$3K laptop, help me choose.
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  • Dell Inspiron 8600

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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

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