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GuardianAnge1
Friday, 14th January 2005, 20:25
I know i keep pestering all of you, but I can't make a decision of what to do.

So, currently, i have an Alienware laptop which isnt working. I can either get it replaced (which i'm not too happy about) or I can return it and get all my money back. If I do return it, I would have about 3,000 on hand.

Now, what to do? The reason I have a laptop is becuase I go to switzerland a LOT and like taking my laptop with me becuase I have an internet connection. I am also going to be going off to the US soon to uni, so again, I want something i can bring.

Any recomendations?

So far, I have look at other Alienware (http://www.alienware.co.uk/) laptops; they have recently released new ones. I have also looked at their Small Form Factor PCs (arnt shown on UK website). Voodoo PC (http://www.voodoopc.com/) also make laptops and SFF PCs like alienware, but arn't as well know.

This coming week, Intel are releasing their new PCIexpress/Centrino chips (codename Sonoma). Major companies are investing in this - is this going to be anything useful? Should I wait longer to see what comes of this?

Thanks.

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Hincey
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 13:08
Whoever posts well will get added reputation :)


you didnt say had to be relevent :D

IMO m8, i'd buy a decent desktop and a cheap lap-top. What do ya use ue lap-top 4? if its just to play games then dont use a lap-top (as you prolly know).

I know ur about to say i go to different places to play with my laptop, but cmon how many places and how far are they apart? I take my PC round to my m8s it dont take long (i got a car tho).

Or as Fusion has so many times advised you get a shuttle, cant help but think that a lap-top is a ghey idea


My 2 cent

GuardianAnge1
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 13:25
how many places and how far are they apart?

well, from england to switzerland and from england to america... that's a bit further than your m8s house. :)

Hincey
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 13:32
Right so where do you play at the most? I'm assuming the UK ? and how do you get to switzerland? fly to Geneva then transfer? (and just out of curiosity where do you got in switzerland? my mum and dad live not far away from there in france?) oooh and how often/long do you spend in ghey land ohhh soz the States :D

If you spend most of the time in the UK and cos you have got a nice sum of 3 grand to spend, you could build a desktop for say 800 and that would be a pretty good PC (spent like 550 on mine now and its no snail) , then you got 2200 to spend on a lap-top i dont know anything bout em but i'm sure you must be able to get a decent one for that price?

GuardianAnge1
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 13:46
well (schalg):

I go to a place called Verbier in the south of Switzerland. I go there nearly EVERY holiday. To get there, yeah, i go to Geneva and take a train down to a town called Martigny and then drive up the side of the mountain. I don't spend much time in the US, but I will be if/when I go to univeristy there.

I've been having a look at Shuttle PCs (http://eu.shuttle.com/en/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-171/310_read-3476/) and their moniters (http://eu.shuttle.com/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-237/375_read-4852/) which seem quite nice. This seems like an emerging possiablity since Shuttle make these to be carried around. Does anyone know of any good retailers for these things?



If you spend most of the time in the UK and cos you have got a nice sum of 3 grand to spend, you could build a desktop for say 800 and that would be a pretty good PC (spent like 550 on mine now and its no snail) , then you got 2200 to spend on a lap-top i dont know anything bout em but i'm sure you must be able to get a decent one for that price?


The only problem with that is that I would be going to america soon (hopefully) and I dont want to have to bring a huge desktop with me. The laptops, which if you get the new PCIexpress ones, cost around 3 grand, so i would only get that, and its big enough, and imo powerfull enough to only need one computer then...

Question about Shuttle-type computers: Is it likely for them to overheat? I might get their moniter (since its portable) and then buy the acutal PC (still small form factor) from Alienware since I trust their tech support and the company. Incase you want to have a look, here is the Alienware Small Form Factor PC (http://www.alienware.com/product_detail_Pages/area-51_5300/area-51_5300_features.aspx?SysCode=PC-AREA51-5300&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT)

One Armed Scissor
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 14:30
i want one of those shuttles, they rock... where do i see the prices?

GuardianAnge1
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 14:50
you have to look at the purchase tab up top.

Hincey
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 15:41
well (schalg):

I go to a place called Verbier in the south of Switzerland. I go there nearly EVERY holiday. To get there, yeah, i go to Geneva and take a train down to a town called Martigny and then drive up the side of the mountain. I don't spend much time in the US, but I will be if/when I go to univeristy there.

Ahh k cool



I've been having a look at Shuttle PCs (http://eu.shuttle.com/en/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-171/310_read-3476/) and their moniters (http://eu.shuttle.com/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-237/375_read-4852/) which seem quite nice. This seems like an emerging possiablity since Shuttle make these to be carried around. Does anyone know of any good retailers for these things?


no idea m8, dengar prolly will tho




The only problem with that is that I would be going to america soon (hopefully) and I dont want to have to bring a huge desktop with me. The laptops, which if you get the new PCIexpress ones, cost around 3 grand, so i would only get that, and its big enough, and imo powerfull enough to only need one computer then...

Aye but it sounds like your talkin about quite a few 'ifs and buts' it aint exactly the hardest thing to do to get it shiped over IF you do decide to get a desk-top




Question about Shuttle-type computers: Is it likely for them to overheat? I might get their moniter (since its portable) and then buy the acutal PC (still small form factor) from Alienware since I trust their tech support and the company. Incase you want to have a look, here is the Alienware Small Form Factor PC (http://www.alienware.com/product_detail_Pages/area-51_5300/area-51_5300_features.aspx?SysCode=PC-AREA51-5300&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT)


Again i have no idea, not the best person to be giving advise on this kinda thing as you prolly know.

But if it was my choice i'd go for a shuttle and a Desktop then you got the best of both worlds.

Actually on second thoughts...........if it was me i'd buy an uber PC for about 2 grand then use the other 1 grand i had spare to ship the beast to wherever i wanted it, Swizerland, America or England i recon you could ship it between the countrys quite a few times with a grand?

GuardianAnge1
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 16:21
it aint exactly the hardest thing to do to get it shiped over IF you do decide to get a desk-top


that it is not, the only problem is having to remove it every winter and summer since i wouldnt live in my own appartment. (i would be living on campus)


Actually on second thoughts...........if it was me i'd buy an uber PC for about 2 grand then use the other 1 grand i had spare to ship the beast to wherever i wanted it, Swizerland, America or England i recon you could ship it between the countrys quite a few times with a grand?


theoretically no, but 2 things arise here:

1. it's hard to get shipping companies to come up to the mountains that much
2. i go for weekends etc, and i like to take it with me, but i dont want to keep getting it shipped.

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also, i've heard about a new intel chip bieng released this week (http://www.computerworld.com/hardwaretopics/hardware/story/0,10801,98881,00.html). This is a new PCIexpress chip that is made for laptops/and gaming. Apperantly it's going to be really good. ANyone heard of it?

Hincey
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 18:02
Then Shuttle it is then laptop is a crap ideaIMO unless you use it for work as well, if so just buy a cheapy one?

GuardianAnge1
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 18:05
i have a laptop already for working - this would just be for games mainly, but I would do work on it too.

did you read the article about the intel chip?

Hincey
Saturday, 15th January 2005, 18:08
nope soz in a rush i'll have a read tomoz