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Two Choices of Laptops, need advice.

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August 5, 2008 10:26:52 AM

1: What is your budget?
£2000

2: What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15.4" or 17"

3: What screen resolution do you want?
1900x1200

4: Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Desktop Replacement Laptop

5: How much battery life do you need?
Dont mind - It'll be running from mains.

6: Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Call of Duty 4 - High, Counter-Strike: Source - High, GRID - High, Team Fortress 2 - High

7: What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing, surfing the web, playing music, watching movies, Etc.)
Photo Editing, Playing Games, Playing Movies, Playing Music

8: How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
200Gb Minimim Pref.

9: If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them.
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetai...
http://www.rockdirect.com/viewNotebook.php?pName=XTREME 780

10: How long do you want to keep your laptop?
A good few Years.

11: If you would like to mention some other things about purchasing your ideal laptop, post them.
Noe that I can think of.

12: Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Never buying a Acer again, bought it and within 3 months it borke and the company refused to repair it.
I dont like HP's touch pad, I like the feeling of Dell's and Acer Touchpads other than that laminate crap.

13: What country do you live in?
United Kingdom.

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August 5, 2008 10:31:02 AM

DELL XPS M1730 Specification I was thinking of:
Intel core 2 duo T9300, 2.50GHz, 6MB cache, 800Mhz
Dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX 512Mb DDR3 Graphics
Ageia PhysX Processing Unit Card
Ultrasharp WUXGA+ TFT with Truelife
4GB DDR2 667Mhz
2x 200GB 7200rpm SATA HDD in Raid 0
Windows Vista Home Premium


ROCK Xtreme 780 Specifications I was thinking of:
Intel core 2 duo T9600, 2.80GHz, 6MB cache,1066Mhz
NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GT 512Mb DDR3 Graphics
Hi-res WUXGA+ X-Glass rock logo
4GB DDR3 1066Mhz
250GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Windows Vista Home Premium
a c 244 D Laptop
August 5, 2008 11:27:48 AM

Without a doubt,go for the first one
Dual 8800MGTX are alot better than 1 9800MGT(9800MGT=8800MGTX)
The first one has a better screen and more HDD.

The second one has a faster CPU but the difference isnt noticeable.

Also T9300 has 800MHZ FSB not 1066.
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August 5, 2008 11:48:06 AM

Maziar said:
Without a doubt,go for the first one
Dual 8800MGTX are alot better than 1 9800MGT(9800MGT=8800MGTX)
The first one has a better screen and more HDD.

The second one has a faster CPU but the difference isnt noticeable.

I did read your review and it was amazing. I believe this is exactly what I need. I did notice one thing was that you bought it in Smoke Gray correct? And when you turned on the white LEDs on the lid. It turned blue?

Is the LEDs on the lid colour changable also?

Maziar said:
Also T9300 has 800MHZ FSB not 1066.

Yep, that was my fault I have the M1730 Specifications inbeded into my head and I just copy and pasted the specs of the ROCK Xtreme 780
a c 244 D Laptop
August 5, 2008 12:57:24 PM

Yes its smoke grey.

The LED colors on the LED cant be changed,they are blue(acutally in the photo they are blue,in real they are something between purple and blue which is very nice),also the LED color on the keyboard cant be changed either.

The ones that can be changed are the SPEAKER and TOUCH PAD which are customized with 12 colors.
August 5, 2008 12:59:57 PM

Cool thanks, How long did it take Dell to deliver the laptop to you?
a c 244 D Laptop
August 5, 2008 1:03:36 PM

No problems mate :)  glad i could help u :) 
I am in IRAN,so i told my uncle to order it in UK,it took about 5-6 days to ship i think.
August 5, 2008 5:02:54 PM

You can't change the color of the screen LEDs? That's funny - I can change the colors on my XPS M1710 on the screen, speaker, and vent (the touchpad is only red though).
a c 244 D Laptop
August 5, 2008 6:33:59 PM

No the color on the lid and the keyboard cant be changed on M1730.
August 5, 2008 10:51:45 PM

My 1,300'th post... hurray!!!

There is also a new entry into the 17" notebook market coming out at the end of August that will have dual M88XT ATi GPU's in a crossfire... the good part? That the cost is very attractive compared to comparable SLi systems from nVidia.

Even if it doesn't light the world on fire, I'm sure it will bring down the nVidia prices. Right now they have all but a stranglehold on the notebook GPU market and (IMHO) demand a premium for their products.

If the system you are looking at has a desktop chip, like a Q9xxx in it, then the other good news is with the release of the Q9650 the prices of all lower chips are coming down this month too.
August 15, 2008 9:32:59 PM

Oh well.. Maziar im truly glad that it took only 5 working days for your laptop to come. They made a screw up with mine already. When you check your order status via the Dell site it has 5 stages. First one is just authorising the payment etc. then the last 4 are "Pre-Production", "Production", "Pre-Delivery" and "Delivery".

UNfortunatly mine been stuck at Pro-Production for the past 6 Days.
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