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globe
30-05-2011, 07:44 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=363/ID=15760/SID=280780996/productdetails.html

Seems good value compared to the prices I've seen at other shops. Would want it for light photoshop, web, email and occasional gaming (something like GTA4).

Cheers

jwil1
30-05-2011, 08:00 PM
Looks good, an i5 for that price is a bargain, especially an Asus.

:pf1mobmini:

globe
30-05-2011, 08:56 PM
So these are the specs for the laptop

1 Year Global Warranty
Win7 Home Premium 64Bit
Intel® i5 2410M 2.3GHz (Turbo up to 2.9GHz, 3M)
1x DDR3 1333 4GB
640G 5400rpm SATA
DVD-SuperMulti
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
6 Cell / 5200mAh
15.6" LED 1366 x 768
Intel® HM65 Chipset
NVidia GT540 1G DDR3 VRAM
0.3M Webcam
Altec Lansing® speakers, SRS Premium Sound
802.11 b/g/n, Gigabit LAN
90W adaptor
2.62kg, 38.0(W) x 25.5(D) x 3.40
3.56 (H) cm
Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS)
3x USB 2.0
1x Microphone-in jack, 1x Headphone-out jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x VGA Port (D-Sub), 1x HDMI

all up $1120.

Now I have a quote to build this desktop for $1275

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2Ghz
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AMD870 AM3 DDR3 USB3 PCI-E
2x Corsair VS2GB1333D32GB Value Select
LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA III
Gigabyte nVidia Geforce GT430 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM
Antec NSK4482B Black Mid Tower Case w/ 380W PSU
Standard Hardware installation and configuration + OS install
LG W2353V-PF 23" 2ms 1080P Full HD Monitor

or this desktop for $1460

AMD Phenom II X4 840 Processor 3.2Ghz AM3
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AMD870 AM3 DDR3 USB3 PCI-E
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 Kit CL9
LG GH-22LS50 22X LightScribe Black SATA DVD Writer
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 32MB 7200rpm SATAII
ASUS Geforce ENGTS450 DirectCU OC 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit OEM
Standard Hardware installation and configuration + OS instal
Microsoft Wired Desktop 600
LG W2353V-PF 23" 2ms 1080P Full HD Monitor


So my question is this if some one could help.

Is the laptop a significant drop in performance on the lower priced desktop ? And is the more expensive desktop worth the extra $200. I was hoping not to spend that much on a desktop but if it is way ahead in the game then i'd consider it.

One last question is are the two desktops easily upgradable ? i.e. do they have plenty of room to add better graphics cards etc if i chose to at a later date or are they pretty much maxed out on this build.

Thanks in advance.

pctek
30-05-2011, 09:32 PM
One last question is are the two desktops easily upgradable ? i.e. do they have plenty of room to add better graphics cards etc if i chose to at a later date or are they pretty much maxed out on this build.


Desktops are always upgradable, easily you can change the GPU later. It's the whole point of desktops.
Laptops - you're stuck with it and if it becomes lame later - well you throw it away and buy another.

Desktops - mine just evolve - I haven't bought/built an entire machine in years and years - I just change stuff every now and then.

The biggest upgrade is CPU - you generally have to do CPU, motherboard and RAM in one go. But so? You can, so of course why not.

The one thing I would avoid - bundled with case PSUs. Make sure it's a decent reliable brand and grunty enough for future parts, not just enough to cover whats in it.

CYaBro
30-05-2011, 10:10 PM
If you use the code ptbday10 you can get 10% off a laptop.
Deal ends 31/5/2011!

:pf1mobmini:

globe
30-05-2011, 10:25 PM
If you use the code ptbday10 you can get 10% off a laptop.
Deal ends 31/5/2011!

:pf1mobmini:

yeah I saw that just now - makes it a pretty good deal.

But in terms of spec is the cheaper desktop considerably better than the laptop ? cheers

pctek
31-05-2011, 08:33 AM
Considerably? Hugely? No.
Some? well, yes. Because it's a desktop and not mobile chips.
But 6 months later - which will be the better idea? 1 year later?