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Need advice for buying a new laptop.

by rajatgupta59 / December 9, 2011 7:07 PM PST

I'm a college student, fond of gaming. I have looked at Asus K53SV-SX520D<span id="INSERTION_MARKER"><span id="INSERTION_MARKER"> and I have to admit it's mouth watering. I'm a Comp. Sc. Major so I don't need any pre-installed OS or security software, I'll do that my self. 4GB ddr3 ram + 2gb Geforce+ 750GB HDD is surely good. I want to be able to play new games. its reviews are also very good. I don't know how are their after purchase services so please tell me about that. Also share your experience if you have bought this one. Also I looked at Dell XPS and it is very costly so I probably will have to compromise if I buy Dell. My budget is limited (something like Rs. 45k). Please give me some advice.

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That looks nice enough.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2011 12:03 AM PST

As to your OS comment, I've seen folk write that before and then lose weeks installing Windows. Go figure why the lesson repeats.

Advice? Let the machine arrive ready to use.

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Laptop without OS
by TWB404 / December 10, 2011 2:35 AM PST

I know you can buy them but only from the custom online shops. You will pay twice the amount just so it does not have a OS installed. It is call the M$ tax. The best thing is buy one that has the OS installed and then use the uninstall feature liberally. When your done make an image of the drive so if you need to reinstall you do not have to go thru the uninstall thing again.

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(NT) If it costs less with Windows isn't that a SUBSIDY?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2011 7:27 AM PST
In reply to: Laptop without OS
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Not SUBSIDIZED Mass production vs Customized production
by TWB404 / December 11, 2011 2:27 AM PST

It is simple math that manufacturers have a price advantage over the customized systems being sold thru the process of mass production. One makes 50 million units the other makes 10 thousand units, who do you think can get their parts cheaper. The trick is to buy a mass produced laptop or desktop without Windows install on it. M$ gets paid per unit sold not per unit that has Windows installed. That is called the M$ tax. If a manufacturer was to offer their consumer systems without Windows they would still have to pay M$ for each unit, period. Might not be right but when you are the 2000lb gorilla in the room you can pretty much dictate the contract. The only way to get a unit without Windows installed is to buy from the customized shops or to buy a business system. The business system will cost you more unless you can buy in extreme volume.

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Ahh, the old economies of scale and mass production.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2011 4:15 AM PST

It's like the car that you wanted but without something costs more than one off the mass production line.

A car is a fine thing to use for examples as the more labor, the more it costs.

Good to read that it's a subsidy.

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