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    can anyone help me with what laptop i should get? i have a dell inspiron 1300 at the moment, but ive had it for about 2 and a half years and its pretty much dying after constant daily use.

    im looking for something similar but not too pricey, but thats reliable and will last me a while.

    anyone got any ideas?
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    Just asking, how is it dying? I've had my laptop for nearly 2 years, and it's just as fast as day one, just after a reformat or two. Is it physically falling apart?

    What do you plan to use this laptop for? Are you looking for a portable laptop (13"-ish screen) or desktop replacement, etc etc?

    Nothing wrong with dells, especially if you can get one of the sales.

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    everythings just getting old, internally and externally. the processor is clogged so it takes about 45 minutes to load up once i turn it on and will stop loading anything at random points

    if i get a new laptop it will mainly be for working, when i get to university. ill probably keep the old one cause its got all my programs on it like powertab that are filling up the memory.

    id also like to do a little bit of gaming on it. the dell i have just physically will not let me play any cd rom games which pisses me off
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    Here's what I think:

    Reformat your hard drive. This means backing up all your data, erasing your hard drive, and reinstalling everything from square 1. Yes, it is a lot of work, but in the end, it will just like it did when you first started it up. I am not quite sure what is wrong with your optical drive, but this reformat may fix any driver problems relating to the drive. If the drive is physically broken, well too bad.

    After reformatting your laptop, I would recommend your purchase a desktop. You could purchase one through a company like Dell, or can put one together yourself if you feel capable. In either case, I would be that the desktop will either be must more powerful than an equivalent laptop for the price, or will simply be cheaper.

    When I started college two years ago, I wanted a laptop that was portable, and reasonably powerful. That way, I could take it to class, yet could still play games on it. In the end, I spent $1800 on a laptop. However, looking at options now, I wish I instead got a $3-500 netbook and spent the rest on a powerful desktop.


    tl;dr: Think about your priorities (what you want), what you're willing to do/buy, and how much you are willing to spend.

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