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XyZspineZyX
11-03-2003, 09:13 AM
Hi,

I am in the market for a laptop. I would ideally like something that is easy to carry and actually a laptop, not a monster However, I _would_ consider a monster desktop replacement widescreen job.

Current faves:
1. HP nc8000
2. Compaq zd7000
3. HP nx7000
4. HP nc8000 - current fave, 1.7Ghz Centrino, ATI 9600Pro
5. Toshiba P20 504 - 3.2Ghz P4
6. Samsung P30 - 1.7Ghz Centrino
7. Samsung X10 - 1.7Ghz Centrino
8. Rock Extreme - 3.2Ghz P4.

What do you guys recommend and why? The Rock has a good spec, very good spec, but I just get 'twitchy' at the prospect of buying a laptop from one of the non-big boys.
Budget isn't a problem upto about 2500.

My main uses will be, in no particular order:
1. Development work
2. Games
3. Graphics work.
4. Watching DVD's

ta,
Matt.




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XyZspineZyX
11-03-2003, 09:13 AM
Hi,

I am in the market for a laptop. I would ideally like something that is easy to carry and actually a laptop, not a monster However, I _would_ consider a monster desktop replacement widescreen job.

Current faves:
1. HP nc8000
2. Compaq zd7000
3. HP nx7000
4. HP nc8000 - current fave, 1.7Ghz Centrino, ATI 9600Pro
5. Toshiba P20 504 - 3.2Ghz P4
6. Samsung P30 - 1.7Ghz Centrino
7. Samsung X10 - 1.7Ghz Centrino
8. Rock Extreme - 3.2Ghz P4.

What do you guys recommend and why? The Rock has a good spec, very good spec, but I just get 'twitchy' at the prospect of buying a laptop from one of the non-big boys.
Budget isn't a problem upto about 2500.

My main uses will be, in no particular order:
1. Development work
2. Games
3. Graphics work.
4. Watching DVD's

ta,
Matt.




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2 x WD Raptor 10,000rpm S-ATA's (RAID 0) | 1Gb OCZ PC4000 Dual Channel Gold Series DDR |
Coolermaster 'Black Widow' | Zalman 7000-CPU Cooler | Track-IR | 3.5Ghz overclock | 950Mhz FSB |
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XyZspineZyX
11-03-2003, 09:27 AM
Get one with at least 512mb RAM and a 2Ghz class CPU.

An ATI Radeon Mobility 9600pro onboard vid card maybe the fastest 3D card you can get in a notebook nowadays, if you can afford one, go for it.

Nvidia`s GeforceFX 5200/5600 2GO series are good too, but ATI`s 9600pro is fastest and has more longevity (DX9 games) built in.

Forget about any other onboard vid card from other manufacturers, their performance is not up to today`s 3D games.

Bottom line, ATI 9600pro should be your first choice, second would be Nvidia GeforceFX 56002Go, there`s no third choice worth to mention.

Hope that helps.





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Message Edited on 11/03/0304:28AM by NetDaemon

XyZspineZyX
11-03-2003, 10:00 AM
thanks for the info. I am inclined to agree with the ATI vs. Nvidia situation. If the difference is anything at all like the desktop cards then the ATI will be the best choice in my opinion. The more awkward choice, I guess, is the CPU. The Centrino-based systems are getting some pretty good benchmarks, hence the 1.7Ghz Centrino's featuring in my short list.

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Coolermaster 'Black Widow' | Zalman 7000-CPU Cooler | Track-IR | 3.5Ghz overclock | 950Mhz FSB |
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