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Old 21-05-10   #1
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Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop


Okay so Here's the deal......

Currently I've got a Desktop (two actually) with the following config

Intel C2D E6600 (1st gen) - 4mb cache 2.4 GHZ which OC's easily to 3.4 stable on air
Palit N73PV motherboard
RAM - 2 GB OCZ Platinum 1066 or 800 MHZ (Dont remember what speed exactly)
320 GB WD
LG DVDRW
an HTPC Cabby

and the monitor and other nick knacks... which has developed an issue and is ending up with a BSOD every 2-3 minutes. I'm sure the onboard video has gone bad because its giving weird errors which is common when an Nvidia onboard goes bad. This can be fixed with an GFX card which I'm sure I have somewhere lying around.

Now the question is.
I can sell this rig for about 7-8 K without the monitor put another 7-8 K and buy a 1 or 2 yr old 2nd hand lappy.

I am in the need of a laptop right now and I'm very tempted to do this. but at the same time I can simply fix this machine and keep using it because 7-8 K is not the right value of a rig that is still functioning and has served me as a workhorse for almost 3 years now.

so epinion required should I do it and spend 7-8 K ?
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

Whatever's more useful, really. You said you *need* a laptop. So then sell it and get one.
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

If you're getting a chance & reason to sell your desktop then do it.. 7-8 is a decent price which you may not get months down the line.. my Personal experience here.. Also you have another desktop so its settled then..

Now what kind of config do you expect to find in an 18ksish 2nd hand lappy.. Will it suffice your needs..?? Perhaps u might need to add a gig or 2 of RAM to it ..
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

TBH, I'd rather have the power of the rig than a laptop ( since I've experienced both full time ) but nothing can beat the portability of a laptop.
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get a laptop. but let me tell you, that second hand laptop will be slower than your desktop. esp on battery mode.
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It'll be slower than the desktop even when its plugged in.
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

if financially possible, keep the rig with some old gpu and get a second hand laptop for your needs. or maybe a new basic netbook if that suits you.

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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

ill have a mint condition lenovo s10 on sale soon. gf got it as a gift but since shes got a mbp .. its just lying in a drawer.. just incase u have a netbook in mind.. .. pm me a price which u think is right.. i can send u pics tomorrow evening if ur interested ..
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

I am confused out of my mind right now ... I do need a laptop ... I was thinking I'll get my credit card by the end of this month but this hasn't happened yet. I have some spare money but thats not enough to buy a new lappy.
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^ Then wait till you get the Credit Card ...
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

and buy a cheap mobo to keep the desktop chugging along.
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

Okay so here's an update....

I'm getting this for 15 K = A sony vaio FZ series lappy with a faulty battery should I go for it ?


Processor:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7100 1.8 GHZ

Hard Drive:
160GB 5400rpm Serial-ATA

Memory:
2048MB (4096MB max) PC2-5300 | Memory Slots available for Upgrade: 0 | Maximum RAM per available slot: 2048MB

Optical Drives:
Dual Layer DVD±RW drive: DVD+R DL Write : 4x max.; DVD+R Write : 8x max. ; DVD+RW Write : 8x max.; DVD-R Write : 8x max. ;DVD-RW Write : 6x max. ; CD-R Write : 24x max. ; CD-RW Write : 16x max.; CD Read : 24x max. ; DVD Read : 8x max.; DVD-R DL Write : 4x max.; DVD-RAM Read : 5x max.

Cache:
2MB Advanced Smart Cache
Graphics and Audio

Screen:
15.4" WXGA LCD XBRITE ECO (Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels)

Graphics card:
Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (358MB shared)

Audio card:
Sony Sound Reality - Audio Enhancer

Speakers:
Built-in stereo
Connectivity & Interface

Networking:
Intel PRO/Wireless 4965 (802.11a/b/g/n), V92/90 modem, 10/100Base-TX Ethernet

Ports/Slots:
microphone in, Memory Stick Duo™ media with MagicGate™, ExpressCard™/34 Slot, USB2.0, FireWire/iLink, VGA out (Monitor), TV out, Line-In, Ethernet Jack

Mouse/Pointer:
Electro-Static touch pad

Keyboard:
QWERTY, 82 keys with 2mm stroke and 19.05mm pitch
Power & Dimensions

Battery [Life]:
Lithium-ion [4.0hrs max]

Power Req:
86W+10%

Size:
14 x 0.98/1.4 x 10.02 inches

Weight:
5.8 lbs (2.6 kg)
Supplied Accessories

Supplied:
Battery

Supplied:
AC adapter

Supplied:
Software Package

Supplied:
built-in camera and microphone
Operating System & Software

OS:
Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium

Software:
Free Productivity, Internet & Graphics Software Bundle
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Re: Need Your Epinion - Laptop or Desktop

looks good. things to check:
a. dvd drive.
b. wi-fi.
c. bluetooth.
d. adapter - any boils, faltu heating.
e. cost of new battery.
f. all the ports, esp lan, vga and usb.
g. any signs of breakage at the hinge.
h. any signs of extra wear and tear in the D/C jack inlet ( sometimes these are soldered to m/b. so if they break, mb gone)

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also, if possible get the health of the lcd invertor cable checked. it breaks with lid open/close and renders the laptop unusable.
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Check to see if all the keys work ..

Overheating issues as well.
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and explore if sony sells ext. warranty still. just a thought there.
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