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    how to compare spec between laptop and desktop

    I am hunting for a laptop. That will be my first one. The Acer model below is what I am thinking from Newegg:

    Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi NoteBook AMD Turion 64 2GHz 15.4" Wide SXGA+ 1GB DDR333 100GB DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility RADEON X700 - Retail

    I heard laptop components usually do not perform as good as in a desktop system. My concerns go to
    1. AMD Turion 64 2GHz
    2. ATI Mobility RADEON X700
    How these two compare to AMD XP2500+ and Nvidia 6600GT in the desktop world? Performance-wise, am I downgrading or upgrading going from the desktop to laptop?

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    I'll let someone more AMD-ish answer the CPU question, but the video is going backwards. The Radeon X700 tends to be a little slower than the 6600GT in the benchmarks I've seen, and the Radeon X700 Mobility is just a lower-speed version of the X700.

    The benchmarks here do a direct comparison between a desktop 6600GT and an X700 Mobility.


    In general, a laptop will never perform as well as a similarly-specced desktop. Laptop parts are built for (relative) power-economy and low-heat, desktop parts are built for performance grunt. The one you're looking at should be fine for basic gaming though I'd expect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow_cloud
    ... Performance-wise, am I downgrading or upgrading going from the desktop to laptop?
    As Tuttle already hinted,
    I would say downgrade.

    I was fiddling around with a Dell Inspiron 6400 just a few hours ago.
    1.83 HGz Intel Duo, ATi x1400, 1.0 GB DDR2, 100 GB HDD, DVD burner...
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    I agree with the others above unless you go with something like a Top end Dell XPS M170 with a GF 7800 GTX and one of the CPU upgrades.

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    And prepare to pay out the nose for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justintime
    And prepare to pay out the nose for it.

    Well they didn't say anything about cost.

    For that kinda money though you could build one heck a desktop machine.

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    Thanks to all.

    That laptop model costs ~$2k.

    Overall, it is disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow_cloud
    Thanks to all.

    That laptop model costs ~$2k.

    Overall, it is disappointing.
    For the same price you could get a core duo which would run circles around a Turion 2ghz even at 1.83ghz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow_cloud
    ... That laptop model costs ~$2k.

    Overall, it is disappointing.
    Ditto.
    With stated specifications, sounds overpriced.

    For value,
    Wait around for when Dell has their sales on laptops.
    A good sale, pops around every few months.
    You do have to be careful with Dell,
    They use the term sale quite frequently. Justified or not.
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    Thanks, Shinma, for the warning.

    I am now tracking Dell XPS M170 (Pentium-M 2GHz and Nvidia 7800), for $1900. I noticed Dell had a big sale in the week of April the 6th and dropped the price down to $1350. I just missed it

    They now offer 10%-off coupon. And maybe free shipping, too. I will wait for a better deal.

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    They tend to have a good sale once every three/four months.

    Inspect it very carefully when you receive it and run it off the battery as well.
    Do NOT discard a single piece of packaging until you're sure that it is fine.

    I had a friend receive a dud of an Ispiron 6400 with multiple upgrade options.
    Spent an hour on the phone to make arrangements for them to ship a new one.
    Bounced around to four? five? different customer service divisions.
    Female tech appeared to have an attitude, until I said the magic words,
    "What is Dell's phone number for refund process?"
    Things moved at a decent pace after that sentence.
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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    I came across this thread when searching Google for help on whether to buy a laptop or desktop computer but I have just found www.pcchecker.co.uk which might help others in the UK?

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