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cpu speeds..dumb question !

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Hi all,
am looking at getting a laptop to use as a recording workstation. I will be running cubase sx3 recording software which has a preffered system requirment of 2.8ghz.
My desktop is only a 1.4ghz but has 2gig ram and 200gb hdd and seems to run the programme quite well, but for space saving and just a general upgrade ( i may use a dual boot system on the laptop--1 for internet etc,,and 1 for cubase alone), i would like a laptop.
Now,,, i am getting a little confused with some of the cpu specs on the more recent computers and laptops.

1 of the laptops i am loking at is an Acer. Now ,,it has an AMD Sempron 3000 cpu,, but is only described in the spec as a 1.8ghz speed., although i am being led to beleive that it is actually more than 3 ghz,,,
Do you see my confusion ?????? can anyone shed any light on this,,,please,,,

If i do get a laptop,,,i will be spending maybe £550 - £750 for a used model, so it " MUST ", have a minimum cpu speed of 3.2ghz or more. Memory and hard drive size are not really an issue as cubase demands less of these things, but proccessor is very important. i can always add more ram or get a hdd upgrade if need be, at a later date.
I have also been led to beleive that all laptops come with only space for 1 hdd, which is a bit of a [bleep] really as i would like to run 2 drives if i carry on thinking about dual booting the system. I dont really want to get into partitioning drives. Another potential cop out may be hdd speed. Again i have been led to beleive that most laptops only have disc speeds of 4200 or 5400 as a genral rule, although 7200 drives are available at a price.
It would be a shame to get an expensive laptop with all that i require, only to find out that its discs read speed is slowing down programs that require fast access.

So,, as you can probably tell,,,,i dont have a clue what i am doing really, and whenever i have come to this edge of despair i have always found solice in shouting my ignorant mouth off on here,, and always getting good advice to help me in my decesion making.

C,mon folks,,,, help me out.
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The 3000+ is intel equivalent speed rating so it will be equivalent to the intel model nearest comparison at that speed, so a 3ghz celeron for example would be comparable. Laptop speeds are generally lower these days beacause laptop chips are designed to run at lower speed but have a bigger cache and greater efficiency, but if you are running software that demanding and its multimedia you want athlon or a p4 or pM. You would be better saving your money a bit more and getting a more expensive laptop laptop because you will be really lucky to find a laptop that fits your needs with that budget.

You could more easily put a desktop together that would suit you for that money but laptops are a strugle to get at that price at any decent spec let alone one that needs enough juice to run a high end media software.
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the processor will not handle the needs. most laptops only do have space for one harddrive. and most run 5400 speed. i think you should save and get a p4 or pM. also worry about a nice video card to.
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