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all my life ive owned desktop pcs, i have never owned a lap top, just because ive never needed one, im to the point where i could desperately use a lap top. i want to use it mainly for:

-PDN

-other graphics programs

-something will a good sound card so i can use cake walk, or protools(music recording)

-Internet surfing

-MS word

-Itunes

^^ those would be the main uses, im not really sure what to look at for laptops, i no a pretty good amount about computers, but i havent bought one in years.

I dont want to spend a fortune, i was thinking like 700-1000 dollars, any suggestions on a good note book would be awesome, id also like to get a WACOM eventually.

Thanks

Kevin

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all my life ive owned desktop pcs, i have never owned a lap top, just because ive never needed one, im to the point where i could desperately use a lap top. i want to use it mainly for:

-PDN

-other graphics programs

-something will a good sound card so i can use cake walk, or protools(music recording)

-Internet surfing

-MS word

-Itunes

^^ those would be the main uses, im not really sure what to look at for laptops, i no a pretty good amount about computers, but i havent bought one in years.

I dont want to spend a fortune, i was thinking like 700-1000 dollars, any suggestions on a good note book would be awesome, id also like to get a WACOM eventually.

Thanks

Kevin

Look for something with:

Intel Core2Duo OR AMD Turion X2 processor.

2+ Gigs of ram

120+ gigs of hard drive space

15in+ screen

...just for starters. Check out big brands like Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, HP, etc.

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Don't buy a laptop. Laptops are for weak people who can't lift weights in a desktop form, and aren't able to carry car batteries along for power. You don't wanna be looking like Steven Hawking, right? Otherwise, find one with at least 2Ghz. Otherwise you phail.

On another note, is this even allowed? It's not a tech support forum...

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Don't buy a laptop. Laptops are for weak people who can't lift weights in a desktop form, and aren't able to carry car batteries along for power. You don't wanna be looking like Steven Hawking, right? Otherwise, find one with at least 2Ghz. Otherwise you phail.

On another note, is this even allowed? It's not a tech support forum...

thanks for the advice guys, i no lap tops are fairly more expensive than desktops, is there a price range i should be looking in? i dont want to spend 800 dollars on basically a paper weight, if you no wat i mean, but at the same time if i dont have to spend a ton, then i dont want to :P.

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...and that was the last post CommanderSozo ever made.

 

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I would suggest a modest quad core, it will make PDN a lot faster than a dual core.. (PDN actually uses those extra cores unlike most other programs..)

Depending on the other graphics program you might need a good graphics card or not (no gaming at all??)

In any case, putting Vista on a PC that is only moderate would be complete murder unless you disable all effects etc, and then it will still continuously insult your intelligence but some people can live with that - or they disable UAC, which doesn't solve compatibility problems.. (note that XP is also faster than Vista on kick-[awesome] computers, but at least a kick-[awesome] computer makes Vista more bearable)

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well all i have is a laptop

compaq with almost 512 ram (i had to buy an upgrade :D )

intel inside celron rinning windows xp

no problems so far and we bought it around 3 years ago :D

if you ever need more ram buy it through the internet from crucial its cheap and they make stock ram for most laptops

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Look for something with:

Intel Core2Duo OR AMD Turion X2 processor.

2+ Gigs of ram

120+ gigs of hard drive space

15in+ screen

...just for starters. Check out big brands like Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, HP, etc.

That would be perfect for what you need the laptop for.

Make sure it's wireless enabled (come to think of it, name a recent laptop not to be) with at least dual band (b/g), although if you can get tri-band (a/b/g), even better. People fall too easily at this hurdle.

Like Sozo implied, if you can find bigger or better for the same price, go for, but do watch out for battery life: the bigger and better hardware is, the more strain on the battery it will be. Admittedly, batteries are being designed to cope with the new stresses of technology, but not fast enough, so bear this in mind. Then the OS can add strain to battery life... in fact, I could whittle on about batteries until I went blue in the face or was banned, so I'll advise Sozo's specifications and leave it be. Seriously though, find the longest battery life possible. Even if you won't be off the mains supply often, there may be a need for it.

Remember the little things people seem to forget: a nice high FSB, HDD speed, stuff like that; most of the time it's not just random numbers. Unless it's an AMD processor, in which case it usually is. I love AMD even though they do seem to fall flat on their faces when pitted against an Intel. Still, AMD for the win.

Anyhow, happy hunting!

Actually, no, not yet. Make sure any bundled software, like Office 2007 (for the win, by the way) is the full software and not a 60 day trial. Try and barter for an inclusion of such software as either a free addition for buying the laptop or for a reduced price if it isn't the full. I'm not sure whether Americans frown upon this, but it's well within your right to do so, and it would not hurt to ask. Manager's discretion also for the win. Or they could then blacklist you and it would be in your best interest never to return to that store again.

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Well, in the US, it depends on what store you go to. Many employees can't barter. If the employee doesn't have the authority to work with you, it may literally be as simple as that - they don't have the authority.

 

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Amy: But how did it end up in there?
The Doctor: You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it.
River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.

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Look for something with:

Intel Core2Duo OR AMD Turion X2 processor.

2+ Gigs of ram

120+ gigs of hard drive space

15in+ screen

...just for starters. Check out big brands like Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, HP, etc.

...but do watch out for battery life: the bigger and better hardware is, the more strain on the battery it will be...

That's what I was forgetting, thank you Myrddin!

...and that was the last post CommanderSozo ever made.

Until now... :twisted:

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I saw the commercial for Apple's new laptop. That thing is really thin!!

yes but also the worst laptop i have ever seen, and im sure uH agrees with me. Off to sleep later

I'm not interested in it. I hearf it has no warranty on it.

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I saw the commercial for Apple's new laptop. That thing is really thin!!

yes but also the worst laptop i have ever seen, and im sure uH agrees with me. Off to sleep later

I'm not interested in it. I hearf it has no warranty on it.

I really don't like that damn little laptop. everytime i see it it pisses me off :? its like, yeah wow it looks pretty cool and it is thin, but its waaaay TOO thin. i don't think there is a dvd/cd drive thingy on it. if anything, this laptop's target market is old ppl. i don't anyone else would buy it. too thin, and u can't do anything on it. as far as i have been told, anyway.

and i have a windows HP vista laptop. im really satisfied with it. altho i must agree that vista does have a few bugs that go along w/ it, *nods* but its still really good. i'd still prefer vista over xp. since that is the only thing i have, that's the only thing i can refer you to. it has really good quality, u can use it for itunes and everything like that, its just really all around good. :)

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ive been doing some shopping and i found this hp computer, i think it is want commander was suggesting.

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i customized it for optimal performance, im still looking around, but i want to make sure im on the right track

edit: my other question that i really didnt think of till now is: do most lap tops come with a firewire port? a lot of mixers and interfaces that i use to record music with run off fire wire.

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my other question that i really didnt think of till now is: do most lap tops come with a firewire port? a lot of mixers and interfaces that i use to record music with run off fire wire.

Most laptops won come with a firewire port but you can buy them easil off ebay for just a tenner, so is not that bad if it doesnt

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You have to do something about the graphics accelerator really. There is a lot of talk about the GMA X3100 supporting Shader Model 4 en DX10 and what not, but it's far too slow for any proper game (proper games use DX9 anyway). If you're determined to get a GMA thing instead of a proper GPU then I would take the X3000 if it's cheaper - you wouldn't waste money on useless DX10 support (its higher clock speed might actually make it perform better)

A proper GPU (say, a GeForce Go 7950) would be an order of magnitude better in terms of 3Dmarks

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