Retro Uprising
Help Non-Retro Uprising Questions. Programming help, tech support, self help, advice, the meaning of life - it goes here.
Donation Goal
Goal amount: 5000 USD, Received: 489 USD (10%)
Donate Now
When we reach the current donation goal all software on Retro Uprising will be replaced with a new superior method for playing games online that will support all browsers, play many more games and consoles and fix errors in existing games. This will be a massive site upgrade. The largest in our history. Please help us reach our goal as soon as possible.

Retro Uprising relies on donations from users like you! List of Donors

Register to enable more features such as high score recording.


Go Back   Retro Uprising > Support > Help

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-17-2011, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
Kong's Avatar
Donor
Administrator
12,326 posts
Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 64
Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64
Level up: 18%
Level up: 18%, 16,735 Points needed Level up: 18% Level up: 18%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Laptop Recommendation

I just bought a new laptop. I did a lot of research to get the best deal so I thought I would share the info.

If you are looking for a new fast laptop for a good price and don't need to play the latest games on highest display settings then this is the laptop for you .

I purchased it last month (January 2011), so this info is 1 month out of date already.

I paid $760 + 20 shipping. This laptop is about $300 less than the same thing from Dell.com. It is fast enough to handle anything you would throw at it for the next several years with the exception of the latest and greatest video games ran at max 3D settings.

I purchased it from a custom build shop. It took about 18 business days to arrive. They said 13-18 days when I ordered so it was on time. If you are not in a rush then a custom build is better IMO than getting a stock computer from somewhere like Dell or Best Buy.

This is the laptop I ordered.
CUSTOM NOTEBOOK Spring Peak SP15 Core™ i3 / i5 Value Notebook, 15.6" WXGA TFT Glossy LED LCD, Integrated Intel® GMA HD Graphics : AVADirect Custom Computer Configuration
Spring Peak is made by Intel. It has a couple nifty gimmick features.
Wireless Display, Anti-Theft protection, WiFi repeater, and Intel Always Aware which is a gyro scope that can tell if the laptop falls and shuts off the harddrives to protect them from impact. It can also tell if it is flipped upside down or tilted which can let you slide objects around on the screen by tilting it like on an Iphone.

Just gimmicks except the theft and drop protection.

However, they discontinued it so you can not buy the exact one I have.

The next closest thing is this
CUSTOM NOTEBOOK Compal NBLB3 Core™ i5 Value Notebook, 15.6" HD Glossy LED LCD, Intel® GMA HD Graphics : AVADirect Custom Computer Configuration
It does not have those gimmicky features I just mentioned and it doesn't have bluetooth preinstalled but it does have HDMI support and price and other specs are about identical.

I changed the default features to these: (In order for this to be a good deal you need to change all of these, I researched each one to make sure they were the best bang for the buck - especially the processor and harddrive. On the memory you could skimp and get 4GB instead of 8GB and not notice much of a difference.)

Processor (The i5 processor over and under clocks itself automatically when needed. Meaning if you aren't doing much then it runs under powered to save energy and pro-long life. And as soon as you start doing something very intensive it will safely over clock itself.)
# INTEL, Core™ i5-450M Dual-Core 2.4GHz, HD Graphics, 2.5 GT/s QPI, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 35W, OEM

Memory
# KINGSTON, 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-8500 DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL7, Non-ECC

Hard drive (this is a very fast hard drive which most people over look. Usually people just look at the numbers on the box which don't tell you very much.)
# SAMSUNG, 640GB SpinPoint MP4, 7200-RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, OEM

Operating System (I installed my own copy of Win7 x64)
# NONE, No Operating System (Choose OS or subject to Limited Support)

Here is the Windows Performance Rating. The scale is 1.0 to 7.9 so processor and memory are almost max. Pretty good for an $800 laptop.
Processor 6.8
Memory (RAM) 6.8
Graphics 4.2
Gaming graphics 4.8
Hard disk 5.9
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2011, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Nice, would it run any game at RU at 100%?
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 02-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
CrispyChicken's Avatar
Extra Chrispy
6,725 posts
CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!CrispyChicken has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 43
Points: 31,106, Level: 43 Points: 31,106, Level: 43 Points: 31,106, Level: 43
Level up: 4%
Level up: 4%, 1,344 Points needed Level up: 4% Level up: 4%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Wow that looks great and I am very interested about the question Tails asked due to my horrible computer on RU

I need a new laptop anyway and that looks like a good candidate. Thanks Kong, I'll keep it in mind when I have enough money!
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote

"My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind... and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow."

Old 02-17-2011, 05:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
Kong's Avatar
Donor
Administrator
12,326 posts
Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 64
Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64
Level up: 18%
Level up: 18%, 16,735 Points needed Level up: 18% Level up: 18%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tails View Post
Nice, would it run any game at RU at 100%?
I don't know, what is the most intensive game on RU?

It plays these full speed without frame skip.
Retro Uprising - Arcade - Die Hard Arcade
Retro Uprising - Arcade - Beastorizer
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2011, 05:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Retro Uprising - Arcade - Tokimeki Memorial Taisen Puzzle-dama

Think this is the most tough ru game I play.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 02-17-2011, 07:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
Kong's Avatar
Donor
Administrator
12,326 posts
Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 64
Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64
Level up: 18%
Level up: 18%, 16,735 Points needed Level up: 18% Level up: 18%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Yep runs at 100%. If holding fast forward it averages 140% during game play.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2011, 07:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Nice, know on this laptop I'm lucky to his 50%.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 03-13-2011, 07:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
Kong's Avatar
Donor
Administrator
12,326 posts
Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Kong has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 64
Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64 Points: 133,715, Level: 64
Level up: 18%
Level up: 18%, 16,735 Points needed Level up: 18% Level up: 18%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Update:

I've had it for about a month now.

My previous laptop had an extra long battery and an extra bright screen - I paid extra for both. At best this laptop is average on both, and I think below average.

The gimmick features that it advertised itself as coming with
Quote:
Wireless Display, Anti-Theft protection, WiFi repeater, and Intel Always Aware
were for a different model. They either intentionally lied about it or didn't know what they were talking about. Either way not too good.

And they will not talk to me about that. Zero post sales customer service and support.

Over all I am still happy though. It is about 30% less than something similar from Dell and I got to order the exact components I wanted which was important to me and not a common service from other dealers.

If you don't care about post sales support and are on a budget then I still recommend them.

Otherwise I would suggest Dell - who actually are pretty good with post sale service.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
Dudebro's Avatar
MY TITLE IS RED!
26,061 posts
Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Dudebro has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 106,608, Level: 62 Points: 106,608, Level: 62 Points: 106,608, Level: 62
Level up: 80%
Level up: 80%, 4,142 Points needed Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Lack of after sale support is worrying but I bet you can handle lots of issues a normal user can't. Btw I doubt it was an accident, they lied.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 04:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Question is backlight on the keyboard worth it?
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 04-17-2011, 05:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
warghoul's Avatar
The Infinite Spark
1,081 posts
warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!warghoul has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 28
Points: 12,240, Level: 28 Points: 12,240, Level: 28 Points: 12,240, Level: 28
Level up: 77%
Level up: 77%, 210 Points needed Level up: 77% Level up: 77%
Activity: 1%
Activity: 1% Activity: 1% Activity: 1%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

Only if you can't type and you use your computer in the dark excessively.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011, 06:21 AM   #12 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

definitely use it in the dark, good at the keys though.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 04-25-2011, 02:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
alohaex's Avatar
Donor
1,143 posts
alohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their head
View Stats
Level: 20
Points: 5,538, Level: 20 Points: 5,538, Level: 20 Points: 5,538, Level: 20
Level up: 81%
Level up: 81%, 212 Points needed Level up: 81% Level up: 81%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

I just got an emachine laptop and it seems to work fine. Don't know the tech specs but I have no complaints
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2011, 02:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
Tails's Avatar
Forum lurker
15,648 posts
Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!Tails has earned the ear of the admin. Watch yourself!
View Stats
Level: 62
Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62 Points: 103,897, Level: 62
Level up: 67%
Level up: 67%, 6,853 Points needed Level up: 67% Level up: 67%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

except when AOX is screwed.
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote


Old 04-25-2011, 03:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
alohaex's Avatar
Donor
1,143 posts
alohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their headalohaex has a faint yellow circle forming above their head
View Stats
Level: 20
Points: 5,538, Level: 20 Points: 5,538, Level: 20 Points: 5,538, Level: 20
Level up: 81%
Level up: 81%, 212 Points needed Level up: 81% Level up: 81%
Activity: 0%
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 

   
Re: Laptop Recommendation

yes that does make me mad but thats the only thing (I hope)
My SignatureDisplay Signature Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anime Recommendation CrispyChicken Chat 180 06-01-2015 12:10 AM
Laptop chillpad? Tails Help 10 01-23-2010 10:38 PM
Laptop Suggestions? Stupid Flanders Help 4 06-10-2009 12:23 AM
Game recommendation request Kong All Other Games 4 04-09-2007 11:12 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 AM.

vBulletin® ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. » vBadvanced CMPS