Originally Posted by GT_Hawk
First thanks for clearing that up as I just psend the last hr trying to find a core 2 duo lol
Ok well right now the notebook top of my list is the HP dv8000t which runs the duo. Good desk top replacment so its not that I jhate intel but more i want a faster pc now. but just e mailed hp to ask if they well release the duo 2 bios update so I cna upgrade it.
As for what I am using it for. I am not a tipical user at all. I am a programer analyst and love to do some coding for the fun of it that could test any cpu. also a big gamer so speed is also a factor there. I well be runing a dual boot with XP/xp64 depending on processor and a linux dirtro, problay mandrake.
I have not bought a intel chip since my pentum (not pentium 1 just pentiou) 120mhz in 96. All amd since then, but thats all desk top, and this beiung laptop world, can't just make up a pc from parts. also a litlte under the gun so hay.
I am also a software developer, and use my laptops to write programs at home (mostly in OCaml/Java/C++). I run Eclipse (my primary IDE for all 3 languages) on this thing without any hitches, and the true dual core really helps test multi-threaded programs out.
My gaming interests lie a little in the past. I am a big fan of Baldur's Gate 1/2, although I have also tested BF 1942, Rogue Spear III, C&C Generals+Zero Hour and Rome: Total War+Barbarian Invasion on this thing and all run at quite high settings without a hitch.
The others are right: While I personally love AMD and am always rooting for them, Intel completely and utterly owns the mobile market. Intel laptops come with a LOT more choices for GPUs also (a big deal, since you mention that you are a gamer). This lead will only increase once they release Core 2 Duo. So, while I would always get an AMD system for my desktops, I would only get an Intel system for my notebooks.
PS: Just so you know, the config in my signature was ~$1750 with a 4 year warranty. Reason I went with the cheapest processor is that I want to upgrade to merom when it is released in September.