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#1 jukey_23

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:02 PM

My budget for the new computer is: $1000 and under

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Streaming Hulu and Netflix, watching movies in HD, web browsing, playing Facebook games, using Rhapsody music, word processing and desktop publishing, playing some newer games (Sims 3).

What software do you intend on using on the computer? FruityLoops, Rhapsody, Photoshop

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Would like to play some newer games, possibly even MMORPGs. Want Facebook games to run smoothly.

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? Multiple tabs in Firefox, Rhapsody, a notepad, and a photo editing program would probably be my heaviest workload at any given time.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? I haven't in the past but this is something I hope a new laptop will enable me to do more of.

My specific situation is that I must purchase my new laptop from QVC.com ...reason being, they have flex-pay options that do not require credit. So I am limited to this avenue.
Also, I am not hip to the processors out these days. I know that the I-3,5,7 are the new deal, but would the I-3 enable me to do all I want to do smoothly with no problems? What if I went lower? And what about being stuck with something too old come 2 years from now???

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:30 AM

Any help at all?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:42 PM

If you really want to eventually play MMORPGs, you'd do well to get a notebook that has a dedicated graphics card. All of those that you listed do not have a dedicated graphics card. This would also help with playing Sims and streaming Netflix and Hulu. Plus the HDMI port would allow you to plug it into an HD TV.

You'd probably want something closer to this: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/...GBHD-WebcamWin7

The CPU, in this case a Intel® Core™ Processor i5 450M (2.66GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache), more RAM, 4GB in this case, and hard drive space (500GB), the better it would run video editing, and hard drive space you'd have to save videos and pictures to. Hope this helps :blink:
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:54 PM

If you really want to eventually play MMORPGs, you'd do well to get a notebook that has a dedicated graphics card. All of those that you listed do not have a dedicated graphics card. This would also help with playing Sims and streaming Netflix and Hulu. Plus the HDMI port would allow you to plug it into an HD TV.

You'd probably want something closer to this: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/...GBHD-WebcamWin7

The CPU, in this case a Intel® Core™ Processor i5 450M (2.66GHz Turbo Mode, 3MB Cache), more RAM, 4GB in this case, and hard drive space (500GB), the better it would run video editing, and hard drive space you'd have to save videos and pictures to. Hope this helps :blink:



Thanks for the help! Yes, I read that dedicated cards are best. Those seem to be on the higher price end. For the integrated cards...how bad would those make my experience playing a game like City of Heroes, or even Sims 3? Would the difference be night and day? Also, on the suggested laptop, what is this "Dell wireless 1520 N half mini card"...is 'N' the best, and will this work anywhere there's a wireless signal?

And still more suggestions welcomed/needed! Would like a few different opinions!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:10 PM

City of Heroes requirements: http://cohvault.ign.com/faq/index.php?category=8

Sims 3 requirements: http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq
Looks like Sims 3 will actually work on an Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above (these are not dedicated cards).

I know that sometimes, some of these games don't even allow you to play them if the graphics card isn't good enough.

The N wireless is the latest wireless technology, but it will still work with older wireless technologies (802.11a/g), so yes, it will work anywhere there's a wireless signal.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:47 PM

Thanks Jason.

I noticed that some game requirements state that the laptop versions of certain graphic card families don't perform as well as the desktop version.
I thought about it and decided that a laptop is nice for mobility, but I can do with a desktop as well.
So in your (or anyone who'd like to chime in) opinion, would I be better off grabbing a desktop for around the same price as the i-5 laptop? Since it seems desktops are cheaper than laptops...

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 08:10 PM

Would like some more help...

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 08:23 PM

Add another one to the list:
http://electronics.hsn.com/gateway-15-6-lcd-dual-core-4gb-ram-500gb-hdd-laptop-computer-blue_p-6185033_xp.aspx

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:24 AM

Here's a few:
Toshiba

HP

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:42 AM

Here's a few:
Toshiba

HP



Thanks!

I see that the HP has a lower Ghz than the other one...also lower lower than the jntkwx suggested, as well as a weaker processor. Would I still be able to run everything smoothly with something like that? What matters most, the Ghz or the processor??? Thanks again, as I see these both have graphics cards and not just integrated graphics.
Also, any thoughts on how these laptops would handle music production software?

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 07:49 AM


Here's a few:
Toshiba

HP



Thanks!

I see that the HP has a lower Ghz than the other one...also lower lower than the jntkwx suggested, as well as a weaker processor. Would I still be able to run everything smoothly with something like that? What matters most, the Ghz or the processor??? Thanks again, as I see these both have graphics cards and not just integrated graphics.
Also, any thoughts on how these laptops would handle music production software?

The processor if it is a small differnce between the GHZ, you don't need to worry. Geforce 310M is far better than Mobility Radeon HD 4330. Closer counterpart of 310M is the HD 4570. The HD 4330 is more comparable to the Geforce 110M. Yes it should be able to handle music production software.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:29 PM

Thanks for your help, everyone. I've decided that I will shop for a desktop instead...more bang for the buck. I don't really have a need to carry a laptop around, and gaming laptops seem to be comparable to decently powerful desktops, both in price and performance. So...I'm gonna make another one of these, but for a desktop.

Edited by jukey_23, 26 October 2010 - 08:27 AM.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:31 AM

You might as well build your one, with the parts you want! :blink:

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 08:26 AM

Yeah I've been reading a lot about that. That would be ideal (with help of course), but my main problem is I gotta do payments - can't dish out a big amount at one time. What I really think I'm gonna do is wait til' tax time...spend money on Christmas gifts now instead. That way I'll have the money to build me what I really want. :blink:

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:41 PM

Good luck to you :blink:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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