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Can you help me decide if this laptop is right for me?

Asked by anon30 (334points) February 12th, 2010

Well I want a laptop from HP.
I’m looking at this one, it’s starting at $429

All I want to do with the laptop is, Add songs, pictures, some programs, photoshop & dream weaver, both adobe programs are portable and doesn’t take up much ram.

the laptop i’m using works fine with everything i got, I want a new laptop because this laptop…. The wireless driver doesn’t work anymore, and the back light of the screen is broking too.

If you need anymore Info let me know.

plus my mom is worrying about credit, tax, etc. we probably won’t get a warranty. But tell me what I should know first, (never bought anything online before)

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ragingloli's avatar

Once the history in photoshop fills up, and depending on the size of the image you are working on, the memory usage of PS will become quite substantial, so you might want to consider more RAM. If you do choose to get more than 2 Gbyte, make sure you have a 64bit Operating System. WinXP 64 lacks drivers support and Vista is buggy, so you should get a 64 bit Windows 7.
And do not take the Sempron, get at least one of the Dual Core processors.

anon30's avatar

And how much all this would be?

ragingloli's avatar

My current configuration that I made on the site is about 600 quid, 479 with smaller hard drive and nly 2Gbyte of memory.

anon30's avatar

what about per month?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I would avoid HP altogether. I have been told by numerous people that they have good quality parts but poor quality batteries.

I agree with @ragingloli that you should get a dual core processor, and Windows 7 will need at least 2GB of RAM to run properly. However a 64 bit operating system is only necessary if you have over 4GB of RAM, and you will have some trouble with compatibility if you run smaller, less commercial programs.

jerv's avatar

HP is notorious in quite a few ways, so I don’t trust them for anything other than printers and scientific calculators.

If you are doing graphics work then know that what takes up RAM isn’t the program, it’s the files you work with. Therefore, 2GB is cutting it close. As for Vista, seeing that is reason enough for me to turn it down; I would not pay more than $20 for a laptop with Vista even if it were plated in gold.

Personally, I’ve been eyeballing a couple of Toshibas with Core i3 CPUs, 3–4GB RAM, and separate graphics cards, all of which will help immensely with the sort of work you plan, but they are closer to $650–800 for the trims I am looking at.

The Sempron is not a good choice for anything much heavier than browsing, being only a step up on the Atom CPU in my netbook. You can’t enter the Daytona 500 with a Ford Focus if you know what I mean ;)

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