Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:05 PM
Hi, I have a question about buying a laptop...which I know you're probably all sick of hearing, but I would like some advice on specific parts, and their importance in general, if you wouldn't mind, or are bored and looking for somewhere to practice typing or something ;)
I am a junior in high school, and will be going to college not this fall, but next...meaning 2009. I am wondering if I should buy a laptop at the end of the summer, after saving up money, or if I should wait until the last possible time because of prices, and because once the laptop is bought, the technology may not last as long.
If I do get a laptop at the end of this summer, 2008, I am debating between a Dell, and a Gateway. Here are the Dell stats I picked out:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
Genuine Windows Vista ® Home Premium Edition
High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch display (1440x900)
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
Size: 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi® Xtreme Audio Sound Card
It's a pretty smoking looking machine to me, and the total price after everything (meaning Office Suite, Tax, etc. ) is $1,344.07
That is a ton of money for me, but I'm pretty sure I can work hard and get that much saved up...convincing my parents I should spend 1400 dollars on a laptop, however might be a different issue...and I haven't quite convinced myself either.
The Gateway I am looking at is here:http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529667913.php
The only reason I'm really considering this Gateway is because it comes with a dedicated 256 video card. And this brings me to my question-is it worth it to pay more for a video card, and if so should I save up and get an Nvidia? Dell also offers Nvidia graphics, but it would probably be one to two hundred dollars more, and it is a 17 inch screen instead of a 15.4 in.
I'm a semi-techie guy, and have tried out Linux a little bit, but for the most part, I would probably use this laptop for school kinds of things. (Word documents, maybe some computer classes, Possible photo editing, if I do some photography etc.), and am thinking that practically any machine would get me by. I don't want to be a preppy, look at me, I spent so much money on my laptop, spoiled kid, but I want to have a good machine, and all these parts add up quickly!
My other question is about processors. Is it worth is to spend $100 more to get a 2.0GHz/800Mhz or save my money and get a 1.83GHz/667Mhz or even less. I'm leaning towards getting the 1.83 because I don't think I need the absolute greatest or anything like that. I just want a good laptop that will last me for a long time as technology changes and everything. Also, is the Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini-Card good? I've heard somewhere that Linux users may need a different card or something. I'm not too worried about it, but if anyone knows offhand that would be great. Anyways, thank you for all your help, and for bearing with me on this long post...I know its not the most interesting, but I'm a little shady about how much I need to spend. I mean, I could probably take that same laptop and get it somewhere closer to $1000, which might be better. In the long run though, I'm thinking its better to get at least the core things, like processor and maybe RAM etc. in decent shape for the years to come. Anyways, thanks again for all the help!