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Buying a laptop

by ShabazH / February 2, 2006 6:45 AM PST

I would like to buy my girlfriend a laptop but i don't know where to start I have my knowledge on computer and computer systems but I would like the opinion of a few fellow "techies" I dont think she will be video editing (Adobe Premiere) on her machine but she will be editing images and she wil l also be playing modern games (such as The Sims 2) so the graphics has to be suffcieent.

She will be watching DVD's on her machine and from time to time modify the DVD the hard disk drive can be under 80GB but the DVD needs to be DVDRW/CDRW and memory can be 256MB DDR anyway i hope that helps you.

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Lots of these are available
by Steven Haninger / February 2, 2006 6:58 AM PST
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You didn't mention what you are willing to pay. I'd bump the memory up 512 anyway. If you need to cut costs anywhere, hard drive size might be the best place. 80 gigs puts on lots of stuff. An external drive for storage might not be a bad idea if the drive starts to fill more quickly than expected.

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System requirements for The Sims 2
by Kees Bakker / February 2, 2006 7:03 AM PST
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http://compsimgames.about.com/od/thesims2faqs//f/systemrequireme.htm

Personally, I would go for 512 Mb and there should be a possibility to add more. 256 Mb is minimum. My son plays World of Warcraft, and it became much faster when we went from 512 Mb to 1024 Mb. RAM is important with modern games.

80 Gb could be enough, but disks tend to become full faster than you want. 120 Gb won't cost much more. But of course I don't know your budget.

Hope this helps.


Kees
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Get what you need
by Willy / February 2, 2006 1:06 PM PST
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I recommend on buying laptops, find exactly what the needs are and buy it, cost permitting. However, don't settle for a cheap laptop unless it fits your needs. Because, laptops don't offer much in a upgrade path plus usually when brought complete with needs in mind all is under warranty and works as designed. From your wishlist, already you've gotten into a high end system as gaming takes alot to run and the DVD wanted is more than basic.

tada -----Willy Happy

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