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February 22, 2010 5:28:45 PM

Experts, Which is a better configuration anyone?

Thanks.

1. Dell e6400 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM, Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 processor (2.66 GHz), 250GB, 7200 rpm HDD, 8X DVD+RW, WXGA+ LED,

2. Lenovo T400 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 processor (2.53 GHz), 320GB, 7200 rpm HDD, 8X DVD+RW, WXGA+ ccfl.

I should add, need it to run business software, database applications like Oracle, Solaris, business applications, vmware

I have no choice, I have to choose between the above 2 configurations(yes they are at least 1-2 years old I think).
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February 22, 2010 5:45:20 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What do you want do with the laptop? Games, video edition, surf the web...
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February 22, 2010 5:55:28 PM

If u are so keen on getting a a cpu with 2 cores get a dell with an i3
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February 22, 2010 6:09:12 PM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What do you want do with the laptop? Games, video edition, surf the web...



I should add, need it to run business software, database applications like Oracle, Solaris, business applications, vmware


I have no choice, I have to choose between the above 2 configurations(yes they are at least 1-2 years old I think).
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February 22, 2010 6:13:53 PM

Go for the second one.....
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February 22, 2010 6:38:08 PM

Yeah, get the 2nd one. Lenovo is always better that dell in laptops.
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February 22, 2010 6:44:26 PM

That 250 gb will choke ur system, 320 Gb will give you a tough time. In these days i would suggest nothing less than a 500Gb for the internal hard disk. Put in some thoughts for a good external hard disk
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February 22, 2010 6:46:11 PM

The first will probably be a bit faster, but for reliability and build quality, I'd go lenovo every time.
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February 22, 2010 6:46:32 PM

shravankale said:
That 250 gb will choke ur system, 320 Gb will give you a tough time. In these days i would suggest nothing less than a 500Gb for the internal hard disk. Put in some thoughts for a good external hard disk

Not everybody needs a ton of storage space.
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February 22, 2010 6:52:36 PM

cjl said:
Not everybody needs a ton of storage space.


He'll come to know when he'll fall short of space in some months
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February 22, 2010 6:55:45 PM

^If he work with Solaris, trust me, at least he has a SAN or NAS with enough space.
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February 22, 2010 6:59:56 PM

If he is going to do only " run business software, database applications like Oracle, Solaris, business applications, vmware" then that may suffice him n i hope so, but he might want to do something else unless he has a another notebook
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February 22, 2010 7:10:05 PM

shravankale said:
He'll come to know when he'll fall short of space in some months

Not necessarily. I know people who would struggle to fill 120GB.

I'm not one of them admittedly - I have 3.6TB internal on my desktop, and it's fairly full, but just because you use a lot of space doesn't mean that everyone does.
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February 22, 2010 7:14:12 PM

cjl said:
Not necessarily. I know people who would struggle to fill 120GB.

I'm not one of them admittedly - I have 3.6TB internal on my desktop, and it's fairly full, but just because you use a lot of space doesn't mean that everyone does.


well, said. I have on my computer a HDD 160GB thats been partition in 1/2. i've only filled 80% of 1 of the partition. the second one has been hardly touched.
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February 22, 2010 7:59:38 PM

It's a matter of personal choice if i know i wont use more than 200gb whts the harm in having some extra GB's coz "U MAY need it" and that guy has no choice other than those 2 notebooks so it's better if he has 320Gb space rather than 250Gb space.
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February 22, 2010 8:10:24 PM

Quote:
Get the fastest processor you can and don't worry about the hard drive. You can always replace it with a WD Black or SSD


Agreed on the hard drive part
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February 22, 2010 8:33:34 PM

Thanks to all that have replied...more concerned about speed(both have 3 year warranties):

Will the DDR3 really help if the processor is 2.53 GHz vs the DDR2 RAM for the laptop with the 2.66 GHz

Will the 0.13 GHz faster laptop make a significant difference if both laptops are upgrade to 8 gigs of RAM?

I'm assuming between Core Duo -- this means #1 is 0.13 + 0.13 faster = 0.26 GHz faster?

Thanks.
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February 22, 2010 8:48:54 PM

shravankale said:
It's a matter of personal choice if i know i wont use more than 200gb whts the harm in having some extra GB's coz "U MAY need it" and that guy has no choice other than those 2 notebooks so it's better if he has 320Gb space rather than 250Gb space.

The harm is in the fact that you are paying money for something you don't need, and get no benefit from.
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