August 9th, 2007 09:34 PM
If your budget is $1000, what is stopping from buying a new laptop? I recently purchased a Compaq laptop at Futureshop during a winter sale at $799CAD ($910CAD after taxes) and it works great! It has a 120GB HD, which is fine for everyday use storage, and for my multimedia I have a portable 250GB HD.
Something else you can try is either eBay for parts and for the OS
If you're really into Windows, you can buy it at a OEM price, just ensure you buy it at the same time as your hardware. But like many people said here, big chain dealers like Dell and such paid a distributor fee that allows to sell boxes with Windows for cheap.
August 9th, 2007 09:55 PM
You could do averatec they're affordable, I wouldn't consider it a long-term replacement, but definitely a good buy if you take care of it, and don't mind it crapping out in four years (I think four years for a laptop is very decent). Just don't get a refurb if the price difference is a couple hundred (unless you don't have it). good luck guy.
August 10th, 2007 04:52 PM
Sorry for the delay in a response. My health has taken a dive...fighting some aggressive sinus infection. Quick response though:
I do not plan to use Vista in the near future. It uses too many system resources and isn't compatible with a lot of stuff. I plan to dual boot XP and some distro of linux - XP will be for running games mostly.
I have been looking on newegg and tigerdirect, and they seem to have some extremely good deals!
More detailed response to come later....thank you everyone for your replies.
August 10th, 2007 08:44 PM
$1000 for a DIY budget is impressive. Places like Tigerdirect and Newegg are good sources. Anything you build will be better than DELL and HP. Make sure you have a good stable power supply and maybe an extra fan. As for operating system, get rid of bloated Windows and download PCLinuxos and a copy of Crossover and\or VMware which lets you run Itunes and other specialized software on the beast. You screaming baby!!!
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