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Buying a new laptop and need some help with configuaration

by SM818 / June 17, 2008 12:46 PM PDT

Hi all

I'm looking at the HP dv6700z. I am a few questions before I make my purchase and any info would be helpful.

What's the real difference between Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 32 bit & 64 bit?

I've heard you need at least 2GB memory for windows vista? Is that really necessary or would it work well with 1 GB memory?

Is 160GB hard drive enough?

Is there a large difference in battery time between the 6 cell lithium ion battery and the HIGH CAPACITY 6 cell lithium ion battery?

I'm a real estate agent and will be using it for internet, emails, word processing, and some software programs.

Appreciate your help.

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by greggers89 / June 17, 2008 3:01 PM PDT

I can answer a couple of those. I have 1GB of RAM on my desktop and it runs vista pretty slowly, so you should opt for the 2gb or higher. Also, 160gb is plenty for most people, unless you're going to download a TON of stuff. Also, I'm not sure if HP is a very good brand. Not sure if the high capacity battery would be worth it, does it cost much? Also, the 64-bit windows will probably look a little nicer and run faster, but only if you have the hardware necessary, otherwise it will run slower I think. Hope that helped a little.

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by orlbuckeye / June 17, 2008 8:42 PM PDT
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in an 8 cell battery if comparing it to a 6 cell. 64 bit is potentially a faster OS but in todays world most software is 32 bit and 32 bit software sometimes see no advantage of running in a 64 bit OS. Also driver are harder to find that are 64 bit.

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