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    Please, please, please help me select a notebook

    I'm at wits end here.

    Every notebook I look at lacks something I need.

    Here are my requirements.

    Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 4 CPU in the 1.6-1.8 GHZ range

    384 MB's Ram either DDR or Rambus

    30 GB 5400 rpm HDD

    64 MB Vid Card either GeForce 4 or ATI Radeon

    DVD+CD-RW Combo Drive

    Soundblaster compatible sound with good on board speakers (Compaq has kick ass sound with their JBL setup)

    14.1 -15.7 SXGA TFT Screen, will go for UXGA if price is right

    Must have firewire port

    Must have floppy drive

    $2600 or less

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    The Dells look pretty sweet.
    I saw a Compaq in Costco for 1699 that would fill your needs... but it is a Compaq.

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    Originally posted by Deus ex Machina
    The Dells look pretty sweet.
    I saw a Compaq in Costco for 1699 that would fill your needs... but it is a Compaq.

    shant,
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    In all the excitement, I forgot about Sony. The Sony has it all and then some...for under $2600. Plus it looks sexy. Being that I have a new Sony DV Camcorder, this might be the perfect fit.

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    Originally posted by UOD


    In all the excitement, I forgot about Sony. The Sony has it all and then some...for under $2600. Plus it looks sexy. Being that I have a new Sony DV Camcorder, this might be the perfect fit.
    Sony typically do not have that graphic cards
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    http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/produc..._notebooks.htm

    I worked up a nice Inspirion 8200 for under 2500.
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    definitely Inspiron 8200 series...

    i have neard nothing but good things from these, fast, powerfull, and problem free, and dell has good tech support...
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    hmm....this is close to what you need, but little over your range.
    Here

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    Originally posted by cy
    hmm....this is close to what you need, but little over your range.
    Here

    ^^^
    what i am saving up for

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    I configured an 8200 as well for under $2500.

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=8two2&cfgpg=1

    link prolly doesn't work but it's an asskicker.

    I'm a little leary of Dell for two reasons. I guided 2 people this past month in configuring Dell Desktops and they have had nothing but problems. Hard drive failure on one and also a bad vid card...the other had a bad monitor.

    dell made me look bad and I lost some credibility.

    Even though they replaced all the parts for free...it still took time and this frustrated my friends.

    So I'm a bit hesitant....

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    Originally posted by Banshee



    ^^^
    what i am saving up for
    OMG!

    that thing is huge!!!! lol

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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    its going to be my desktop replacement

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    Originally posted by cy
    hmm....this is close to what you need, but little over your range.
    Here
    holly $hit that thing is more powerfull then my desktop!!!!
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    I know this is nothing compared to what you are getting

    but recently I just got a Dell Latitude LT from my dad and the owner of the store I'm working at, they both decided to chip in together and get my refurbished laptop and I gotta say, this thing is thin and light! Just wanted to say, unless you really need it, don't get something so powerful on a laptop, the max hours you can spend on it might not outweight the cost.
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    Originally posted by UOD
    I configured an 8200 as well for under $2500.

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=8two2&cfgpg=1

    link prolly doesn't work but it's an asskicker.

    I'm a little leary of Dell for two reasons. I guided 2 people this past month in configuring Dell Desktops and they have had nothing but problems. Hard drive failure on one and also a bad vid card...the other had a bad monitor.

    dell made me look bad and I lost some credibility.

    Even though they replaced all the parts for free...it still took time and this frustrated my friends.

    So I'm a bit hesitant....
    If you were to go Dell I would go with the 1.6 (The speed difference is insignificant) and spend the 30 dollars for the Ultrasharp screen.
    blessed be................

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    Originally posted by Banshee



    ^^^
    what i am saving up for
    It's actually not a bad deal though consider it's so powerful...

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    UOD-

    Spend the dough on a razor sharp screen, and an extra battery. Get a mild processor and a decent amount of HDD space. You'll kick yerself for not getting the biggest baddest screen available. I use lappys all the time, in all kinds of places, and my MAIN concern is how hard I have to work at seein the screen properly.
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    Originally posted by brembo
    UOD-

    Spend the dough on a razor sharp screen, and an extra battery. Get a mild processor and a decent amount of HDD space. You'll kick yerself for not getting the biggest baddest screen available. I use lappys all the time, in all kinds of places, and my MAIN concern is how hard I have to work at seein the screen properly.
    the biggest baddest screen is on the Sony Vaios @ 16.1 inches!!!!

    But they only have 32MB ATI Radeon 7500 vid cards in them.

    ...formerly the omnipotent UOD

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