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#1 ThatGirl

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:37 PM

Standard stuff first!

My budget for the new computer is: $300 - $500 (+200 Later on if parts need upgrading, but that money wont be available)

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Programming & Web Browsing

What software do you intend on using on the computer? Digsby, DC++, Microsoft Office, Firefox, FooBar2000, Eclipse, Rainmeter (maybe).

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Wont be playing anything on this.

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I usually have anywhere from 2 - 7 (if I'm doing a lot) on a normal weekday, but this would be mostly for in class / out of the dorm use and so I dont plan to go over 4. So 2 - 4.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? I'm going to have a 250g external HD by then, so nope, maybe just a few gigs a music, just faves for boring lectures. >_>


Also I plan on getting this laptop on or around Black Friday, so I guess it could be more then $500 so long as I can find it on sale.

Really the most important thing to me is that the screen is as big as possible, though obviously it would still be small because its a netbook.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 10:56 PM

by net book do you mean one of those dinky things with 8-10 inch screens? finding one of those cheap is pretty easy, finding one with a lot of programming power is somewhat difficult. Also, its hard to recomend one this early in the game because I have no idea what different companies are going to be offering for black friday sales yet with any particular model of computer. and the netbooks, at least the ones Im thinking of run between 250-400 dollars average. Now a full laptop of course is more then that, if thats what your looking for. I can give you some pointers though on what to look for, If I was you looking for a laptop, I would recomend HP, Toshiba or ASUS laptops, I wouldnt (personally) venture beyond those brands at all. I would look for a good quad core CPU, intel wise at least a i5, AMD a phenom, maybe a athlon quad core, I would not use the turion. While a good CPU the turion probably is not well suited for much programming aand not a good choice for you. the i5 has good power but theyre pricey, AMD athlon quad or a phenom quad would probably give you the best balance between price and performance. You will likely want 4 gigs of ram, but thats pretty standard.

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Posted 12 September 2010 - 12:36 PM

Well I would prefer a new laptop., but since I all have is 300 - 500$ I didn't think that that would be possible. And I hate HPs even though nothing more recent has the same Motherboard/Heating issue as this used HP Pavillion Dv6000 that I have, I just don't want. I like ASUS & Toshiba, and I've been dying for a Toshiba since I first saw one. @_@; But I don't think I'll have enough for one . . .


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Posted 12 September 2010 - 02:03 PM

Well, hehe dont judge all of HP by the dv6000 series, that was admittedly, their flop. But on the same note Toshiba makes an excellent laptop. Keep in mind though, if you go with a netbook, they dont often hit the black friday sales to begin with because they are already so cheap, and thats mainly because most stores dont actually carry a good brand of netbook-most of them are Acers, and if you didnt like the cooling on the dv6000, I garentee Acers are far worse. Also keep in mind, 99% of all netbooks either have the Intel Atom or the AMD Neo, and neither CPU would be very good for much programming, theyre pretty much designed to be able to surf the net anywhere and occasional movie watching and not much else, and also note they dont come with internal optical drives, you will have to purchase an external optical. On that note, you can buy a decent laptop for anywhere between 4-800 dollars, and they do hit the black friday sales more often, so it might be worth a little extra to get a full on laptop. You also might want to get on neweggs mailing list-they sometimes have some really good deals on there, better deals then even black friday sales, and more often to.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:00 PM

So far i agree with every suggestion ,just wanted to say that my Nephew Has a Acer Netbook with the atom cpu and win7 starter 2 gig of pc2 6300 ,and he is using it to play world of warcraft ,He,not 100% satisfied ,now knows he bought the wrong machine

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:41 PM

that 1.6 ghz atom, or the AMD neo, while good CPUs, are far from powerful, they were made pretty much to surf the net, and type reports, and thats about it. They could probably watch movies if only they came with a DVD player. . .

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 04:47 AM

Yeah ,thats what i told his mother when she asked me about the netbook
My Nephew is 16,[stubborn he bough it anyway ] and him and his buddy both are using them to play WOW
he was playing it with 1 gig ram ,the other night i lent him a 2 gig stick to try because wow told him he needed more ram for to play the latest addon when he installed it

Edited by caperjac, 14 September 2010 - 04:51 AM.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:22 AM

I thought about getting a netbook but got this instead after reading the horrors about Windows 7 starter.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:35 PM

That toshiba looks really good. @_@ And there is a walmart here, I may just try (and fail) and getting the money for it a head of time.

But yea, I *should* be looking at Laptops not Netbooks its just that in my price range I didn't think I could get anything. :blink: Last time I went cheap I wound up with this used HP Pavillion. >____> (I paid $250 for it on craiglist). Yea so I think I'll go with newegg & a laptop not a net book. Though if that Toshiba is still available from Walmart when I have money I'll probably just get that.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 05:15 PM

If you do end up getting a netbook, get one with Windows 7 Home Premium. Windows 7 Starter is a crippled operating system. You can't even change the wallpaper without third-party software.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:21 PM

actually, my opinion is if you do get a netbook ,find one with winxp pro on it they work grat with 2 gig ram in them , i think some still come with it

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:25 PM

The problem with XP though is that it will only be good for another 4 years. Then again, you can always upgrade when necessary.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 09:56 PM

the thing with XP is they keep saying theyll discontiune support for it, but then they keep extending it. . . they say 4 years, and in reality, its already served like 10 years, and for another 4 years, wow thats a really good run time on a OS, especially a windows OS. In my mind, especially with XP pro, it would be worth the money. On the same note, theres nothing wrong with windows 7.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:45 AM

the thing with XP is they keep saying theyll discontiune support for it, but then they keep extending it. . . they say 4 years, and in reality, its already served like 10 years, and for another 4 years, wow thats a really good run time on a OS, especially a windows OS. In my mind, especially with XP pro, it would be worth the money. On the same note, theres nothing wrong with windows 7.

Agree, ,but i think xp would be better because of the amount of ram you can put into a netbook ,win7 need more ,xp works great with 1-2 gigs I really like win7 using it on a 5 yr old compaq laptop and a 4 or 5 yr old Dell optplex gx620 ,problems with some sound and video drivers but ican live with them .

Edited by caperjac, 15 September 2010 - 04:54 AM.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:12 AM

The minimum requirements of Windows 7 are over-exaggerated. Here is a guy who runs Windows 7 64-bit flawlessly on only 512MB. That was with the beta version, but I imagine the final would not be much different.
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