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more laptop advice.

okay, so after re-discovering just how CPU intensive doing things like live Reverb is, i've decided that i need to think long term on getting a new laptop.

the problem is, while i don't mind spending money on a good mac desktop because i know that it's going to last me a good ten years or more and still work fine and is upgradeable in parts for fairly cheap, i don't really think i want to shell out similar amounts of money on a laptop because i don't feel like they have as much of a shelf life. So i'm not interested in getting a macbook pro, or necessarily even a Mac. But i do need it to have a good processor and a good amount of RAM.

i don't know crap about PC laptops. What's the best bang for my buck on that side? what about something like an eepcee or whatever it's called?

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Sep. 15th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
is there a website for this software? im googling it and coming up with nothing.

Sep. 15th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Ableton Live
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
EeePCs aren't going to cut it. The atom processors that ship with netbooks will not sufficiently run the program. You can probably scathe away with any ~$500 laptop, but the Ableton Live software that you'll be using requires ASIO sound (driver?). There are external solutions in the way of USB attachments for about ~$60~$100.

I haven't shopped laptops recently, but from a retail perspective (meaning how the market is behaving and what you can get for what price) a $500 should be a base price point to work off of. Heck, you may even get one of those bargain laptops you see on ad every once in a while as well.
Sep. 15th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
*skeptical look*

$500 as a base seems like a "just ekeing by" sort of price; i'm not sure what the price of processors are these days, but to do what i want to do i figure that i'd probably want a quad processor (or maybe an 8?). does $500 cover that?

is there one brand of lappy that stands above others these days? i do like my thinkpad, but those are a bit more high-end from what i could tell.
Sep. 15th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Hence the "scathing" i mentioned.

You'll see quad cores starting around 800ish and up. Asus brands are fine as long as you can remove ALL of the Asus garbage from it. Well...that can be said of all brands really. The rigidity and durability of a laptop is based on preference and taste...so you may have to do some window shopping.
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
read one review site that said that it was a very decent notebook, but that "gaming is out of the question", as in if you're going to use it for high-end blah blah, maybe WoW or something, it could falter. Mostly an issue because of processor not being a core duo maybe.

Makes me a little worried about it, how well the processor would deal with high-quality audio manipulation.

i'd say it's worth a shot except that it's non-refundable.

what i'll probably end up doing is poking around some Live forums or other communities to get some advice from more seasoned Live users to see if they have an opinion on how this would fare up.

Thanks, dude. :)
Sep. 15th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Gaming is out of the question because it has an onboard Intel graphics adapter.
Sep. 15th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
With shared graphics memory.

It's not necessary to have a great graphics adapter for anything but gaming or some distributed computing applications (i.e. SETI) that use your GPU instead of / in addition to your CPU.

This computer is the power equivalent of a standard macbook (not a pro).
Sep. 15th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)

Sep. 17th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
by no means did i mean that laptop as your solution, but to give you an idea how open the market can be. for that price for an IBM, its a good deal.
Sep. 24th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
i posed this question to another community, thought you'd be interested in the response:

Sep. 25th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)

Since you asked -- got a new add from corporate:

T60 ThinkPad with DVD recordable multiburner for just $475!
Intel® Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz, 2GB memory, 80GB drive, CD-RW/DVD-RW, Intel® 802.11a/b/g WiFi, 14" display (1400x1050), Windows XP Pro. 3 mos. limited warranty. May be slightly blemished.

Part # T2008HC6
Regular price $625
EPP price $500
'ibmepp' promotion price $475

Purchase 1 year extended warranty for $84.15 more
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