Need a CPU suggestion please

Going to buy a new notebook computer, and will be going to the dark side and getting a Pentium CPU. The thing is, I know little about Pentiums as I have always gone the AMD path.

Can someone help me pick a CPU? I am looking for the best "bang for the buck". I want good performance and low cost. I will be doing some mild gaming (will have the geforce GO 7800GTX).

Do I want PentiumM? Which one? Pentium4? Which one?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. IMO the best is Intels Core Duo
  2. Well, if your going to get anything with the 7800GTX on it, your going to pay more of a premium for it.

    I would recommend a Dell core duo, Inspiron 9400 series. When I bought my 9300 (last years model) I went into their outlet and found mine which was reconditioned but, it's just like brand new with a full warranty and I only paid 973 bucks for mine. It doesn't have the 7800GTX, instead, it has ATI X300 which games fairly well but I don't really game on it.

    I would look at Dell anyway as they are probably going to have the best bang for your buck. Dell laptops are very good machines. Don't let anybody tell you different. :wink:
  3. Quote:
    Going to buy a new notebook computer, and will be going to the dark side and getting a Pentium CPU. The thing is, I know little about Pentiums as I have always gone the AMD path.

    Can someone help me pick a CPU? I am looking for the best "bang for the buck". I want good performance and low cost. I will be doing some mild gaming (will have the geforce GO 7800GTX).

    Do I want PentiumM? Which one? Pentium4? Which one?

    Thanks in advance!


    Don't get the 7800GTX. You can get the 7900GT for about $100 less. The 7900GT is also better than the 7800GTX. Sorry, can't help you with the Pentium processor choice, don't know enough about them to be of any real help.
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    Don't get the 7800GTX. You can get the 7900GT for about $100 less. The 7900GT is also better than the 7800GTX.


    I don't think such a card exsist yet. We are talking about the "go" series of graphics for notebook computers here. Unless the GO 7900GT came out and I missed it?
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    Going to buy a new notebook computer, and will be going to the dark side and getting a Pentium CPU. The thing is, I know little about Pentiums as I have always gone the AMD path.

    Can someone help me pick a CPU? I am looking for the best "bang for the buck". I want good performance and low cost. I will be doing some mild gaming (will have the geforce GO 7800GTX).

    Do I want PentiumM? Which one? Pentium4? Which one?

    Thanks in advance!


    Don't get the 7800GTX. You can get the 7900GT for about $100 less. The 7900GT is also better than the 7800GTX. Sorry, can't help you with the Pentium processor choice, don't know enough about them to be of any real help.

    I wasn't aware that there's a 7900 for laptops. The Dell laptops don't come with Pentium 4's (thank God; it's a desktop CPU); the 2GHz Pentium M that comes standard on the Inspiron XPS is faster than any Pentium 4; don't waste your $500 getting the 2.26GHz one. Spend some of that money to upgrade the RAM to 2GB, and keep the rest. Oh, yeah; Dell laptops are pretty nice machines.
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    Don't get the 7800GTX. You can get the 7900GT for about $100 less. The 7900GT is also better than the 7800GTX.


    I don't think such a card exsist yet. We are talking about the "go" series of graphics for notebook computers here. Unless the GO 7900GT came out and I missed it?


    Damn. You beat me to it :(. I think the 7900Go will come out pretty soon; probably the next 1-2 months.
  7. So far, this is the system I am looking at:

    Pentium(R) M 760 (2GHz/2MBcache
    Progress MXG (Intel 915PMchipset/17WSXGA+/GeForce Go 7800 GTX)
    PC4300 DDR2 1GB 533MHz(512MBx2)
    80GB ATA100/5400rpm
    GeFore Go 7800 GTX GDDR3 256MB(256bit) PCI Express x16/TV-Out/DVI
    SlimDrive(DVD±R8x/±RW4x/DVD8x)CD+DVD
    3D Sound onboard
    1000Base GigabitLAN + IEEE802.11a/b/g wireless LAN
    56K modem
    stereo speakers
    17.0 wide screen (1680*1050)
    WindowsXP Home Edition
    mini IEEE1394a ×1/PCMCIA TYPEⅡ×1/USB2.0×4

    210,000 Yen..... about.... $1,800 US or so.
  8. Quote:
    Going to buy a new notebook computer, and will be going to the dark side and getting a Pentium CPU. The thing is, I know little about Pentiums as I have always gone the AMD path.

    Can someone help me pick a CPU? I am looking for the best "bang for the buck". I want good performance and low cost. I will be doing some mild gaming (will have the geforce GO 7800GTX).

    Do I want PentiumM? Which one? Pentium4? Which one?

    Thanks in advance!


    out of curiosity why have you decided that ur only gonna get a laptop with an intel processor?
  9. There ya go. That's a good build. The only thing I would do different is see if you can get a faster hard drive. One that runs 7200 RPM instead of 5400. That makes quite a difference in performance for a laptop believe it or not. Otherwise, that's a great build and that's what I would get.
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    out of curiosity why have you decided that ur only gonna get a laptop with an intel processor?


    The company from which I MUST buy from (out of my hands) is not currently offering any decent AMD based notebooks.
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    There ya go. That's a good build. The only thing I would do different is see if you can get a faster hard drive. One that runs 7200 RPM instead of 5400. That makes quite a difference in performance for a laptop believe it or not. Otherwise, that's a great build and that's what I would get.


    Done. Cost an extra $50 for the same size HDD at 7200rpm.
  12. Good deal man. You won't go wrong with that machine. It's a similar build to mine other than the graphics and mine has a slower CPU. Nice choice
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