companies are PC Digital, Power Notebooks, and Mythlogic. Seriously, check them out.

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I need to purchase a 3rd machine for my wife that will not have the heavy use of her office and home Win7 desktops. That would mainly be used at meetings for spreadsheet, Word, Quickbooks and mail. We'll get the same machine for her brother whose use is minimal.

We had previously purchased the now not available Acer 15.6" Aspire Windows 8 Laptop i3-3217U 1.8GHz 6GB 500GB | V5-571-6891 for another person at her office and he's been very pleased with the machine since.

The wrinkle in the pending purchase is the OS. I do not want Win8 for either of the machines. The current crop of Acer Aspires in the referenced price range ($5-600) come with Win8. The only Win7 machine I'm finding that BOTH is listed as a good machine and comes with Win7 is the Lenovo Edge. I've always had Thinkpads (model T) but the reviews all discuss woes with the trackpad and left/right clicker.

I'm sure I've missed something and that there is a machine(s) that fits my bill and YOU likely know the answer so I'm listening...


A:Purchasing inexpensive laptop?

I found a site with a few Win 7 PC's. I just Googled "Laptops with Windows 7".

Windows 7 Laptops

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Hi there,

I'm very new to the computer world and am really looking forward to purchasing a laptop for my boyfriend for his brithday. Trouble is. I'm not sure what to look for, what to look out for and most importantly..... that's in my price range... He would be using it for school.. so basically internet researching plus doing some research papers

Used/Refurbished/New.... doesn't matter to me... as long as it's in decent condition ....

Second it needs to be wireless internet.. preferrably built in wireless..

Third, this is the main one.. My ceiling limit is $500 CDN.....

Does anyone have any leads to this???????


A:Need Advise on Purchasing a Laptop

Wow! your BF is really lucky to have you as GF....lol Anyway to help you with your inquiry. First thing to remember when purchasing a laptop you should consider is the dependability of the computer. Second will you ue it for gaming, school projects, downloading or just for browsing the internet. Since you mention that your BF will use for school I say look for laptop that could handle hyperthreading...Hyperthreading means having to open multiple applications on your laptop but the speed is not very much affected. For the wireless connection there are laptop brands that has a built-in wireless card. Last thing to consider is parts availability if in case the a problem occur with the laptop.

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Hi all,
I am in the process of purchasing a new laptop and I was thinking if
Dell Inspiron is a good choice.
Any of you guys has good experience or bad with this brand, please share this with me.
I will apreciate it.
Thanks in advance.

A:Advice on purchasing a new laptop

You should also consider post-purchase support.

Dell generally makes pretty good stuff--as good as any major OEM, better than most.

Dell support is fair to decent, not good. But as far as I know, NONE of the manufacturers have "good" support any more. It's all been sent offshore to Asia. If you ever have to deal with support, you will probably become frustrated, regardless of your brand choice. Part of it is the language barrier, but there are other shortcomings.

You may be able to choose a Dell support option for extra money that will provide support from a US source, but it isn't cheap.

About all you can do is hope you never have to deal with support. Dell is probably as good a choice as any, but you can have bad luck with any brand. I did.

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Hi there,

Apologies if posting in the wrong thread!

I have recently purchased a CEH course and it has supporting documents which talks about running labs. As I will be running a few VMs it has said there are some minimum spec requirements of the laptop/desktop.

Can someone help me on finding a laptop/desktop with the below specs? My budget is not huge and I was initially thinking if I buy a low level spec device and then upgrade individual modules to meet the min requirements. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz 64-bit CPU or better (multiple cores is preferred)
16 GB RAM (32 GB or more is recommended)
200 GB free disk space, 7200 RPM or faster drive (SSD is preferred)
DVD drive
1 Ethernet network adapter
Sound card
Internet access
Wireless network adapter (built-in or USB)
Thank you in advance.

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I am wanting to check that the Notebook is maybe able to be upgraded in the future to a larger SSD without resorting to expensive technician soldering tasks - i.e. is the SSD simply a plug in device like the older generation notebooks?  ThanksOBuck 

A:I am looking at purchasing a 14-AL027TU laptop

Hi,Specs: https://support.hp.com/lamerica_nsc_carib-en/product/hp-pavilion-14-al000-notebook-pc-series/1086215...Your laptop came with 256GB M.2 2280 SATA-3 SSD. It is not soldered, it is plug and use.Video guide: https://h20574.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=10862154&MEID=65618DC0-D54F-403A-B3DA-F4E22780C9BFManual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05122703I just bought a HP Pavilion 14 al111tx notebook which is having exactly same internal configuration like yours.If I think in putting M.2 SATA SSD, I'll go for this one: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-Internal-MZ-N5E500BW/dp/B00TGIW1XGNow it's currently having Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD replacing factory built in hard drive. Just upgraded 2 weeks back.RegardsVisruth

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I am going to be purchasing a laptop and I would like some ideas and Brands to choose from. It needs to be great for gaming and graphics. Every store I go to has a different brand they say is best, I would like to know from users their opinions I would like to keep it under $1400.00 Canadian Thank-you

A:Purchasing a Laptop in Ontario Canada

This thread might help...


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Hello guys?

I wanted to know your thoughts on laptops. I need to research a laptop, and one guy had told me that the really expensive ones are unnecessary, but the cheap ones not good. But that doesn't help me too much in selection.

What are the minimum requirements you would want in a laptop? The uses are home use... running this software: http://www.berninausa.com/product_overview-n6-sUS.html

And Windows XP or Vista... whatever comes with it, I guess. Oh... and it will be used to hold digital photos and run an edition software. It needs to have a disc drive.

I was just wondering what minimum requirements you would recommend.

A:Purchasing a laptop - opinions on minimum requirements

try pawn shops in your area. I work at one and we get them out all the time. They will usually be alot cheeper.

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I'm looking for a *small* notebook that has gaming capability so that I can also take it, (outside of college) for example, to my relatives or friends houses.

I'm looking at Alienware's M11x, but am (VERY) open to anything else in that nature. Under 14" is very much preferred.

I'm looking at Asus' offerings on Newegg, and their smallest ones are running Intel IGP's.

Any suggestions?

A:Purchasing laptop in next 2 weeks, M11x worth it?

I ordered the M11x yesterday. Its by far one of the best ultraportable laptops out there right now. here is a great review


also youtube review from geek.com


Same guy opened it up.


Awesome machine!

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Hi, I need to purchase a new laptop for my studies and general use. I?m a graphic design student and use Adobe Creative Cloud; mainly InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and occasionally Premiere Pro (least used/mainly personal use).

As I?m on a budget I am looking at the below laptops (most refurbished):

- HP 15 db0089au 15.6? AMD Ryzen 3 2200U Dual core 8GB 128GB SSD + 1T HDD Win10 Home 64-bit

- Dell Latitude E7470 Display 14" Processor Intel i5-6300U 2.40GHz Memory 8GB Storage 256GB M.2 SSD Optical Drive Win10 Pro 64bit

- Acer Aspire A5 15.6? Intel i5 8265U 8GB 1TB HDD Win10 64-bit

- HP Pavilion 15-cc060wm 15.6" Touchscreen Intel i7-7500U 12GB 1TB HDD Win10Home 64bit

- Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6? Intel i5 7200U 8GB 1TB HDD Win10 64-bit

- HP Pavillion 14-BK091 14? Intel i5-7200U 8GB 1T HDD Win10 Home 64-bit

I?m really after advice on which one to get, or if they are all on par with each other. I plan on connecting to a larger screen when using it at home. I?ve looked at reviews but I?m really struggling to make a decision.

Thanks in advance!

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The model of this laptop hard drive is a Western Digital (WD1600BEVS-60RST0). So, in order to replace the hard drive, would it be alright to purchase any WD1600BEVS model hard drive, or does it have to be exactly WD1600BEVS-60RST0? Thanks.

A:Solved: Quick question about purchasing a new laptop hard drive.

Basically anything even slightly resembling the specs of the old drive will work. Hard drives are pretty much just a generic storage device and don't need to be replaced by the exact same model.

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Hi, I have a query regarding OKR on Windows 10 Lenovo Z500 laptop where I'm expecting to get some definitive answers if after doing a One Key Recovery on my laptop will it remove all the partitions I added after purchasing this laptop?  So, it cam with only C and D partitions. I created few others for my data (let's say E, F and G). Will running OKR reset all my partitions or just the system 'C' partition? If someone has this kind of setup and have run OKR, please suggest based on your experience. I would appreciate if someone can respond to this soon as I need to do this recovery soon. Let me know if you need any clarification on the above query. Regards,Nick

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hi, I ordered a new laptop through flipkart, after doing startup activities on new laptop I saw only one Drive ie C:,but in I could see apart from this drive,four other drives are there with name starts with Disk 0 partition 1/4/5/6.what is the use of them,should I keep them as it is in my laptop ? can I free up those drives ?

A:no hard drive partition guide from Dell while purchasing new laptop

All of the other partitions are required for system startup, recovery or operation.  DO NOT alter any of them - or you will be greeted with an unbootable system when you next restart.
This is a GPT disc - there is no longer a limit of four primary partitions on a disc -- so you can add a D: partition (or whatever you'd like for your data) without altering the factory layout.

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Hi, I recently purchased a new 12 cell battery for my HP dv-1659us laptop. I never have my laptop plugged in now days...as opposed to always having my laptop plugged in, becaues the HP OEM battery sucked. (So i couldn't tell you if it was the battery's problem.)

But, now, whenever I'm unplugged, ever so often, usually when im on Youtube, my laptop automatically goes to sleep and turns off the HD. I have to press my power key to wake it up..log back in..and my applications/ youtube video resumes. I checked my power management, put it to sleep at around 30 minutes, so I know that its not sleeping because I'm "inactive". Anyone know what might be the problem?

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Hi there,

I've got a few questions about what would happen with Windows if I were to move my old HDD from my laptop into a new one.

Some info: I have a retail copy of Windows 7; my hard drive is not original to my laptop because the original HD died; if it's possible to do a simple swap, my future laptop will likely be a Sager/Clevo.

The situation: I want buy a new laptop with 2 HD slots, but I don't want to bother with getting an OS with it because I have a retail W7. If I were to get the laptop with a clean HDD, would it be possible to simply take my old HDD out, slot it into the new laptop's 2nd slot (or switch the clean HDD into the second slot while putting the old HDD into the 1st slot), and have it run smoothly?

Or, will I have problems with drivers? What about Windows? Is Windows signed to the hard drive, or to the laptop itself? Will I have to deactivate Windows 7 before moving it? Or would it simply be easier to deactivate Windows from the old laptop, install it into the clean HDD, and then just put the old HDD into the 2nd slot? However, if I do that, will the programs installed on the HDD still work properly on the new laptop without having to fudge about with it? I've never had a PC w/ 2 hard drives before, so I don't know how it all works.

Thanks a lot for reading, and any help is appreciated greatly because it'll influence my new laptop purchase.

(Also, sorry if this is in the wrong spot...)

A:Questions about moving Windows 7 + HDD from old laptop to new laptop

I think windows is tied to the motherboard not the hard-drive , so a person could replace the whole PC apart from the motherboard and still use the same copy of windows/ licence number but as your new PC/ laptop will have new everything including motherboard ( your just reusing a hard-drive ) you'll have to re-install it but the good news is you said you have a retail copy not OEM copy that means you can use it on more than one motherboard but not at the same time ( I think the limit is three installs)
is this link any help it's a tutorial for clean windows7 install

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hello guys i just bought a new lenovo laptop you can find all the specs here
i have some questions....
first of all it has 6gb or ram but 1gb is reserved from hardware and i cant see the reason.
secondly its processor is 4 cores amd 1,8 - 2,4(turbo mode)how can i now if its using all the prosessors and when it uses the turbo mode.
finally as you can see i cant see my graphics card temperature only the one that is inside the cpu(in programs like everest and CPUID HWMonitorPro i cant see only hdd )
thanks anyway
p.s is it ok for the laptop to have the battery on when you use the power supply?

A:new laptop questions

Where are you seeing 1GB of RAM is reserved?
If you scroll down in the Speccy you will find information on CPU, RAM, Motherboard, and Graphics.
If you want more detailed information download CPU-Z.
It looks like you added a second RAM module.  If you had used a matched pair modules the computer would be running in dual channel.  This would effectively make the RAM twice as fast.

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I have gotten my first laptop and don't know much about them.

1. Is connecting to someones hotspot illegal/unethical?
2. I constantly get a message that my connection is weak or limited. Is there something I can do to improve this?
3. To access the internet wirelessly within my home, what do I need to get setup?
4. What is the best setup for security of the wireless laptop? I know there are different types available (WMA, WEP, etc...) and what is involved with setting it up?

I have a wired router currently for my desktops and plan to keep it for security purposes. I appreciate the help as I do not know the first thing about wireless connections.

A:laptop questions

1. Legal if and only if it is public and made available for your use; e.g., public library or you're a customer at Panera Bread.

2. Move closer to the source of the signal.

3. A Wireless Access Point. Best and least expensive is to get a wireless router w. 4-port switch. Keep the wired router for spare, or use both by configuring the wireless router as a switch and wireless access point.

4. WPA2. If devices not new enough to support it, then WPA-PSK. Use Passphrase of 20+ characters and numbers.

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Before I begin, I know somewhat little about ssd drives. I know that they have a similar construction to that of flash drives, no mechanical parts and if I am correct, store data through electrical impulses off=0 on=1... if I am correct.

Anyway back to the question.
I was considering buying this ssd to run my os off of and use my current hdd to store data because my laptop an HP pavillion dv7-2000 has a secondary hard drive port.

If I've looked over the information correctly, it should be compatible.
I'm looking for a second, more experienced opinion, and any info on what preparations I need to make.
I know that I need to buy another enclosure.

I'd like to put just the os (win 7 64-bit) and possibly some software (like office) on it. My worry is that my windows installation disc and office disc are single licences and already installed. Can I move the OS and programs or do I need to do a reinstall, and can I be sure that the same codes will work?

Any input that you have will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your help!

A:SSD questions for my laptop

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I'm looking for a powerful 13.3" or 15.4" laptop. I'm mainly looking at Sony Vaio because I have one now, its sleek design is the nicest out there.



What's faster, Sony's nearly 1.2GB hybrid Nvidia/Intel shared video memory or Nvidia 512MB dedicated video? I'll be doing a lot of multimedia / gaming.

Sony VGN-SZ670N 13.3" (Nvidia 831MB shared / Intel 358MB shared)
Sony VGN-FZ190N5 15.4" (NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GT 895MB total).
newegg.com shows the 15.4" model as 895MB total, yet Nvidia's site shows 512MB total. Is this hybrid / dedicated?


Is there a way to trick the max resolution to something higher? I do not know why, but Sony's laptops only go to 1280x800 max. I'd like something higher than that.


Anyone know about over clocking Intel laptop chips?

I'll be running Vista Ultimate w/ Media Center, 4GB memory.

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I just got a laptop, never had one before and theres a couple of questions i need answers to ASAP

Its a IBM Thinkpad

1. It came with XP Home but i upgraded it to XP Pro and now when it starts up i get the attached error message

2. It didn't come with nero but i installed it and it doesn't seem to list the burner (its a cdrw and dvd rom combo)

its got some wireless card thing, whats it for?

4. It doesnt seem to come built in with a floppy, am i supposed to buy an external one?


A:Laptop questions...

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