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Which Laptop to buy?


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arunmagic

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I am going to college for my engineering in Computer Science and engineering. I am planning to buy a laptop for my personal development of programming skills. I am planning to put Windows XP SP2 and Fedora as the second OS. Among the two configs, which one is the best? :tazz:

Config 1 (HP zv5000z)
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AMD Athlon™ 64 3700+ (2.40 GHz)
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen
64MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ 4 440 Go + 1394
1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)
100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
54g™ Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Optical USB Travel Mouse
3.5" Floppy Drive
System Bus-1600MHz using HyperTransport technology with up to 9.6GB per second total processor-to-system bandwidth

Config 2 (HP zd8000)
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Intel® Pentium® 4 560 w/HT Technology, 3.6GHz
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen
1.0GB DDR2 SDRAM, 400MHz (2x512MB)
100 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
54g™ Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth
8X DVD +/- RW/R & CD-RW Combo
Optical USB Travel Mouse
3.5" Floppy Drive
System Bus - 800 Mhz front-side bus


So guys, plz help me out and tell me fast. ;) :thumbsup: :cheers:
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Nerelda

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I'm leaning more towards the second one.
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Can I know the basis on which u made the decision in spite of the second one being a 32 bit system and the first one a 64 bit one.
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second one doesn't say it's a 32 bit, therefore I didn't know that.
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so now which would u suggest?
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Well what else are you planning on doing with it? Just programming? Gaming? Graphics developement? That type of information would be of better help.
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I am planning to do computer science and engineering. A sample curriculum of what I am going to study can be found at http://www.vit.ac.in...se/btcsesub.htm. Also as a part of fun, I would play a little 3d games as well.
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In that case, I would go with the first one since you plan on playing some games as well.
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Agreed. The first one offers an independant video card, while I am assuming that the second uses intel's integrated technology. For any gaming whatsoever, you will appreciate a seperate graphics processor. Also be warned the Fedora and your integrated wireless on either machine will not play well together :tazz:

The addition of the 64-bit CPU will prove interesting with Fedora as well, make sure you get a 64-bit enabled distro, and I for one would be intrigued to know if you can tell a difference running in true 64-bit mode.

Good Luck!
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if your going to game dont get a laptop because they cant be upgraded for cheep. If it is for anything else besides gaming then get a laptop.
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