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Whats better laptop out of these 2 - Quick Reply needed - Everyone please help

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banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Dell XPS M1530
CORE 2 DUO T9300 2.50GHz
1024MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2x512)
Hard Drive 160GB Free Fall Sensor (7200RPM)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
15.4 WXGA Widescreen (1440x900) TFT with TF (whats TF mean? Does this have truelife?)
8xDVD+/-RW Slim Slot-Load Drive
Black , 2.0mp camera

£560 inc P+P

OR

Dell XPS M1530
CORE 2 DUO T8100 2.10GHz
3.0GB MB (1X2GB + 1X1GB) 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
320GB HD SATA (5400rpm)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
15.4 WXGA (1280x800) with Truelife
8xDVD+/-RW Slim Slot-Load Drive
Black , 2.0mp camera

£540 inc P+P


Ok so what would you say is better?

Don't know why the first one has so little ram seems stupid, but that good be upgraded easy.

What you think is better?
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banned8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
The 1st one, but upgrade it to 2gb ram.
banned#2
Anyone else ??? - Yeah the ram on the first one is ****, dont know why, easy to upgrade tho

Whats better between 320GB HD SATA (5400rpm) and Hard Drive 160GB Free Fall Sensor (7200RPM)
#3
It really depends what you want - I'd go for the first one and then upgrade the ram and HD as needed. With the second one although it has better ram and hard drive, its screen and processor are weaker which is difficult and expensive to upgrade at a later stage.

John
banned#4
Yeh plus the 7200rpm hdd will be faster for loading and stuff compared to the 5400
#5
the important question is what do you intend using it for?
banned#6
Games, general stuff, internet
#7
compo;2555953
the important question is what do you intend using it for?


Absolutely.

Personally I would rather the second, as both CPU's are what I would consider 'fast enough' and I would certainly use over 160GB given the chance, but at the same time the higher-res screen of the first is something that appeals to me (and is worth at least an extra £30 in my opinion) and the faster hdd will make a noticable difference. Its very much down to what its going to be used for and what you prefer yourself.

To upgrade the memory to 2GB will cost you around £35 (new, as you will have to remove the current ram, but you would *definately* want to do this), but the CPU costs about £80 more new so I'd say they were pretty similar in 'value' all things considered.
#8
At twice the size I doubt you'd notice the 320GB 5400rpm being any slower in actual use.

John
banned#9
hmm yeh, think first one is better
#10
The second also has the added value you don't have to upgrade it out the box, whereas the first really needs at least 2GB to make it a balanced system...
#11
1st one. get external hd if needs be. ram is cheap £30 probably get you 3gb. its all about the cpu 2.5 vs 2.1 thats where your money is
#12
I would get the first one, better components, just less of them, apart from pixels ;-)
banned#13
Thanks for all the views :) I think i will go for first one? Do you think that is a good deal for the price?

If i upgrade to 3gb of ram cheap and sell the 1gb, should be a good system
#14
I wouldn't sell the 1GB in case you need to put it back in for a warranty call.

John
#15
Yes i would also suggest the first one then do the ram upgrade.
banned#16
Ok so now, anyone know the cheapest place to get ddr2 667mhz laptop ram at the moment.

Would prob want a dual channel 2gb + 1gb ??

O ye, does anyone know what it means by - "TFT with TF" ?? Whats TF? does that stand for truelife ? But wouldn't that be TL ?
#17
If you want dual channel you will need 2x2GB or 2x1GB - 3GB isn't a dual channel configuration.

John
#18
Johnmcl7;2556295
If you want dual channel you will need 2x2GB or 2x1GB - 3GB isn't a dual channel configuration.

John


Thought you could have different sizes on Intel newest chipset? Or is that not in there yet... Not sure to be honest.
#19
It wasn't something I was aware of if you're meaning interleaved mode, it is possible to currently run dual channel with mismatched pairs but it's a non-interleaved mode.

John
#20
3 GB on Santa Rosa will run dual channel. Santa Rosa chipset features Intel Flex Memory Technology, so it will allow dual channel on different size of RAMs. For example, 3 GB RAM will run 2 GB dual channel and 1GB single channel.


Can't verify that the above is true but its something I've read, not sure if these are Santa Rosa platforms or not but guess they probably are...
banned#21
Well anyway - anyone know the cheapest place for ddr2 667mhz laptop ram at the moment ? cheers
#22
dragonuk
Ok so now, anyone know the cheapest place to get ddr2 667mhz laptop ram at the moment.

Would prob want a dual channel 2gb + 1gb ??

O ye, does anyone know what it means by - "TFT with TF" ?? Whats TF? does that stand for truelife ? But wouldn't that be TL ?


Thin film transistor
banned#23
Cool thanks
#24
GerryG
Thin film transistor


That's what TFT stands for. "TFT with TF" probably doesn't stand for "Thin Film Transistor with Thin Film".

Well, as it's got a film on the surface of the LCD it could stand for that, but marketing terms usually tend to be attractive sounding so it seems unlikely.
banned#25
I need to find the cheapest place for ram now
#26
Johnmcl7
I wouldn't sell the 1GB in case you need to put it back in for a warranty call.

John


Don't need to keep the 1GB - dell lets you upgrade the ram without voiding the warranty, which is nice (as long as you don't kill the system upgrading the ram, which is very unlikely anyway).

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