Groups

    URGENT - help with decison about laptop

    Originally posted about purchasing a refurb (new) laptop for my daughter with limited budget (its my daughter's £300 National Savings money) with the one proviso that it would cope with Sims 3.

    I now have the opportunity to buy a second hand laptop from someone at work who is an IT geek and buys, rebuilds, upgrades and sells stuff all the time.

    It's an older model Compaq NC6000 Business Notebook but with an upgraded hard drive, 2 gb RAM and various extras thrown in (spare battery, case, docking station) and with Windows XP professional plus genuine XP key. It has a 14.1" screen, an older processor (Pentium M) but a dedicated graphics card ATI mobility Radeon 9600

    He's checked the spec against the SIMS3 system requirement and is happy that this will meet the bill.

    He's asking £200 to include all the upgrades and extras. It's described as in immaculate condition with no scratches and no dead pixels.

    Is it worth going for this considering it's an older machine and has an older processor and a small(er) screen compared with current laptops but bearing in mind that to get something new with the right spec, particularly decent dedicated graphics is probably going to cost nearer £400 to £500?

    13 Comments

    Bit of a risk me thinks - the "dedicated graphics" is only @32mb and the laptop was released in 2004. It's also a business laptop which looks old and not great looking for a kid

    Seems like a good deal, particularly with the extras.

    According to the Sims 3 requirements - this laptop doesn't meet the basic
    thesims3.com/gam…req

    Original Poster

    its only me

    According to the Sims 3 requirements - this laptop doesn't meet the … According to the Sims 3 requirements - this laptop doesn't meet the basic[url=http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq]http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq[/url]



    Sent him the system requirement and the graphics is fine as the card is specifically mentioned and the Pentium M processor is a later processor then the Pentium 4 and of of equivalent spec.

    Mottmania

    ACER ASPIRE 5532- AMD Athlon X2 dual core L310 - 512mb dedicated graphics, 3gbram & 320gb hard drive, windows 7 home premium + 1 year warranty - £290 on Argos Clearance

    your daughter wont thank you for it, unless shes planning to go to retro business school.

    The processor is pretty old now and it won't matter how much ram you slap in it, it won't be very quick. The spare battery is handy but would you need a docking station.

    I would have thought you'd be much better off with something like this.
    laptopsdirect.co.uk/Tos…asp
    It'll last a heck of a lot longer, and defo worth spending the extra in my opinion.

    Original Poster

    forest2002

    your daughter wont thank you for it, unless shes planning to go to retro … your daughter wont thank you for it, unless shes planning to go to retro business school. The processor is pretty old now and it won't matter how much ram you slap in it, it won't be very quick. The spare battery is handy but would you need a docking station.I would have thought you'd be much better off with something like this.[url=http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_Pro_C650D-115_Windows_7_Laptop_PSC16E-00E007EN/version.asp]http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_Pro_C650D-115_Windows_7_Laptop_PSC16E-00E007EN/version.asp[/url]It'll last a heck of a lot longer, and defo worth spending the extra in my opinion.



    Thanks. Do you know if the spec on that Toshiba meets the Sims3 minimum spec?

    Mottmania

    Setting aside the "cool" or not factor there is no doubt this laptop will not be the fastest around, but making the decision depends on whether the extra money is more important than a speedy machine.

    As for longevity. I would say never buy for the future always for the present. Any money you save will buy you much more computer in a year or two than it would today.

    Just buy my dell inspiron 1750 ;-)

    Plum

    Setting aside the "cool" or not factor there is no doubt this laptop will … Setting aside the "cool" or not factor there is no doubt this laptop will not be the fastest around, but making the decision depends on whether the extra money is more important than a speedy machine.As for longevity. I would say never buy for the future always for the present. Any money you save will buy you much more computer in a year or two than it would today.



    If it was "fit for purpose" - I would agree. But even £200 is alot to spend to make a purchase on something that is 6 years old(ish) with no warranty and no real way of knowing for sure that it would work to the requirements of the user today - or six months time.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for messages thus far.

    I am minded to say no to the second hand jobby and look at some of the suggestions you have made. The Argos Clearance store on ebay and laptops direct appear to have good spec to price ratio machines.

    Original Poster

    What about the MSI X610 on Argos Clearance at £320

    Silver.
    AMD Athlon 64 NEO dual core processor.
    2GB DDR2 RAM.
    15.6in screen size.
    Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.
    320GB SATA hard drive.
    ATI RADEON HD4330 graphics.
    512MB graphics memory.
    Multi card reader.
    3 USB ports.
    HDMI.
    1.3MP webcam.
    802.11 b/g/n wireless enabled.
    Windows 7 Premium operating system installed.
    Up to hours 3 battery life.
    Weight 2.0kg

    Original Poster

    Silly me. No optical drive on the MSI X610
    Post a comment
    Avatar
    @
      Text
      Top Discussions
      1. Just heard this...2 ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ congrats to all on 392k ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★7767343
      2. word association Game73944514
      3. Do cheeky drivers annoy you when they park outside your house and leave it …2238
      4. *** Weekly game codes giveaway 188 ***1125

      See more discussions