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gaa!!! i need help choosing a new laptop

Arrgh! my brain is about to explode because of all the options associated with choosing a quality laptop.
My old one is a compaq v2000z and its getting old. It's still fast but it is now a desktop only computer the display and touchpad mouse quit working a few days ago(I need mobility in my life or bad things happen)

I need help choosing a quality laptop

limit $700-$750
I'd like to get a Sony Vaio N350E/W But i can't find any info on a good review of this computer. I cannot stand slow computers so i need some factors narrowed down for me.

Here's what i do with the computer-
Word/Microsoft office 2007
virtual machines
video editing and capture
light gaming- battlefield 1942
CAD- Autocad 2009

And this is in the order of use-
internet - every day
office 2007- every day
virtual machines- weekends
video editing- about every other week

Specs i'd like-
1-2 gb of ram
~2ghz dual core processor- AMD or intel?
Which processor is better for what i do?- Pentium dual core or Turion 64 X2?
I'll be using xp and Ubuntu Linux as the main operating system. Vista will be removed after it arrives.

I can't decide between an HP dv5z, a discount sony vaio, or something from the Acer line.
I don't even know where to start if i think about a Toshiba or gateway.

All inputs will appreciated and will save me lots of stress and confusion.

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Looking over your posts I see you mention

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1. An aversion to Vista
2. Linux.

While you will find some dis all the usual makes the 599 buck dv6910us I picked up last week seems nice enough. Can you supply links and a bit more about budget.

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it's simple

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All i want is some info about a very fast and quality laptop computer.

My budget is limiting only on the subtotal, not shipping.
I have narrowed the choices to the HP dv5z, A Sony Vaio N350E/W (or a similar model) and possibly something from the Acer line. I know nothing about the acer laptops any info about a midrange computer within my specs would be great.

You're right, i don't like vista. But don't care if the computer comes pre-installed with it. This opens up alot more options with computers now. I have a new retail version of xp waiting to be installed on whatever laptop i get. And since Linux is free, that is always a plus.

Your next sentence doesn't make much sense. Please clarify

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This sentence?

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"Can you supply links and a bit more about budget."

That's a question. Hopefully clear enough. We do have a member that will "dis" all the usual makers. Be sure whatever you choose has XP drivers FIRST. I can't count how many try to find them after the purchase or complain about XP support.

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hp is pretty good about backwards compatible drivers (as previously experienced)

If i get the hp dv5z with vista 64-bit
(will that affect my 32-bit life/programs any?)

I'd love to learn about that sony vaio N- series laptop line. Any links?

i'm also contemplating the dell vostro 1510

never mind about the clarification

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Sony was "very bad" about drivers.

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ok then

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i'll stay with 32-bit and wait till 64-bit becomes mainstream

i will most definitely take Sony's drivers into consideration with my choice. Thanks for enlightening me.

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Take a look at the LENOVO and TOSHIBA laptops, don't rule them out, I would stay with the CORE 2 DUO processor T5700 series or higher, 3gb of ram, think you would be a happy camper. Good luck!!

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