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#1 ddeerrff

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 08:04 PM

I need a replacement for this old Toshiba Satellite. It has served me well but is just getting too old and slow.

But I do not want a 16:9 display. Widescreen is just the wrong format for most of my computer use - too much width and not enough height. I realize I am not going to find a 4:3 display, except perhaps in 1024x768, which really is too low a resolution. A 1440x900 or 1680x1050 display would be great. These old eyes need at 15-16" screen.

I'd like a fairly fast processor, something in the range of the Intel core i3, but almost anything will be better than the Celeron 2.8GHz I currently have. Don't think I need anything special for a GPU.


My budget for the new computer is:
New, $1000 or so. Refurbished, $400.

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
Email, Web browsing, Word processing, Taxes, Flash/Java online games.

What software do you intend on using on the computer?
Firefox, Thunderbird, Microsoft Office or equivalent.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
Simple online games only. Facebook, Pogo.

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?
Browser and email up all the time. Others up individually.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Some but not a lot. 320G HDD would be more than sufficient.
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:10 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214232

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:53 PM

That one shows "Resolution 1366 x 768 ". That full HD 16:9, exactly what I am trying to avoid.
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:53 AM

I would take a look at Tiger Direct...in the last week, they seem to be dumping a lot of laptops.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 12:10 PM

I did notice Tiger Direct's sale, but they don't allow a search on screen resolution. In fact, they don't seem to specify screen resolution even in the detailed descriptions. Makes it hard to pick out what I'm looking for.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:15 PM

Be wary of refurbs... Who refurbished them. I saw some refurbs on Newegg for example where they were refurbished by someone other than the manufacturer. Steer clear of used ones with Nvidia video.

I do not think you find any 4:3 AR displays on new.
If it doesn't need to be too portable think 17" screen. If it doesn't need to be portable at all, maybe a desktop with a 19" 4:3 display. Those can still be found.

The liking for a non-widescreen is why I bought a slightly older Toshiba dual core that had been repaired with a new motherboard due to a bad heatsink assembly. I then hotrodded it with a SSD boot drive. Nice and fast.

FWIW the 15.6" LED LCDs do not look too bad to these tired ole eyes. I say that as I sit here looking at a 19" set to 1024 by 768 to make everything larger on screen and a 32" set to 1366 by 768 resolution at home, Think 32" HDTV.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:58 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001433

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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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