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Please help computer people.

I want a laptop that I can get fast wireless internet access with. I want one with atleast a CD-R/DVD, a DVD-R would be better. I mainly want it for school, surfing the net and watching movies/playing games.

All the tech specs make my brain hurt, and there are a ton of options. Whats my best and "bang for the buck?"


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Depending on how many games you want to play, this might serve you well:

Dell 600m

Pentium® M Processor 735(1.70 GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in XGA w/64MB
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
512MB DDR SDRAM 2 Dimms
60GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
Free! 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer write capability
6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Dell 1370 Internal Wireless (802.11b/g, 54Mbps)

$814 with free shipping.

From Dell Small business.
 

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TAckhouse1 said:
Depending on how many games you want to play, this might serve you well:

Dell 600m

Pentium® M Processor 735(1.70 GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in XGA w/64MB
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
512MB DDR SDRAM 2 Dimms
60GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
Free! 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer write capability
6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Dell 1370 Internal Wireless (802.11b/g, 54Mbps)

$814 with free shipping.

From Dell Small business.


Thanks Tac...most of my games would be internet based, like chess. I have a PSP for all the othere crap. I just want sopmething fast (wirelessly) thats all around a good computer. Is dell a good brand?

Thanks again for your help.
 

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HP and compaq have some good prices on low end machines. I think you can get something decent from them for $700 or less out the door.

Does anybody know of an AMD based laptop that gets good wireless? If not than stick to an intel pentium m or celeron m.

Dell is a good brand, as is HP and a bunch of others. For a nicer machine you need to get above the consumer level machines an enter the business class market. They cost a fair bit more.
 

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if you want a laptop which you can play some high end gaming liike CS:Source,half life 2, warcraft 3 i would go with the dell xps models but by your responses i think your only looking for little games like chess and solitare?
 

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Does anybody know of an AMD based laptop that gets good wireless? If not than stick to an intel pentium m or celeron m.
With Wireless what you need to look for is 802.11g

HP and Compaq both have AMD models with 802.11g wireless
 

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Here is another option from Compaq

Compaq V5000Z

Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition
AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-40 (2.2GHz/1MB L2 Cache)
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM)
512MB DDR SDRAM (2x256MB)
60 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
DVD+/-RW/R & CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer Support
FREE Upgrade to 54g(TM) 802.11b/g WLAN w/125HSM!!
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

$844.99

^And that can go up or down depending on what you want.

Some additions you could make:
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery +$39.00
80 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive +$25.00
100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive +$75.00
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB) +$100.00
Total $1083.99

Some Substractions you could make:
AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-32 (1.8GHz/512KB L2 Cache) -$75.00
15.4" WXGA Widescreen (1280x800) -$25.00
32MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M -$25.00
40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive -$25.00
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive -$50.00
Total $644

So its really up to you. Let me know if you have any questions.

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few dell deals:

34% Off Select Dimension Desktop Purchases $999+ • w/ Coupon W124?MV3H97N18 • (may not be combinable w/ Deals of the Week, MIR, $ off, % off, or select other promos - exp after 4000 uses) exp 2/23/06

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At Circuit City:

HP Pavilion Notebook PC (DV4305US)
HP DV4305US
• Celeron® M processor 360
• 80GB hard drive
• 15.4" WXGA widescreen • Double-layer DVD+R/RW
• 512MB of DDR memory
• Enhanced 802.11g wireless

799.00 after rebates online, but I got it for 750.00 after rebates in store. Weird.
Screen is crystal clear and so far had been great. Has a 4.5 out of 5 rating at www.circuitcity.com.

Good luck.
 

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OK, thx for all the help everybody.

Can someone check out this laptop I just configured and tell me if you see any problems with it? Especially with my wireless stuff.


Thx!
 

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Inspiron 9400
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2300 (1.66GHz/667MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included)
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Operating System Backup & Recovery
PC Restore recovery system by Symantec
LCD Panel
17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ Display
Memory
512MB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
Hard Drive
60GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Combo/DVD+RW Drives
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Graphics Card
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Primary Battery
53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Spare Power Adapter
None
Wireless Networking Cards
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Wireless Personal Networking Card
None
Purchase Intent
Purchase is not intended for resale.
 

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SMOKEATR said:
Inspiron 9400
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2300 (1.66GHz/667MHz FSB)
Operating System (Office software not included)
Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Operating System Backup & Recovery
PC Restore recovery system by Symantec
LCD Panel
17 inch Wide Screen XGA+ Display
Memory
512MB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
Hard Drive
60GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Combo/DVD+RW Drives
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
Graphics Card
Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Primary Battery
53 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
Spare Power Adapter
None
Wireless Networking Cards
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)
Wireless Personal Networking Card
None
Purchase Intent
Purchase is not intended for resale.

Looks good!

Should be a nice fast system (with the new Core Duo processor), and a nice big screen. Wireless will not be a problem, with your 802.11a/g card you will be able to conect to just about anything. (and it is compatible with the slower 802.11b standard)

Depending on how much multitasking you do, you might consider 1gb of ram. (but 512mb should be find for most things.)

Enjoy! :thumbup:
 
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