I get the call "Hey bro, I know you're a computer guy so I'll let you do the shopping for me" and start surfing the web...
- He's got up to $1,500 budgeted out for the machine and he isn't that picky about his components, but I am :D
- I don't know how well AMD's mobile processors perform to the C2D counterparts FOR THE PRICE. Of course I'd like him to have the best he can get but not while he gets gouged by high prices.
- Battery life... He's going to want to do some gaming and a lot of movie watching on it, so it has to do well away from an outlet.
- CPU speed, for gaming would you say a 2.5Ghz T9300 work as well as the 2.6Ghz counterpart seeing how that extra 100Mhz usually cranks up the price another $240 or so.
I've looked at this laptop over at Ibuypower.com and it seems to fit the bill, but I'm still researching right now.
Here's what's on it the way I've configured it:
-Battalion 101 CZ-8 Ultra Notebook Case ( Battalion 101 CZ-8 Ultra 15.4" WXGA 1280x800 Widescreen TFT Notebook w/Li-ion battery, Universal AC Power Adapter Original Metallic Silver/Black )
-Processor ( [New !!!] Intel® Core 2 Duo Mobile T9300 Dual-Core Processor (2x 2.5GHz/6MB Cache/800FSB) )
-Memory ( 4096MB(2048MB X2) DDR2-667 PC5300 [Notebook Memory] Corsair Value or Major Brand / due to Microsoft Windows 32-bit Edition limitation, it will displays around 3.5GB in Windows )
-Video Card ( Mobility 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GO 8600GT PCI-Express 3D Video )
-Hard Drive ( 200 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA-150 Super Slim Notebook Hard Drive )
-CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( 8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-8 Ultra] )
-Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
-Fax Modem ( Build-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Notebook] )
-Network Card ( Build-in 10/100/1000 Network LAN [Notebook] )
-Mouse ( Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse )
-USB 2.0 Accessories ( Build-in 4x USB 2.0 Ports [Notebook] )
-Flash Media Reader/Writer ( Build-in 4-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Notebook] )
-Carrying Case ( Free Deluxe Carrying Case )
-Operation System ( MS Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2 )
-IEEE-1394 Fire Wire Card ( Build-in 1x IEEE-1394 Firewire Port [Notebook] )
-Video Camera ( Build-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )
-Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( [upgraded] 4965 Wireless-N WiFi Link (802.11b/g/Draft N) PCI-E Mini Card + Bluetooth Card )
-Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
Sub Total (Before shipping): $1,400.00
Looking for some good solid opinions or options here. This thing is going to be his daily driver for a few years so it needs to do what he wants well. Thanks!