Ok, so here is another set of laptop questions. I am in the market for a laptop. I have never owned a laptop before and pretty much know nothing about what I may or may not need for said laptop. I will be using it mostly for word processing apps (ie word, excel, etc.), watching movies while away, and maybe some gaming (though nothing hard core, no high frame rates needed). I am looking to spend no more than $2k, and financing this is a must, as I need it within the next couple of months and I just can't come up with $2k off the bat. What I am certain of is that I want an Intel core2 duo processor (this coming from a hard core AMD fan), 1gb of ram, and atleast an 80gb HD. The biggest thing I know nothing about is whether I should be looking for a stand alone vid card or just go with the integrated chipset. I am not new to computer composition, I have built my last 3 desktops. I am also at a loss as to what is a better operating system for it. Whether I should go with XP Pro or XP Media Center. I also do some photography, but would only use the laptop for storage of photos while in the field, not for editing those photos. I have been looking at the Dell Inspirion E1705 and the Alienware Area-51 M5750. Any suggestions? Don't bother with mentioning gateway, I figure that company is on it's last leg. I am mostly concerened about any company problems with tech support and financing issues.
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8/30/06 at 11:49am