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by ukcats / December 14, 2004 2:32 AM PST

I am going to purchase my first notebook and have narrowed it down to the following 2: COMPAQ R3000Z: AMD Athlon 64 3700 2.4ghz, 15.4" wsxga, 64MB NVIDIA GeForce 4 440 Go +1394 & 5 in 1 graphics card, 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (1 dimm), 80GB hard drive (5400rpm), DVD/CD-RW Combo drive.

DELL 8600: Pentium M 725 1.6ghz/400mhz fsb, 15.4" wsxga, 128MB DDR ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 pro Turbo graphics card, 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2 dimms), 60GB Hard Drive (7200 rpm), DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive.

They are both about the same in price, $2,200. I will be using them for a variety of things ie; gaming, dvds, internet surfing, word processing, spread sheets etc.. Weight is not an issue. I am partial to the compaq but it has a smaller graphics card. Can this be upgraded? Or will I be stuck with the card in there? Does anyone have any other suggestions for notebooks in that price range and with the same components? I am relying on everyone's expertise in this area. Thank you very much for any help given!!!!

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Re: HELP........PLEASE!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2004 2:45 AM PST
In reply to: HELP........PLEASE!

"graphics card. Can this be upgraded?"


However, why not pop for the 1,299 Athlon 64 model this year and save to replace it in 2 years?


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128mb Dedicated video and 7200rpm hard drive ideal for games
by KenSanramon / December 15, 2004 3:45 PM PST

64mb dedicated video is fine for many people but it does require reduced settings on many top new games. So, if that is a high priority get the Dell 8600 or the Acer 2000 series (2025 only online) as both of those have the 128mb dedicated video.

See for the HP and Compaq Athlon 64 models (64mb dedicated video max), for the HPZT3000/compaq X1000 I have (Pentium M 15.4" widescreen which is the same size as the Compaq R3000).
Since I bought mine for $1299 that is fine for me for 2-3 years use before Windows Longhorn 64 appears and it is thinner and lighter (R3000 is about 7.8 pounds) with up to double the battery life (3.5 -4 hours using wi-fi or up to 5 hours without).

The low voltage Athlon 64 is coming but not until next year

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