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Posted: 9/15/2009 8:55:56 PM EST
I am looking to purchase a new laptop in the next few weeks or months. I haven't followed the computer industry for years, so what are some minimum specifications I should consider for general use (no gaming)?
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 9:02:36 PM EST
Core2Duo (not Dual-Core)
4gb ram
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 9:04:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/15/2009 9:06:04 PM EST by Tony-Ri]
Ok, so no gaming. What else do you want to use it for? Do you want to watch YouTube, Hulu, or other flash videos? Do you want to hook it up to a TV? What about screen space for surfing? Are you going to do any photo or video editing? What about size, mobility, and battery life? What are you looking at paying?

We'll try to point you in right direction, but we still need to know more.
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 9:06:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/15/2009 9:06:32 PM EST by TheRocketmac]
Dell Mini10 ~300
Lenovo C500 ~600

Macbook ~1000





Pick your level of comfort...

/ETA: Brands are just place holders.
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 9:13:40 PM EST
Mac OS X
the stock white macbook is serving me well. I might go for the tiny net book if i wasn't using it for much of anything
Link Posted: 9/15/2009 9:27:44 PM EST
If by 'general use' you mean web browsing and light office app use, you won't be able to buy a computer that can't do those things handily. Even the slowest netbooks around can handle simple tasks like that without straining.

The devil is in the details of what you want to do with it though. First decide what your budget is and how much you expect to travel with it. Then figure out what your graphical needs are- screen size, quality, speed.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:35:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tony-Ri:
Ok, so no gaming. What else do you want to use it for? Do you want to watch YouTube, Hulu, or other flash videos? Do you want to hook it up to a TV? What about screen space for surfing? Are you going to do any photo or video editing? What about size, mobility, and battery life? What are you looking at paying?

We'll try to point you in right direction, but we still need to know more.


Occasional YouTube, Hulu or other flash videos.
Don't plan to hook it up to a tv.
A 15" minimum screen size would ne nice.
Don't plan to do any photo or video editing, but you never know.
I don't want anything too small, and I prefer decent battery life.
So for the following price ranges, can you give me ideas on minimum specs for processor speed, hard drive size, RAM, etc.?

$500-750
$750-1100
$1100-1500
$1500 +

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:38:14 PM EST
Interested in the replies.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:19:54 AM EST
Anyone?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:42:54 AM EST
I just bought a mid range HP with a good sale going. 4 gb of ram and such. I get it tomorrow, ill let you know how it is.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:45:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By hrt4me:
Anyone?

Originally Posted By tyman:
Core2Duo (not Dual-Core)
4gb ram


Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:49:02 AM EST
I've had excellent service from my Dell XPS.
You might take a look at the Dell Studio XPS 16 in its various options.

Dell Studio XPS 16
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:53:39 AM EST
Basically, if you can get a laptop that has a 64-bit dual-core Intel processor, at least 4GB of RAM, and runs a flavor of Windows 7, you'll be set.

Wait to buy one for one month, since Windows 7 is released next month.

Don't forget to buy an accedental damage warranty! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten a new computer for free because of those warranties!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:39:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By Tony-Ri:
Basically, if you can get a laptop that has a 64-bit dual-core Intel processor, at least 4GB of RAM, and runs a flavor of Windows 7, you'll be set.

Wait to buy one for one month, since Windows 7 is released next month.

Don't forget to buy an accedental damage warranty! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten a new computer for free because of those warranties!


HP offers a free upgrade to windows 7 if you buy a vista laptop now. Im not sure if all the companies are doing it but it makes the OS a little bit of a moot point.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:47:50 PM EST
MINIMUM specs?
1. make sure its a laptop
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:50:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 1:53:12 PM EST by AngeredKabar]
What exactly are you going to do?

Surf and write stuff, you can get by with the cheapest thing you can find.

If you're going to do multimedia editing, shoot for something on the mid-high end.

Anything 3D, look for a high end laptop or a desktop.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 2:04:30 PM EST
I personally would not buy a computer that was lower than:

1.6 GHz processor
2 GB RAM
160 GB Hard Drive

Anything less than that and you're going to be running too slow.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:46:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I personally would not buy a computer that was lower than:

1.6 GHz processor
2 GB RAM
160 GB Hard Drive

Anything less than that and you're going to be running too slow.


Thanks, that was just the kind of minimum specs I was seeking.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:39:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By hrt4me:
Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I personally would not buy a computer that was lower than:

1.6 GHz processor
2 GB RAM
160 GB Hard Drive

Anything less than that and you're going to be running too slow.


Thanks, that was just the kind of minimum specs I was seeking.

Also, I'd make it Dual Core processor, 4GB RAM, and a 250GB hard drive.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:44:44 PM EST
Core2Duo
3GB RAM +

depends on the operating system you will be running.. Vista is much more of a hog than Windows 7.. If you will be running vista do yourself the favor and get atleast 4GB RAM.
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