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Buying myself a desktop repacement grade laptop...

Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by Sinn Fein, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Sinn Fein

    Sinn Fein Infidel and White Interloper
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    My desktop shit the bed some months ago, and I've decided to give up on it. I am not throwing away good money to try and get a somewhat outdated machine back up and running. Plus, I'm sick of being tethered in one place.

    I've all but narrowed it down to an HP ENVY 17, most likely the 3D model just for the hell of it. I can get good pricing from Costco or my corporate discount from HP. Depending on the exact configuration, one beats the other by a few dollars.

    I've also looked at the fine Asus and MSI models at Newegg and whatnot. As much as I've always disliked Dell, I might see what I can get from them.

    But, unless some stellar deal on something else comes to light in the next week or so, it'll be the HP.
     
  2. OccupyWackbag

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  3. weeniewawa

    weeniewawa it's a man, baby!!!

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    I am still using my 2006 Mac Pro

    it does anything I ask it but the next Mac OS may not be able to be installed on it

    I am happy as it is with OS X 10.7

    I can not see spending what I did for another one like it altho it has been perfect.

    I basically just use it to rip DVDs and convert old video files I have and net stuff

    so I can get by with a lap top hooked to my big monitor and still use the same keyboard and trackball
     
  4. fletcher

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    Im still rocking OSX 10.6.8. Im wary about upgrading further mostly because going too far really hamstrung my old iBook laptop.
     
  5. Sinn Fein

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    I'm replacing a desktop from 2007. Tonight I found a smoking deal locally on the HP ENVY, going to check it out tomorrow.
     
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  7. Sinn Fein

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    Got a great deal on an open box Envy 17... $500 off the best price I could find otherwise. Full warranty, friggin sweet.

    I'll post specs later once I get home.
     
  8. GrammatonCleric

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    I'm considering an Asus G74 for myself in a few months.
     
  9. the Streif

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    I think I still have my old Apple IIc at home. I'll sell it to you for a sweet price. Totally portable dude!
     
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  11. Psychopath

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    I have a g74sx. It's great.
     
  12. Sinn Fein

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    Asus makes great stuff. You can't go wrong withi it. I gave them a serious look, found better pricing for the HP and then the deal I found really nailed it down.
     
  13. Psychopath

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    The only issue I have is that my video card crashes and recovers when the computer is on almost all day. I checked around and it has nothing to do with asus it has to do with windows 7 64 bit. They still haven't fixed it so I have to deal with it.
     
  14. Bobobie

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    Motherboard? I'm guessing it's at least a dual core or X2 proccessor. That would be worth fixing. If it were an old Pentium D or Athlon64, maybe not.
     
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    It was a Intel Core 2 Quad. I tried replacement motherboard, power supply, video card, and RAM. Still no good, something else is fucked up. All that is left is the CPU. I think it's dead. It's behaving like a dead CPU. I think the CPU took out the board when it crapped out. I had enough, I'm done.

    I am going to cannibalize it for the upgrade build I am doing for my stepson. He has a new AMD motherboard/CPU/RAM setup, but has a shitty IDE hard drive and optical drives. I'll let him have my SATA hard drive, BD-ROM, and Lightscribe DVD-RW drive. I got a better power supply, so he can have that too.
     
  16. Voss's Tumor

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    Where were all these awesome suggestions when I posted my laptop buying thread last year?! I hate you fuckers.

    Especially you. Those are awesome set-ups.
     
  17. Sinn Fein

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    Nonsense, you got plenty of good advice...
     
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    I did, but nothing like that website above! I wouldn't have definitely gone that way.
     
  19. Sinn Fein

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    Yeah, I never heard of them before. But they do have some amazing configs.
     
  20. SatansCheerledr

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    I posted that link in some laptop thread before. I don't remember which but it's out there somewhere from before. I think I got crap for it, people saying "Not everyone can afford a rig like that dude" or some whiney hoarseshit like that.
     
  21. Mikefrombx

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    Careful with the envy line, I bought an envy 15 two years ago and it has had to go in twice for a bad power port and a bad trackpad.
     
  22. Sinn Fein

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    Generally, those are the two biggest failure items on most laptops. I'm sending my leased work laptop back with a broken power port. The lease is up anyway, I'm getting my new one next week.

    I got the Envy 17 for $500 less than it would have cost me through the HP EPP program, so I think I did ok.

    Tomorrow, I am adding an extended warranty. The 3-year Care Pack including accidental damage is normally $299 but they got a special for $209, with my EPP it's $193, and I got a $25 coupon code. Final price with tax ends up being $178.29, seems like a no-brainer.
     

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