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12-28-2005 10:44 PM

Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
I have had a desktop from Wal-Mart for three years, and now that I have some money to spend, I feel it would be wise to spend on a laptop for college and a certain onlien game. I'll be willing to spend anywhere up to 1200 or so, but if I could get what I want for less, I would appreciate it.

The things I want to be able to run are:

Microsoft Word
Instant Message
Music (ITunes or whatever)
Online P*ker with minimal overlap for four tabling
Wireless Internet capabilities

Also, I would appreciate any advice on what sort of anti-virus protection to get.

Sorry if this sounds incredibly n00bish, which I'm sure it does, but I would appreciate any help I can get.

Oh yea, we haven't had Elisha on here for a while

http://speedo.ca/albums/tasty2/Elish...ert5.sized.jpg

milliondollaz 12-28-2005 10:46 PM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
wait till dell has 750 off 1500, and get a 700M. small, cheap, does everything YOU need.

check www.slickdeals.net or www.gotapex.com for deals.

milliondollaz 12-28-2005 10:50 PM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
get a good screen resolution too, SXGA minumum. here's the chart from wikipedia, i have a XGA laptop and hate the small size. i feel like a grandmother cause the text is so big.

Computer Standard Resolution Ratio Pixels

SVGA 800×600 4:3 480K
XGA 1024×768 4:3 786K
XGA+ 1152×864 4:3 995K
WXGA 1280×768 15:9 983K
SXGA 1280×1024 5:4 1.3M
WSXGA or WXGA+ 1440×900 16:10 1.3M
SXGA+ 1400×1050 4:3 1.5M
WSXGA 1600×1024 25:16 1.6M
WSXGA+ 1680×1050 16:10 1.8M
UXGA 1600×1200 4:3 1.9M
WUXGA 1920×1200 16:10 2.3M

12-28-2005 10:55 PM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
[ QUOTE ]
get a good screen resolution too, SXGA minumum. here's the chart from wikipedia, i have a XGA laptop and hate the small size. i feel like a grandmother cause the text is so big.

Computer Standard Resolution Ratio Pixels

SVGA 800×600 4:3 480K
XGA 1024×768 4:3 786K
XGA+ 1152×864 4:3 995K
WXGA 1280×768 15:9 983K
SXGA 1280×1024 5:4 1.3M
WSXGA or WXGA+ 1440×900 16:10 1.3M
SXGA+ 1400×1050 4:3 1.5M
WSXGA 1600×1024 25:16 1.6M
WSXGA+ 1680×1050 16:10 1.8M
UXGA 1600×1200 4:3 1.9M
WUXGA 1920×1200 16:10 2.3M

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ty for the help, i appreciate it, but if you could explain what 7500 for 1500 is, and the min resolution to 4 table I'd appreciate it a lot

MuppetBingo 12-28-2005 11:31 PM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
Someone just explained this to me, so figure I'd pass along my new knowledge.

The minimum resolution you can have for 4-tabling is 1600x1200, because each poker table is 800x600 pixels. Anything less than that will have at least some overlap.

Good luck with your purchase. I'm in the market for a new laptop myself.

12-29-2005 01:50 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
Mighty mouse, don't get out of OOT much?

12-29-2005 02:01 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
[ QUOTE ]
Mighty mouse, don't get out of OOT much?

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I initially posted this in OOT, but astroglide moved it. [img]/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

12-29-2005 02:12 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
lol

12-29-2005 02:20 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
if im buying from dell, which video card will allow me to multi-table on a 15 inch screen?

Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 [Included in Price]
ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X300 64MB HyperMemory™ [add $50 or $1/month2]
128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics [add $119 or $4/month2]

Also, can someone comment on the EV of warranties etc.?

smoore 12-29-2005 02:49 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
[ QUOTE ]
http://speedo.ca/albums/tasty2/Elish...ert5.sized.jpg

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WTF? Leave that [censored] in OOT, geeks don't need psuedo-porn incentive to help people, there's all the porn you want just a click away. Damn, she's hot though.

tl;dr

12-29-2005 03:01 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
[ QUOTE ]
if im buying from dell, which video card will allow me to multi-table on a 15 inch screen?

Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 [Included in Price]
ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X300 64MB HyperMemory™ [add $50 or $1/month2]
128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics [add $119 or $4/month2]

Also, can someone comment on the EV of warranties etc.?

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Get bad video card + upgrade
In my experience, warranties are +EV, but supposively ther are -EV or companies wouldn't push so ahrd for you to buy them.

smoore 12-29-2005 03:05 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
Those extended warrantees are definitely -EV, otherwise the store wouldn't offer them. Why would a retail outlet offer something where it expected to lose money? Dealer hits on 19... NOW we're talking.

12-29-2005 03:24 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.

12-29-2005 03:26 AM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
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is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.

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It's fine, all the major labels are going to be good enough for basic use. I personally use Kaspersky, as I like the additional features it offers, but it might not be for everyone. Norton or McAfee should be good for the intermediate user.

CORed 12-29-2005 02:28 PM

Re: Help me choose a laptop +NSFW
 
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is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.

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McAfee is decent, but I have one big beef with it. The auto-updates don't install unless you're logged on as an administrator. I use a non-administrator account for day-to-day use (which is good practice often keeps viruses and spyware from installing), but whenenver the ne definitions download, I get a popup and have to log in to an andmin account before they will actually install. They should run the auto-update un Local System or an Admin account so the automatic updates are really automatic without forcing you to compromise your security by running as an admin.


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