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hanzj 03-21-2005 12:39 AM

Processor Upgrade (Pentium M) VS. Price: Which has the best price/tech ratio?
I'm in the process of customizing a dell inspiron laptop. I'm checking out the Inspiron 9300, which is a 17inch display laptop.

Here are the choices for processors:
PentiumŪ M 760 Processor (2GHz/533MHz FSB) [add $400]
PentiumŪ M 750 Processor (1.86GHz/533MHz FSB) [add $200]
PentiumŪ M 740 Processor (1.73GHz/533MHz FSB) [add $100]
PentiumŪ M 730 Processor (1.60GHz/533MHz FSB) [base/standard]

I understand that getting the latest and newest technology would be "penalized" by paying a dear price for it. I'm planning on using the laptop for stuff like email, internet, watching DVDs sometimes, etc.
I would like this laptop to be able to adapt to the technological advances that may come in 2 or 3 years. In other words, I don't want to keep buying a laptop every 2 years. I'd like to have a laptop that will last me as long as possible.

Which processor has the best price to power ratio? For example, it seems that paying an extra 400 dollars for the P-M 760 processor seems to be only out of tech-lust.

Your ideas, comments, please.


musicman_ace 03-21-2005 12:52 AM

With the applications you listed, the slowest "new" laptop is overkill. What future things might you want to do. Gaming, 3d rendering, video/audio editing....

Right now, my vote is for the 1.6 cause it will do all you've listed and more

hanzj 03-21-2005 01:00 AM

I have a simple Digital Camera, and maybe I'd like to do some photo editing (remove the redeye, fix angle of horizon, etc) on the computer. If I stay away from the temptation, then I won't be playing games. Will I be doing video editing? No plans as of now, but maybe in the future.

XavierP 03-21-2005 01:10 AM

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