New PC laptop purchase

I was going to build up another mini-ITX desktop, however the more I look at it I am better off buying one of those Dell Outlet Inspirion laptops. As  I end up getting a PC that can be used as a desktop replacement and doesn’t need any more hardware purchased. i.e. keyboard/mouse/monitor. So I am monitoring the outlet site the past week watching what Intel i3 Third generation systems come up and the prices.

The PC laptop will probably run Windows 7 x64 Home (or Windows 8.1 if my work VPN finally ends up supporting it). While my existing mini-ITX desktop (i3/16gb ram) will probably be converted to a Ubuntu desktop, so I can implement lxc containers again and some other workload on it. Really want to get tvheadend setup on it and plug in the USB tuner I was using with my Raspberry Pi. Remember the post here, about that?

If I get some time this weekend one evening going to install a temporary hard disk into my desktop and do a Ubuntu 12.04.4 install and do some messing about to ensure the hardware all detects fine and resolution of monitors works fine. The system uses an Intel HD 4000 onboard, so I hope accelerated video works or that could be a problem.

Looking to purchase the laptop the end of this month or early next month.


  • Sky March 7, 2014 Reply

    Why upgrade if your existing kit is already doing what you need it to do?

    • michaelf March 8, 2014 Reply Author

      Just need another machine to do some other testing on, and laptop seems to be a good choice taking over the role that my i3 desktop does. Besides I should able to grab some extra ram for it and make it a reasonable machine if I was to throw 16gb ram in it. Although 8gb is what I will aim for (if it only comes with 4gb). Besides might get to use Windows 8 on it (and 8.1 if we get VPN support finally via work which I am told is coming with next roll out). Hopefully that also fixes the bug I spoke of, which they said it could.

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