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Buying advice needed

by MachThree / August 5, 2009 1:17 AM PDT

Hi All ... was hoping to get some laptop buying advice. I am in the market because my current desktop system has died. I'm perfectly happy with its performance - its an AMD Athlon 4400 w/2 gigs ram and GeForce Ultra 6800 video card. 90% of the time I use the PC, its for web browsing, playing videos, music or MS Office, occasionally buring a CD or DVD. The other 10% of the time is for games - truthfuly I tend not to play the newest titles (plus the above hardware probably couldn't handle it) - I'd be happy if things like Half-Life 2, Company of Heroes and rFactor run well on whatever machine I buy. But, that being said, if it can do a decent job with more modern titles that would be nice as well - I'm very mindful of the fact that with a laptop, you're stuck with whatever hardware it comes with, especially regarding video.

Also, when will Windows 7 machines start arriving in stores? Is it worth waiting? My above machine is win XP, and I'm perfectly happy with that. I really have no particular love for Vista and know it to be a resource and memory hog. And I know (at least based on past experience) - that laptops, with custom hardware and drivers, it tends to be quite difficult to use any O/S on them other than what the manufacture shipped on the machine.

In any case, if anyone can recommend any particular models, would appreciate it. I think Sony NW160J might be along the right lines, but I'm not sure. Hoping to keep this under $1000, but willing to spend up to $1500 if there is a compelling reason to do so.

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