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Desktop Computer or Notebook? Please help ! Answered

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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littlechef37 (author)2008-06-21

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

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Labot2001 (author)littlechef372008-06-21

STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS

If he wants to play games, he'll pretty much need Windows. I'd recommend dual-booting WinXP/Linux.

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littlechef37 (author)Labot20012008-06-23

Ok in that case STAY AWAY FROM VISTA

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Vista is the best!!! what r u talking about????

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xACIDITYx (author)Xander da gr82008-07-24

WHAT??!!!! VISTA IS THE WORST OS IN THE HISTORY OF OPERATING SYSTEMS CONCEIVED BY MANKIND IN THE MODERN CENTURY!!!

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Xander da gr8 (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

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!!!!

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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

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xACIDITYx (author)Xander da gr82008-07-24

Either way, Microsoft Vista is buggy beyond all belief and is almost anti-compatible. It is in no way the best!!!.

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whatsisface (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

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.

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xACIDITYx (author)whatsisface2008-07-24

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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emuman4evr (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-27

I had that problem when I first got my vista machine, after about 5 or 6 driver updates it was finally fixed. Took like 6 months...

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whatsisface (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

Then maybe it's your PC. I still maintain that the only reason Vista causes problems is if your computer isn't good enough to run it.

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xACIDITYx (author)whatsisface2008-07-24

Well, this machine was build for vista.

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xACIDITYx (author)Xander da gr82008-07-24

Very recently. It has a good video card, runs some AMD with 2 gigs of ram.

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whatsisface (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

If it's one of the first Vista PC's then there's your problem. Vista capable means just that, it can run Vista, not specifically that it can run vista well, but it can run it.

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Xander da gr8 (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

What do u use if u dont use vista???

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xACIDITYx (author)Xander da gr82008-07-24

XP on this machine, Vista on the other one because it's the family computer and my mom is too stupid to switch to XP, but I use LINUX on our third machine and it's by far the fastest one in the house.

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Xander da gr8 (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

Ur computers are probably just too old for vista. XP never was very fast in the first place.

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Yerboogieman (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-24

nope, thats windows ME, dumb dumb

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xACIDITYx (author)Yerboogieman2008-07-24

ME was bad, but I say vista is worse.

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emuman4evr (author)xACIDITYx2008-07-27

I saw vista own, but it was on a computer that was custom built and probably which probably cost over $4000 because the stuff the guy he said put in it was outrageously high end.

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Ok that depends if your computer was designed for vista...... YOU CANNOT run vista on a Pentium , p2 or p3 and you can barley run it on a p4. OK I will admit Linux wont do very well on a p1 but it dose just fine on a p2 or 3 with about 256-512mbs of ram, YOU CANNOT say vista is the best, It needs more bug fixes then an old toad. It has a very nice gui..... but that requires tonnes of power, your computer has to be a monster house to run it. You said below that your dad works for microsoft, well he probably gets everything either free or at a good discount. Me being to cheap I have an ad and I get free older computers, and I put the best stuff I can find into the nicest one and then I install Linux, and trade it for something a bit better..... So vista is no good to me, I know several people that had vista and they then upgraded to Linux....

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benthekahn (author)littlechef372008-07-26

"YOU CANNOT say vista is the best, It needs more bug fixes then an old toad." LOL, so true. Power to the Macs!

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or use wine but not all games are compatible

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emuman4evr (author)littlechef372008-07-27

Is Linux XP worth the money?

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littlechef37 (author)emuman4evr2008-07-28

I believe it only cost $25 I haven't done much research into it....

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emuman4evr (author)emuman4evr2008-07-27

And it doesn't say anywhere on there site how much it costs......

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emuman4evr (author)emuman4evr2008-07-27

And the download button doesnt even work.....

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Same with school work, for all the compatibility. Just get XP.

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Perhaps an ITX computer would interest you..... google it..... there are many DIY sites on how to build a computer...... and of course instructables....

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John Smith (author)2008-07-27

i dont know what everyone else says, but i like my dell inspiron 1501. windows XP if you can find it. vista sucks balls, man. its a nice computer. the first one had the motherboard and some other stuff fail, so we got a new one. (same computer, same model, but with xp. the broken one had XP.). i like it alot.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-07-25

A desktop will be much more cost efficient...you'll get a lot more computing power for your money. You'll also be able to upgrade it later on, if you wish, a lot more easily.

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Yerboogieman (author)2008-07-24

best buy has a bunch of laptops, sometimes laptops are just as good as desktops, but you can take them places. i agree with littlechef, STAY AWAY FROM DELL!!! and pretty much everything he said, ===except stay away from windows===

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bloody0986 (author)2008-06-24

Both are pretty much the same in my opinion. It all just depends on if you need to go somewhere sometimes and still need your computer. So it either portability or not.

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altaria1993 (author)2008-06-21

Build your own pc, get a nice motherboard for like $50-70, get a nice e2220 for a processor for about $100, take a 500GB Hard Drive for about $80-100 take 2-4 gigs of RAM with the highest Mhz compatible with the motherboard for about $70, then a nice 8800GT for a graphics card, costs about $80 then add a dvd burner and drive for another $40, and then finally a cheapy case, and customize it yourself for the last $40

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-02

Here are the two things that will make or break most people's decisions: #1: do you NEED to move it about? if so, the laptop is already the best choice obviously but if you don't need to move it about, #2: the desktop will be the best choice IF you have the same amount of money to spend either way. That is because normally you can get much more computing power for your money in a desktop then you can in the laptop. The smaller footprint is going to be more expensive, and so for the same money, you get less.

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Baron A (author)Goodhart2008-04-03

I won't really take it out of the house.

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Goodhart (author)Baron A2008-04-03

I know what you mean, but a friend of mine specifically has a laptop for use in the house, because he has no set place to do his computing. With 3 small children in the house, he moves to where the noise and confusion is least. But if you have one set place to "anchor" yourself, and are limited in the amount you can spend, you are probably going to get more computer power from the same priced desktop, over the pricier laptops. Comparison shop though, to make sure. PS: it is actually kind of dangerous to take a laptop with anything sensitive on it outside the house, as they tend to "walk off" fairly easily. :-)

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Baron A (author)Goodhart2008-04-04

BTW - Goodhart I think I have decided on a Desktop purely on the bases of much more bang for your buck than a laptop! I am really, really thinking of getting an outstanding sounding package from a company called " Cube247 ". Ever heard of 'em?

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Goodhart (author)Baron A2008-04-04

No, I hadn't.....but a little search brings up some things and a lot of discussions on them.

A quick search didn't turn up anything bad except this statement: they don't seem to have an on site warranty, the warranty only seems to cover return to base

But, no I haven't had any experience with the company at all.

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Baron A (author)Goodhart2008-04-04

( "walk off" easily )

LOL e.g mugged.

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Goodhart (author)Baron A2008-04-04

Light-fingers Louie can very quickly lift the laptop and spirit it away :-)

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whatsisface (author)2008-04-03

If you can build a PC for under 300 quid you could get an EEEPC as well :D

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fortneja (author)2008-04-02

The desktop or laptop question really comes down to what you'll be using it for. If you'll want to have a computer with you, obviously you'll want a laptop. Many laptops out there are just as powerful as their PC counterparts, so you have lots of options in terms of performance. I've had very good luck with my Dell Inspiron. It was top of the line 2 years ago, (dual core, GeForce 7300, 2GB RAM, etc), and is capable of competently running any game I've thrown at it, including Crysis. It has great battery life (3.5 hours+, if I'm careful) and could easily do any of the activities you listed above. I believe the closest laptop Dell offers to mine now is the Inspiron 1525 or something like that. Make sure to spec it yourself, and spring for the best graphics card and most RAM you can afford. Hope that helps get you started!

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Baron A (author)fortneja2008-04-03

CRYSIS????????????? ( hyperventalates ) Not even some of the top spec gaming computers can run that game with good framerates!!!!!!! Can you please specify the exact spec of your Dell inspiron model!!!!!!!!!! Thankyou! because that spec sounds great for an inspiron model!!!!!!

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