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I'm looking to purchase a laptop in the next month or two, in readiness for me moving away to university.
It wont be for the commute as such, it'll probably just be on a desk, so I think I would prefer a larger screen over portability.
I do like to play games on my home PC, but not to a great extent, just a bit of AOE3 and Total War Series every now and again. It's a very old PC, that just struggles through with this type of game, so if the laptop i'm looking for could play games, that would be a bonus. But it wouldn't have to be to a high standard, as im used to a bit (a lot!) of lag.
Budget is pretty much set, but i suppose i could be flexible with an extra £20/£30.
Thats basically it I guess! I'm not very up to speed with matters of this kind, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Dell could be your best bet. A friend just got one and it is a very nice Laptop.
We chose the basic £429 and upgraded a bit to £499 (Processor, hard drive and colour mainly - the colour upgrade looks free now) but even if you don't its still very reasonable as it stands.
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5550 - 1.83 GHz
2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
£429 includes delivery (I believe).
The X3100 graphics is OK at older games (it runs Sims 2 well on my friends laptop), its not the best grapics, but at £400 there isn't much else.
Currys, Comet, PC World all stock laptops from £300-ish.
I've just bought a Samsung R60 which is quite a nice piece of kit, but I noticed loads at £400 so the choice is yours (so to speak).
Just make sure you get around 2Ghz processor, Vista Home Premium and 2GB RAM. If those games need a graphics card you'll need to factor that into your choice too.
Configuring a 1525 from Dell can give you a different answer each time (my experience) and everything you add bumps the price up a little bit so don't be suprised at getting your desired spec quoted at £600 if you're not careful. Ha !
Also take a good look at viewing angles and reflections on the display if that's important to you.
Best of luck.
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