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  • Dell Inspiron 8600

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  1. #1
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    $3K laptop, help me choose.

    About every 3 years or so my company give me money for a laptop. It is also my ONLY work machine. When I get to work I plug it into a 21" monitor and use USB KB/Mouse. This time they say ~$3000, so here is what I've come up with. All have their strengths and weaknesses, but which would you choose? Like I said, I'll have to use it for the next 3 years, and they'll all be repartitioned and have some for of Linux installed. And the nominees are:

    Dell Inspiron 8600
    $3,084

    Pentium®M Processor,1.7 GHz
    15.4 in WSXGA+
    Windows® XP Professional
    1GB,DDR,333MHz 2 Dimms
    64MB DDR NVIDIA® GeForce™4 4200 Go AGP 4X Graphics Upgrade!
    4x CD/DVD burner (DVD+RW/+R)
    40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Dell TrueMobile™ 1400 DualBand WLAN (802.11a/b/g, 54Mbps) miniPCI Card
    FREE! Dell TrueMobile 2300 Router w/ 1yr warranty w/ miniPCI Card purchase
    Office Professional 2003 with Money®

    Apple 15" Powerbook
    $2,999

    1.25GHz PowerPC G4
    1GB DDR333 SDRAM - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
    80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 4200 rpm
    SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme Card
    15.2-inch TFT Display


    AlienWare Area-51m™ Enthusiast
    $2,998

    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.0GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
    Area-51m Case with 15.4" WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD Display
    Windows® XP Professional
    1024MB DDR PC-2700
    AREA-51M NVIDIA FX go5600 Module with 128MB DDR
    2x1x8x DVD-RW / 16x10x24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
    Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache
    Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC and Modem
    Last edited by NewBlackDak; October 12th, 2003 at 11:51 PM.
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

  2. #2
    Go for Alienware and get a nice colorfull one

    PEace...

  3. #3
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    have you considered an IBM?

    the T or A series should be around 3K meeting the same specs as the DELL.

    I got a DELL last year, and its ok....I've seen/used the IBM lappies, and they're a much better build IMO. and I hate how quickly DELL discontinues support for their laptops! I can't even get a replacement for my spare battery cause the battery model has been discontinued...WTF...1 year?!

    this would be my list in order of preference from the options you listed.

    1. IBM
    2. DELL
    3. Alienware (who makes them for Alienware?)
    4. Apple
    5. if hell freezes over...Compaq.


    good luck!

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    I would buy an eMachine for 1/3rd of that budget. . . . No wait. It is a company work machine.

    The software suite with the Dell would swing it that way for me. Both the Alienware and the Dell have the WSXGA screens. That would be quite the treat when using just the laptop display.

    I am not sure which DVD burner I would prefer.

    The P4 will be a power hog, don't know about the PIIIm @1.7.

    Tough decision there. Do you have to buy it soon?
    Last edited by Leoslocks; October 13th, 2003 at 01:21 PM.

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    Have to buy this week!!
    I was supposed to have it done already. I'll go to IBMs site, and try to configure one close, and see what I come up with.
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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    Well I went to the site, and did a few configs. You can't even Get a GB of ram or a DVD burner. You can't get processors as fast. The closest config I could do to the Dell was almost $1000 more. Who pays $1000 more for LESS machine?
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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    The alienware would be my choice. Since this is basically a "desktop replacement", I'd get the closests thing to it. Sure, battery life will be minute, to say the least, but it will run circles around all those other laptops. The hard drive is the real bonus IMO. All those others will most likely be running slow 4200rpm or if you're lucky perhaps 5400rpm hard drives. From reviews, that Hitachi drive appears to be one quick little demon.

    I agreee that IBM builds one of the, if not the, most solid laptops around, but if you have to sacrifice so much performance for a similarily priced system, it's just not worth it.

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    Originally posted by RDX
    The hard drive is the real bonus IMO. All those others will most likely be running slow 4200rpm or if you're lucky perhaps 5400rpm hard drives. From reviews, that Hitachi drive appears to be one quick little demon.
    Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache

    I missed that. . . I would definately get the Alienware!

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    The Alienware would be my choice, provided you're not too fussed about battery life. The full P4 processor and 7200 rpm hard drive will use your batteries up real quick.

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    yea get the alienware in that nice green colour!! but a laptop with a 7200RPM harddrive i never know they made laptops with that speed drive so id go for that!
    Gigabyte Z87M-D3H l Pentium DC 3.2GHz l 16GB Ram l 64GB OCZ SSD l Radeon 7750 OC Edition l Windows 7 Ultimate X64
    Dell OptiPlex 745 l Intel C2D E6600 2.4GHz l 4GB Ram l 64GB OCZ SSD l Windows 7 Ultimate X64
    Lenovo ThinkPad T61 l C2D T7700 2.4GHz l 8GB Ram l 60GB Kingston SSD l Windows 7 Ultimate X64

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    ordered the Alienware

    There is a $200 discount if you order the 16" in Conspiracy Blue, so I did that. I turned in the PO for 3400, and they signed off on it!! It's the same config, only has " Area-51m Case with 16.1" UltraXGA 1600x1200 LCD Display". Our logo is silver on blue, and that will be silk-screened on it too. Can't wait to play with it!!
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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    Re: $3K laptop, help me choose.

    Originally posted by NewBlackDak
    Like I said, I'll have to use it for the next 3 years
    i pity you. i've only had my laptop 18 months and i'm sick of the sight of it!
    Clevo P150HM - Intel Core i7-2760QM Sandy Bridge - 16Gb 1333Mhz DDR3 RAM - SanDisk Extreme 240Gb SSD - Radeon 6990M @ 740/1000

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    The only saving grace is when I get one, they don't say spend $1200. I get to go pretty top-of-the-lin when I buy. It lasts a little longer that way. I don't think a 1GHz PIV with a gig of ram will be feeling slow any time soon. I'm sure at the end of it's life it will, but the one I'm on still does allright.
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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    Are you limited to just those? Since Alienware is in the mix I assume you may play some games?
    This is the next model up from the AlienWare, Includes the Mobility 9600 w 128 (not shared), and popout Mp3 Player and A built it TV Tuner. Also included in the $3K is 3.2, 1Gb Ram, and DVD writer. Been using them for quite a while and have never had any problems. They also offer the business lease.

    Pro Star

    16.0" SXGA TFT Intel Pentium 4 , 3.20 Ghz 40GB 512MB $2,550.00

    16" SXGA Active Matrix Display,
    8X AGP ATI M10-P Mobility™ Radeon™ 3D Accelerator
    Intel Pentium 4 with HT Technology Processor 3.20 Ghz
    512 MB SDRAM up to 1024 MB
    24X Max. Variable CD-ROM, Optional DVD/R-RW Combo Drive, DVD/CDRW Combo Drive, 8X Max. Variable DVD-ROM *
    Built-in TV-Tuner with Multi-Function Remote Control
    1 Portable MP3 Player with 64MB SD Memory Card
    Windows XP Home Edition, Optional Windows 2000 PRO, Windows XP Professional Edition,
    1 Li-ION Battery
    Built-In 56K V90 FAX/MODEM and 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Lan Card

    Does no one shop at Pro-star? This a fabulous machine for 2,550.

    Upping to a GB ram($190) , and DVD-R/RW($275) and WinXP Pro ($90)

    And there is still another media bay for a normal CD, CDRW or Battery. Pro Star
    AMD64 3200, 1 Gb Ram, ATI 9800xt(256)
    AMD 2700+, 1Gb Ram, Geforce4600 VIVO
    AMD 2000+, 1 1/8Gb Ram, ATI 8500 (128)
    AMD 1800+, 1Gb Ram, ATI 9600 pro(128)
    Intel 1.6Ghz (478), 768Mb Ram, 8500 (128)

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    I've never heard of them.

    I did check them out just then, and the ATI card would be more important to me not for gamign, but form image quality. ALOT of what I do on my work machine is writing scripts and code. A big screen that looks good is important.

    I thought about cancelling the Alienware, but I've never heard of this company, and and have no clue about repair or warranty work.
    Opteron 148@2805(255x11-1.4v)
    Stock cooling(until I get a water block)
    Asrock 939Dual-SATAII
    1GB PC3200 OCZ Gold EL(2-2-2-8-2 1T 5:6 Divider)
    Sapphire X800GTO2(520/580 - Unlocked 16 Pipes)
    Antec TruePower 550 vmodded
    2x Western Digital WD-1200JS(RAID0)
    Lite-ON 1633S DVDRW
    Gentoo 2.6.14-nitro2

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