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From personal experience:

 

Sony = suckage. Have had 4-5 friends who bought into the allure of the VAIO laptops during the last year and a half. Each of them have gone through at least 2 RMAs. And it's worse if you buy in the grey market. Repairing is a bitch and the build quality stinks. Not worth it at all.

 

 

Acer = got one running at home, my sister's using it. They've got some sweet deals from time to time and decent customer support. They're decent but nothing special.

 

Dell = great stuff, great customization, but processing orders takes time as currently they handle things via mail order rather than have an actual brick and mortar store. But, the after sales service is good and the build quality a few notches better than Acer or Sony.

 

Macs = i love them but Steve Jobs does not love me what with their horrific pricing. Import if you must.

 

And yes, it is totally worth it to buy your laptop with warranty considering that your area has power issues and besides, if something does happen, you don't want to be left spending a huge wad of cash on repairs.

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i no this is a bit too early, but ill be buyin a laptop nex year, since my desktop is sh*t, i want a really good laptop, i am leanin towards a macbook pro wid 4 gb ram...etc...so advice on wether i shuld by frm india or not?

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ok this is for the experts.....i have no knowledge of computer hardware so what im about to ask may not any sense....but some1 asked me to ask an hardware expert this so here i am

 

"can yall recommend a motherboard for an AMD processor that supports PCI express?"

 

again, i dont know the meaning of what i've just asked but i'm expecting some1 to magically answer it anyway

 

 

 

peace

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There are different Semprons for different sockets, Sempron is basically AMD's entry level processor, and there have been Semprons for various sockets. AMD's current version is AM2.

 

Tell them to download CPU-Z and then tell them to check the socket there

 

EDIT - here's the link for CPU-Z :- http://filehippo.com/download_cpuz/

Edited by TheLegendKiller

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Socket 754 has been phased out, so I don't know whether you'll be able to find those boards on the market. You may though, I'm not sure.

 

I was checking on Newegg, and I saw an Asus K8V-VM board on there. It has a PCI-Express x16 slot. Asus is a good company, so get that....provided you're able to find it.

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i no this is a bit too early, but ill be buyin a laptop nex year, since my desktop is sh*t, i want a really good laptop, i am leanin towards a macbook pro wid 4 gb ram...etc...so advice on wether i shuld by frm india or not?

 

Macbook Pros cost a fortune in India. The lowest model starts from about 1.2L while the highest goes above 1.5L, none of them comes with 4GB as standard. I'd suggest to get it from abroad if you can. You can buy AppleCare in India which will give you three years intl. replacement warranty.

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Nah....sempron is an entry level processor, it's geared towards basic tasks....if you plug in one of the more recent graphic cards into that board, it'll get bottlenecked by the processor meaning that the processor would limit the GPU. If you're planning on using any of the newer graphic cards such as the GeForce 8 series or ATI's HD 2xxx series, then get a newer processor and board. Something like a Socket AM2 Athlon X2 or Intel's Core 2 Duo Socket 775 series.

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Nah....sempron is an entry level processor, it's geared towards basic tasks....if you plug in one of the more recent graphic cards into that board, it'll get bottlenecked by the processor meaning that the processor would limit the GPU. If you're planning on using any of the newer graphic cards such as the GeForce 8 series or ATI's HD 2xxx series, then get a newer processor and board. Something like a Socket AM2 Athlon X2 or Intel's Core 2 Duo Socket 775 series.

 

thanks buddy....any idea how much a Socket AM2 Athlon X2 with new mobo and a GeForce 8 series would cost me? doesnt have to be exact; ballpark figure

 

 

 

peace

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so is the K8V-VM good enough for a decent graphics card and is the sempron good enough for gaming?

 

 

 

peace

 

Depends, what games, what res and if you are cool with a bit of overclocking.

 

Nah....sempron is an entry level processor, it's geared towards basic tasks....if you plug in one of the more recent graphic cards into that board, it'll get bottlenecked by the processor meaning that the processor would limit the GPU. If you're planning on using any of the newer graphic cards such as the GeForce 8 series or ATI's HD 2xxx series, then get a newer processor and board. Something like a Socket AM2 Athlon X2 or Intel's Core 2 Duo Socket 775 series.

 

thanks buddy....any idea how much a Socket AM2 Athlon X2 with new mobo and a GeForce 8 series would cost me? doesnt have to be exact; ballpark figure

 

 

 

peace

 

i'd say a 5200/5600+ X2 + mobo +8800GTS 320 MB would be around 35K. Plus you'd need DDR2 RAM, 2GB is around 4K.

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Yeah, if you're going to use say for example an 8800 GTS, you should have atleast an Atlhon X2 4400+ or above. Hell, if you can afford it you can even go up to 5000+. Last I checked, the AMD X2 5000+ goes for about, 6k. Prices will have dropped now, I'm sure of it. Add about 3-4.5k for a decent Nforce 5 series motherboard, and about another 2.5k for some DDR2 RAM. (DDR is not compatible with AM2.)

 

If you can afford it, go for Core2Duo. It is the BEST solution for gaming, although if you're on a tight budget AMD is king.

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so is the K8V-VM good enough for a decent graphics card and is the sempron good enough for gaming?

 

 

 

peace

 

Depends, what games, what res and if you are cool with a bit of overclocking.

 

hmm, looks like im better of getting a new processor, board & graphics card

 

 

 

peace

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Yeah, if you're going to use say for example an 8800 GTS, you should have atleast an Atlhon X2 4400+ or above. Hell, if you can afford it you can even go up to 5000+. Last I checked, the AMD X2 5000+ goes for about, 6k. Prices will have dropped now, I'm sure of it. Add about 3-4.5k for a decent Nforce 5 series motherboard, and about another 2.5k for some DDR2 RAM. (DDR is not compatible with AM2.)

 

If you can afford it, go for Core2Duo. It is the BEST solution for gaming, although if you're on a tight budget AMD is king.

 

 

thanks....how much for the 8800 GTS itself?

 

 

 

peace

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Last I checked, (it's been a while), the 640MB version was hovering around 22k and the 320MB version for about 16-17k. Again, prices would have probably dropped. Also, another card called the 8800GT is coming out, and it offers great performance for a good price apparently, so I suggest you wait for that and get that. It costs just 250$ in the us and it'll probably land over here for 14k, somewhere around there, not sure. That should do well to play the latest games.

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