I'm buying a notebook...

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Ratty Sr., Dec 6, 2006.

  1. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    ...and I need help deciding between the following:

    HP nc8430
    Acer Aspire 5652WLMi
    Toshiba Satellite A100-847
    (You are all welcome to suggest alternatives, as long as they are in the same price range.)

    I plan to use the computer as my primary gaming / work system for at least the next couple of months. There, now that you have all the important info, you can start giving me your input (That means *you*, SuAside!).
     
  2. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Jul 5, 2003
    None of these. Lenovo Thinkpads (previously IBM) are the best laptops around, so go with one of those. Not the cheaper Lenovos, the Thinkpads.
     
  3. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    No way. Thinkpads in that price range are way too underpowered. They all either come with an integrated graphics chip or with Radeon X1400, which pretty much disqualifies them as gaming machines in face of comparable notebooks by Toshiba, Acer and HP. Radeon X1600 or GF Go 7600 mean a world of difference in games and gaming benchmarks.
     
  4. Briosafreak

    Briosafreak Lived Through the Heat Death

    Dec 18, 2003
    Anything not HP.
     
  5. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    Bad experiences?

    My last notebook was HP nx7000, and it died rather painfully (motherboard and video card got fried). The nc8430 has by far the best game performance out of the three notebooks listed above, but I wouldn't even consider purchasing it without a Care Pack.
     
  6. Demonslayer

    Demonslayer Water Chip? Been There, Done That

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    Aug 8, 2005
    I was thinking of buying the asus lamborghini but then i realised i was going to pay a lot just for the lamborghini mark.
     
  7. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
    A laptop? For gaming?

    In my experience, laptop processors heat up pretty quick.
     
  8. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    In my experience your experience results from choosing the wrong laptop to game on.
     
  9. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite

    May 18, 2003
  10. Arachnivore

    Arachnivore First time out of the vault

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    Feb 13, 2006
    I've never undrstood why people get laptops for gaming. I've only seen people use them to throw their college tuition money down the drain as they play WoW in the middle of lectures.
     
  11. IvyMike

    IvyMike First time out of the vault

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    Apr 28, 2006
    I've never owned one, but Alienware supposedly has some pretty decent gaming machines - but you'd really be paying the price for one.

    That Toshiba seems like a good machine. Ideally I'm against laptops for gaming (I had overheating issues with my Dell 9100), but it sounds like a temporary solution (you're looking for one for only a few months?), and the portability might be nice.
     
  12. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    2 yr old Packard Ball notebook with huge porn archive (incl. anal, dp, atm, bdsm) and free wallpapers: 300 euros + bj (w/o c)

    pm me for more details

    :look:
     
  13. Arachnivore

    Arachnivore First time out of the vault

    89
    Feb 13, 2006
    Not to be a fan boy / Apple whore but have you considered getting a Macbook Pro and putting Boot Camp on it? If you build one to match the specs of the HP it'll cost you allot less (especially if you get 3rd party RAM and a student discount).

    I've heard Acer has a pretty bad track record on customer service but this does look like a good deal if you're ok with a 3.5 hour battery.

    The Toshiba also looks like a pretty good deal if battery life isn't an issue.
     
  14. Serifan

    Serifan Orderite Orderite

    Aug 3, 2006
    Ratty you should consider the NC8430 they are great reliable notebooks. The company I am working for has rolled out over 200 of theses and we have had nothing but good reviews from our clients.
     
  15. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    No. Just... no.

    I haven't seen that one in Croatia yet, but I'll look into it.

    It isn't *too* much of an issue.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Noted. Thanks, Serif.
     
  16. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Admin

    May 27, 2004
    no HP or Dell, please...

    as for toshiba or acer? whatever you prefer really.
     
  17. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    Finally, the opinion I've been waiting for.

    I found a place which sells Acer 5652 at a discount price, so I'll probably try to get my hands on one of those, then. If not, then I'll go for the Toshiba.
     
  18. Ratty Sr.

    Ratty Sr. Ratty, except old Moderator Orderite

    Apr 23, 2003
    *bump*

    You probably don't care, but I ended up buying Toshiba A100-847 and it rocks so far. Many thanks to people who helped me with their input.