I'm going to college soon, and I'm in the market for a laptop now. I wish I knew more about notebooks...Anyway, my budget will be nothing over $600.
Heres where I need help. I know that I like gaming, but I don't plan on doing any high end gaming (obviously not with a $550 laptop budget; apparently, integrated graphics still suck :[ ). How do the Pentium Dual cores (I think they're based on old C2D's?) stack up to turions? I would rather get a c2d, but it seems like all of the budget cpu's are Pentiums... T2370 and T2330 pops up a lot.
I'm thinking 2 gb of ram will be good for Vista, but is that a little overboard?
I've looked at Best Buy, Circuit City, Dell.com, Gateway, HP's site, Compaq, Office Depot... am I missing anything?
Will my best bet be to just wait for a good deal in the Sunday Ads at the above?
2 gigs of RAM would probably be ideal for vista on a 32bit OS, mostly on a budget. I think the stores you listed will be the best places to find a laptop like that.
Just to note, the "Pentium Dual Cores"...if I remember correctly, they are in fact Core 2 Duo architecture, just with a lot of hacked off cache and things like that. Nobody quote me on this though They should probably perform about the same as Turions, methinks.