Desktop Computer or Notebook? Please help !

Yeah well, I need to decide on what to get. A desktop or a Notebook. At first I was adamant that the Notebook is better, but now i'm also considering a Desktop!

I will be using it for :

  • Playing games - mainly FPS like Far Cry and maybe Unreal Tournament 3.
  • Doing scholwork , homework, oh yeah......and also coursework sadly since I will be going into Year 10 in late May.
  • A little bit of photo editing with Serif Suite.
  • Msn-ing ( Instant Messaging lol )
  • And maybe watch a couple of videos now and again,

- Preferebly under £500 ! ( Budget )

After taking all that into perspective can you also give me specifc model aswell with your answer on which is better at suiting my needs. lol.

Thanks.

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A couple things to think about.....

Laptops are wayyyyy more energy efficient......
Do you need the portability of a laptop ?? if not then get a desktop......
STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS ( EVIL EVIL I TELL YOU)
Please stay away from dell... There low end computers fail so much its not funny....

If your going to build your own computer you got several choices.....
Processor:
Defiantly go for two cores..... If you can afford four an xeon processor go for it...
If you don't wanna spend to much Amd makes four core processors as well..... I thin Amd is a bit cheaper but I cant be positive there a bit cheaper but some people are die hard Intel fans......

Optical Drive:
Go for a Dvd-rw light scribe...... If you want to save money you can esaily find used cd/dvd drives on ebay

Hard drive:
This really depends on how much media you have on your computer.... i would go for 250gbs Go for western digital or a Seagate.... there probably the best brands out there.......

Motherboard.....
Go for a gigabyte motherboard they are powerful and high quality....
MAKE SURE YOUR PROCESSOR IS COMPATIBLE.....
If you have an AMD processor get an MSI mainboard....

Ram:
Get a at least 2 gigs 4 would be better...... Make sure the mhz match what is compatible with your mobo......

Maybe Try Something Like This

Hope That helps

STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS

If he wants to play games, he'll pretty much need Windows. I'd recommend dual-booting WinXP/Linux.
Ok in that case STAY AWAY FROM VISTA
Vista is the best!!! what r u talking about????
WHAT??!!!! VISTA IS THE WORST OS IN THE HISTORY OF OPERATING SYSTEMS CONCEIVED BY MANKIND IN THE MODERN CENTURY!!!
how do u figure that???? It's the newest best microsoft operating system. My dad works at microsoft so its not like we can get anything else unless my dad wants to get fired!!!!
the newest and best....... so every time Microsoft pulls out a new operating system you go and buy a copy for each and every one of your computers ?? why would you go and spend 100s of dollars for vista on your computers when Linux is free ?? Umm thanks but no thanks I have five computers in my house thats about a grand..... (if i were to keep it legit).... I will admit Windows Xp is a pretty good OS.... But I have had to reinstall it on my computer four times in 6 years And I had to install xp on my friends computer about 3 in the last two years.... Vista .... I just dont and wont install...... my freind went and bought a vista laptop awhile ago.... half of the games he had needed fixes.... Vista is like a CRT TV and Linux is like LCD
Either way, Microsoft Vista is buggy beyond all belief and is almost anti-compatible. It is in no way the best!!!.
What? I've had no bugs or issues with Vista in all the time i've been using it... The only problem I had was when I was testing an old crappy graphics card I found and drivers didn't exist for it. I just got some 3rd party ones and away I went.
In fact, I just had a bug in vista as I typed. I got a graphics driver failure like 10 times then it crashed.
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