Dell Inspiron 1520


May 27, 2006
Hey guys, I'm a midrange gamer and I'm looking for a good laptop that could handle games such as WoW, CoD2 etc and programs like Photoshop CS2 and 3ds max 8. I was thinking of a Dell since i heard good things about it. Here's my setup for now:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5450 (2MB cache/1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB), English
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium Edition, English
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280 x 800) (1)
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 Dimm
120G 5400RPM SATA HDD (2)
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 (3)
8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
DataSafe Online Backup 3GB (included with price)
3 Year Return to Depot Service, Complete Care and Technical Support (4)
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery (5)
High Definition Audio 2.0


1- Is it worth adding 100$(CAD) to get a 1680x1050 or 50$ for 1440x900?
2- Is 120gb enough or will I have to pay more to get bigger disk space?
3- Should I add 200$ to get a 8600M GT?
4- Is this extended warranty necessary?
5- Worth paying 40$ to get 85Whr 9-cell battery?

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to tell. Thanks


Sep 9, 2007
This computer should be great for what you want to do with it.

I have an old gateway (~2 years old) that works great for all those applications, so this will do fine.

In the long run, however, I think the upgrade from the integrated Video card to the NVidia card will be much appreciated...



Oct 8, 2005
Hey donco,
I actually bought the Insprion 1520 not to long myself for college. Its a rally nice laptop. I got both the 120 gb hdd and the 8600 gt and I love to play all types of games and let me tell you I love it, it can run loops around my older desktop. I also got the max. resolution too. I cant recommend the 8600 gt enough, but if cant afford that get at least 8400 gs. You need something for games and other programs running at higher resolution. Personally i would also bump up the processor too a little if you can. I go the 2.2 ghz dual core and its blazing fast.

Hope this helps let me know what you end up picking

Yeah also look for online coupons they can save you a lot