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Spec my sister a laptop

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by HangTime, 27 Jul 2006.

  1. HangTime

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,101

    Location: Hampshire

    It's my sister's birthday in about a months time and I'm thinking about getting her a laptop. I don't really know much about what is available in terms of lappies so need some advice. She is quite a keen gamer but her current system is pretty dated (P3-500, 384meg ram, 6200 PCI) and I'd like something that can play RPG/strategy games like KOTOR, Dawn of War, AOE3 etc (Oblivion is probably a bit optimistic).


    -Wireless LAN
    -At least 512meg RAM
    -Decent GPU, at least as powerful as a 9700pro

    I don't have a budget per se but I'd prefer something under £650 if possible. I've tried looking around a bit myself but most laptops seem to either:
    a) have dodgy integrated graphics
    b) be expensive
    It's frustrating because it seems that decent GPUs are mostly only available in high-end laptops which I'd rather not be splashing out on.
  2. j00ni


    Joined: 4 Aug 2004

    Posts: 5,622

    Location: Wigan

    I would recommend a Dell Inspiron 6400 based system. The website allows you to customise the base system, and for £648 (incl VAT & del) you can get:

    Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2050 (1.60 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
    Windows® XP Home Edition, SP2
    15.4" Wide Screen WXGA (1280 x 800) Display
    512MB 533MHz Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM (1x512)
    60GB (5,400rpm) Hard Drive
    8x DVD/24x CDRW Combo Drive
    128MB ATI® Mobility™ Radeon® X1300 HyperMemory™ graphics card
    Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini PCI Wireless LAN Card for Duo Processors

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dell...7645&rbc=N07645&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsrsinspn_6400_4 (link to configure system, not to the altered spec above)

    The X1300 will be slower than the 9700pro, but not massively so, and for the money you are looking to spend I don't think you will get much better in a new system (especially from such a reputable manufacturer). And I would imagine that you will have to go second hand to get a better system.

    For a further £70 you could get the 256Mb X1400 card (though this could be partially offset by downgrading the CPU to a solo core 1.86GHz).

    The system could also do with anothe 512 stick of RAM, but I would get this from another source separately and install it yourself, rather than shell out the £141 Dell are asking for the upgrade.
  3. HangTime

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 29,101

    Location: Hampshire

    Looks OK apart from the hypermemory graphics :(
    Cheers anyway, it seems an increased budget is in order.

    Christ, I've just noticed Dell charge over £450 to upgrade a x1400 HM to a 7900go!
  4. V For Vendetta


    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 227

    I know i sound like a pimp but try zepto, their systems are totally customizable, you can even choose Matte or Glare screens, and the 6214
    and 15 models come with Nvidia 7600's
  5. lay-z-boy


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 9,231

    Location: Nantwich

    second hand 9300 with a go6800?

    would be a very good spec as well.
  6. rgzcampbell


    Joined: 4 Nov 2002

    Posts: 706

    Location: Blairgowrie

    What about an Acer Aspire 5612WLMi Notebook
    (1.6GHz Core Duo T2300, 1GB DDR2, 100GB, DVD±RW DL, 15.4" TFT 7300go) can be had for £659
  7. Rambaud

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Apr 2003

    Posts: 1,978

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Just replaced my Dell Inspiron 7000 with an Inspiron 6400 from OcUK.

    £615.59 including next day delivery.