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Topic # 13831 31-May-2007 08:54
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Heh, I've hit a new low recently with my computer experiences. I used to be able to play games on a Dell Inspiron 9100. It was great, although Dell's service broke the boundary's set for things that are terrifyingly bad.

Recently (8-10 months ago, actually) I was forced to get a new computer. Being the poor person that I am, I had a Gateway GT4016 forced on me. Trust me, this computer will kill me first before any of you can for me using a Gateway.

After months of headaches and dents in my wall (which, I would like to add, probably contributed to said headaches), I got fed up with a HORRIBLE computer and am looking to get a decent laptop. Wherein lies the problem. My budget is about $1200 to $1400, and I would like one with 120 GB of storage and the ability to AT LEAST be able to play a game such as Oblivion.

I've been looking around am on the verge of just screaming my head off and making my own laptop from a barebone one. Any advice on what I should get for the barebones, or if you could direct me to a laptop (that's GOOD) that can do what I listed above?


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Reply # 72949 31-May-2007 09:40
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Have you looked at Acer or Alienware?

As a note, Dell bought Alienware last year, so it may be something to consider when looking at their machines. And I think it would be over the budget.

I have an Acer Ferrari 5000, which is rather large, but it comes with an ATI Radeon 256MB which makes a lot of difference when playing games, instead of the cheaper graphics engines sharing the main memory that we find in cheaper laptops. I can run Age of Empires III, Day of Defeat Source, Titan Quest and other games with all effects set to max and no problems...







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  Reply # 72956 31-May-2007 09:54
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Alas, the Acer Ferrari 5000 is indeed a good choice. Unfortunately, with stores only placing its price above that of $2000, its quite a few hundred dollars from my budget. However, with a few modifications to what is inside of it, the price would likely become a tad bit more reasonable. I'm definitely putting this computer on a list, and i'm going to see if I can find a site that will sell me one with customization options, including one which ships it unassembled so I can do a bit of work with the chassis.

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  Reply # 73198 1-Jun-2007 23:55
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If you are indeed in the US of A as your profile suggests, then may I recommend:

PowerNotebooks.com

Arguably the best after-sales laptop reseller in your neck of the woods (in the world maybe?). Plus they have a decent range to chose from.

Something like this:
http://www.powernotebooks.com/configure.php?special=449

I updated the above configuration with:
* Intel Core Duo 2 T5600 1.83GHz
* 2GB RAM
* 120 GB HDD
* Dual Layer SuperMulti DVD Writer
* 802.11 a/g/n WiFi
* Windows XP Home Ed

It came to: $1,346 USD

In that price is included a 3 year warranty - next business day shipping etc

It has an ATI X1600 Mobility GPU (same as Acer Ferarri). The fastest GPU I've seen on any sub 17" laptop.

FYI. Be warned that the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 is a severely crippled relation of the 7600GT (and even 7600GS) that we all admire and know.

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