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notebook for home wi-fi network

I'm getting a notebook for my house where it will be the "second" computer, used almost solely for web surfing, though likely some word processing and DVD viewing, too. It will be on a wi-fi network.

It will not travel much, but might go somewhere for the weekend every once in a while. And I don't need a big HD for storage, or plan on any serious gaming.

So my biggest concern is speed of website loading. Ideally, I would get a Pentium M (v Celeron), 1GB RAM (v. 512), a 7200 rpm HD (v 5400), a dedicated video card (v shared) and a wi-fi net that runs at 108 MBPs (v 54).

But I can't afford all that.

So my questions are (1) Which of these components are the most critical for fast loading of sites; and (2) If slower/smaller than the ideal components above, can any be true bottlenecks. . .components that will slow everything down?

Many thanks,
Reid

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Look at ads from local computer

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stores and look at the turion notebooks, they are usually a bit chepaer than the Pentium M counterparts and offer the same performance.

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A Great deal that should meet your needs

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HP Shopping sent me a notice this morning for a HP ZV6000 with upgrades to the memory and wireless (and a free printer) for $799. The coupon code is NB4341, it's good until 11/05/05.
I have a Linksys G54 router and feed it with a DSL line and it loads at a very acceptable speed (1048.8Kbps) with no drop problems. You can get one for around $50.00... half what the 108 will cost you. I don't notice that I experience slowdowns.

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Try the HP ZV6000

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I would recommend going with Togus's recommedation of the HP zv6000. I have one and it does really well with web surfing on a wireless network. Don't be fooled into thinking you have to have a Centrino system. The Broadcomm wireless card in my system works great and reviews I have seen show it to be just as good as Intel. Basically as far as web surfing your biggest slowdown would just be your Internet provider. Make sure you get DSL or Cable Broadband Internet service. If you are in an area where you can get it check out if FIOS from Verizon is available. It is supposed to be up to 6 times as fast as cable broadband. Also, with the zv6000 you have a fairly decent graphics card though it is integrated. If you want something with a better graphics card that would still be a great value check out the HP DV4000. Anyway, good luck with your purchase!

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