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Unread 12-27-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Tech Support Robin is shopping for a Laptop! You get to help!

So, as Flare can confirm...I once again got around to playing Star Trek Online through my netbook mainly but also using my Grandma's 6yo E-machine (which plays it better then my 2yo Toshiba N550 Netbook surprisingly). I've decided that should all else...I want to get a good budget Laptop to play it on at home when not at my grandma's and want help shopping around for one that meets these requirements:

1) $500 spending limit - This could go up depending on what you guys reccomend but not by much.

2) MUST meet or exceed Star Trek Online's System Requirements with at least a 100-200Gb Hard Drive and 1GB or more of DDR-RAM. No DVD-rom needed. Following requirements are.

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Operating System: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 3800+

RAM Memory: 1GB RAM

Hard Disk: 10GB Free Disk Space

Graphic Display: NVIDIA GeForce 7950 / ATI Radeon X1800 / Intel HD Graphics

Sound Drivers: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard

DirectX: Version 9.0c or Higher
Exceeding these would just be gravy on the meat and potatoes to play STO. Also wouldn't mind if any of you have said laptop sitting around and want to give it a good home where it will be used and taken care of.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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You're in Minnesota right? Go to Microcenter. It's in st. Louis Park I think. Just go there aand throw money at your problem.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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...You are one of those people that are quoting things that you've heard before to sound smart, and don't seem to acknowledge that you're talking to the tech department.

If we recommended a machine with DDR ram I think McTahr would ban us for incompetence.

Anyway here: You have about 25 hours from time of posting this to order it at it's sale price, this machine should cover your bases.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sku=T70-150062

you can add another stick of RAM to that to bump it up to 8GB if you're okay with your final price being $600 instead of $500 but
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this will do

ps Intel HD Graphics on this machine because Laptops for gaming kind of suck / having an actual solid video card is kind of balls expensive.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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...You are one of those people that are quoting things that you've heard before to sound smart, and don't seem to acknowledge that you're talking to the tech department.

If we recommended a machine with DDR ram I think McTahr would ban us for incompetence.

Anyway here: You have about 25 hours from time of posting this to order it at it's sale price, this machine should cover your bases.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sku=T70-150062

you can add another stick of RAM to that to bump it up to 8GB if you're okay with your final price being $600 instead of $500 but
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this will do

ps Intel HD Graphics on this machine because Laptops for gaming kind of suck / having an actual solid video card is kind of balls expensive.

I unfortunately don't have the money to throw at it right now. I am going to be saving up and either by Summer or end of 2013 might have the money to buy it. >_>

EDIT: Also acceptable is a PCI Graphics Card with Vertex Shader. Nvidia prefered. My Dell 2400 has the slot.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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Yeah, getting something that has a decent video card will be kinda hard. I got a laptop around a month ago and, it was 999 USD. I was restricted to buying it not-on-the-interwebs and, was pretty much the best thing I could get with a nice video card and not hugely expensive.

You may find something better online but, right now I think anything with a dedicated video card (I.E. not Intel's stuff) will be over 600 USD, and at that point it'd most likely be a simple card.

After having a look at your PC, you'll be better off getting a new PC instead of buying stuff for your current PC or, getting a laptop. Unless you really really need the laptop.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #6
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Yeah, getting something that has a decent video card will be kinda hard. I got a laptop around a month ago and, it was 999 USD. I was restricted to buying it not-on-the-interwebs and, was pretty much the best thing I could get with a nice video card and not hugely expensive.

You may find something better online but, right now I think anything with a dedicated video card (I.E. not Intel's stuff) will be over 600 USD, and at that point it'd most likely be a simple card.

After having a look at your PC, you'll be better off getting a new PC instead of buying stuff for your current PC or, getting a laptop. Unless you really really need the laptop.
Yeah, I am aiming for the laptop. I don't want "the best" though. I just want a budget one with the most bang for my buck.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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Microcenter, goddammit. They frequently have deals for mid-range laptops in the $3-$400 price range.
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Unread 12-28-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
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You might have luck with a refurb, as well, which would allow you to get a dedicated video card and some fairly good specs in the 500-600 dollar range.

Or maybe keep an eye out on SlickDeals and the like for some decent sales.
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So been doing my research and a few questions have popped up.

1. Is anything made by Alienware worth it? I am currently looking at the M18x as well as at the website for the place shiney talked about and they have this available at the site.

Basically, which one is better for what I want?

2. Are per month payment plans worth it?
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Per Month Payment Plans will cost you more money and are not worth it, I do not recommend them. They are a poor choice in debt management strategies.

Go with Shiney's recommended one I'm not even going to look at the two links. I just 100% trust Shiney on this one- and finding homegrown local guys to do things is 100% better than doing stuff anywhere else.

Also Alienware is now just rebranded Dell shit. So no.
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