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    PC for Uni :)

    Well, on the back of my results on thurs, I'm off to UEA in september

    This is great news, but brings the question of what PC/Laptop I'm taking with me...decisions decisions...

    This is the best spec I've found so far (staying under a grand here people, gotta have some money for booze)



    So any better specs for equal or less money?

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    you could get a sff system that would be just as portable and capable of playing games for less than that

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    you should go to the dell site and get the same one with lower specs for £489
    what you planning to use it for, dont say gaming because your better off spending your money on a mirco atx setup. If its for assingments etc.. then the cheaper one will be more than enough.

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    x1300 hypermemory apart from that and the strangly small-for-the-spec harddrive id say its pretty good.

    like the other peeps have said id evaluate what exactly your looking for. perhaps a cheapo laptop and a sff desktop would be better suited?
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    x1300... not too much of a card is it?

    At least you'll still get decent frames in CS Source.. but whether it will run well on the native res thats another question..

    I'd really go for a better graphics chip, like a 7900GS..
    Me want Ultrabook


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    Also, if you are confident in your abilities to change the ram yourself, get the basic amount, buy some from Crucial or somewhere and save yourself about £100, friend is in the same boat but a SFF system wont be able to be used for taking notes in lectures. Which is what most Uni students want a laptop for, anything over £600 is over kill, unless you want to play a couple of games.

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    Make sure you go for quidco to get 4.5% back.

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    I've always thought that pen and paper was the best for taking notes, though I'm sure it depends on the course, most people I asked said they hardly ever take their laptops out their rooms.

    My brother manages fine with a desktop, and I started up a thread a while ago somewhere and a few of them said that the laptop was a bit useless. Some of them bought up the idea of SFF but I didn't really see the point in that.

    I'm ordering a system (in parts) this week for around 900. This would be for gaming/multimedia as well as work, If I need a laptop urgently I'll buy some cheapo thing of ebay that can run wordpad.

    Also laptops get stolen and they break, seeing as that's a very nice laptop it would be sad if something happened to it.
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    for a grand you could get a real high end desktop or a mediocre laptop, its an easy choice for me.

    also, you seriously don't want to be the guy who takes a laptop into a lecture. You won't make any friends!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazt
    for a grand you could get a real high end desktop or a mediocre laptop, its an easy choice for me.

    also, you seriously don't want to be the guy who takes a laptop into a lecture. You won't make any friends!



    This is what I was thinking when I was debating getting a laptop.

    It's all very well getting one but as has been said you'll just get fed-up with taking it and leave it in your room and use a pen and paper. My handwriting is appauling, but when I start uni in Sept I'll be taking a desktop computer with me and lots of pens and paper pads as I realised that using a laptop whilst seeming a good idea isn't in practice a very good one.

    You can get more bang for your pound (doesn't sound as good as saying buck...but this is the UK) if you buy a PC and leave it in your room. I was going to go for a £1200 laptop, but have changed my mind and will be spending about £1500 on a full computer system. I could just spend abut £800 on the tower and take the screen speakers etc. that I already have with me, but I feel that I want a fresh start.
    If you are determind to get a laptop, then get something small and light that's low powered and has a long batterylife that means it's fine for lectures and note taking and if you want something for games then buy a pc aswell.

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    Almost everyone I know who took a laptop to uni, only moved it in the summer when the went home.

    For a grand you're looking and conroe and a X1900

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    dell are giving away a free fire extinguisher with all their new laptops. alledgedly.
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    stupid betond belief.
    You owe it to yourself to click here really.

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    also, if you are set on getting a laptop, you should wait til september for a merom-based core 2 duo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madafwo
    Also, if you are confident in your abilities to change the ram yourself, get the basic amount, buy some from Crucial or somewhere and save yourself about £100, friend is in the same boat but a SFF system wont be able to be used for taking notes in lectures. Which is what most Uni students want a laptop for, anything over £600 is over kill, unless you want to play a couple of games.

    I could do the memory myself, by dell are doing one of their double memory deals. I persoanally would like it to be able to handle the occasional game, such as CS:Source, the thing with any laptop using a 7900gs was at least £4-500 more expensive, and was usually with less memory. The only thing I'm looking to change is the hard disk myself, as dell want £70 to upgrade to a 80gb 7200rpm, or even more for a 100gb. - I could buy another hard disk for less.

    SFF I did consider, but I'm thinking if I find I really want to do gaming then I'll take my desktop PC with me second semester or something, the other benefit of a powerful CPU & large amount of ram was that I'd like to try photo editing & the like, and its made a lot easier when your processor can actually pull its own weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazt
    for a grand you could get a real high end desktop or a mediocre laptop, its an easy choice for me.

    also, you seriously don't want to be the guy who takes a laptop into a lecture. You won't make any friends!

    If I was going to take it with me into uni lectures, I'd get a tablet PC so I can play noughts and crosses and maybe make some notes/doodles (delete as appropriate) along the way.

    The main thing with the laptop is portability, I can take it wherever, train bus car etc, and use it there. SFF doesn't quite cut it there

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    Make sure you go for quidco to get 4.5% back.

    I'll have to have a look at that, thanks

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