My New Gaming Rig - Laptop

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  1. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Looks like Dell has settled my mind on the whole PC/Mac debate. 0% interest till Nov 1, 2007!!!!!

    So, here's my specs:
    - Inspirion E1705
    - Core 2 Duo T7400 (4mb Cache/2.16 Ghz/667 MHz FSB)
    - Win. Media Center (but I'm gonna reload with XP pro)
    - 17" UltraSharp, Wide Screen UXGA Display
    - 2 Gb Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM @ 667 MHz
    - 256 MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 GS
    - 120 GB 5400 SATA HD
    - 8x Dual Layer DVD Burner
    - Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy
    - 80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Premium Battery
    - 3 year @ home warranty + Accidental Damage
    - Dell 1390b/g Wireless card
    - Dell 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
    - Norton System Work 2k6

    All that for only $2,600. :bowdown: //EDIT: Price after changing around componets and BEFORE tax = $1,831.81 but I got 20% off for student discount.

    Shit....now I just hope it works. :)

    http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/entnb_e1705?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
     
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  2. jdubb5005

    jdubb5005 I live in a giant bucket.

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    Wow, you could have done that in desktop format for about 1500, why the laptop? Get 2 machines one for the go and one for at home still about 2600 and you are versatile to any need.
     
  3. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I want a laptop for school and games are important to me. I've definitely thought about the desktop gaming PCs...that's what I have always used....but the thought of a gaming laptop is very appealing. Plus I'd build my own desktop instead of Dell.

    Also, the no interest for 1 year only applies to the 1505, 1705 and the XPS line of laptops...it doesn't even apply to desktops. I'm graduating in May of 07 and I'll head back to work then....I don't have to pay off the laptop till Nov 1, 2007 so that's a HUGE incentive. So I get a pimped out laptop (I'm saving almost $1,000 due to student and other discounts) and only minimum payments for a year. It's kinda hard to ignore all that.
     
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    Maybe he needs to game when he's on the move? I agree though, splurge on a desktop, get a good portable with so-so performance, sturdy, and excellent battery life.
     
  5. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    haha I'd like to think I "need" to game on the go but it's obviously a want.

    So what...you guys think this is a bad deal?? I haven't pulled the trigger on it yet....got 5 days till the financing offer runs out.

    Keep in mind...the whole point is to postpone paying for a new system till after graduation.
     
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    Like the other guy said, that thing's gonna be a beast to lug around. It boils down to what you need (want) to do with your laptop. If you want to use it to play games, and you want to do it anywhere, then I guess go for it. If you want it for work or anything else, than get something more portable. My friend actually bought that same model, when it was a Core 1 Duo, and that thing was a bitch to carry around campus. It had a really nice screen though.

    If I had 2600, I'd splurge on a 17" macbook pro, just because its so light for its size. The video card is only an x1600, but I don't game on laptops really. But yeah, apple doesn't have that kind of financing deal.
     
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    i would get Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7200 over T7400 coz only less than 5% faster and save almost $200.
     
  9. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    :rofl:

    No kidding. I stopped by the Dell Direct store here and was playing around with one, it wasn't as heavy as you might think...only 2-3 lbs heavier than the 1505 but still under 10lbs.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Oh man...I stopped by the apple store and the MBPs are very nice. If they had the same financing I'd jump all over it but they only have 3 months no interest.

    Funny thing is....prior to today, I had only seen macbooks around campus and only a couple of them. This morning I saw 2 MBPs....yeah...it was hard to keep from staring. :)
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Good point...I look into that. Thanks!
     
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    samm Next in Line

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    What functionality is the macbook pro missing compared to the Dell you speced out?

    edit: sorry, you said *financing*, reading comphrension owns me =\
     
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    Starting at 7.65 lbs.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    lol yep...I just got off the phone with Apple corporate and they can't make any special deals to compete with the Dell financing. Crap.
     
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    o2 Witty Title Here OT Supporter

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    Battery life. Im getting 6 hours on my dell.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Are you using the 9 cell Lithium Ion Premium Battery?
     
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    o2 Witty Title Here OT Supporter

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    I got a 9cell battery... thats all I know.

    I also got a 640m, so the screen is smaller.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Ok...thanks again for the suggestions....I reconfigured a bit.

    Swapped out the CPU to the T7200 (4 MB Cache / 2.00 GHz / 667 MHz FSB),
    dumped Norton System Works
    dumped the Ultra Sharp TrueLife display now I have the 17" Wide Screen XGA+

    now I'm just a tad over $2,000.

    I'm about ready to pull the trigger on this one....any other suggestions.
     
  19. Bona Fide

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    1. Fuck that Audigy software bullshit. A pair of $20 speakers will do much more for you than any software audio enhancements.

    2. Do you need the 3-year warranty? I usually stick to the 1-year warranty, and my CC automatically doubles all manufacturer's warranties. It's worth looking into if you have Visa or Mastercard, or any CC that does that program.

    3. Drop down to 1GB DDR2-533 and buy the 2GB separately off Newegg. You should save ~$50 from what I've heard.
     
  20. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I just realized that I'm quoting the final delivered price with tax and shipping and handling. The price before those (which is what I think most people quote) is $1,831.81.

    #1) Yeah I thought about that...it's got built in speakers and I don't really want to add externals. Hell I don't even know what a software sound enhancement even does. LOL

    #2) HEre's the deal about the 3 year warranty, it's got accidental damage with it. AND I get ~$250 off if I purchase it. So that means for 3 years if I drop it or spll something on it, it's replaced/repaired for free. With the discount, I feel much better having it.

    #3) I'll check that out...thanks.
     
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    Why'd u drop the screen option?
     
  22. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    3 reasons

    1) More expensive
    2) It's not a non-glare screen and I'm not sure I'd like that.
    3) Watched my friend with the 1505 non-glare screen play games and it looks fine.

    OH and that damned SB software is standard, no way to get rid of it. :(
     
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    They probably didn't mention how the interest still accumulates between now and the date of your first payment. Someone told me he figured it out the hard way.
     
  24. Bona Fide

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    Well then maybe go for the 2-year with accident coverage, and put it on your credit card. Usually what they do is double any and ALL coverage provided.
     
  25. Bona Fide

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    Oh, and if you already haven't used a discount, try this one:

    www.deals2buy.com/delldeals

    There's a coupon there for 20% off any order of $999 or more.
     

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