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Trying to decide on specs for new laptop, not sure what work

by tech_fantatic / April 8, 2007 1:29 AM PDT

I'm planning to get the HP Dv9000t

What I will be using it for:

This one won't really be for word processing and things like that. But, that can be done on most any computer, so that really isn't an issue. I would like to be able to do photo editing, using Photoshop Elements (the basic program, not the really big, advanced one) internet, listening to music, etc. The biggest thing is that I like to do more than one thing at a time. For example, I like to edit my photos and listen to my Podcasts in iTunes and also surf the internet, so being able to do that is really important.

I plan to get Vista Home Premium for my OS. So I'm not really sure if the laptop is going to have enough power behind it for Windows as well as what I need. This is what I planned to do, any opinions would be great.

Here is what I'm looking at:

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz/4mb (Highest offered)

Graphics card: Not really a big deal for me, so I just put the 256mb Nvidia GeForce go 7600 rather than spending $150 more for 512mb. My only concern is that aero won't be able to handle it, but if it can then the extra money is not worth it, since this would already be better than what I have now (which is nVidia GeForce 420 Go 32mb)

Memory: 2gb DDR2 (2Dimm) (Again highest offered, I recently learned to add memory to a desktop, but not really gutsy enough to do it to a laptop. But I may have my "computer guy" add another 1 or 2 gigs (if possible) later.)

Hard Drive: 120gb 5400 RPM (Not the top, but I think it will be plenty for me, I have 60gb now and I think I still have plenty of room, with thousands of picturs and several hundred songs, as well as several word documents).... Actually I just checked and there is now a free upgrade to 160gb so that is even better.

Wireless: I'm probably going to pay the extra $20 or so to get Bluetooth, printer situations...

I think that is everything. So do you think this will work, most important work good? (If you can put in dummies terms that would help, not too advanced with these things)


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Looks good.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 1:36 AM PDT

The nicer Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB RAM (Vista!), the 5400 RPM drive (no 4200...) and the 256MB video (hello Aero) are all the right numbers to give Vista it's best chance to shine.


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by tech_fantatic / April 8, 2007 1:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks good.

It looks like I finally may have a decision made.... we'll see!!!

Trying to find out from HP how their specials work, everytime I buy a computer the specials always change before I can order. So far they say "we cannot comment" Arr!

Thanks so much!

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