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Topic # 15386 20-Aug-2007 11:14
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Hi,

Short-term reader - first time poster. I know this question gets asked a lot but I wanted to know what your opinions are. I mostly play Poker on my laptop but I also want to get back into gaming i.e. I still haven’t played Far Cry which I bought years ago. Also my internet connection is wireless and I would like a DVD burner on it but that seems to be standard. Also I want to connect a 21” LCD monitor to it if needed.

Shall I bother getting one with Vista? I read that lots of programs are not compatible with Vista? I see that Dell gives you the option of having either.

To show how ignorant I am, apparently there is a new DirectX version coming and the newer games will be requiring graphics cards which support it? Does that mean anything to me?

Some people recommend the MacbookPro to me with dual OS so I can play my games but that seems to be quite pricey.

My budget is not too big $2.5k max but I do want a laptop that can play games without being useless in a year or so. I am not a heavy gamer at all but I do enjoy them a lot.

Thanks a lot in advance for your help.


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  Reply # 82946 20-Aug-2007 11:31


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  Reply # 82978 20-Aug-2007 13:39
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Thanks! That one looks very good. But, and excuse my ignorance, the Inspiron 1520 is cheaper and seems to have very similar specifications. Or am I missing something pretty obvious?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 82991 20-Aug-2007 15:46

The XPS M1330 is almost a kg less then the Inspiron, however the Inspiron 1520 has better video card for less money. See?
It depends on you, what you want.

Any laptop with a good video card would do the trick, you have to choose if you want a lighter one or not. Dell's are good especially because of their free upgrade promotions.
For example the Inspiron 1520 for NZD1949 with free upgrade to 160GB HDD, plus free upgrade to 3GB RAM plus free carry case and delivery looks a very very good buy.
So after clicking on the customize button, you can choose a better processor plus better display and you will reach your 2.5K budget having a good laptop at the end.




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  Reply # 83336 22-Aug-2007 14:21
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Aloha:
For example the Inspiron 1520 for NZD1949 with free upgrade to 160GB HDD, plus free upgrade to 3GB RAM plus free carry case and delivery looks a very very good buy.
So after clicking on the customize button, you can choose a better processor plus better display and you will reach your 2.5K budget having a good laptop at the end.


Thanks for your help. In the end I went for the 1520 with the free upgrades, upgraded the display and processor and all that for $2,250 incl GST. Can't wait to get my hands on my jetblack 1520 Laughing

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  Reply # 83337 22-Aug-2007 14:33

Good choice.
I wish I'd have a same. I am using a 3 years old IBM laptop, no video card, etc. It's a company one, so I cant change it. Yet. :(




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