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Old 07-13-2006, 12:55 AM   #16
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Haha, I didn't mean to squash your interest in macs. You could go ahead and check 'em out anyway--they also have an academic discount. In my opinion, they're fantastic as a laptop but it's a little expensive for what you want to do which is pretty basic (correct me if I'm wrong.)

Oh, if you have a Costco (Sam's Cub?) near you, they sell laptops that are pretty decent (big name brands, if you're into that) for a good price. Occasionally passwird.com spots good deals on laptops so you can periodically check that, too.
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:53 AM   #17
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My current laptop is the Dell Inspirton 5160.

all MS office features, 60 gb hard drive, 2xx mb ram, 16mb video card, intel Pentium 4 processor, DVD-rom, wireless card, etc.
My question would be why do you want to upgrade? You could bump up the RAM and save yourself some $$ out of pocket on buying a whole new system.

Only real advantage you'd get by upgrading would be going to a Centrino processor for a little longer battery life...but that's really about it.

PM me with a contact number and I'll look through all the crap we sell and see if you're interested in upgrading, we'll run through some spec's you can look for.
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Old 07-13-2006, 08:51 AM   #18
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^^^I 2nd that. I would start school with the laptop you have now, with maybe a memory upgrade. Then, after going to school for a while and learning what your actual computing needs will be, go for a new one.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:15 AM   #19
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imo i wouldnt get a dell. when i was talking about paying for a name over features, i was primarily thinking about them. yeah, you can get a laptop from dell for $600, but you get next to nothing in features. my mother in law wanted to get my father in law a new laptop so i was put to the task.

for the same price as a cheap dell laptop ($600) got 512mb ram, a 60gb hdd, memory stick reader (read 3 kinds of memory sticks) built in web cam, intel mobile cpu, dual layer dvd burner, etc. made by asus.

try to get all that for a $600 dell. i wouldnt recommend this one because it used intel integrated graphics, and you wanted and good 3d video card. all im saying is, dell is not the way to go IMHO

considering your current laptop, i would also upgrade instead of getting a new one, unless you really feel that you need a better video card. are you going to be playing games on it a lot? ram and hdd are easy to upgrade, and if you want MS office, try your school store. lots of times colleges offer retail software for cheap on an educational license they get under the school name. i got office 2003 pro from my school store for $15. (but i still use open office instead )
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:57 AM   #20
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Another Mac advantage is sleep. Between classes windows users have to reboot and wait. Macs are already booted in sleep and all users need to do is log in
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Old 07-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #21
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^^^I have a Toshiba running XP Pro, and I close & open the screen/lid just the same as I used to with my Powerbooks. In fact, I don't even need to log in
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yeah my current laptop can do the same.
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Old 07-13-2006, 01:51 PM   #23
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imo i wouldnt get a dell.
That's the whole truth right there...Dell is a BUDGET manufacturer...all their parts come from whoever is selling them the cheapest that day and there's no standardization in their systems what-so-ever.

If you're gonna buy new, go with HP, IBM, Toshiba...and as much as it pains me to say it...even Apple.
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Old 07-13-2006, 02:16 PM   #24
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Another Mac advantage is sleep. Between classes windows users have to reboot and wait. Macs are already booted in sleep and all users need to do is log in

xp does that, and it also does hibernate. saves everything in ram to hiberfil.sys. i do it with all my machines, even my desktop in the rare event i shut them down for like a storm, etc.
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i think ill go ahead and get the ram for sure, and if i still feel afterwards that I need to upgrade to a new system, then ill consider some others.
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^^^ you can also get a large performance boost from a new hard drive.

most hard drives that ship in laptops have a 2mb cache. this is relatively small, and i notice a difference between hard drives that have a 2mb cache vs an 8mb cache.

i recently got a new hdd from ebay with an 8mb cache. instant difference. it was a samsung 60gb unit, same size as my hitachi. the msrp is about $70, got it on ebay for $30, including shipping.
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wow, maybe ill look into that too.

when looking for new ram on newegg.com what kind of ram will fit my Dell Inspiron 5160?
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:15 PM   #28
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from crucial:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listpar...5160&submit=Go

so taking that info (its a PC2700 200 PIN SO-DIMM), you can get anything from here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ubCategory=381

your laptop has two memory banks, so you can fit two dimms. i would go for a gig, so two 512mb so-dimms
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Old 07-13-2006, 03:27 PM   #29
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I didn't read through all the posts but I just thought I'd throw it out there that I have a Sony Vaio and I'd recommend it. Last semester my roommates had a mac, an hp, and a dell and they all crashed at least twice, but I've never had any problems (short of things that were my own fault).
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Old 07-13-2006, 07:30 PM   #30
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I just got the basic macbook and I love it, its a quick little guy but if you want to use it for more intense stuff you might want to look at a macbook pro.

It also runs XP through bootcamp with no noticible loss of speed, its a great computer.
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