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Posted by karen on 05-09-2008 01:01 AM:

Finalists

Thanks macker (and everyone else) for your help.

I have it narrowed down to two, which cost almost the same amount of money.

Keep in mind I am not a gamer.
I'm 99% sure I'm buyng one of these. So...

assuming the following two systems are the same price(because they pretty much are), which would you choose, between the two?

quote:
Inspiron 1520 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache) CT83HN [223-5726]
Operating System (Office software not included) Genuine Windows® XP Professional WPXP [310-8617][313-5812][412-0689][420-4775][420-4928][420-5769][420-5924][420-7024][420-7622][463-2282]
System Color Jet Black BLK [313-5395]
Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz 4G2D [311-7216]
LCD Panel Anti-glare, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) 15XGA [320-5459]
Video Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 INTAC [320-5457]
Hard Drive Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) 320GB [341-5453]
Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem INTNIC [430-0493]
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1 ADOBER [420-7468]
Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive) 8XDVDRW [313-5197][420-8183]
Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0 IS [313-4783]
Wireless Networking Cards Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card IP4965 [430-2337]
Camera Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam DCAMERA [320-5691]
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) Microsoft® Works Plus 2008 WSTE08E [420-7770]
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 24-months MC924M [410-1162]
Battery Options 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell) 6BAT [312-0525]
Warranty & Service 1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support S1OS [412-0360][950-3337][950-9797][960-2780][983-3070][987-5427]
Dial-Up Internet Access No ISP requested NISPFSS [461-3063]
Digital Media Editing Software Adobe Photoshop Elements + Adobe Premiere Elements APEPEE [410-1168]
Doms Camera Module Jet Black color w/ 2.0M pixel Camera DBLKWC [320-5806]
Processor Branding Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor ICNSNB [310-9348]
Labels Windows XP™ VCN [310-8624]
DataSafe Online Backup Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr




OR

quote:
Inspiron 1525 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista ® Ultimate Edition
System Color Spring Green
Memory 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
LCD Panel Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
Video Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Hard Drive Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
Network Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Modem Integrated Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0
Wireless Networking Cards Intel Next -Gen Wireless -N Mini-card
Camera Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) Microsoft® Works Plus 2008
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 30-Days
Battery Options 56Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)
Carry Case Free! Nylon Backpack Carrying Case
Warranty & Service 2Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
Dial-Up Internet Access No ISP requested
Digital Media Editing Software Adobe Photoshop Elements + Adobe Premiere Elements
Bluetooth Option Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
Labels Intel#174; Centrino#174; Processor
Labels Windows Vista™ Premium
DataSafe Online Backup Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr


Posted by SocialParasite on 05-09-2008 01:11 AM:

Avoid the Vista machine unless you really like being annoyed while performing simple tasks.

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Posted by ignatz mouse on 05-09-2008 02:24 AM:

I don't love Vista, but I haven't had any problems with it. I would get the longest warranty you can.

PS. Why are you going with Dell, any reason?


Posted by Smug Git on 05-09-2008 02:51 AM:

I would say that 4GB of RAM will be enough to run Vista and it'd be OK. But XP Pro certainly is familiar and if you're not planning on web developing (for which IIS 7 would be cool) and you don't need directX10, I guess you should consider how adventurous you feel.

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Posted by Aydin on 05-09-2008 03:25 AM:

I bought a Dell laptop in February and went with XP.

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Posted by dogcow on 05-09-2008 10:30 AM:

vista really isn't that bad. it's got lots of small improvements that will make your life easier. just turn off user access control (or whatever it's called) and you'll be ok.

edit: might as well turn off hd indexing too 'cos it's no good. and maybe the auto hd back up stuff while you're at it.

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Posted by dogcow on 05-09-2008 10:31 AM:

also, google desktop search is teh awesome.

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Posted by karen on 05-09-2008 03:58 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by ignatz mouse
I don't love Vista, but I haven't had any problems with it. I would get the longest warranty you can.

PS. Why are you going with Dell, any reason?



30% discount, an additional instant discount, and free ship.
Also, I'm not as confident in my computer building ability as I used to be. I've only built regular PCs, and the laptop is not something I'm comfortable with making from scratch. It's been so long, that I barely remember how to put anything together, too.
Not to mention that I've been so removed from the "scene"( ) that I'm not even sure what specs are necessary now.
Also, Dell has a reasonably ok CS record(the least shit of the shit, anyway).
Figured I'd try my luck with them.


Posted by Smug Git on 05-09-2008 04:29 PM:

I tend to buy Dell stuff myself, not had any real problems with them.

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Posted by Trenchant_Troll on 05-09-2008 05:06 PM:

Same here Smug.

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Posted by karen on 05-10-2008 03:32 AM:

ended up getting the Vista build 17". The 17" Vista one is the size that allowed me to get anti-glare, so I took it. It's replacing a desktop anyway. We'll be using the crap laptop for carrying around. Otherwise, we'll be using the good one in our room.

Thanks for the help everyone!


Posted by Dead_Inside on 05-10-2008 03:38 AM:

Can I still vote?


Posted by Large Filipino on 05-10-2008 04:08 AM:

HEY! Where's the MAC option?

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Posted by Aydin on 05-10-2008 04:12 AM:

Didn't make the first quarter-final round.

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Posted by DevilMoon on 05-10-2008 07:42 AM:

I voted the Fuck You LF you Fucking Fuck option, hope that didn't influence anything. I'd have voted Mac too.


Posted by karen on 05-15-2008 02:10 AM:

got the new computer today.

I have to say that I actually like Vista so far.
*hides in shame*


Posted by Smug Git on 05-15-2008 02:19 AM:

quote:
Originally posted by DevilMoon
I'd have voted Mac too.


I gather that it's important to get the one with the internal DVD burner.
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Posted by fubar on 05-15-2008 02:29 AM:

I knew you were a gatherer.


Posted by FuhQall on 05-15-2008 01:45 PM:

quote:
Originally posted by karen
got the new computer today.

I have to say that I actually like Vista so far.
*hides in shame*

You are a filthy minx, aren't you?
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