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contemplating getting a CULV laptop second hand with su2300

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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
i mean im on a pretty old laptop atm, running an intel celeron m processor but i dont really know that much about computers, the clock speed (whatever that is) of the processor seems fine but im a little worried by its 1mb cache, it seems low.. should i be worried when comparing it against 3mb cache processors such as the su7300?? there dont seem a lot of difference in there benchmark (i dont know what there benchmark relates to either)...

it has 3gb of ram anyway and seems pretty decent compared to what i have currently... it will be fast enough for general interent browsing and a bit of media listening to music style stuff and streaming right?

its an asus ul30a btw
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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what thje hell does cache relate to is pretty much my question?
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also the other thing is if the unit did not have its original harddrive and did not have a recovery CD would i need to install all the drivers for all of its components or could i do it from the web or will it sort itself out?
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No need to worry. The cache speed of 1mb is fine especially with 3gb ram. You will notice a difference with the increased cache when surfing the web, etc. as frequently accessed web pages are held in the faster cache rather than system RAM or the hard drive. But for the things you are using it for I doubt you would even notice.

The su2300 is a good processor, and will easily cope with those tasks.

Benchmarks are just tests run on a computer. Depending on which benchmark you look at, they measure anything from overall system performance to graphics power. What was it's benchmark score?

And finally, seeing as you haven't bought it yet, I know it's a bit nosey, but what price are you buying it for? Because in the last day or so, there have been some deals as i'm sure you are aware that are really quite special. We have seen previously unheard of things, like new dual core full laptops (even intel chips) for £280, and the likes of the ferrari, lenovo deals etc. Might be worth thinking about....

Also, I'm not really too sure about the hard drive issue you mention. If it had had a new hard drive installed, and that person had booted it up etc then all files and drivers will be installed. But if they wiped it and have just said comes with a brand new hard drive, never been booted etc I would do some research. Can't advise on this bit sorry.

Hope this helps. Get back in touch :) Happy to help.
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cheers matey useful info, im looking at getting it for about £250, ive been tempted by the lenovo deal i must say but cant really be bothered going near that acer ferrari at all, garish at best

got a benchmark score of 909, su7300 was 980 or sumthing like that in comparison, the one im on currently is around 300 lol

i quite like the aesthetics of the asus and spaced out keyboard... i think im probs gna go for the asus tbh as its a step up from what im currently running for relatively little money but am a little confused as to this replaced hard drive on this second hand one im looking at as the guy says he's not allowed to sell it with an OS this is on avforums btw, ive got a mate with an external disc drive and windows 7 so should be able to put that on fine i think....
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You can consider specifications all you like, but really you have not mentioned exactly what you NEED a laptop for, if its primarily browsing consider a large screen, if its portability consider a netbook, if its for gaming consider multi core processors with a decent dedicated GPU.

Then you also obviously have to consider your budget.

With regards to cache, if all you are going to be using a laptop for is internet and media, then really I would be more likely to look into the hard disk RPM as that often gets overlooked as a major speed increase in laptops. A 7200 RPM drive can speed up the loading of your OS significantly providing you have sufficient RAM for whatever operating system you are running, I would not be too concerned on the processors cache size, your older celeron had a low cache because it was released as a budget processor.

I am not sure why the guy is not allowed to sell it with an OS unless the laptop has a missing license sticker, or he has to wipe the drive due to personal data and just does not have a backup disk for an OS reinstall.

Most laptops/netbooks only come with 5400 RPM drives, upgrading to a 7200 RPM puts them on par speed read wise with desktop computers.
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thanks for the reply cico, i think this is the reason "he has to wipe the drive due to personal data and just does not have a backup disk for an OS reinstall" taken from your text, except for the fact he has just replaced the hard drive, ill probs look at putting a faster HDD in it and probs up the 3gb ram to 4gb for no reason other thna i can, have windows 64bit installed i think, tbh i probably dont need the riddiculous battery life of it but think it could well come in handy i just fancy the slightly smaller size and styling and need sumthing that runs faster than my current which struggles to load up webpages too often nowadays

in a sad turn of events id actually say its main use would be flicking through HUKD...

Edited By: joeprosho on Jan 30, 2011 20:43: a
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thanks for the reply cico, i think this is the reason "he has to wipe the drive due to personal data and just does not have a backup disk for an OS reinstall" taken from your text, except for the fact he has just replaced the hard drive, ill probs look at putting a faster HDD in it and probs up the 3gb ram to 4gb for no reason other thna i can, have windows 64bit installed i think, tbh i probably dont need the riddiculous battery life of it but think it could well come in handy i just fancy the slightly smaller size and styling and need sumthing that runs faster than my current which struggles to load up webpages too often nowadays


It might be worth putting here exactly what your budget is, as unless he is selling for a really good price, buying second hand with some of the deals going around really would be worth it.

With regards your old laptop, it may suffice you a little longer if you reinstalled the OS, or at least cleared some of the applications out that are clogging up the system...make sure it has a decent free virus checker on it like Avast, and install the free edition of "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware" to ensure it is malware/spy/spam free.

With regards to the styling of the Acer Ferrari, I personally think it looks quite garish, but don't forget that a laptop skin can cover up that crap.
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i pressume you mean wouldnt? tbh my budgets a bit riddic, i get half tempted by macs all the time as im saving up for travelling and could afford it, but i dont really like spending anything ever so i have a pretty tight purse..

im looking at an asus ul30a for £250, i have been tempted by the lenovo 350 or 450 and am aware fo all the current deals on here... dont really know why i dont go with them... but as horrible as this might be for a computer buff to here my loyaltys lie in the looks! 13" screen is the smallest i wanna go really

i recovered my old laptop the other day, it would last fine enough but tbh my biggest issue is the batterys reached the end of its days and i have a third party charger that needs rotating to get to work in the jack, its just hassle for sumthing i use every day... i dont really have any viruses but my cpu cant really handle windows 7... its a bit of a project for sum1 to take on i think and i cant really be bothered.. if a person had an official charger it would allready be infinately better,

i had a mate who took it apart once aswell and the disc drive is now disconnected as are the speakers and one of the usb ports, its on its way out to put it nicely :D

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