#1
Hey guys, sometime soon I'm wanting to get a decent laptop for audio and games to take to uni n college.

Here are the specs I'm looking at:

Intel Dual Core 2.0 Ghz
2GB 667mhz RAM
17" 1440x900 Clearview LCD Screen (17" necessary?)
OS will probably be vista, but I'm not sure.
Nvidia Gforce go 7950 GTX 512MB graphics card
240GB (120GB x 2) 7200 RPM SATA HD
8x Dual Layer CD-RW/DVD±RW Burner w/ LightScribe Technology
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Card
Firewire and USB ports

Am I overdoing it or is this about what I will need? And does anyone know any decent manufacturers that will do something of this scale?

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#2
sounds good but I would go with XP simply because vista eats up RAM and will slow a gaming computer down.

as for the processor...you may want to upgrade a little more on the GHz but I don't know much about those type things and so a dual core of that rating may be fine...

17" is small IMO...but I'm used to a 19" wide screen LCD

planning on building from the ground up?

edit:
I'm not against vista in any way...I love and use it myself but it does slow my laptop down a lot and so for any games I would think a better OS like XP would be best.
Last edited by moody07747 at Oct 14, 2007,
#3
Any major computer manufacturer will offer that these days. HP, Dell, or Gateway are good. And yea, go with XP. You can always put Vista on it after they release a service pack or two.
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#4
That's fine. Computers go outdated in a couple of years, anyways. Why 2x120GB harddisks, though?
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#5
vista came on my Asus G1S, and it's been working great - don't make the OS a make-or-break factor.

those specs are definitely good enough. you might want to keep portability in mind though.
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#6
You could buy two hard drives and one could have vista so you could play and run all the new stuff

Or you could buy one large one and partition it, thats what I do with linux
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#7
Looks good. Vista is fine, yes it uses more RAM but a spec like that and a little tweak on the OS and your good to go. Plus you'll be restricted from all the Games for Windows releases probably.

I would look at Alienware, I know they are Dell but are more performane based, highly recommmended.

And yeah I don't see 2 hard drives as a requirement, one will be fine. Though I guess I don;t no what you have to store.

The only thing I would say is if your serious about gaming and performance is...

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#8
Vista's fine to go with, since it'll come with it standard anyway. But, it would be a good idea to run a partition and (since you'd have a great amount of hdd space anyway) and install XP Pro on the partition. Some games require Vista now. Good to have both, when ya need it, ya know?
#9
Thanks guys, I was looking at Alienware and it is infact where i got most of the specs from. I went with them as it seemed like the best options without going mad for 0.16GHz more for another £100.

Only problem with alienware is there notebooks dont have Firewire ports... im going to want to attach a high quality audio interface to it too and i hear USB ones have time lag issues.

SLI cant be worth the extra £500 so i though't I'd give it a miss.

I've found this:
http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?NNB-578

and i will continue to look around.
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Last edited by guitaristclass at Oct 14, 2007,
#10
You can buy a PCMCIA card that holds USB's and Firewire ports. I have one, but I don't know too much about them, I just wanted to use it as a USB hub, along with having the Firewire capability. They're fairly inexpensive, as well.
#11
NOT ALIENWARE!!!! THey are incredibly overpriced!! www.ibuypower.com go there and make on yourself. You custom order it with what you want, and you can get all those cool cases.
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#12
^ One of my freinds has ordered a £1400 alienware due next month so ill be able to see if they're any good or not then.

Unfortunatly im UK based so even though that site it awesome the import tax n stuff would make the computer too expensive and annoying if it is damaged in transit... not to mention having to buy a UK power adapter for it.
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PRS CE22 Mahogany
Mesa/Boogie F-50 combo w/ G12K-100
Teese RMC Wizard Wah
Rothwell Switchblade
Ibanez FL-9
Visual Sound Liquid Chorus V2
EHX SMMwH
#13
ohhh... I forgot about that. YOu can still buy the things yourself and build it from the ground up cheaper than from AlienWare. SO it will be good, but you can get much better. There was a thread about AlienWare yesterday, search for it if you wanna know more.
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#14
Don't get alien ware. Your basically paying for the looks. As for your specs it looks good, the only thing I can recommend is maybe a bit better cpu. With all the new demos coming out (cod 4, unreal tournament 3, crysis(soon)) There demanding fast cpus. Yours would be just border line.

You might also want to take your gfx card to next level. Series 8 is out and it would save you from having to upgrade your card for a loooong time. But its not a must have.

In conclusion your specs are fine. Just stating somethings you might have overlooked.
#15
Since laptop power cables are dual-voltage, wouldn't you just need the plug adapter? And, aren't they like a few dollars? lol I'm in Iraq, and my laptop works fine with a outlet adapter.
#17
Quote by moody07747
sounds good but I would go with XP simply because vista eats up RAM and will slow a gaming computer down.

as for the processor...you may want to upgrade a little more on the GHz but I don't know much about those type things and so a dual core of that rating may be fine...

17" is small IMO...but I'm used to a 19" wide screen LCD

planning on building from the ground up?

edit:
I'm not against vista in any way...I love and use it myself but it does slow my laptop down a lot and so for any games I would think a better OS like XP would be best.

Yeah, and get a TonePort


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Your system is awesome. nVidia cards are also very linux-friendly. Perfect.
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#18
Your computer is fine, just go with Xp not Vista. You should go look through the Asus Pro series, they've got some kick ass laptops.
#19
Most of the new beefed up games require Vista, keep that in mind. It'd be better to have that come standard on it, and get a pirated copy of XP Pro than to have to buy Vista if a game you really wanted needed it, ya know? Partitions are great.
#20
I'm going to be annoying and say if you want something for gaming, don't get a laptop.

But if you're set on getting a laptop those specs look OK.

I'd wait until DirectX10.1 and Vista SP1. Geforce 9 series will follow that and the 8 series will drop in price. That way you can run UT3, Crysis etc on full whack.
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