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Rik111

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hey everybody =]

i'm in the market for a laptop (never had one), so i was looking around Best Buy and saw one of these...

http://reviews.cnet....7-32976305.html (it might have been slightly better... 2.3 processor i think)

anyways... the salesman there was adamant about it, and it sure seemed solid, but the processor has me worried. he told me since it was duo, it actually runs twice as fast as it says it does. so 2.3x2=4.6. which is great! but i'm looking online and all i see are reviews saying the processor is slow!

so i'll ask you guys! is this a solid gaming laptop? what's with the processor confusion?? would you recommend a different laptop altogether? can i buy it somewhere other than Best Buy for cheaper, but with spill/accident warranty still???

thanks in advance!
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mpascal

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I recommend you ask in the Hardware forums, someone there should be able to help you with this.
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Lol, when I saw your title I immediately thought "Give it to me" :)
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A dual core does not run twice as fast, this is a poor sales tactic and you really should take your shopping elsewhere.
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Broni Troy :) is correct.
A dual core processor runs at 1.5 times the rated speed IF BOTH CORES ARE USED. Not all software knows how to run 2 processors.
The second core adds half of the rated speed to the whole processor.
Quad core processors run at 1.75 times the rated speed.
Each core adds .25 times the rated speed to the whole processor.
Most new computers have dual core processors so look at the rated speed. In a laptop 1.8 GHz is good. Anything above that is a good speed.

After looking at your link, this is an older model.
A gateway is an Emachine with a different name. I work on a lot of gateways and Emachines. I do not like them because they have low cost components that do not stand up.
Think of it as paying for a caddy and getting a low cost value brand car.
Look for a laptop that has DDR3 RAM, and Intel's pentium 7 processor
http://www.intel.com...essor/index.htm

Edited by hfcg, 31 May 2009 - 09:17 PM.

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I did not say this correctly.
A multi core processor does not run faster, it completes the task faster.
A 2GHz processor runs at 2.GHz. But when you have more than one processor core the task is completed in less time.
Here are some articles that may explain it better

http://www.wisegeek....e-processor.htm

http://compreviews.a.../a/dualcore.htm
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