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NUCKLEARKNIGHT

Marco








Since: 12-17-04
From: Petaluma, California

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Posted on 08-22-07 08:08 PM Link | Quote
I did a very quick scan and saw nothing like this so forgive me if I'm just repeating a previous thread.

What should I look for in a laptop. Granted I'm probably not going to get one very soon but what would I want in one. What would a powerful laptop have. At a reasonable price that is. And also what about desktops?
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#1 Enhancement Shaman US Ravenholdt








Since: 09-05-04
From: His Laughin' Place

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Posted on 08-23-07 12:08 AM Link | Quote
It really depends on what you want really, if you want one for school, you would prolly look for one, thats would be decent, that will run you at about $1,000.

Gaming computers I would not buy from the store, I would buy them off of the internet.
Soul_Of_Steel

Marinethief








Since: 06-17-07

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Posted on 08-25-07 01:09 PM Link | Quote
If you want a laptop, get one that you can afford, and one that comes with a good support package. If a laptop breaks, replacement parts are VERY hard to come by, so you generally need to send it in for service. Most importantly, make sure you check the battery life. A great laptop isn't going to do you much good if its power runs dry in half an hour.

As for desktops, your best bet is to buy the parts and assemble it yourself. If you don't know what you need, visit a computer parts shop (not a Best Buy or big chain store, those people are mostly idiots, a smaller local shop is better) and ask them to help you out. Better, find someone local who's a computer nerd and ask them to help you pick out parts and whatnot.

As far as comparing specs, you have to balance performance with price. A more powerful processor is not always worth the extra $200 if you don't plan to run the very latest games at their maximum resolution. Ditto for video cards. If you're buying from a parts store, ask for the second or third newest generation of equipment, and you'll usually get the best deal. If you're building a computer online at a Dell or Gateway website, try to stay with the middle options pricewise, they're usually the better deal, though not always. If you have to, get out a calculator and figure out the cost-per-unit of the primary spec on the part: i.e. gigabytes of harddisk space per dollar of cost, or gigs of RAM per dollar, or whatever. Take the best deal out of those, and you'll usually end up happy.

Of course, if you're building a gaming rig, find the recommended specs on your favorite new game, and buy something a bit better than those. Your new machine should last a few years without needing any tuning up if you do it that way.
The PulP

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Since: 10-22-04
From: Columbus, GA

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Posted on 08-25-07 07:17 PM Link | Quote
a really great place to get komputer parts or komputer real kheap is
newegg.com
but what ever you do. NEVER GET A COMPAQ they SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!


(Last edited by TriggerHappy on 08-25-07 10:19 PM)
Soul_Of_Steel

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Since: 06-17-07

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Posted on 08-26-07 11:48 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by TriggerHappy
a really great place to get komputer parts or komputer real kheap is
newegg.com
but what ever you do. NEVER GET A COMPAQ they SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you can get your parts cheaper on the internet, but if you aren't a hardcore computer person, you wouldn't know what to get, which is why I suggested visiting a store to get a better idea. Also, I've gotten parts from a store that were way cheaper than the Newegg price, just because the stuff wasn't selling and the store needed to move the inventory.

And I disagree the compaq statement. I've had two laptops by them, both of which were what I like to call 'dumpster specials'. That's where a business or school is upgrading their systems and they either throw out or sell their old hardware. Considering each one was at least two years old by the time I got them, they were amazingly stable and durable. Their customer support is horrible though, so I suppose you wouldn't want to get a compaq if you couldn't repair things yourself.
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