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ive normally used desktop pcs but am looking to replace my current Dell Dimension E520 for a laptop. A few basic questions i would like answering thanks.
Firstly, why are the processors lower speeds? Typical desktop's seem to be above 2.6Ghz (mine is 3.06Ghz Intel Celeron C Duo), yet most laptops i look at only seem to be around 1.8Ghz. Do they not need to be as high as a desktop?
Second, rather dumb question really can i still use a mouse, gamepas and other USB connections?
Finally, what would be a good price for what im looking for? I would require something along the lines minimum of:
As long as it can handle the latest games, multi-tasking, photoshop etc
1 DVD Writer
Bluetooth - (can you get integrated?)
OS: Not important, got my good 'ol XP disk, far better then crappy vista!
Price Range: Not sure what i could get for around that spec (NEW), id be looking to spend around £400, please reccomend some cheap sites with good offers.
Many questions i hope to be answered cheers.
Not good enough for Vista.
"CPU:As long as it can handle the latest games, multi-tasking, photoshop etc"
More RAM and a better CPU needed than you'll probably get for £400, especially to play the latest games well (when also including a better graphics card).
"OS: Not important, got my good 'ol XP disk, far better then crappy vista!"
The OS is important as you might not be able to get XP drivers for the laptop, especially the SATA hard drive, which it probably will have installed.
Looking for a new laptop...the list is endless,however to play the latest games,you really need to look in the £500 bracket and upwards.
Some here for starters,but do check your games first and the spec needed. click here
Dell offer very reasonable prices with excellent service...and thats speaking from experience.
As Maj says,you need 2GB for vista to run effectively,look for something Core2duo/dual core cpu's
Vista offers directx 10,xp does not...well not yet anyway.
You maybe limited in the graphics department though....do your research first.
Do not go and buy a machine and find that your games will not play because the machine is under spec.
"The OS is important as you might not be able to get XP drivers for the laptop, especially the SATA hard drive, which it probably will have installed."
is there a workaround so i know i could use XP? i really dont want to go back on vista if i can.
"Vista offers directx 10,xp does not...well not yet anyway."
Yes, but i think DX10 doesnt support some old games (i still like the classics) which i find vista no good for, oldies dont work on it. As long as i can play games like GTA, Fifa, Halo, Assasins creed etc that would be ok.
Thanks so far :)
You can still get some laptops with XP. Have a look at Misco for example.
thanks for the site, having a look now.
> is there a difference in a laptop/notebook? or is it just the name?
> are the parts easily upgradable like a desktop, or are the fixed?
> whats the main difference in a laptop/desktop apart from the obvious, size?
You can still get some laptops with XP. Have a look at Misco for example. But I don't think that you'll get the CPU, RAM or graphics (a lot have onboard/shared graphics) for the latest games at £400.
Why do you want a laptop instead of a desktop? I think that you generally get more power for the price with a desktop.
you wont get a laptop to play the latest games for anywhere near £400
"is there a difference in a laptop/notebook? or is it just the name? "
Basically the same thing.
"are the parts easily upgradable like a desktop, or are the fixed?"
No,im afraid you are pretty much stuck with the factory hardware,exceptions are the ram can be upgraded to more or less,graphics you are stuck with as with the cpu...though these can be changed but rarely needed if you buy dual core/core2duo.
If for example the motherboard failed on the laptop,its normally cheaper to buy a new laptop than repairing it.
"whats the main difference in a laptop/desktop apart from the obvious, size"
You get a lot more for your money with a desktop than a laptop and easily upgraded.
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