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Message 1463854 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 7:39:29 UTC

...for example...

Dell Inspiron 15 15.6" Laptop Computer 4GB 320GB HDMI Windows 8 - Black $229.99


Intel Celeron Processor 1017U 1.6 GHz
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Message 1463920 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 13:50:10 UTC

Hmmm... I would never buy a Celeron processor anymore. But within a tight budget it's ok I guess...
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Message 1463935 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 14:17:52 UTC

I agree with Julie.

Look for a cheap AMD APU.

Example.

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AS7250-3821-Dual-Core-1-65GHz-Notebook/dp/B009D3QI7O/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1389622602&sr=8-10&keywords=notebook+amd
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Message 1463939 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 14:22:58 UTC

Nor would I.

Celeron processors can run all IA-32 computer programs, but their performance is often significantly lower when compared to similar CPUs with higher-priced Intel CPU brands. For example, the Celeron brand will often have less cache memory, or have advanced features purposely disabled. These missing features can have a variable impact on performance, but is often very substantial. While a few of the Celeron designs have achieved surprising performance, most of the Celeron line has exhibited noticeably degraded performance.

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Message 1464040 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 19:41:13 UTC

Never bought a Celeron, never will.

After buying one laptop with an AMD, decided I never would again, but then I got my current travelling netbook with one because I wasn't going for performance, just small and cheap. It's not intended to be a photo or video editor, just for internet and a couple of other low-demand programs. (More than three tabs in Chrome can crash it.)
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Message 1464055 - Posted: 13 Jan 2014, 20:17:47 UTC

I have had wonderful luck with AMD chips,
it helps if you over clock them. I never had
a melt down.
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Message 1464116 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 0:40:52 UTC

Celeron processors


As with any CPU, just look at the benchmarks.

BTW, Celeron processors got a bad name when they first came out. AND no one still haven't post a deal for a NEW laptop better than my first post.
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Message 1464174 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 5:53:59 UTC - in response to Message 1463854.

...for example...

Dell Inspiron 15 15.6" Laptop Computer 4GB 320GB HDMI Windows 8 - Black $229.99


Intel Celeron Processor 1017U 1.6 GHz
Microsoft Windows 8
4GB DDR3
320GB Hard Drive
Intel HD
8-in-1 Media Card Reader
10/100/1000 Network
802.11n Wireless
Bluetooth
15.6" Widescreen Display

For $300.00 Id say its a good deal. But I think most laptops are under rammed in memory. Id have them slap another 4GB of ram in it.
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Message 1464180 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 5:58:45 UTC - in response to Message 1464174.

And what about at $230?
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Message 1464182 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 6:00:49 UTC - in response to Message 1464180.

And what about at $230?

Im allowing for ram:) Sorry I dont have my bifocals on and missread that as $299.00.
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Message 1464212 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 7:40:35 UTC

Personally I'd go for a base i3 with 8GB of ram and an OEM Win7 Pro disk (which is likely what I'll be getting during this year when I go traveling).

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Message 1464422 - Posted: 14 Jan 2014, 23:26:28 UTC - in response to Message 1464212.

My 'celttooth-PC' cruncher is an i3,
with six Gigs of good RAM. It works
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Message 1465697 - Posted: 18 Jan 2014, 10:02:26 UTC
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Is $389 too much?

http://www.laptopoutlet.com/dell-latitude-e4310-refurbished-laptops.html#.UtpP8n876SM

Needs more ram.

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Message 1465699 - Posted: 18 Jan 2014, 10:10:59 UTC - in response to Message 1465697.

Is $389 too much?

http://www.laptopoutlet.com/dell-latitude-e4310-refurbished-laptops.html#.UtpP8n876SM

Yes, for a used laptop.
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Message 1465747 - Posted: 18 Jan 2014, 13:13:07 UTC

It is an i5 with 4Gb ram and 13" screen, but as expected they are asking top money for it. Next, it only has two memory slots, so with 4Gb it is likely to be 2 x 2Gb. To upgrade it to 8Gb means two new sticks of 2 x 4Gb the maximum it will take. I'd say make it 8Gb and I'll pay $350 cash. Laptops in the USA are a lot cheaper than in the UK, over here £200 wouldn't seem that bad with a warranty.

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Message 1465776 - Posted: 18 Jan 2014, 14:09:00 UTC

Last year I bought a HP 635 laptop with SLES11 by SuSE for 269 euro. It had a 320 GB hard disk which spun at 5400 RPM only, so I substituted it with a SSD spending about 100 euro for a 128 GB disk. Then I installed SuSE Linux 12.3 and upped its RAM to 8 GB, spending another 50 euro. Now it runs SETI@home, Einstein@home and Test4Theory@home with Virtual Box 4.3.6 installed. It runs 24/7 with no problem even in summer (no AC).
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Message 1467160 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 4:38:21 UTC

ASUS X102BA-BH41T Touchscreen Laptop (Pink) $200

10.1-inch HD touchscreen
AMD A4-1200

2GB memory/320GB HDD
Up to 5 hours battery life
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Message 1467237 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 10:55:03 UTC

You wont do much with 2Gb Ram.

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Message 1467240 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 11:05:03 UTC - in response to Message 1467237.
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You wont do much with 2Gb Ram.

The person I started this topic for, old PC had 512Mb.

And most of the time it's cheaper to upgrade the memory on a new PC than a very old one.
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Message 1467244 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 11:25:20 UTC

And most of the time it's cheaper to upgrade the memory on a new PC than a very old one.

Yes, that is correct. It must be shortage of supply mustn't it, one would have though the modern fast memory was more expensive to produce?

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