Good computer to buy?
Question: Hello! So I need serious help deciding on a laptop to buy. I have limited money only like 650.00, but need a laptop for school. This computer would need to run the basics for undergraduate college school work, I also play online games as well as Sims 3....could anyone share their thoughts about this computer from Wal-mart?? What should I be looking for? http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-i4020-2903OBK/14335594#Specifications
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I am a laptop expert having a team of professional technicians and we all have the following recommendations for you 1.Dont go for dell,it really sucks 2.Acer and lenovo are just waste 3.Toshiba is fair not perfect 4.For you the perfect choice is Asus We all recommend you to buy ASUS UL30A-A2 Thin and Light 13-3-Inch Silver Laptop - 12 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium),look at its battery life Read this comment it will help: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3EQQX7GO86WA0/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B002P3KMNU&nodeID=&linkCode=&tag=tawkisd-20 I found it here at great price: http://www.amazon.com/UL30A-A2-Light-13-3-Inch-Silver-Laptop/dp/B002P3KMNU/ref=pd_cp_pc_3=&tag=tawkisd-20 Here are its specifications: 1.3GHz Intel SU7300 Core 2 Duo Processor 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 2 slots, 4GB Max 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM) 13.3" HD LED LCD Display, Intel GMA 4500MHD, 0.3M Webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit), *12 Hours of Battery Life
Beats my computer into dust. It should work perfectly with your computer. CALL OF DUTY 4 ~~Recommended Specs~~ CPU: 2.4 GHz dual core or better is recommended RAM: 1GB for XP; 2GB for Vista is recommended Harddrive: 8GB of free hard drive space Video card: 3.0 Shader Support recommended. Nvidia Geforce 7800 or better or ATI Radeon X1800 or better ~~Required (min) Specs~~ CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4 GHz or AMD(R) Athlon(TM) 64 2800+ processor or any 1.8Ghz Dual Core Processor or better supported RAM: 512MB RAM (768MB for Windows Vista) Harddrive: 8GB of free hard drive space Video card (generic): NVIDIA(R) Geforce(TM) 6600 or better or ATI(R) Radeon(R) 9800Pro or better CRYSIS ON HIGHEST Minimum System Requirements : OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista) Memory: 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista) Video Card: 256 MB Hard Drive: 12GB Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible Recommended System Requirements : OS: Windows XP / Vista Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Memory: 2.0 GB RAM GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar
The T4500 processor is actually 2.3GHz, not 1.86GHz - it's definitely okay for most users. 4GB DDR3 RAM is also fine (I use 3GB on my system and run about 10-15 applications at a time.) The machine is fine for most users not requiring intensive applications so would work no problem for college. I'm reading it's actually a Dell Inspiron 14. Hopefully it's coming in less than $650 - I see similar specs on other brands at TigerDirect for $499 for a 15.6" model. Anything left in the budget can be put towards MS Office if you don't already have a source. If you want a machine for gaming, the refurbished Asus G71GX-RX05 is worth spending an extra $100 for. P8700 processor @ 2.53 GHz, 6GB DDR2 RAM, and GTX260M discrete graphics. As is common with high power machines, though, it gets heavy walking around campus: 8.8lbs and a 17" screen.
The recommended system requirements, as posted on the Guild Wars site, are as follows: Windows XP/2000/ME/98 Intel Pentium III 1GHz or equivalent 512 MB RAM CD-ROM Drive 2 GB Available HDD Space ATI Radeon 9000 or GeForce 4 Ti Series Video Card with 64MB of VRAM 16-bit Sound Card Internet connection Keyboard and mouse Of course, your actual game enjoyment may vary, depending on your previous experience with this type of game. If the FPS (frames per second) rate drops below 24 you will begin to experience a stutter effect due to the individual frames of images being generated becoming more apparent, thus affecting your ability to suspend your disbelief that you are just playing a video game. Also, this lower FPS can effect your ability to respond to an ongoing set of activity that requires you to react as quickly as you can, thus it also affects your eye-hand coordination. In other words, your apparent game response will not reflect your true capabilities. So lower FPS means you're less likely to kick a**, and it's more likely that during on-line play you'll hear words like 'loser', 'newbie' or 'lamer' in response to your game play. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the 'quality' of your game experience or the associated FPS that you can expect from this relatively basic game system. If you look at the 3rd 'chapter' of the series, the 'recommended' system requirements have become the 'minimum', and the new 'recommended' system is as follows: Windows XP/2000/Vista Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or equivalent 1 GB RAM DVD-ROM Drive 4 GB Available HDD Space ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 series video card or above 16-bit Sound Card Internet connection Keyboard and mouse DirectX 9 So if you wish to play the complete series, you should shoot for this set of requirements. You should be able to locate the main components locally for less than $150 and then order the video card (ATI instead of nVidia since they also mention problems with the 5xxx series of GeForce cards) on-line for around $50.
It depends on your financial state at this moment. It's much cheaper to buy a new battery than a whole new computer, so if you don't want to spend a lot of money, go ahead and get the battery. That said, your computer is kinda old. There are things you could do to prolong the life of the computer, but it's on its way out. I would probably go ahead and get a new computer if it's in your budget.
Personally I would say go desktop they stay cooler easier its easier to repair and upgrade. You want to stay ahead or on the leading edge of the fast moving technology in PC's. I would go with an I7 processor atleast 8 gig of ram better off with 12 to 16GB and a couple of SSD drives in it. I also build custom computers I can tailor a quality computer to your budget.
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