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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kainy, Jul 22, 2005.

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  1. kainy

    kainy Thread Starter

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    Hey, I've been a PC gamer for only a short time. I am looking at a gaming laptop, and I don't know how good the mobile parts are. here is what I am looking at.

    AMD Athlon 64 3400+ mobile
    Radeon 9600 mobility
    512mb of ram.

    Anyone know if this will keep me going for the next few years playing most of the newer games? I can easily upgrade the ram, because I know 512 is sub standard these days.

    Thanks. Kainy.
     
  2. Dave_Snow

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    512 RAM is recommended, but I would highly recommend 1 GB of RAM in your laptop if you are going to game with it. Just ad another 512 stick and tada.
     
  3. Triple6

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    Nope. A Radeon 9600, especially the mobile ones, are the bottom mid-range cards. They won't produce good enough results in games like Doom 3, HL-2, and Battlefield 2. Yes it'll play them but the framerates won't be great and you'll have to play them at low settings.

    You should also be aware the most laptops are not very upgradeable and those that are require compatible and expensive parts - at least for video upgrades. RAM upgrades are inexpensive and easy.

    Using laptops to play games is a bad idea in my opinion. It reduces their life. As you know heat is generated by all computers, and heat is bad for electronics and mechanical parts inside the laptop. When gaming any laptop is going to be pretty darn warm.

    Also most gaming laptops are not portable, they weigh a lot, and they have terrible to non-existant battery life.

    If you really want a gaming laptop then look at Alienware or Falcon Northwest. There's one or two more companies that make high performance laptops. Don't bother with Gateway, Compaq/HP, Toshiba, IBM, or even Dell and Acer you do have some nicer laptops but not quite good enough.
     
  4. Dave_Snow

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    Thats true. I honestly don't like gaming on a laptop anyways but if your far from home and want to game, thats the time to do it.
     
  5. kainy

    kainy Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the help guys. I got a really good deal on a laptop, I'll have to think more about it. Battlefield 2 ran on it, but like Triple6 said, it was on medium/low settings.
     
  6. alwrmc

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    Triple6 gave you good advice but a bit elitist. If we all bought only the the latest-greatest-up-to-datest equipment we would all be very satisfied. But the VAST majority of us cannot afford mega bucks equipment just to be able to wring the last "frame outta the rate". It's like paying $599 for a top end video card in order to play a $49 game. If you can afford it, go for it. My Compaq RS3240 is handling everything I throw at and I can live with 1024 X 768. But like Triple6 said, there are a few high end units out there and if I could, I would buy one. I cannot, so I'll be quite content with what I have.
     
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