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laptop with vista?

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ok so i joined the army....now i need a laptop.... i was wondering what your thoughts were about this:


i don't know verry much about laptops...or intel at all for that matter...i have been AMD all the way...but the Turion 64 X2 is just out of date compared to this...i think? and does any one know the specs for this new ATI video card?

what battery life should i expect to get?

im not familiare with vista so i don't know what "good" would be thats y I posted here

thanks for your time,

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To some extent, it really depends on what you want to do with the laptop. If you want to go with gaming, then something along the lines of an Area 51 from Alienware, or a Dell XPS may not be a bad idea. If you aren't looking to spend that much money, which would be understandable, just make sure you get something with a halfway decent video card, definitely not integrated graphics. As for AMD or Intel...I am a fanboy of neither, but I have been pretty impressed with the Turion processors in the past. Alternatively, I think Intel has the upper hand at this point in terms of speed and overall performance, although I have not yet experienced AMD's Phenom series. Whatever you decide, don't go less then a new Turion, or a Core 2 Duo for a proc, I would stay away from the Sempron and Celeron series.

I wasn't able to open the link you posted to look at the laptop you chose, but if you want to list some of the spec's as well as the manufacturer, then I can give you a better idea of what I think. In terms of Vista, I have not had good luck with laptops, I have always gotten better battery life out of something running XP. Then again, I did not fully configure Vista when it was installed on my laptop, and my laptop is definitely about 3 years out of date. Properly configured, and running on some decent hardware, then Vista may not be a bad option for laptops.

I'll post back if you have any questions or anything, or if you just want to mention how long this opinionated rant has gone on... :)
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Brand ASUS
Series M50 Series
Model M50Sa-AK023C
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5G
Screen 15.4" WSXGA+
Memory Size 4GB DDR2
Hard Disk 500GB
Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
Graphics Card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Video Memory 1024MB
Communication Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Card slot 1 x Express Card
Dimensions 14.2" x 10.5" x 1.1-1.6"
Weight 6.5 lbs.
Other Features Fingerprint reader
30-Day Zero Bright Dot
Carry bag / mouse
CPU Type Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Speed T9300(2.50GHz)
CPU L2 Cache 6MB
Chipset Intel PM965
Screen Size 15.4"
Wide Screen Support Yes
Display Type Wide SXGA+
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Operating Systems
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
GPU/VPU ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
Video Memory Dedicated 1024MB
Graphic Type Dedicated Card
Hard Drive
HD RPM 5400rpm
Memory Speed DDR2 667
Memory 4GB
Max Memory Supported 4GB
Memory Spec 2GB x 2
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
Optical Drive Interface Integrated
Modem 56K
LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN 802.11A/B/G/N
Bluetooth Yes
Card Slot 1 x Express Card
IEEE 1394 1
Video Port 1 x HDMI
Audio Ports Yes
Audio Integrated Sound card
Speaker Internal Speakers
Input Device
Touchpad Yes
Keyboard Standard
Supplemental Drive
Card Reader 8-in-1
Webcam 1.3 MP
Battery 6-cell lithium ion
Physical spec
Dimensions 14.2" x 10.5" x 1.1-1.6"
Weight 6.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty
Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge for purchase after 9/10/07
Parts 2 years limited
Labor 2 years limited
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im buying a Blue-Ray, HD DVD reader and a crossover cable for my desktop.... :-}
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My personally opinion:

I think you'll be fine as long as you have at least 80+ hardware, and 2gb+ RAM and a updated processor.

Your ost above is a little confusing theres a lot of harddrives in there. Or maybe you posted it twice?

-I have used Vista, and I do not have any issues or complaints with mine.
-I've never used AMD, but I've used Intel and I've been very pleased.
-I'm not sure on the battery, and Video card.

But If the laptop has 500 hard drive space, and 4gb ram memory that seems perfect.

Edited by CamTheMan, 16 April 2008 - 02:43 PM.

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im hopeing to run Call Of Duty 4 on at least med. settings?


my desktop is

AMD 5600+ (2.8Ghz dual core)

4GB of Mushkin DDR2 800 Extreme Preformance RAM

and ATI Radeon X1950XTX x2

so i know its not going to be that fast....but im scared it will be too slow...
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Vista Home Premium will not see all 4 gb RAM - only 64 bit edition will - just so you know.
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