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    A mate has asked me if I could recommend a good laptop for him to buy. As I have not much knowledge regarding laptops I was hoping for some suggestions from people with some laptop knowledge.

    He is looking to spend around $3000 AU. He lives in Sydney but is happy to order online from anywhere in Aus.

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    depends on what he wants to do with it.
    Notebooks are usually more task-oriented than Desktops. But as far as brands go, i'm partial to Toshiba.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Toshiba is good...

    The widescreen dell's are awefully sweet as well....
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    Any laptop with Centrino tech, a Pentium M CPU, and an ATI 9600 or 9700 Mobility with a nice screen is sweet in my book. I think you can get something along those lines within that budget. Dells are available in Australia, right? :?: : peace2: Mista K6
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    I'd go with A64 Mobile / R9700 Mobility

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    Thanks for your advice and suggestions guys
    Intel P4 3.0G 800FSB
    Gigabyte GA-8PENXP mobo
    2x512mb PC 3200 ram
    Sapphire Radeon 9600xt 256mb
    TT Lanfire case
    TT Spark 7+ CPU fan
    TT Butterfly PSU
    MSI 8XDVD-+RW
    Audigy2 ZS Soundcard
    Creative T7700 Pseakers
    Maxtor 120Gb Serial ATA 8mb Cache
    Win XP Home (SP1)

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    alienware area 51m
    I don't know what the exchange rate would be or if there is a seller in Aus. This is a much better product than smell could ever make, and chice of colour and tonnes of options too.
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    Not really, a 1.6Ghz Pentium has about the same performance as a 2.4GHz P4, and runs on less power. Those 3.2's will drain the battery like theres no tomorrow. Also, Dell sells a 1.7GHz Pentium M, same 60GB 7200 RPM HDD, same LCD screen, same ATI9600Pro and same 512MB on 2 DIMM's of memory for about $750usd less, which is well within his $3000aud budget at $1900usd, or ~$2450aud. Dell has much better laptops than Alienware. : peace2: Mista K6

    EDIT: Oh yeah, alienware only offers silver or green for their laptops, Dell offers 6 different colors. :thumb:
    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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    Definetely go for a mobile chip, either a Pentium-M (not Pentium 4-M) or an Athlon 64 DTR.

    Your battery will thank you.

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