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Justifying the need for a laptop and buying a used one

Mihai Lihatchi
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Joined: Oct 28, 2005
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I admit it I was (and still am ) a gadget freak.
This year (around January) I upgraded my computer (a rebuilt ) to a Core i7 860 2GB RAM and a state of the art motherboard.
However I feel the need for a laptop. I do travel every week and using an USB stick does not cut it for me.
The state of the economy being dark (not all black but dark ) I cannot afford to buy the laptop I want ( I am a Thinkpad fan ) mostly because I would get into credit card debt (worst kind of all ).For the guys that are married there is also this little thing called Wife Acceptance Factor .
Bear in mind I live in Eastern Europe so imagine not so huge US style salaries (maybe around 1/3 rd)
I tried to fix my R51 laptop (which was 2000 $ in 2005 .. I made a loan that I paid for 2 years back then) but it simply won't work (and several computer shops could not fix it) so right now I am considering buying an used Thinkpad ( R51 is very cheap around 150 $ right now) as I think a Centrino Dothan 1.7 Ghz and with plenty of RAM is enough to run Java , Netbeans and Ruby ( in september 2009 it was ok) the tools I need ..
What do you think ? Would you buy used ?


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Pat Farrell
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"laptop" or "tiny underpowered computer I can carry with me"?
There is a huge price difference, at least here in the US between these.

How come "I am a geek, and I need more gadgets" doesn't work?

p.s. your main desktop needs a lot more memory, raise it to 4GB today, and take it to 8GB next week.
Henry Wong
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Pat Farrell wrote:
p.s. your main desktop needs a lot more memory, raise it to 4GB today, and take it to 8GB next week.


Agreed. I bought a desktop earlier this year, and the video card alone has 2GB. The motherboard has 9GB, although admittedly, I don't seem to be using much of it...


BTW, I do notice that many people has i7 processors with 8GB. And wondered how? I thought the i7 required memory in banks of 3 chips.

Henry


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Mihai Lihatchi
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Joined: Oct 28, 2005
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Yes it is a a Core i7 860 which means it is a dual channel not triple channel processor. The famous Core i7 9xx series (1366 socket) has 3 channels and banks.
The RAM is fine for .. basic tasks like running Glassfish /MySQL/ Eclipse at the same time and I will upgrade it to a 6 GB soon .
Regarding the laptop I have to say that I know what a damn netbook is and I really don't want a tiny keyboard and a tiny screen and an Atom processor .. I just want my R51 back .. and found some internet deals on used ones . maybe it wil work.



@Pat : I wish the "I am a geek and need more gadgets" would work with the bank too .
 
 
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