Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:09 AM
I think my laptop needs an upgrade. I don't do much more than very basic tasks (browsing, IM, mp3 playback, word processing) but my Dell Inspiron 1100 can't handle that. The culprit might be the very weak processor, a 2 ghz Celeron with a small 128 KB L2 cache and a 133 MHZ FSB. That processor just seems insufficient these days - I bought it in mid 2003.
For 650, S/H included, I could get:
1.73 ghz Pentium M ... 2 MB L2 cache, 533 mhz FSB
512 MB DDR2 RAM (expandable to 2 GB, current laptop only to 1 GB)
40 GB HD, 5400 RPM (current is 30 GB, 4200 RPM... I store little. That 30 GB is 90% empty.)
15.1 WXGA display (current is only a 14 incher, and not widescreen)
Intel GMA 900 (current is Intel Extreme Graphics 1)
So is that a good config and price? And more importantly, is it worth the upgrade?