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Trip coming up, looking for a laptop to do quick edits on the road. Catalogs will be small.

Ran across a guy selling corporate lease returns, Dell Latitude D830 with XP and 4 GB RAM, $300. That 4 GB is maxed out.

The Dell specs say simply "Intel Core Duo" for the CPU, so I'm not sure which chip it is:

Latitude D830 specs

Will that get the job done or be an exercise in frustration?



Sep 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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Core Duo is old by at least 2 generations.

You can get a i5 CPU with 4 GB for under $500 on sale - saw one earlier today at Office Max ad. Here it is. The i5 is a great chip, but this is teh previous generation i5. Current generation is Ivy Bringe:

http://www.officemax.com/technology/computers/laptop-computers/product-prod4040010?EDID=77TNC8-BDOL9-Z593SN-PH7O9L-TWEZ2-v1&cm_mmc=Email-_-promo-_-wk36mpA-_-Sunday_Deal

Otherwise i3 from $350 to $500, i5 from $425 to $600, i7 from $550 to $800+.

There are some nice Dell 14" laptops, and some other thin laprops with solid aluminum cases. Check Techbargains.com

An older Core Duo isn't worth more than $200. I would not bother!

I'll look around a bit. Good luck!
Michael



Sep 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM
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I agree 100% with Michael.

For $350 you can get a new laptop that will clobber that old Core Duo Dell.

http://www.micocenter.com/product/396869/Aspire_V3-571-6849_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black



Sep 03, 2012 at 02:50 AM
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Here is a curremt generation Ivy Bridge i5 with 4GB atBest Buy for under $500:

Asus K55A-BBL4 Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge 15.6in Laptop (4GB/500GB) $479.99

Asus



Sep 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
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Here is an i7 at Newegg for $550 after rebate.

You might want to buy a slightly higher quality laptop then these two, but it shows you what kind of current processor you can get at those price points.

lenovo IdeaPad Z580 (215129U) Notebook Intel Core i7 3520M(2.90GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000

Newegg



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With jeraldCook's i3 post, you have an example of the three current Intel processors, at $350, $450, and $550. Now tell us what else you will use it for, how much you will use it at home, etc.

Good luck!

Michael



Sep 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
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Thanks, guys, very thorough and very informative. I did not realize prices were that low for so much performance.

Great posts all.



Sep 03, 2012 at 04:23 AM
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In case you want read some general recommendations for Photoshop and Lightroom build: imagescience_web

Processor speed is not indicator of total performance in Lightroom. Great jump up in performance is to have more than one hdd (ideally ssd for OS), and classical hdd for storage.



Sep 03, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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Hotspur wrote:
Thanks, guys, very thorough and very informative. I did not realize prices were that low for so much performance.

Great posts all.


There are also some better build quality computers, especially the newer thin "ultrabooks." There are also the last generation, higher build quality thin computers, like the Dell 14Z and similar if you check Techbargains.com

Good luck!
Michael



Sep 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM





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