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  1. From the sounds of it you're choosing a business laptop? I certainly choose the higher resolution, it's worth it :)


    Quad might or might not be useful, what applications are you going to be running beside games? A lot of multimedia stuff? 3D development?


    Mainly games. Another bulk is Microsoft office, Sony Vegas Pro, and Photoshop.


    Also, is the higher resolution really all that noticeable?

  2. Is quad-core worth it nowadays? I know when it first came out, there weren't many programs that utilized it to it's full potential, thus making it rather pointless to get. I'm wondering if it's still like that. My choice right now is a 2.0ghz quad-core or a 2.4 Dual-core. I'm going to be using the laptop as my workstation, desktop, and mobile gaming center. So I need the best processor.


    Also, is there a huge difference between WUXGA and WXGA+ ? On that note, is there a huge, noticeable difference between a 1920 x 1200 and 1440 x 900 display? Both monitors are 17".


    Theres these two laptops. One of them has the 1920 x 1440 display. It seems that everyone wants to get this version. However, I've also read that the people who get the 1920 x 1440 display never uses and lowers it to 1440 x 900 and they only get the 1920 x 1440 because it's better?


    I'm no expert on this. I'm only posting what I know and what I've read.

  3. So heres a laptop from Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?sk...d=1218043606827


    Notice the Model number is: P-7805u


    Now here's a very similiar looking laptop on NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834101166


    Notice the Model Number is: P-7801u


    As far as I can tell, they're both the exact same laptop. Exact same spec, size, everything! The only difference I managed to find was the difference in weight; the first ones a tad bit heavier then the second.


    That can't really be the reason why theres a $400 price difference, is there? (PS: Yes I know Newegg now sells it for $1199 but it was 1599 up until a couple of days ago). So whats the EXACT difference between these two?

  4. Any suggestions? This is the first computer I ever made so I don't really know whats not compatible with each other. I couldn't decide on the Graphics Card.


    I'm not going for any ultra gaming. This is mainly for my parents (AKA the "family computer"). But I'm still going to be playing some games on it to a degree.


    Tower: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811147068

    Power: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817371005

    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103210

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231098

    Harddrive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148377

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128328

    CD/DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827129031

    **Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130378

    **Alternative Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150316


    Subtotal: $380.83

    **Subtotal: $425.83

  5. Everytime I look at a thermal grease, I can't help but be reminded of those white, elmer's glue I used to paste papers together back in elementary school. And anyone who ever used those knows as much as I that those things would get very messy and wet. Mostly the latter of the two. Anyway enough nostalgic anecdotes.


    Is there a "cool" down period for thermal grease? I know what these things are capable of and what they were designed to be, but I still can't help but think that a little heat can melt it away. Can I fire up my PC as soon as I'm done?

  6. I had that, but when I hit the RAM it fell out somehow no idea how might have been me being annoyed and catched the clip, than I heard a bang and off comes my heatsink -.-( comp was not on at all) it turned out all it wanted was its RAM xD


    I did some quick research on Intel mobo's and it seems that 3 beeps do mean there's some RAM problem.


    However, as far as I can tell, the RAM is clearly in. I put it in all 4 ports and I even tried it flipped (so a total of 8 times). None of them seems to have any remedy to my problem.


    If I clear my CMOS by removing the watch battery, what should I be expecting? What's the worst that can happen? I'm pretty sure it won't do anything to the harddrive like format it, but I'm stil worried nevertheless.

  7. Do you have a tube of TIM handy?


    How long did you run it like that?


    What did you buy one of? Another heatsink?



    It's highly recommended that you reapply your thermal interface material when you change your heatsink (if the heatsink is in any different orientation - even by a little bit - it won't really do its job)


    However, this is probably not catastrophic. Here's why: the TIM is basically there to make up for any inclusions / unevenness / poor contact between the bottom of the heatsink and the top of the processor's heatspreader. If one were to obtain optimal surfaces, it would be better to just have the heatsink in contact with the heatspreader. Alas, it is usually not in the means of the general user to obtain this. Hence, TIM.


    Flip the switch on your power supply to off. Remove the cord. Clear your CMOS (see your motherboard manual). Reseat your processor. Reseat your heatsink, using the TIM instructions on the arctic silver website - for your processor type - don't forget to clean the surfaces completely, use new TIM.


    Plug it back in, flip the switch and fire it up.


    Well all this happened in 2 days, including today. I took my heatsink off yesterday and tried booting up the computer without any grease on it and learned that I needed it.


    I bought a tube of thermal compound today and JUST applied it right now. (well technically around 30 minute ago). As I said, when I boot up the computer, the computer makes 3 beeping sounds at a 1 second interval and the fan just runs on high. But nothing shows up on the monitor.


    And no, I didn't change anything; Same CPU, same heatsink, same computer, same EVERYTHING.


    How do I reset my processor? As for CMOS, not likely to happen as I threw away my manual years ago (my computer is 5 years old).

  8. So me, being ignorant, took my heatsink off my CPU. I didn't know you had to reapply thermal grease to get it to work again.


    So I bought one, took off all the leftovers from the last one with 91% alcohol, and reapplied it.


    Then I put my heatsink back on and give it a few minutes for it to "stick" to the CPU.


    Right now, I just attached my computer back and turned it on.


    What a shock for me.... The computer starts beeping in an unnatural tone that I have never heard before and now the fan keeps running at high speed while nothing is showing up on the monitor.


    And yes, I'm not an idiot; the monitor IS connected.


    If anyone's curious, here's my CPU and Heatsink (it's the same one in the pictures)




    Is this normal?

  9. Okay I'm not a computer guru so please lay off the criticisms.


    I'm planning on getting this laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834101166


    After that, I'm going to upgrade the CPU to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819111006


    And upgrade the harddrive to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136314


    The thing I'm wondering about is if it's possible. The worst case scenario I'm afraid of is buying a $600 CPU only to find out that it doesn't fit or work properly with my laptop.


    Also, for the gamers, is a GeForce 98000M GTS strong enough to last some of the next-gen games? I know it's currently strong enough to support almost anything, but will it be able to support games that will come out say 2010?

  10. So I've officially narrowed it down to one of these two laptops. Their both great for gaming; One has a slightly better processor and the other has twice as much video memory (1gig). Price is of no objection for me.


    So it's really down to either A.) Better processor or B.) Better video memory.


    Choice A (processor): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834220483


    Choice B (Memory): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834101166



    Additional note: Aesthetically, I like choice B better. It also has an external speaker control (gasp!). However, it doesn't have a built-in Bluetooth device like Choice A does. People complain that Choice B's monitor seems to glare a lot. However, even worse is that people seem to complain that Choice A's battery sucks, which I'm sure the large battery on Choice B compensates for. What worries me is that people complain about the fan on Choice B. It seems to be rather loud and seems to turn on and off by itself.


    Bluetooth can be solved via Bluetooth USB. Fan can also be solved via USB cooler. Monitor (kind of expensive) can be solved by buying an actual monitor. Money-wise, getting Choice B would ultimately lead to a possible $2100+ laptop.


    What also irritates me is that Choice B seems to be bloated with crap. Ya know, the usual crap that companies like to obesidize (is that a word? lol) their computers with. Choice A is sparkling clean compared to Choice B.


    Side-side note: What's the difference between NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS and NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS.

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