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HP dv4t (~900$$$) or custom desktop?

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#1 babicz


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Posted 26 November 2009 - 11:17 AM

The question is: HP dv4t (~900$$$) or custom desktop? I need an upgraded PC that can handle moderate games (i.e. Fallout 3, CoD 4 + 5) smoothly at LOW - MEDIUM settings, NOT Crysis at full settings...obviously. I don't want to lose the convenience of a laptop but I want the power upgrade. The problem is I can't find a laptop that satisfies my needs (class 2 graphics card).

Any thoughts on the matter? Or is this really a personal decision.

I just want your opinion, that's all. Thank you!

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#2 garmanma


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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:14 PM

Or is this really a personal decision.

Pretty much
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 09:07 AM

I would add...capability to troubleshoot is important, as are minor replacement parts that may be needed.

IMO, a desktop provides much more flexibility and ease of mind...than any laptop could ever do.

On one, a user can troubleshoot minor issues at home...repair/test hardware with ease.

On the other, it's all eggs in one basket and it's immaterial how minor the part which fails may be...unless the user is more gifted than most users, self-repair is not an option.

Nor are component upgrades, piece-by-piece.


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