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A 23# monitor and a (Decent, not Celeron) laptop for $1300.00

By Spam Box - 30 July 2009 27

So I need to get a 23# widescreen monitor and a laptop that doesn’t suck, otherwise…well, life is grim to say the least.What’s the best deal out there in Canberra?

What should I look for in terms of specs? (considering I know dick about such things)

I know I dont want a Netbook/Celeron etc.

Basically the best “combined” deal possible for $1300.00 or so.. Little help?

(ps, she’ll kill me if I bugger this up)

πŸ™‚

Any Idea’s?

What’s Your opinion?


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A 23# monitor and a (Decent, not Celeron) laptop for $1300.00
Gungahlin Al 1:03 pm 30 Jul 09

Skidbladnir said :

4Gb of stick RAM is partially wasted in a PC with a video card anyway, 32 bit systems are hardware constrained to 2^32 (ie: 4,294,967,296) memory address bitspaces, including video adapters and PCI slots and other bits.
So a 512Mb video card claims 512Mb of address space, and if no other addresses are claimed, WinXP can only refer to 3.5 gig of RAM addresses.
(actually a bit less than this due to BIOS and system requirements)

I forgot this until after I built my most recent pc from scratch and sitting there for a while thinking one of my RAM sticks was wierd.

Something not many people seem to know…
I wonder if this is fixed in the shortly released Win 7?
7 has been released to manufacturing this week and the Release Candidate download is only available until the end of August, if you want to run it for nothing until ealry next year. Unfortunately requires a complete rebuild if converting from XP.

I have an ex-DOLA auction Dell GX280 box I’m looking to gut and rebuild with new bits for basic child/spouse usage, mainly because it ran so beautifully quietly, and is a brilliantly designed box. The later model, smaller GX280 box we have is horribly noisy, so is up for retirement. Anyone with experience of local parts suppliers? Is the place at Dickson OK?

peterh 12:59 pm 30 Jul 09

2-3gb ram???

i have 512mb ram, run a pentium M system, 60gb hdd, office 2007 enterprise, and many other apps. the notebook works just fine.

and the 17″ screen is just an added bonus…

hk0reduck 12:57 pm 30 Jul 09

If you’re buying it for a uni student (or know one!) there might also be a discount available πŸ™‚

http://dell.communicates.to/epp/au/

http://arts.anu.edu.au/helpdesk/delldiscount/ANU-EPP.pdf

Also, I feel you can get away with a lower specced laptop by sticking with Windows XP!

No need to thank me, just being hk0reduck is its own reward!

Skidbladnir 12:50 pm 30 Jul 09

bytespaces, even.

Skidbladnir 12:48 pm 30 Jul 09

4Gb of stick RAM is partially wasted in a PC with a video card anyway, 32 bit systems are hardware constrained to 2^32 (ie: 4,294,967,296) memory address bitspaces, including video adapters and PCI slots and other bits.
So a 512Mb video card claims 512Mb of address space, and if no other addresses are claimed, WinXP can only refer to 3.5 gig of RAM addresses.
(actually a bit less than this due to BIOS and system requirements)

I forgot this until after I built my most recent pc from scratch and sitting there for a while thinking one of my RAM sticks was wierd.

phototext 12:24 pm 30 Jul 09

“She just does the usual things like browsing, essay writing, email etc”

2-3gb of RAM will do the trick, don’t pay extra for 4gb as it would be a waste of money.

Pay a little extra and you can get a Core Duo over a Celeron which I think would be worth the extra money.

You could get a decent spec 15 laptop for $999 and a 22″ monitor for $389 from Dell.

You could try DJ’s, Myer, Harris Technology, Office Works and see what old stock they are trying to get rid of. If it has at least 2gb of RAM and any Core Duo it will be up for the job.

peterh 12:04 pm 30 Jul 09

Spam Box said :

Sorry, busy morning

She just does the usual things like browsing, essay writing, email etc

ok…

the problem that you will have is that there aren’t much low cost spec’d boxes around at that price point. I do know of a 2nd hand laptop from a reseller for $599, would allow you to buy a decent brand new monitor, but there is the risk of failure in the 2nd hander. here is the spec:

HP T5600 – 1.5 Gig DDR2 RAM, 80 GIG HARD DRIVE, DVD BURNER, 4 USB ports, CARD READER, WIRELESS LAN, FINGERPRINT READER, 10/100 FAST ETHERNET, ONBOARD SPEAKERS, Touchpad,
V.90 INTERNAL MODEM, WINDOWS PROFESSIONAL (PREINSTALLED), POWER SUPPLY & CARRY BAG $599

and the monitors:
24” lcd monitors ALL HAVE 3 YRS MANUFACTURES WARRANTY
Viewsonic 5ms $315
Benq $325
Viewsonic 2 ms $329

contact me for more info either about the laptop or the monitors. peterdotholland98@gmaildotcom

other resellers tell me that the dell pricing is about the best around, there doesn’t seem to be many cheap and high spec’d laptops.

taco 12:04 pm 30 Jul 09

Spam Box said :

Sorry, busy morning

She just does the usual things like browsing, essay writing, email etc

Any recent Celeron CPU or netbook should handle that fine

dvaey 11:11 am 30 Jul 09

So, for browsing, essay writing, email, etc.. what is wrong with a celeron? Its not like you need a liquid cooled quad-core to run word and look at myspace.

Youre looking for good spec, low cost, laptop.. sorry, but pick 2 out of 3

Spam Box 10:51 am 30 Jul 09

Sorry, busy morning

She just does the usual things like browsing, essay writing, email etc

phototext 10:25 am 30 Jul 09

“firstly, spam box, what are you going to use it for? give us an idea of the uses, then we can give you an idea of what is around that price mark…”

+1

semaj 10:16 am 30 Jul 09

Do a search on http://www.staticice.com.au

It’s a search engine with most of the online PC shops in Australia on it.

Spam Box 10:13 am 30 Jul 09

Thanks, I’ll check it out!

fnaah 10:03 am 30 Jul 09

You can pick up a Dell Inspiron with the following spec for $1200:

Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.1GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2M)
Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium SP1 32 bit Edition (English)
Microsoft(R) Works Include Microsoft(R) Office Home & Student 60 Days Trial Pre-install
15.6″ 720p WLED (1366×768) Display with TrueLife(TM), with integrated 1.3 mega pixel web cam
4GB Dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM
320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability
ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD4330 – 256MB
Intel(R) High Definition Audio 2.0
6-cell Primary Battery
Dell Wireless 1510 802.11n Half Mini-Card

Doesn’t leave you much for hte monitor though.

You can get the laptop above, but without the ATI video card, for $999, which should leave you enough to find a cheaper 22-23″ monitor:

http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/show_image_products.php?input%5Bcategory_id%5D=291

peterh 9:19 am 30 Jul 09

firstly, spam box, what are you going to use it for? give us an idea of the uses, then we can give you an idea of what is around that price mark…

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