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looking for a good 17inch laptop

by shaneamartin / June 3, 2006 10:21 PM PDT

Hi, this is my first post here. I'm looking for a 17 inch laptop because I'm going to use it for music notation. The notation software takes a lot of memory so 512mb would be needed. It would be good if the laptop could be upgraded to 1 gig of memory in the future because I would like to do some gaming on it.

My budget is $1000. I've looked at Toshibas. Are they any good? thanks


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Choices ...

As you plan to play games on it, you'll need a good dedicated graphics controller.

The Toshiba Satellite P105 line has a powerful nVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS. It's impossible to have a more powerful GPU.

There is also the HP Pavilion dv8000t. This model has a middle-range nVIDIA GeForce Go 7600.

Look also to the Dell Inspiron 9400 / E1705. It has in option the ATi Mobility X1400 ( not very good in games but can be a value choice ), and also the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 and 7900.

But with 1000 $, you'll see that it's impossible to have a gaming notebook. I paid my Inspiron 6400 1450 $ CDN and this is not the best gaming machine ( an ATi Mobility Radeon X1400 ).

For the processor, save your money and get the Core Duo T2300 ( 1.66 GHz ).

Memory : Take 1x512 MB DDR2 to have a free memory slot.

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RE: Choices
by shaneamartin / June 4, 2006 3:38 AM PDT
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Thanks for your suggestions. The Toshiba looks pretty good. What's the difference between the two 1.66Ghz T2300 processor and the T1300?

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by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / June 4, 2006 4:13 AM PDT
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T2300 is a dual-core processor, a processor optimized for multi-threaded applications to benefit of the multi-tasking.

T1300 is a single-core processor, an improved version of the Pentium M Dothan with new instruction sets and a FSB of 667 MHz.

I have the T2300 and it works very very well. Extremely powerful processor.

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by shaneamartin / June 9, 2006 3:52 PM PDT
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Thanks, is it possible to get the toshiba and upgrade the memory, and video card later on? This is going to be my first laptop so what are the parts of the laptap that can't be upgraded?

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by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / June 9, 2006 11:53 PM PDT
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The memory : yes.

The GPU : probably no...

Laptops are limited to upgrade. If you take a nVIDIA GeForce Go 7900, this GPU will not be obselete in two weeks !!!!!! This is the last inovation from nVIDIA, the most recent model of GPU.

The only upgrade that you can do in a laptop is the memory ( if you have one memory slot free - ex.: 1 x 1024 MB ), hard-drive ( ex.: from 60 GB to 120 GB ), display ( from the manufacturer ), GPU ( ex.: you have a Mobility Radeon X1300 and the manufacturer offers a X1400, maybe - I well write maybe - you can upgrade for the X1400 ONLY if the cooling system is appropriate because the X1300 heats less than the X1400 because its less powerful ), processor ( ex.: you have a Core Duo T2300, you want to upgrade it to a T2600, you can ONLY if the cooling system is appropriate OR if you have a Core Duo, you will probably can upgrade it for the Merom if the BIOS upgrade is available for your motherboard, but as Intel said many time, the upgrade is possible ).

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