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DeSade
05-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Yes I have done research but I want some personal recommendations for a good one to get

i7
6gb ram (minimum) 8gb prefered
Decent graphics card
500gb (minimum hdd) SSD might be good
optical drive dvd probably
3 USB ports (minimum)
Sound and microphone ports
HDMI

Metla
05-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Whats your idea of a decent video chipset?

The best I have seen in NZ is the 560m, and that performance looks to be pretty damn crappy, and expensive.

Have a look at what these guys sell http://www.powernotebooks.com/

I've been looking at a Sager with a 6990m chipset.

and

http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-gaming-laptops-ct-118_96_98.html

DeSade
05-03-2012, 01:52 PM
Nice for sure but a little pricey
Looking at around $2500

Chilling_Silence
05-03-2012, 02:36 PM
... what's the laptop going to be used for?

DeSade
05-03-2012, 02:43 PM
Surfing,
youtube,
facebook (games)
Guildwars 1 and possibly 2
Watching episodes of TV shows

If it wasn't for the "real game" being played the specs could be a lot lower
Oh and its not for me....

Chilling_Silence
05-03-2012, 02:59 PM
Total overkill then. You can do the first few on a single-core 1.6Ghz Atom with shared video memory.

Try something like this for under half the budget: http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKAS53542

You might be able to make a couple of bucks then by reselling it ;)

DeSade
05-03-2012, 03:14 PM
I forgot to put bluetooth in the requirements (its a deal breaker.......)
Prefer i7 as its replacing an i7

icow
05-03-2012, 03:14 PM
Total overkill then. You can do the first few on a single-core 1.6Ghz Atom with shared video memory.

Try something like this for under half the budget: http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKAS53542

You might be able to make a couple of bucks then by reselling it ;)

+1

Those expensive laptops are a total waste of time. I use the term laptop very loosely.

wratterus
05-03-2012, 03:22 PM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=363/ID=17146/SID=343818777/productdetails.html

That would fit the bill nicely, just throw in another 4GB RAM, the stuff is cheap as chips these days.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=384987

Metla
05-03-2012, 03:26 PM
Nice for sure but a little pricey
Looking at around $2500

That would get you a killer Sager......

DeSade
05-03-2012, 03:28 PM
That would get you a killer Sager......

Is there a NZ stockist?

Metla
05-03-2012, 03:30 PM
Sager 8150

http://www.powernotebooks.com/Sager-NP8150-gaming-laptops-notebooks-sys-3740.html

That would have to come in at $2500

And its a mere 3.0kg....

Metla
05-03-2012, 03:31 PM
Is there a NZ stockist?

Nope.

And the American resellers wont take my credit care.

Which is the only reason I don't yet have one.

But Im working on it.

DeSade
05-03-2012, 03:36 PM
Nice but so far into overkill territory you can't see it any more heh

Tempted to get one for me thou.

Metla
05-03-2012, 03:40 PM
Overkill is the preferred state.

mzee
05-03-2012, 05:22 PM
I swear by DELL. I bought a Dell Vostro 1015 2 years ago, and it hasn't missed a beat. It came with Windows Professional 32bit and XP Sp3 32bit on DVD's. Also a CD of drivers etc.
It has a 56K modem, Dual core processor, 2Gb RAM, 15.6" screen. Runs very cool. Cost $999.00.
If you buy direct from the factory you can specify any 'extras' you want, even the colour of the case If you ask for 64bit you can increase the RAM. Nice big Keyboard. It would be better with a Num-pad but this would mean a smaller Keyboard.

ChazTheGeek
05-03-2012, 06:52 PM
If you want a laptop for gaming pure performance, It may be a good idea to get a Dell Alienware. They are rather costly though.
If it's not for gaming, an Alienware laptop would be overkill!

DeSade
06-03-2012, 07:57 AM
Only one game will be played on it so Alienware is overkill.
I did look at them though just to cover my bases

Metla
06-03-2012, 08:46 AM
Gaming or not an alienware is a wicked ripoff

Metla
06-03-2012, 08:52 AM
Gaming or not an alienware is a wicked ripoff

DeSade
06-03-2012, 09:03 AM
Kinda like the look of this one,

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/toshiba-qosmio-f750-030-laptop.html

Thoughts?

icow
06-03-2012, 04:05 PM
You can get laptops with the same gfx card for under $1500 e.g. http://www.itexpress.co.nz/epages/shop.sf/?ObjectPath=/Shops/itexpress/Products/A3E14PA yeah HP is pretty average when it comes to build quality but there's a big difference in price when comparing $2500 to $1200ish. Why do you want such an expensive and *high* spec laptop if you're only going to play 1 or 2 games anyway?

ChazTheGeek
06-03-2012, 04:06 PM
I suppose that's quite a good one. A processor in the 3GHz range would be good though.

DeSade
07-03-2012, 07:55 AM
Managed to talk her out of the most expensive one.
Looking at this now

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/toshiba-l750-0s4-laptop.html

Metla
07-03-2012, 08:26 AM
Its for a her?

Get the pink one.....

DeSade
07-03-2012, 08:56 AM
Its white, close enough

ChazTheGeek
07-03-2012, 03:27 PM
Yeah the white one looks good.

Nick G
09-05-2012, 09:11 AM
I'm also looking at buying a laptop, although a slightly lower specced one, as I'll only be using it for the internet,a few casual games, word processing, and adobe photoshop elements. What sort of specs - particularly the cpu - would I need.
Sorry for th hijack

Nick G
09-05-2012, 09:14 AM
And would $800 be enough to get one that could handle those tasks?

Thanks

DeSade
09-05-2012, 09:16 AM
Hijack is fine, this thread served its purpose and I brought the machine.

SolMiester
09-05-2012, 04:21 PM
Nvrmnd

icow
09-05-2012, 05:21 PM
I'm also looking at buying a laptop, although a slightly lower specced one, as I'll only be using it for the internet,a few casual games, word processing, and adobe photoshop elements. What sort of specs - particularly the cpu - would I need.
Sorry for th hijack

I picked up an Asus 5253g for $600 off trademe. Had been used for an hour.

Specs:
1.6ghz e-350 (>:( worst bit of the whole laptop)
4gb DDR3 Ram
6470m Dedicated Radeon Graphics Card (512mb, god knows why you would put a 6470 with a e-350 but whatev)
500GB HDD
15.6" Screen
Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit
DVD Writer

I run Illustrator, fireworks and flash on this laptop just fine. I do find that it can't handle high dpi images in fireworks very well (300+). With a bit of tweaking in the graphics department I got it running Just Cause 2 on low/med settings in a wide screen res at around 24fps which imo is totally playable, you could drop the res down for 30+ for what most people consider to be playable.

Nick G
09-05-2012, 06:06 PM
E-350 probably not good enough to run photoshop elements very well. Unfortunately not being able to run photoshop elements is a deal breaker for me.

icow
09-05-2012, 08:47 PM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/laptops/laptops/asus/auction-473144087.htm

Should do you fine. New equivalent would be $800ish. I *have* one of these: http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=707/ID=17189/SID=89204894/productdetails.html, great laptop.

stratex5
09-05-2012, 09:10 PM
This looks right about what you need:) ( http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/laptops/laptops/dell/auction-473371451.htm)

Nick G
10-05-2012, 04:42 PM
That looks about what I want::)
This looks right about what you need:) ( http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/laptops/laptops/dell/auction-473371451.htm)

Nick G
15-05-2012, 09:12 PM
So, when I do get it my telecom v9 will, I think, stop being used. Therefore, I'm looking at selling it. What would be the kind of a price I should ask/set? It is in very good condition, and has a screen protector on it.

icow
15-05-2012, 09:15 PM
People sell them for around $170 on trademe.

Nick G
15-05-2012, 09:24 PM
$170 would be a profit:p. I bought it for $150 on a sale.

Nick G
17-05-2012, 10:58 AM
Ended up buying this (http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8159/asus-k53sd-sx132v-notebook). Blew my budget but oh well - I don't really need a new smartphone ;)

icow
17-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Asus :)

Nick G
17-05-2012, 04:57 PM
Yup - not HP:)

ChazTheGeek
17-05-2012, 06:22 PM
Phew....not Compaq....I would be worried if you got one. Compaq's should be illegal.

Nick G
17-05-2012, 07:31 PM
Compaq's part of HP now aren't they?

Rosebud
17-05-2012, 09:32 PM
Laptop?

you must be joking ... where are you - 2011? I'm a travel journo / magazine editor / greek scholar / novelist and I have just bought and use a netbook. full size keyboard

stratex5
17-05-2012, 10:03 PM
Laptop?

you must be joking ... where are you - 2011? I'm a travel journo / magazine editor / greek scholar / novelist and I have just bought and use a netbook. full size keyboard

Is there a problem with a laptop?

icow
17-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Laptop?

you must be joking ... where are you - 2011? I'm a travel journo / magazine editor / greek scholar / novelist and I have just bought and use a netbook. full size keyboard

Those jobs just scream microsoft word. Word =/= photoshop.


@Nick: yes compaq is part of hp.

Rosebud
17-05-2012, 10:20 PM
Einstein never said that.... and ask Joey Barton what he thinks about laptops ;) Am on one now .... left my new netbook charger at work lol

Rosebud
17-05-2012, 10:30 PM
I think I may be an accidental spammer. Anyway - am new and need some advice.....

stratex5
17-05-2012, 10:35 PM
Advice for what?

icow
17-05-2012, 10:42 PM
Advice for what?

Might be important aye...

stratex5
17-05-2012, 10:50 PM
Lol

ChazTheGeek
18-05-2012, 09:01 AM
Everyone knows that Compaq's are rubbish, the cheaper HP's :badpc:
Never get a Compaq!! I've seen them lag on simple platform games :eek: and freeze's for a few seconds, that's on a recent Compaq laptop.

Nick G
18-05-2012, 09:53 AM
Yup, Compaq's are rubbish. Acer is nearly as bad, they aren't badly specced but the build quality...

ChazTheGeek
18-05-2012, 12:27 PM
I know eh... I hate branded computers. I suppose I gota make exceptions for some branded ones and laptops....except Compaq laptops.

SolMiester
18-05-2012, 12:31 PM
I have several HP Compaq NX6320 laptop here from circa 2006, not issues, just had to replace batteries. Compaq used to make the best servers. Its the same answer as always, Consumer based verses Business class!

ChazTheGeek
18-05-2012, 12:53 PM
I have heard that Compaq used to be good. Is that true??

Nick G
18-05-2012, 03:52 PM
Compaq didn't use to be bad,I had a compaq laptop - windows 2000 - that is still running , but is obviously so slow it's useless. Then they were bought by HP to be HP's budget brand...

icow
18-05-2012, 04:19 PM
Compaqs lag because the hardware they are runnning isn't capable of doing what you're asking of it. I wouldn't complain about this personally if you look at the price point of most compaq laptops. The thing I hate the most about them (and other laptop brands) is the bloatware which is installed on top of the OS and the mediocre build quality.

ChazTheGeek
19-05-2012, 10:11 AM
I'd say. Especially with those awful Intel Celeron CPU's. I sold a Celeron for $20 on Trademe, better than nothing.
I hate bloatware and heaps of demos.

Iantech
19-05-2012, 10:44 AM
Yup, Compaq's are rubbish. Acer is nearly as bad, they aren't badly specced but the build quality...They used to be pretty poor but have to say these days I've probably worked on more Compaq/Hp's, Dells and Toshibas than Acer, have known and have supplied plenty over the years, I think I've dealt with a screen malfunction which was replaced on warranty and that about it. Although I have to say that some Acers seem to be built with a bottle-neck in them, either slow memory or slow motherboard speed or something. While I prefer not to supply them (or recommend them), they dont seem to cause as much trouble compared to Compaqs, Dells etc.

ChazTheGeek
19-05-2012, 12:42 PM
Seems about right.

Nick G
19-05-2012, 04:08 PM
I thought Toshibas were good?
They used to be pretty poor but have to say these days I've probably worked on more Compaq/Hp's, Dells and Toshibas than Acer, have known and have supplied plenty over the years, I think I've dealt with a screen malfunction which was replaced on warranty and that about it. Although I have to say that some Acers seem to be built with a bottle-neck in them, either slow memory or slow motherboard speed or something. While I prefer not to supply them (or recommend them), they dont seem to cause as much trouble compared to Compaqs, Dells etc.

ChazTheGeek
19-05-2012, 07:12 PM
I thought they were good too.

GameJunkie
19-05-2012, 07:27 PM
ASUS

icow
19-05-2012, 07:57 PM
ASUS
+1

Iantech
19-05-2012, 08:15 PM
I thought Toshibas were good?Yep, its all I used to recommend once, then about 2~3 yrs ago every one that I put clients onto all developed battery and charging faults. Mostly just outside their warranty dates, although a few failed in the first 6 months, some didnt hold a charge properly from day one. Although I have to say that was the Satellite range, the Tecra and Portégé range seemed fine. Only other real problem I have found has been failing hard drives. I still think they are pretty good and trouble free on the whole though.

GameJunkie, have to say I've only ever had one issue with ASUS and that was about 6 yrs ago. Some of their bundled software had a vulnerability in it that was being exploited and when installed, the laptop kept picking up viruses. Once this was worked out and not installing their software, the system was very good, fast and stable - until the guy left it on the roof of his car and started to drive off and run it over!! Never had an ASUS problem since with hardware or software have to say.

ChazTheGeek
19-05-2012, 08:36 PM
But at least it ain't a Compaq. +1 for ASUS.

Nick G
20-05-2012, 01:16 PM
ASUS, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo>HP, Acer, Compaq

ChazTheGeek
20-05-2012, 05:47 PM
You got that right.

tmrafi
21-05-2012, 04:13 PM
This Alienware Laptop (http://www.dell.com/nz/p/alienware-m14x-r2/pd?oc=v510471nz&model_id=alienware-m14x-r2) gets all the ticks and is for $2500

ChazTheGeek
21-05-2012, 04:53 PM
Not a bad price I suppose.