Some advice needed for a new laptop. Looking at the HP DV6T Select Edition or Quad Edition?
I’m looking at this model laptop. The Select Edition comes with a i5-2430M 2.4 GHz or can upgrade to a i5-2450M 2.5 GHz processor for +$20 more, or a Dual core i5-2520M 2.5 GHz for +$100. (Is dual core worth it?
Graphics card comes with Intel HD 3000 but can upgrade to 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7690M GDDR5 for +$100 or 2GB AMD for +$150
My main question I would like help with is the display. It comes with a 15.6″ High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366×768) or can have a Full HD HP Anti-glare LED (1920 x 1080) for +$150
… I’m mostly looking for performance and speed, fast internet use, occasional stock trading so a laptop that can handle software and streaming quotes/date for 6-7 hours. Also maybe a few games or movies here and there but I have a HDTV that I’d prefer to watch movies on than a 15.6″ screen for 2 hours. If I connect a cable to this new laptop to hookup to my TV to watch movies, will the clarity be the same regardless of which display I choose? If the TV will show movies better than I don’t see the need to pay the extra $150 for a display I wont use often and in such fine detail.
Also the laptop has blueray player for +$75 or includes a regular dvd player/burner. Again if I get the blueray player with the intention of sending the signal to my television for occasional movie watching will it look clear and play smooth or will it lag or be distorted?
The computer will come with 8GB RAM, 750GB Harddrive
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The other laptop I am looking at is the DV6T Quad Edition (not sure if that means all processors have quad cores?
Processors are as follows
includes a 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz or can upgrade to 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2760QM Processor (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz) for $150 more. This laptop starts out pricier but includes more such as the blueray player option already and 1GB graphics and can upgrade to 2 GB for $75 more.
Anyone who has the latest models from HP or some links or info would be appreciated. Do I go for the i7 or is the i5? If both come out to similar prices is one much better or faster/reliable in the long run. Is the HD display worth it or should I save my money and out it into graphic, blueray, or a better chip? Thanks
If I was you I would go with the dv6tqe, as the i7 processor will make a performance difference. The “QE” means quad edition, as the i7 processors you get to choose from are quad cores. I have been recommending this laptop frequently because for how much of a powerhouse system it is, you can get them for a screaming deal.
**current deal on HP dv6tqe:
HP has the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 15.6″ Notebook Computer for $770.49 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: “NBDV6967″ (Exp Soon).
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5.78bs; 15.6″ 1366×768 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; HD webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty
For those who need a 1920×1080 screen
HP has the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 15.6″ Notebook Computer for $870.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: “NBDV6967″ (Exp Soon). Tax in most.
$1299.99 – 33% off Code: “NBDV6967″ = $870.99 Free Ship
5.78bs; 15.6″ 1920×1080 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty
I have a budget of 700 dollars and I’ve built two slightly different things. According to the specifications (especially the processor, the memory, the battery & graphic card) which one would you choose:
• Espresso Black
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
• FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
• 15.6″ diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display (1366×768)
• LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
• Webcam Only
• Wireless-G Card
• No TV Tuner w/remote control
• HP Color Matching Keyboard
• 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• No Modem
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
Jet Black edit
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis – Important Information SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
HD DISPLAY Glossy, widescreen 15.6 inch display (1366×768)
HARD DRIVE 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
VIDEO CARD Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE 8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
BATTERY OPTIONS 9-cell battery
WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card
INTEGRATED WEBCAM Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0
DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
ADOBE & ENTERTAINMENT WildTangent Games
MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
Network Integrated 10/100 Network Card
PROCESSOR LABELS Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
LOJACK 1Yr LoJack for Laptops Theft Protection
DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS No ISP requested
I appreciate your help asap
Ooh, that’s a tough one! Flip a coin, there so similar, I would go first with the HP but either would be fine I would look at consumer reports to help make your decision to see which brand has better support or life of product, stuff like that. Other that? What feels better (typing ergonomics and stuff like that because your going to be using it) or looks better.
Is it worth it to upgrade my laptop?
Here are my system specs:
HP – Compaq Pavillion dv8301nr
RAM- 512 MB
Total Disk Space- 60gb
Processor- AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology ML-34
Graphic Card Memory- 128mb
I know i need to upgrade the RAM and disk space, but i’m wondering how much it will cost me. I want to delete everything off my laptop and install Vista Home Premium but my laptop doesn’t have enough RAM. This computer is fairly new and i’d hate to have to buy a new one.
You have plenty of RAM. You can even run enterprise edition of Vista on it. One of my test machines is an old eMachines m6811 with an Athlon 64 3400 processor in it which predates the Turion 64 and I have 512 M on it with Vista Enterprise on it. I used it to test RC1, RC2, Ultimate and Home basic on it and it runs fine.
Now I would spend a little money to upgrade the machine and I would do the following based on my budget.
(1) Upgrade the memory to 1 Gig
(2) Upgrade the memory to 2 Gig
(3) Upgrade the HDD to a 7200 RPM HDD
(4) Upgrade the HDD to >80 Gig @ 7200 RPM.
You can read the list in this manner:
Spend money to upgrade at least to 1 Gig. If you have a little more to spend make that 2 Gig.
If you still have more money to spend, make sure you get a FASTER hard drive over a larger hard drive.
As a side note, Vista will tax your video card so you will probably want to turn off AERO once you get it loaded. I also have to be frank with you in that Vista works best on dual core machine. If you take the same machine and load XP Pro or Pro 64 on it you will find that it will be more responsive than Vista and I have not found a compelling reason to upgrade all of my laptops to Vista.
Can a HP G72 Notebook PC run skyrim?
Or is there anyway to upgrade the graphic card in the laptop?
Nope(on the upgrading your video card question). You can upgrade RAM and the processor and hard drive, but you’re pretty much stuck with the onboard GPU. Skyrim’s a pretty intense piece of software, even on the lowest graphic settings you’re going to be lagging, and possibly crashing without a gaming oriented video processor. One possible workaround is running in a window in a lower resolution.
•Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
•Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
•4GB System RAM
•6GB free HDD space
•DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher (i.e GTX550Ti); ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
•DirectX compatible sound card
•Internet access for Steam activation
•Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
•Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
•2GB System RAM
•6GB free HDD Space
•Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
•DirectX compatible sound card
•Internet access for Steam activation
PC graphic solutions……..?
I am planning to buy a graphic card which must be below 200$ and in which i would be able to play the mainstream games and which must not need an upgrade for about 1.5-2 yrs.
The specs of my laptop are:
1)HP Pavillion dv6899ee
2)Intel T9300 Core2Duo 5.53GHz
3)2GB DDR2 RAM
4)Nvidia 8400M GS Graphics
Now the graphic card was pretty much good till now but i want to play the new games like GTA 4 and POP The Forgotten sands which my PC meets only the minimum requirements. I am sure to upgrade my ram so that’s not the question here. I have been browsing on the nvidia site and most of the products under the laptop branch are GPUs. My first question: My laptop has a graphic card, so does that mean i have to replace it for a graphic card or is it possible to replace it with a GPU provided that i can only add 4GB RAM to the PC?
Second question: I want some good recommendations on both the card as well as GPUs (If it is possible in my case)
I would be glad if you could answer this too:
I have an old desktop which has pentium4 3GHz, 1.25GB DDR1 RAM and nvidia 128MB graphics (Definitely not worth an upgrade). Its been 4 years since i am using it and instead of upgrading all these on the laptop i think i’d rather buy a new PC. Would cost more but i feel desktops are more upgradable and reliable when it comes to performance. Also another factor i consider is i do not have a PC with windows 7 (1 is vista and other is XP) so it might be better to buy a new one as i see a lot of options are available in desktop graphics unlike the laptops. So should i go with a new PC?
Thanks in advance………..
I was gonna say 5.53 GHZ Dual core??? Wow…. But then I see your notes say 2.53 much more normal.
And I repeat, I repeat, I repeat. YES YOU CAN upgrade the graphics card of a laptop! But it’s going to be a lot more hassle than it’s worth unless you are really tech. Savvy. In some cases you cannot though as many of the parts in the laptop are made specifically for that series/model.
If no one answers your questions in 24 hrs I’ll attempt to though.
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