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Need some laptop advice.
show user profile  Cylon
So I finally decided to call Dell on Friday to order my M90, but the guy recomended I go for the M6300. The specs on both machines are nice and so is the price when you customize on their website, but over the phone I was given more options than where available online, and a really good discount.

Anyway, I've asked for the Windows XP 64 bit version, as I may upgrade to max 64 bit, but this is my question. When he tried to select a partition option, it kept coming back that you need the XP 32 bit version. The guy doesn't know what a partition is for, and I'm not sure either.

For some reason I remember it being a seperate part of your hard drive where your operating system is stored... Should any thing bad happen then your Windows OS is unafected by anything, so in other words it's there for re-instaling the OS.

Anyone know what I'm talking about ?

The specs are as follows:
17" HD monitor
160 GB Hard Drive 7200 RPM
512MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 3600
DVD and Wireless etc....

£1,162 thats including V.A.T. and a 3 year warranty and free delivery. definetly the best deal I've found. If anyone can clear up the partition question I'm going to order this first thing in the morning.

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4/13/2008 6:11:24 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 6:13:19 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Partition is just a separate part of the hard drive. Yes the first partition (usually C:) is used for the OS, and the rest you can partition in as many parts as you wish.
Why would you need a 32bit OS to partition a drive, I wouldn't know.

And you forgot the CPU in your specs....

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4/13/2008 6:14:37 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 6:14:37 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
Thanks Horizon.

On the PDF file he sent me it says there a T7500 2.2Ghz 4Mb

Pretty sure it's core 2 Duo.

So if there is no partition on the hard drive and something goes screwy, them I'm screwed right ?
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4/13/2008 6:18:03 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 6:18:03 PM)
show user profile  Jollabollathan
Not if you've backed your stuff up externally (which you should, of course).

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4/13/2008 7:22:59 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 7:22:59 PM)
show user profile  tuna

[edit] Oops sorry this was the pre-VAT price of the XPS 1530. Ignore me :) - But did you consider a 15" laptop? I'm never buying a 17" again.
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4/13/2008 7:39:52 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 7:43:54 PM)
show user profile  Cylon

Don't all the XPS machines come a Fe Force FX card ? What really attracted me to this model was when I went on to the NVIDEA website and found a write up on what the Quadro processors are meant for. The page also provided a direct link to the Dell M6300. Here it is:

I know what you mean about the size Tuna. My last laptop was a Clevo D870P and it was really heavy and way to bulky to get out on long flights. But seeing as I don't have time to get any excerise these days, I guess carrying around a heavy laptop will be good for me :) Larger screens always come in handy when doing art work.

That last laptop had an ATI and was still pretty good, and I'm using an NVIDEA LE edition right now, which again seems pretty decent, so I guess a GE Force would be better than them, but I really want to get into some serious highly detailed modeling and from what I can gather the Quadro is the more serious card for modelers, and the GE Force is more for gamers.
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4/13/2008 7:55:37 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 7:55:37 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
Cylon, i just had a serious problem on one of my laptops and did a system restore using such a partition
it worked like a charm and i saved myself a lot of hassle getting my system back online to render

The workstation laptop you mention to buy is great
You should however considder putting a real cpu in it :)
I don't considder a 2.2ghz duo to be anything else than a waste of space and good money
I'd try to go for at least 2.6 or more if u can

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4/13/2008 8:08:44 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 8:08:44 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
Thanks Soontekk.

Just out of curiosity, where do the benefits of a more powerfull processor show ? Is it in rendering times ? Or will it effect other aspects of the PC's performance.

To upgrade to a 2.6 Ghz is an extra £258.00
To upgrade to a 2.5 Ghz is an extra £65.00

I also have the option of:
"Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz,3MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)" for the no extra cost,

Would that be much better than the current
Intel® Core™2 Duo T7500 (2.20GHz 4MB L2 cache 800MHz FSB)
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4/13/2008 8:11:48 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 8:19:09 PM)
show user profile  Kajico
Faster processor = faster render times and over all faster performance in OS and applications.
More RAM = allowance of handling larger scene files, texture files, etc.

go with the T8300, it has lower power consumption making the battery last longer. Longer battery life imho is better than more cache on the processor

(\/) (°,,,°) (\/) Woop woop woop!

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4/13/2008 9:35:31 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 9:36:26 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
What is the difference between 3MB L2 Cache and 4MB L2 cache ?

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4/13/2008 9:58:19 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 9:58:19 PM)
show user profile  tuna
A few FPS:)

But yeah, spring for the T9300 2.5Ghz with 6mb L2 cache (double that of the t8300) and it has the same TDP (power usage)

[edit] if you have the option.

TBH i'd go for the XPS system. the GeForce will be faster than the Quadro, it just wont have "supported" stuff, which makes no difference anyway. The only thing I can think of is the wireframe accelleration on quadro.
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4/13/2008 10:34:34 PM (last edit: 4/13/2008 10:37:58 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
I just ordered it and went with the T800 2.4 Ghz, thats about as far as I can stretch my budget, but in all it's a much more powerfull system than anything I've ever owned ;), but probably won't arrive till early next week though :(
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4/14/2008 8:16:01 AM (last edit: 4/14/2008 8:16:01 AM)
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