Need help choosing the right Dell laptop

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  1. gracie123

    gracie123 Registered Member

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    I may be going on a trip very soon and I would like to buy a laptop from Dell to use on my trip. I am just looking for a very basic, not to expensive and not to cheap configuration because I don't want to spend a lot of money. So I have configured the cheapest Dell laptop for the home user and here is what I came up with:

    PROCESSOR Mobile AMD Sempron™ 3500+ (1.8GHz/512KB)
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium
    LCD PANEL 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA Display with TrueLife™(glossy)
    MEMORY 2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHZ, 2 DIMM
    HARD DRIVE 80GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    OPTICAL DRIVE 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
    VIDEO CARD ATI RADEON® Xpress1150 256MB HyperMemory™ (Integrated)
    WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps)

    With this config, would the laptop run Windows Vista well? If anyone has suggestions for the config I came up with, please let me know... I'm just trying to make it where it doesen't cost a lot of money (passed $1000) and basic enough to run Windows Vista well and multiple programs well.

    -Gracie :)
     
  2. WSFuser

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    Vista will run, but the hard drive will slow it down compared to the 7200RPM drives in desktops.

    I think the rest should be fine. Also maybe the Athlon 64 TK-53 would be better. The dual cores would make running multiple programs smoother.
     
  3. coolbluewater

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    Definitely try to get a 7200rpm hard drive for that laptop if you're going to punish it with Vista.
     
  4. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

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    The 5400rpm hdd's perform pretty well imo, thats what i use in my Inspiron 6400. I considered the 7200rpm hdd but i read that it generates more heat and uses more power which i definitely didn't want in a laptop.

    Another thing to consider is the battery, if you are going to be using on the road a higher capacity will really help out.

    I believe Dell may still have option of having XP on you laptop which would perform better than vista on a low spec system and you'd be able to get away with 1 gig of ram making the purchase slightly cheaper.
     
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    Hmmm... I've installed 72000rpm drives in two Compaq (14" and 15.4") laptops over a year ago and haven't had any problems with higher heat issues, and the speed difference is definitely noticeable in both. In a 15.4" form-factor as the OP will be using, heat won't be an issue. Using Seagate drives in both and getting *better* battery life too. :cool:

    @gracie123 - you can read through the following reviews and decide for yourself:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010150380 1035507776&name=7200 RPM
     
  6. JerryM

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    {In a 15.4" form-factor as the OP will be using, heat won't be an issue.}

    Does the 15.4 generate less heat than a 14 inch?

    [Using Seagate drives in both and getting *better* battery life too.]

    Is there a choice in the Dell laptops?

    Thanks,
    Jerery
     
  7. yahoo

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    FYI, there is a good web site on notebooks.

    http://www.notebookreview.com/

    I believe that there are more experts there on notebooks to answer your questions.

    (I do not have any business/personal relationship with the website mentioned. I just think that it may be of some help to you.)

    Good luck!
     
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