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05-02-2008, 02:08 PM
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OT - Laptop customization

Hey, does anybody know a couple of good websites where I could customize a laptop, much like dell.ca? I'm looking for smaller, local companies, to compare to the mainstream pc brands.


Edit: I found a couple "online coupons" to get discounts on dell computers, but none of them seem to work (even if my customized laptop matches the requirements). If anybody already used such coupons successfully, I'd like to know how!

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www.Lenovo.com/ca

ThinkPad T61p is a really good laptop.

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www.Lenovo.com/ca

ThinkPad T61p is a really good laptop.
Thanks I'll check it out. I'm doing the shopping for my brother, he's going to law school this fall, and what he needs is 4gb of ram, 120gb hd, 128mb graphics card, 15,4 inch screen, in the slimmest package possible. If anybody has a suggestion, please tell!

Thanks Domenic, I appreciate

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Hey, does anybody know a couple of good websites where I could customize a laptop, much like dell.ca? I'm looking for smaller, local companies, to compare to the mainstream pc brands.


Edit: I found a couple "online coupons" to get discounts on dell computers, but none of them seem to work (even if my customized laptop matches the requirements). If anybody already used such coupons successfully, I'd like to know how!

Thx!
You have to click on the links and they will bring you to the page where you can chose the modles that work with the coupon.
http://www.couponcraze.com/coupons/dellca/

Also visit www.notebookforums.com

You'll get the best info there.

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Thanks I'll check it out. I'm doing the shopping for my brother, he's going to law school this fall, and what he needs is 4gb of ram, 120gb hd, 128mb graphics card, 15,4 inch screen, in the slimmest package possible. If anybody has a suggestion, please tell!

Thanks Domenic, I appreciate
What's the price range?
4gigs of ram realy necessary?

Dell latitudes are nice notebooks.

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Check Ncix.com

Lots of models, good price, reliable company. Plus, no "tvq" if your in Quebec.

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Check Ncix.com

Lots of models, good price, reliable company. Plus, no "tvq" if your in Quebec.
ncix usually has the best prices online. Like you said no provincial tax since NCIX is based in B.C.

I'd also check out http://www.eurocom.com/ (pretty sure they are based in Ottawa so not too far), it's a site for Desktop Replacement notebooks. It can give you some ideas and you can compare with other sites.

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Thanks I'll check it out. I'm doing the shopping for my brother, he's going to law school this fall, and what he needs is 4gb of ram, 120gb hd, 128mb graphics card, 15,4 inch screen, in the slimmest package possible. If anybody has a suggestion, please tell!

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what 4gb of ram

is he designing rockets for the nasa and needs to install catia

2gb is very good unless you use eng and programming tools

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what 4gb of ram

is he designing rockets for the nasa and needs to install catia

2gb is very good unless you use eng and programming tools
That was my exact thought! 4 GB for a law student? What is he going to do with that? With 2 GB, I'm able to run CATIA, Matlab, C++, etc...

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That was my exact thought! 4 GB for a law student? What is he going to do with that? With 2 GB, I'm able to run CATIA, Matlab, C++, etc...
Well I hear Vista eats up quite a big chunk of ram...

Also, while the software he's going to use during his studies won't require 4GB, it will be useful for video editing, multitasking, etc. Maxing out the ram now might not be more expensive in the end, since all configurations use the 2 slots, and upgrading in the future would require replacing the 2 brackets.

Thank you very much guys for your help!

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Thanks I'll check it out. I'm doing the shopping for my brother, he's going to law school this fall, and what he needs is 4gb of ram, 120gb hd, 128mb graphics card, 15,4 inch screen, in the slimmest package possible. If anybody has a suggestion, please tell!

Thanks Domenic, I appreciate
I'm taking this laptop to law school. 512 MB of RAM is enough. Give him 4 GB, and all he'll do is play games instead of study.

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I'm taking this laptop to law school. 512 MB of RAM is enough. Give him 4 GB, and all he'll do is play games instead of study.


You say that like it is a bad thing!

ALthough I'm just about to do my finals in law @ Liverpool Uni and my 512MB ram has served me fine over the 3 years. Tho any games I do play is on a console

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4gb might be a bit much... 2gb should be enough.... but 512 is definetely not enough.... remember if he is taking it to his first year of law school; he probably wants the laptop to last 3-4 years.

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4gb might be a bit much... 2gb should be enough.... but 512 is definetely not enough.... remember if he is taking it to his first year of law school; he probably wants the laptop to last 3-4 years.
If he's going to law school, he'll eventually get paid by the hour - the slower the laptop the better

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If he's going to law school, he'll eventually get paid by the hour - the slower the laptop the better
I'm in Law School now.... trust me you don't want the slower laptop till after you are done.... And he'll be on salary, his firm will be the one paid by the hour.

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