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I am a looking to buy a new laptop, but I don't really know where to start. I'm a graphic design student with a college student's budget (looking to spend under $1000, but preferably under $800). I will need to be able to run Microsoft Office, Adobe CS3 Design Standard, and a version of AutoCAD (either 2002 or 2008).

Here are the System requirements for those programs:

I would love my laptop to be aesthetically pleasing, but I know functionality is most important. My dream laptop would be efficient, fairly low cost, and pretty. Happy

I quite like the HP Pavillion dv6736nr, but have no idea how well it works or if it would meet my needs. (It's on sale at BestBuy this week:

I would really appriciate any comments on this laptop, or suggestions of other ones.


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I've used that machine.

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The only issue I had with it is Vista. The startup time and all around performance is lacking but not due to the hardware. If you can get them to supply and install XP Pro I expect you'd really like this one.

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Thank you, I appreciate the help. I actually ended up deciding against getting a laptop and got a desktop computer instead. It's a Gateway with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HD, an Intel Pentium processor w/ 2.4 GHz, and a much better graphics card than the one I was using before (I think the new one is a Nvidia geforce 7100), and it has an awesome 22" screen. I just got it this weekend, but so far I'm very pleased. All for about $900 (plus sales tax). I know I would have spent much more for that type of power in a laptop. My Adobe CS3 programs open in a few seconds rather than a few minutes. And I can play games (well, I've only tried the Sims 2 so far) with the graphics on High instead of Low. I've got a great (and free) warranty with it to boot! I would reccommend buying electronics a Costco to anyone else. Extended warranties are so expensive everywhere else. Again, thanks for everyone's help!

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Pavillion DV9000 a real nightmare

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See my PAVILLION DV9000 COMPLAINTS BLOG WWW.SOLUTIONGUIDE.COM for the last many problems; sound (see video), repair center damaged unit (see photos), batteries failed after 4 months and not replaced ($300 value), poor phone support, and disrespectful and rude case managers. Do your home work and buy from a store with warranty like best buy who'll replace unit atfer three of the same problem. Do not buy custom built from mfr are you'll be screwed with no recorse of action.

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