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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)

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Any Idea’s?

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peterh 9:33 am 31 Jul 09

Skidbladnir said :

Al,

Vista had the same issue for its x32 version (its a 32-bit hardware architectural problem, iirc), Microsoft went so far as releasing a patch for Vista that effectively fudged the figures enough that customers would stop asking by detecting total capabilities of the RAM at loading. (Vista SP1 reports 4Gb as installed, but still only 3.5 ‘available’ less Windows’ requirements).
Desktop copies of WinXP and Vista stick with 4GB caps for driver compatibility.
You can go over 4Gb with software-enabling PAE so long as the system allows for it, extending to 36 bit address size capability, as to just how it all works frankly I just don’t care.

Windows 7 x32 has the same problem, as its an x32 software architecture..

x64 Vista Business\Ultimate could handle around 128Gb of RAM (Windows 7 has an x64 variant also).

(For those desktop IT geeks who are probably raring up to tear strips off me for some perceived slight somewhere in the above, I work in database admin. I really don’t care all that much about desktop support problems except when they’re my own.)

al and skid, if you want a copy of win7 RC, let me know. I have a couple. expires august 2010.

peterh 9:22 am 31 Jul 09

phototext said :

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

And I’m guessing you are running XP as opposed to Vista, which is a lot more demanding of RAM. On XP 1-2 gb is good, on Vista 2-3 gb is good, depending on what you are doing with the machine. Over 3gb is a waste of money in a 32 bit environment though.

RAM is very cheap at the moment and is one of the cheapest options to give a computer a speed boost. Have a look at the Kingston or Corsair sites and use their memory configurator to find what RAM is available for your computer. Another 512mb of RAM would make a huge improvement to how zippy your machine is, especially if you are running several programs at once.

currently testing a wyse terminal with xpe and a nextg card. very noice – no HDD, no need for one, using g.ho.st environment (cloud O/S), via browser.

daddy 9:13 am 31 Jul 09

Dell have an “outlet” on their website

http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=au&l=en&s=dfo&~ck=bt

They are already built cancelled orders etc. not always something there but if you keep an eye on it you can get a system about 30% less than building your own. I have bought a couple, 1 desktop ($360 with no monitor, reasonable spec), 1 laptop (15.4 “, dual core 2gb ram DVD burner $680) here and they are great. It may be an exotic colour, there’s a gloss blue one up there at the time of writing, but the internals are all good. Monitors avaiable here as well.

Watch it closely as it is first in best dressed.

Delivery time in both cases was 2 days.

phototext 6:46 am 31 Jul 09

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

And I’m guessing you are running XP as opposed to Vista, which is a lot more demanding of RAM. On XP 1-2 gb is good, on Vista 2-3 gb is good, depending on what you are doing with the machine. Over 3gb is a waste of money in a 32 bit environment though.

RAM is very cheap at the moment and is one of the cheapest options to give a computer a speed boost. Have a look at the Kingston or Corsair sites and use their memory configurator to find what RAM is available for your computer. Another 512mb of RAM would make a huge improvement to how zippy your machine is, especially if you are running several programs at once.

astrojax 10:34 pm 30 Jul 09

i’m still wondering what a “twenty three hash monitor” is… a very-hungry-for-munchies lizard?

bd84 9:50 pm 30 Jul 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

@ post #2. I just bought that exact machine from the Dell website for 955 bucks!

If you google for dell coupons, there are normally some forums or sites listing what the current Dell coupons are – you can normally get 10-15% off if you’re lucky. I picked up a Studio 15 with better specs that the Inspiron for just over $1000 not too long ago.

You may be als able to pic up some older spec laptops off auction sites etc for around the $800-$1000 mark.

Other than Dell (which are normally more than decent) or the older models, you’re unlikely to get much else that isn’t a celeron at around $900 or lower and that will leave you with enough money for a cheap 22″ monitor.

@ post #2. I just bought that exact machine from the Dell website for 955 bucks!

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