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    I see there's a 30% off coupon available until next week on Dell Inspiron laptops. I priced the following for about $1500.

    Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5GHz/800Mhz FSB/6MB cache)
    Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate
    High Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1920 x 1200)
    256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
    250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
    Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card

    Unfortunately, 800Mhz RAM isn't available and neither is a 7200 RPM hard drive. Because of the 30% off, I was thinking about pulling the trigger. The other option would be to wait until May. I'm not good at waiting.

  • #2
    Be careful with glossy screens, they can glare pretty bad in well lit rooms. Remember that Vista is also a memory hog. It doesn't sound bad, but what would be the advantage of waiting until May?
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    • #3
      deals2buy.com has great deal 'codes' for dells... you'll find they are consistently on sale 24/7 in one form or another.
      www.ableminded.net

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      • #4
        Thats not bad for a 45nm laptop. I just spec'ed out a Thinkpad equivalent for someone and that thing was $1800 with a lesser CPU (3mb cache).

        While the HDD is not 7200, platter density might compensate for the speed difference. Or check the website again to see if 7200 rpm drives are available to order on that particular day. Also, you might save even more by going to 2 or 3 MB RAM considering Dell's overpriced RAM. Especially if that version of Vista is not 64bit, 32bit will only address ~3 MB, and even then 3 MB RAM has dubious benefit in comparison to 2 MB.

        But 30% off is a top-range % off coupon, so if you like it, I'd say go for it. I'd be surprised if they would be making those available in the spring/summer looking back historically.

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        • #5
          I second Andys RAM.

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          • #6
            It was only $50 to go from 3GB of RAM to 4.

            I'm using a code I got from the gotApex site Andy showed me last year about this time (thanks for that ans the SP1 tip a few weeks ago).

            I didn't like the glossy screens until a few weeks ago. I run a triple display using a MatroxDualHead2Go with 2 19" widescreen monitors. The latest monitor I got is glossy, while the laptop's display and older 19" monitor are not.

            Thanks for the feedback.

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            • #7
              I waited over a month, but have ordered hat's listed below:

              Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor2 X7900 (2.80GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
              3072MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (1-1024MB & 1-2048 MB module)
              400GB 7200rpm Serial ATA hard drive w/ 16MB Cache (2-200GB)4
              8x Multi-format Dual Layer Tray Load DVD-RW w/ DVD-RAM, 1x HD DVD-ROM
              NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8800GTS with 512MB of GDDR3 discrete video memory
              Intel® PM965 Chipset
              17.0" WUXGA TFT Active Matrix (1920 x 1200 max. resolution)
              Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Web Cam
              Intel® 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless Networking

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              • #8
                Congrats on the new laptop! Certainly looks like it was worth the wait. It seems odd that you would go from 6 MB of L2 cache down to 4 MB of L2 cache.

                $1500?
                The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                --General George Patton

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                • #9
                  I don't think thats a laptop he bought there, I didn't think they made the 8800gts for laptops but I could be wrong.

                  He also said 2x200gb harddrives and laptops usually don't have 2 harddrives hah
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                  • #10
                    I'm thinking desktop too - amazing if that much STUFF can be crammed into a laptop, although he did say it was a '17 which must be pretty big! I just got a Latitude D531 15.4" and when I got it I was struck by its width - its surely the widest 15.4 inches I ever saw!

                    Tom

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                    • #11
                      If not a laptop, I would have got a bigger screen.

                      Chris.
                      Have you ever seen a human heart? It looks like a fist wrapped in blood! Larry in 'Closer', a play by Partick Marber

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                      • #12
                        That's a laptop, current Dell 17" chassis can run 2x hard drives.

                        And wow, unlocked multiplier CPU...that's gotta cost some $$$. Do you have access to the FSB in the BIOS?

                        That's pretty much top end laptop stuff there, enjoy! I like the 200GB 7200 drives, those will take care of the big laptop bottleneck for sure, great transfer and access times.

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                        • #13
                          This is a pre-configured Gateway laptop that is on order: http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529667907.php

                          It is only a 17" screen, but I have two 19" monitors that I'll run my triple display with. And I have a DVI to HDMI cable so I can run it on a 46" 1080p LCD if needed.

                          It's about double the $1500 I was going to spend, but they found some money at work for a project I'm involved in. So I get a lot better computer for free.

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                          • #14
                            Holly cow, that is one powerful laptop, i had no idea! awesome, but now I can see once I looked at the price hah wowwsa!
                            should be fun!


                            I have an Dell Insprion, its only duo 1.83/2 gigs ddr/140 gig harddrive/crap graphics card/sound blaster audigty/dvd cd-writer/15.4" and it was around 800

                            But I love it, its not huge, and I can take it to class, i only use it to take notes and programming. But if i'm gaming, I have to be doing it on a desktop with a 22" display!
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