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 PostPost subject: Sub $600 Laptop to play older games        Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:28 am 
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Yeah. I'm looking for laptop.

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Hi, I'm fireware, and I'm new to the forums.

1) What is your budget?
Less than USD $600
2) What size notebook would you prefer?

a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
d. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

Doesn't really matter

3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
USA

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

Doesn't really matter, just no Eee PC
5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
Simple gaming, ie Halo 1 PC, CounterStrike, word docs, VS development
6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
Sometimes taking it places, but weight really isn't a problem

7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
Halo 1 for PC, and CounterStrike Source
8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
Over 2
9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
Nope


10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
Windows-based
Screen Specifics

11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
Doesn't matter
12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

Standard
a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

Widescreen
d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

Uhhhh. I've never owned a widescreen laptop before, so I don't really know.
13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
Matte. I will NOT buy something with a glossy screen.
Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
Something basic, and built like a tank
15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last? I should be buying within the next month or so. I need this to last for a few years

Notebook Components

16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
Atleast 80GB
17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
DVD Burner is mandatory

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:39 am 
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you could grab one at best buy when they're on sale
it would most likely be amd based, but it should matter that much
besides windows vista, everything else is good

just keep your eyes open


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:16 pm 
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My grandpa got a great HP that fits that perfectly. It was 450 w/ mail in rebates and 650 without. He got it at Circuit City a few months ago though but i would just keep my eyes open. Me... gets a Mac Book in December with my birthday and christmas money. And my mom says instead of gifts for christmas morning she'll give me cash :). Plus i can use the education bonus and get it new for 999.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:48 pm 
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Dell have laptops for around £300 in the UK (including tax), which is around $600 and things are usually cheaper in the US too - they're basic (Celeron and integrated graphics) but you'd have to spend a bit more to get a Core 2 Duo and a proper graphics card.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:12 pm 
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Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:
Dell have laptops for around £300 in the UK (including tax), which is around $600 and things are usually cheaper in the US too - they're basic (Celeron and integrated graphics) but you'd have to spend a bit more to get a Core 2 Duo and a proper graphics card.

Celeron are low class processors. I don't think they are that great for laptops. Ging for and AMD turion seems better in this case.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun May 04, 2008 6:10 pm 
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Check tigerdirect..
I got a ACER laptop AMD Athlon 64 X2 1.75Ghz With 2gb Ram 120gb Hdd,
DVD+/-RW ,Webcam / Microphone ,Card reader , 14.1" widescreen, and With windows Vista home Premium.
All for $560
Check For Open Box items..
thats why i got mine for sooo cheap..


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:36 am 
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Well, for CSS, you'll want a dedicated video card. It may be an old game, but Intel integrated graphics just aren't going to cut it.

This was the best I can find on Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834114448

It has a glossy finish. Even though it has integrated graphics, they're better than Intel's graphics.

Here is one from tiger direct:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 4&CatId=17

The processor is old, but it is capable of playing CSS and Halo 1, but it still probably won't be pretty.

But it is an IBM, so it probably has a matte screen.

This one should be able to play CSS and Halo 1. But it also won't be pretty.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 4&CatId=17

I don't know if it has a matte screen or not.

That's about the best I can find you.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:52 am 
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i would get the Last one If i didn't have this one..
But I still like mine..
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 1:22 am 
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Try looking for cheap thinkpad R61e or R61i models.

Sort of like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834146376

I'll warn you that there is only TrackPoint, no touchpad... (the model I have has both) but I've heard FPS games, though better using a mouse, are great with TrackPoint.


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I would buy a used model from eBay. It maybe a bit old but it will probably have better specs then a 600 USD laptop!

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