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Help in buying a laptop

by zeebell / December 24, 2008 10:08 AM PST

I'm looking at purchasing a laptop and would like some pointers re: specs, if possible.

It will be used mainly for playing pre-loaded games (e.g., freecell, spyder, solitaire, Hearts, etc.), and for email and surfing.

I understand the dual core processors are very good and I plan to get Vista Home Premium. What I don't know is when they start talking about 64 bit and/or 32 bit. Do you have any recommendations?

I've hard horror stories about 64 bit in that many programs don't work with it; however, I really don't know as that's hearsay.

Could someone give me some words for wisdom please? We do want to go wireless and know we'll have to get a wireless router.

Thanks,

Julea

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64 vs 32
by jzou / December 24, 2008 11:24 AM PST

The problem with 64 bit Vista is that there aren't a lot of programs that need 64bit OS. Most software runs fine on 32 bit Vista. I have plenty of highly complex Engineering "crash your computer if it weren't up to the spec" programs that runs fine on 32 bit Vista.

If you just looking to get something to play the preloaded games, I would recommend a netbook. They can brows the web, let you type up a few things and that's all you can expect from them. That and they have terrible battery life (1 hour) compared to my tablet's 3 hours.

Dual core processors are good. That means you laptop can mutitask better. But if you just wanna play freecell, you won't need a dual core.

But if you truly have nothing better to do with your laptop, just get a PDA or Iphone or Black Berry and load some games on there. it might be even cheaper.

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Guess I misled you (LOL)
by zeebell / December 24, 2008 11:51 AM PST
In reply to: 64 vs 32

We basically want to become a 2-computer family. We currently use a desktop which works fine, but would like the extra luxury. We don't have room for another desktop so that's why the laptop idea came about.

Thanks for your info.

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