Believe it or not!
Uncle ordered some in with a special cupon code, but now they just dropped the price for them to everyone!
It's not fancy, flashy etc - does the job.
http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/sku%2F ... d=MD96648/
Let me break it down
Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5Ghz Dual Core 2Mb L2 Cache
- 478Mobile Socket, so cpu can be changed up to a 2.4Ghz 4Mb L2 Cache.
- 2Gb is enough, but you can upgrade above that if needed aftermarket.
nVidia GeForce 8600GS 512Mb
- Mixed bag, I think its a cut down version of the GT, but still I dare you to find anything faster in a £600 laptop never mind a £350!!!
17" 1440x900 LCD
- Don't listen to the page, we got one here, its 1440x900 nice and sharp. Viewing angles are pants, and a bit to glossy for my taste but still its good enough once calibrated - and in my opinion its the weakest part in terms of what I want it for.
Basically what I would do with it:
New Screen, 1680x1050, more contrast and slightly brighter along with matt finish instead of gloss and a much better viewing angle
7200rpm Hard drive - Simple as, 80Gb+ will do me fine.
4Gb Ram - Pretty easy
New CPU, probably a T7300 2.0Ghz with 4Mb L2 Cache, healthy 500mhz jump along with a injection of another 2Mb L2 Cache.
Obviously my prefered upgrades would probably price this laptop at over £900 not including labour to fit and upgrade.
Also, most importantly, When I (probably) buy it on sunday from my uncle (mum bought the one im playing with atm) Vista will be the first thing to go. Everything is mostly Generic parts and chipsets, so getting XP drivers shouldn't be a problem. Vista seems to be running ok actually, runs better with the bells and whistles since the GPU crunches most of that.
Anyway, I thought this important enough for the general chat since its a pretty much stellar deal!
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