just ordered new laptop(need to know)

tekzor

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Here are the specs
HP Pavilion dv2000z customizable Notebook PC
FREE Upgrade to Genuine Windows XP Media Center!!
AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-50(1.6GHz/512KB)
FREE Upgrade to 14.1" WXGA BrightView Widescreen!!
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 6150
HP Imprint Finish + Microphone + Webcam
1024MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
80GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
FREE Upgrade: 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
802.11b/g WLAN
FREE Upgrade to HP ExpressCard Analog TV Tuner!!
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Microsoft(R) Works/Money


I still have time to change anything on it till Feb 1.
I mostly surf do projects on word, play games like warcraft 3, and carry it with me most of the time. Did I make the right choice in these specs?
I'm also getting the free vista upgrade, its the premium edition but its 32 bit?
Let me know if I should change anything or something I don't need.

Thanks!
total came out to $1k after rebates

I also watch video and convert video. I could get a core 2 duo but its $100 more, I think its not worth it for laptops.
 

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The cpu looks good (turion x2), I would reconsider the wireless options more, a seperate memory upgrade instead of HP (relatively hefty upgrade $), and finally I don't know about that big 12 cell battery. I have a small battery on my laptop (14.1 inch Dell e1405: centrino duo "yonah") and it works fine for ~3.5 hours.

Again, I am not sure about the battery, but my 14.1 in laptop runs well.
 

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the only other wireless option was for a/b/g and I realy dont need more then b/g on my home network and wireless at college. I also paid $75 for 2x512mb from standard 256. This was also required by HP is I want to get the vista premium home upgrade :? . If I wanted to get 2gb of ram it would be 75+125 from 256mb for a total of $200.
 

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Yes, I am also a univ. student and I meant to take a strategy of configuring a one dimm 512 mb memory module and get another module seperate through newegg for instance. (save as much $ as possible)

As for 64 bit vista--I do not know but have been interested in 64 computing (i.e. Windows xp64) until I realized student editions of MATLAB are 32 bit only. :evil:

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I also paid $75 for 2x512mb from standard 256. This was also required by HP is I want to get the vista premium home upgrade :? . If I wanted to get 2gb of ram it would be 75+125 from 256mb for a total of $200.
I suppose this is a good deal however, but it appears typical for vendors to overcharge for configuration of memory.
 

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Wow it has MS Works :roll:

64-bit is only needed for 4 GB RAM or more.

The TV tuner is likely a POS.

Make sure they put in a 1 gig stick of RAM and not 2 little sticks.

Maybe get a better gfx card ortherwise its fine.
 

tekzor

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Wow it has MS Works :roll:

64-bit is only needed for 4 GB RAM or more.

The TV tuner is likely a POS.

Make sure they put in a 1 gig stick of RAM and not 2 little sticks.

Maybe get a better gfx card ortherwise its fine.
They had no option of getting 1GB in 1 DIMM :(
and the gfx card is only that one.
BC this is a 14.1" laptop it apperently goes under a few rules. The only comparable laptops I found ie. acer for the same price are heavier(5.3lbs vs 6.3lbs) and are 15.4".
I'm thinking about selling 1 stick of 512 ram on ebay and purchasing a 1gb stick from newegg.
I dont care much for MS works, I use openoffice anyways.
tuner was free, go figure :p
 

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Yep, it is integrated. The external solution just blew me away and I hope it will work as told. Although the only computer game I'm playing is war3.
 

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excellent!
I was worried it wont do a good job because my intergrated sis vpu on my old sempron laptop only pulled off 800x600 medium low setting for war3
 

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yeah, i wouldn't worry about a 6150 if your just going for a mild game like wc3. sis shouldn't even count as a gpu anymore its so bad.. your better off w/ an old school ati rage.
 

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i always had fps of 10 when playing 1024 res no matter what settings. sis m760gx was the intergrated card. Played on sempron 1.8ghz and 512 pc 2700 ddr :lol:
 

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I just cancled the order for the laptop and placed a new one :lol:

here are the newer specs( no more windows vista upgrade cd ^^)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo T5200(1.60GHz/2MB L2Cache)
15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800)
256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7400
HP Imprint Finish + Microphone + Webcam
1024MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) (godamn I hate the 2 DIMM, ordered 1gb from newegg)
60GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
FREE Upgrade: 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support
802.11b/g WLAN
No TV Tuner w/remote control
12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Microsoft(R) Works 8.0
System Recovery DVD w/Windows Vista Home Premium

only $60 more too then the previous :twisted:
however it is 15.4 inches instead of 14.1 and weighs 6 lbs instead of 5.3 :cry:
 

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Much better looking lappy. Any way you can upgrade that HD to 7200? Without it costing you and arm & a lef from HP. !2 cell Batt nice. Better then my 6 cell on this Compaq.
 
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