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    Hey guys, I need your recomendation. I basically have a $2000 budget, and I am looking for a good laptop, usable as a desktop replacement, and decent to play games on.

    I have found two laptops that I cant decide on:

    [code:1:b466a11a25] [url]http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&kc=6V602&l=en&oc=5150SAP&s= dhs[/url] [/code:1:b466a11a25]

    [code:1:b466a11a25] [url]http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=Yv2nHSjYbNenFhcKCqitFmfWgwxM0g5WlHY=?Cat egoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers_GRTSeries&Dept =cpu&TemplateName=item%2fsy_item_a&ProductSKU=PCGG RT240G[/url] [/code:1:b466a11a25]

    I have no previous expierence with either, so I was hoping somebody would out there!

    The Top one I configured to 3.2 ghz, 512 RAM, which drove the price to $2000

    The only thing about the bottom one is that it features a TV addon, which I have no use for.

    If anyone has any other reccomendations, feel free to add!

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    You could check out www.alienware.com for some more, albeit, high-priced options. They're probablky the best Gaming laptops you'll find at Alienware.
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    Ditto. However, the cheapest lap top I could create with good options (2.8Ghz, 512MB DDR3200, Ati9600, 5400RPM ATA 100 HDD, etc) was for $2200. Be aware though, a 5400RPM drive wont give good gaming performance. However, I took a peek at the Dell 8600 Series, this might be your lap top :D. Although the processors are only go to 1.7Ghz, they are Intel M processors, specifically designed for lap tops, they compute more efficiently (a 1.7Ghz M CPU is better than a P4 2.6Ghz, according to intel) and use less battery power. I built one there with a 1.7Ghz CPU and a WXGA 15.4" screen, XP professional, 512MB of RAM on two DIMM's (dual channel?), 128MB ati 9600Pro graphics card, 24x CD-RW/DVD combo drive, 60GB 7200 RPM HDD, and all else elft at default. You should be able to play most modern games very well with that. Grand total: $2,036. Not to bad at all :thumb: . Good luck with your new lap top, I think the Dell 8600 Series is the way to go for you : peace2: Mista K6
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    Dell is pressed right now as everyone orders their Christmas computer... so I'd say wait until mid January, when Dell starts advertising again and you'll get another 300$ off easy... Dell is swamped, and they don't need any more customers, and therefore they aren't giving out much for deals this time of year...


    A friend picked up a Dell Widescreen 8500 with these specs a month ago:

    2.2 Ghtz Pentium 4 M
    512 MB
    30 GB
    DVD/CD-RW Combo drive
    Middle of the road screen... (not the cheap one, not the REALLY expensive one) (Widescreen that is.. 15.4 ")
    Internal A, B, and G wireless.
    Firewire
    USB 2.0
    NIC
    Extra long life battery (performs 4+ hours)

    FOR 1252 $$$ !!!! USD !!
    That inclues shipping AND 85 Bucks TAX!!!

    So thats like 1170 configured.. :o for a WIDESCREEN LAPTOP !

    I've never seen anything like it... you have to admit thats a pretty pimped out laptop for the price of a middle of the road desktop... and it was straight from dell, brand new.

    Dell is amazing...
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    The Dell 5100 series features a full-blown P4 CPU, not a mobile class processor.
    The trade off is battery life, about 3 hours is the best you will get on a full charge.

    And pay the extra for the better screen, it's SWEET!
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    I have no clue about the letts after the screen, I just tried to get a big screen(15", 1024x768 max. rez)/good CPU for my bro. For $1000, he got: 2.4Ghz CPU, 256MB RAM (one DIMM), 32MB Radeon 7500, and a 30GB 4200RPM drive, not bad. He uses it basically as a word processor, and after I did some tweaking, it plays Hitman 2, in 800x600 flawlessly, so it isnt that bad.
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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