Need help in choosing LAPTOP....pls [any comment welcome]

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  1. Tru_Snoop

    Tru_Snoop Registered Member

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    Hey guys;

    I am thinking of buying a new laptop. I need your help in deciding. First of all, I don't want to spend too much money, my range is $1000 - 1200 canadian, before taxes. I have already looked at two nice laptops, one from "dell" and another from "bestbuy". I am a gamer, so I would like to play games like, "Age of Empires III, Battlefield 2, NHL 2006, Counter Strike, GTA:San Andreas, Half Life 2"...... Here are the two laptops I have seen so far. One has "128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Shared" graphics card (from best buy) and dell computer has "128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics".

    Dell Computer:

    Inspiron 6000
    Inte Pentium® M Processor 750 (1.86GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB)
    Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (English)
    15.4 inch WXGA LCD Panel
    512MB Shared DDR2 SDRAM 2 Dimms
    100GB Hard Drive
    24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
    128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics
    9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery (80 WHr)
    Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915 Internal Wireless (802.11 a/b/g, 54Mbps)

    BestBuy Computer:

    ompaq V2570 AMD Turion 64 ML-32 1.8GHz Laptop

    Processor Type AMD Turion 64 ML-32
    Screen Size 14.0"
    RAM 512MB DDR RAM (Exp. To 2GB)
    Hard Drive 60GB 4200RPM
    Optical Drives DVD+/- R/RW and CD-RW Combo Drive
    Graphics 128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Shared
    Average Battery Life 3 Hours
    Product Weight 2.33 kg
    Audio Type Altec Lansing
    Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
    Cache 512KB L2
    Fax/Modem 56K V.90
    I/O Ports 3 x USB 2.0, 1 x IEEE 1394
    Included In Box AC Adapter, Battery, Manual
    Network Card 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
    Other Software See The Features Section
    PC Card Slots 1 x Type I/II 32-Bit (Supports 16-Bit)
    Pointing Device Touchpad
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2
    Processor Speed 1.8GHz
    Product Dimensions 33.40(W) x 3.28(H) x 23.11(D) cm
    Removable Storage No
    Screen Type WXGA High-Definition BrightView
    Speakers Altec Lansing
    System Bus 1800MHz
    Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labour


    First, How these two video cards compare? Can I be able to play the games listed above on these cards? Is there any site where I can check the benchmarks for these two cards?


    thank you.
     
  2. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

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    if ur HONESTLY thinking of gaming, ur aiming for rele low detail graphics and low resolution because none of those video chipsets screams "Performance". ill tell u right now to avoid teh "128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Shared" (compaq) because it uses ur system memory. as for benchmarks i know of none and even if they existed they wouldnt be as accurate or fair as desktop benchmarks.
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hi,
    If you are into gaming, do not buy laptops.
    I would suggest an Athlon 64 AMD with Asus / Abit AN8 mobo and nVidia 6600 or 6800 graphic card (PCI-E of course). Plus, at least 2Gb RAM with low latency. You will save money, gain performance and customizability. Laptops are a pain to upgrade and tweak. Desktops are much more convenient. True, laptops are mobile and small, but if you trully a gamer as you say - only desktop, AMD, 64bit processor.
    I don't know Canadian prices, but I bought a gamer San Diego 3700 with 2Gb 2.5ns Kingstone RAM, Gigabyte GT6600 PCI-E 128Mb, 2 HDD (WD Sata II, 200Gb & 160Gb), 2 DVDs (one reader one burner), plus all the accessories and flat 17" monitor for 1,600 dollars. You can go for heavier of course, but so does the price. But I think you need something similar to what I have.
    I can play all the heaviest fps with best resolution at 60-80fps.
    Mrk
     
  4. Close_Hauled

    Close_Hauled Registered Member

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    These guys are right about the laptops not being ideal for gaming. Most have slow graphics cards and hard drives (5400RPM). You will need to get gaming specific laptops, like Dell XPS M170, or Alienware (Area 51, Aurora, and MJ-12).

    I have a Dell Latitude D600 that I play some games on, and while it is passable for when I am on the road, it is by no means a desktop replacement.

    If you want to look at inexpensive gaming laptops, try looking at the ones from Alienware. You can also look at Acer, Asus, Dell and Falcon Northwest.

    Don't get lost in the GHz race either. The Pentium M (Dothan), although clocked slower, is faster than higher clocked processors from AMD and Intel:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/05/25/dothan_over_netburst/page11.html

    A laptop with a Dothan will run cooler and have a much longer battery life.

    Look for 7200RPM drives as well. I have swapped out 5400RPM drives for 7200RPM drives and was amazed at the new boot time. 7200RPM drives do consume more power though.

    Look for these nVidia cards:

    GeForce Go 7800 GTX
    GeForce Go 7800
    GeForce Go 6800 Ultra
    GeForce Go 6800

    Or these ATI cards:

    Mobility Radeon X1600
    Mobility Radeon X1400
    Mobility Radeon X1300

    Last, but not least, do not skimp on RAM. No less than 1 gig.
     
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