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XyZspineZyX
07-04-2003, 01:53 PM
Myself, I've always been a desktop person, building (partly) myself. At the moment I have an Athlon 1800+, GeForce 4 128DDR, 30GB HD, 512 MB DDR Ram. It's nothing special, but it's respectable. Although, I'm having so much trouble with it at the moment!

Anyway I'm off to University in about 3 months time and I'm thinking, I'm gonna be broke, Rooms cost 55 p/week and we only get a 3300 loan at the beginning of the year. I don't have the money to keep upgrading anymore so I'll have to set off to Uni with a pc that will need to last me a good year or 2 before even thinking about upgrading.

I'm looking at the small towers and reverting back to a smaller screen (15-17"), due to a lack of space in the room.

Then I thought about a laptop. We all say we use our comps/laps for work, but everyone knows the truth, we all want a pc that can run games smoothly as well.

Reading an article the other day about how Notebooks are starting to compare with desktops, and I'm thinking it can't be true. However, with the introduction of DirectX9 graphic chips for notebooks. They really are starting to match some of the standard (decent) desktops of today.

The mobility and 'go' cards of ATi and Geforce really are starting to shape up.

Looking at the results from some of the more recent games (UT2k3, Serious Sam, Aquanox 2) and even Doom3, HL2, I got to say, those graphics look pretty damn good.

The benchmarks show with UT2k3 flyby of 122 FPS and gameplay of 51 FPS, that's with an Athlon 2500+, Mobility Radeon 9600, 512 MB DDR and Dx9 with Win XP. Now that easily matches if not beats my current system specs and it's not really all that expensive.

Take the Peacock laptop - www.freeliner.de (http://www.freeliner.de)

It costs 995, the specs are:
512 DDR-SDRAM (PC333)
Athlon 2500+ XP
ATi Mobility Radeon 9600 (64mb)
40GB Toshiba HD
CDRW Combo Drive

and looks:http://www.peacock-products.de/cms/media/web_img/7438.gif


So, with all the improvements in laptops will we start to see a rise in notebooks compared to desktops. They're smaller, quieter, travel worthy and in some cases beat a desktop PC down with a price like 995.

What do you guys think? Is it worth going for a laptop or sticking to the desktop. Any bad experiences with 1 or the other. Any recommendations?

XyZspineZyX
07-04-2003, 01:53 PM
Myself, I've always been a desktop person, building (partly) myself. At the moment I have an Athlon 1800+, GeForce 4 128DDR, 30GB HD, 512 MB DDR Ram. It's nothing special, but it's respectable. Although, I'm having so much trouble with it at the moment!

Anyway I'm off to University in about 3 months time and I'm thinking, I'm gonna be broke, Rooms cost 55 p/week and we only get a 3300 loan at the beginning of the year. I don't have the money to keep upgrading anymore so I'll have to set off to Uni with a pc that will need to last me a good year or 2 before even thinking about upgrading.

I'm looking at the small towers and reverting back to a smaller screen (15-17"), due to a lack of space in the room.

Then I thought about a laptop. We all say we use our comps/laps for work, but everyone knows the truth, we all want a pc that can run games smoothly as well.

Reading an article the other day about how Notebooks are starting to compare with desktops, and I'm thinking it can't be true. However, with the introduction of DirectX9 graphic chips for notebooks. They really are starting to match some of the standard (decent) desktops of today.

The mobility and 'go' cards of ATi and Geforce really are starting to shape up.

Looking at the results from some of the more recent games (UT2k3, Serious Sam, Aquanox 2) and even Doom3, HL2, I got to say, those graphics look pretty damn good.

The benchmarks show with UT2k3 flyby of 122 FPS and gameplay of 51 FPS, that's with an Athlon 2500+, Mobility Radeon 9600, 512 MB DDR and Dx9 with Win XP. Now that easily matches if not beats my current system specs and it's not really all that expensive.

Take the Peacock laptop - www.freeliner.de (http://www.freeliner.de)

It costs 995, the specs are:
512 DDR-SDRAM (PC333)
Athlon 2500+ XP
ATi Mobility Radeon 9600 (64mb)
40GB Toshiba HD
CDRW Combo Drive

and looks:http://www.peacock-products.de/cms/media/web_img/7438.gif


So, with all the improvements in laptops will we start to see a rise in notebooks compared to desktops. They're smaller, quieter, travel worthy and in some cases beat a desktop PC down with a price like 995.

What do you guys think? Is it worth going for a laptop or sticking to the desktop. Any bad experiences with 1 or the other. Any recommendations?

XyZspineZyX
07-04-2003, 04:06 PM
Its going to cost you MUCH more to use a laptop. Plus you can always play around with PCs and add stuff because there is a lot of room in them. I think that laptop is cool but I personally would stick to a desktop.

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XyZspineZyX
07-04-2003, 09:22 PM
Desktops all the way... at work sometimes I have to use laptops but I hate them.
Of course when the laptops become powerful enough and when gas stations start selling Metanol for laptops (http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FUEL_CELL_LAPTOP?SITE=WVHUN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT) I would revise my position.

XyZspineZyX
07-12-2003, 03:55 AM
Hey look at my site:

http://www.freewebs.com/sanada-pc



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XyZspineZyX
07-12-2003, 04:48 AM
well it depends, if you need to use a computer on the go, then a desktop doesn't really do much for you. i'm in the u.s. and I'm not sure how exactly your currency compares to ours, so I dn't really know how much you're looking at. if you want ultimate desktop replacement go w/ alienware or voodoo or hypersonic-pc.com but the fact that you said you are short on money is going to be aproblem in any of those three since they are 'premium' brands.

good luck

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XyZspineZyX
07-12-2003, 06:50 PM
1,000.00 GBP = $1,636.00 USD

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Thanks for the responses, I decided to upgrade to a 2600+ and get a new sound card, I'll use the pc for the next year or so, not going to spend 1k when I can spend 200 to upgrade and get a top notch pc /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif