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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:49 am 
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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 DDR2-667 - 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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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 7:23 am 
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Wow... for a low end price the spec is relatively good! This might be the laptop I've been waiting for as a replacement to my ancient one if I wasn't holding out for a lens ;)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:47 am 
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nice spec fro the price, would serve as a bump n dent computer for out and about, though the 17" screen is a bit too big for my taste.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:14 am 
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Hi Daniel,

You've been moved. :!: :lol:

Do let us know your thoughts when you finally get your hands on it.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:29 pm 
the budget laptop manufactuers have quite a few cheap laptops with good looking specs but sometiems the parts they use inside are not so good.

if your going to change all thoes parts you may as well just buy a better laptop in the first place.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:40 pm 
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well i used it on the way to a wedding today, and imported onto it when i got home.

Screen just ain't doing it for me - to glossy for using even in the car.

Speed is actually fine, editing RAW files in lightroom was just like on my pc really, JPG's was instant. Rending of the images takes a TINY bit longer due to the 5400rpm HDD.

I'll probably just use this one (my mums one) until i can afford a better laptop.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:55 pm 
Well worth it TBH, stick Vista basic on it if it laggy and it will be fine.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:03 pm 
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XP > Any version of Vista ;)

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:51 pm 
thats debatable


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:08 am 
Sounds good!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:29 pm 
DD_nVidia wrote:
XP > Any version of Vista ;)


I certainly agree!! Although Linux > Windows so... :D

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:37 pm 
OMG...please say you are not just reading the net and have actually used XP and think from personal choice XP is better then Vista before sticking it up here for a flame war....lmao

I have used all and I can tell you from a I.T perspective that with Vista fully updated it is a HELL of alot better then XP! And I would not go back to XP for love nor money..Yes it was bad when launched so was XP in fact WORSE.

I went from XP to Dual Booting Vista 32 when launched to Ultimate 32 and now Ultimate 64. And it is a much better allround O/s then XP. And this is from a PURE GAMER with the slight loss of FPS...on a heavily overclocked PC.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:01 pm 
I can see where this thread is going Lol

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