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Sony VGN-FW490

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October 2, 2009 5:28:12 AM

I've been searching for a new laptop that will mainly be used for multimedia playback and Blu Ray burning along with some gaming. The games I'll most likely be playing are RTS', WoW, Diablo 3 (when its released) and possibly some FPS.

I've come across this Sony VGN-FW490 CTO.

The specs are:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9900 (3.06GHz)
8GB DDR2-SDRAM (DDR2-800, 4GBx2)
320GB SATA Hard Disk Drive [7200 rpm]
Blu-ray Disc playback/burning
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4650 graphics card with 1GB vRAM
16.4" widescreen with XBRITE-FullHD™ LCD technology (1920x1080)

Ordering this from Sony's website the price comes out to be $2270.

Is this good enough for what I need? Is it too expensive? Could I possibly lower the processor to the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T9600 (2.80GHz) to save $400 without sacrificing too much performance?

I can honestly say I'm guilty of being allured to the Sony brand name yet, I'm certainly open to any other suggestions and brands. I'm willing to pay the $2270 but it's pretty hard to swallow. Any suggestions or comments would be extremely appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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October 5, 2009 4:58:15 AM

Anyone with any advice?
October 5, 2009 5:33:03 PM

according to what you said not even T9600 CPU is more than enough for you , but also you can reduce your RAM to 4GB (better be a dual channel)
October 5, 2009 11:00:31 PM

Thanks for replying.

So you're saying the 2.8 ghz won't be enough? What exactly is it going to have trouble with?
October 7, 2009 6:50:14 AM

I said 2.8GHz with 6Mb cash is completely enough for what you said also you can save another 400$ by reducing RAM to 4Gb
that high end specification (T9900 CPU + 8Gb RAM) is for gaming in high resolution high detail high frame rate
are going to do all these ?
April 23, 2010 3:51:05 AM

I have laptops that are all brands for sale are unbeatable prices on the internet for instance; I have the Sony VGN-FW490 for sale with 8gb at $1899.99. Just email me for questions or more deals.