Is my laptop going to be any good?

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katakoon

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I just ordered a Dell Inspiron 1520 the other day and I wasn't really going to use it for gaming(I didn't think something that would be great for gaming would be in my price range). I just picked the stuff that seemed like it would make a decent pc. So, with these specs:
Dell Inspiron 1520 w/ 17 inch monitor
Vista Home Premium Edition
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 @ 667MHz
Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0 GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT
160GB SATA Hard Drive(5400RPM)
Intergrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition


Am I good to play some high end games like BioShock and Shadowrun?

Bioshock System Requirments:
Minimum System Requirements:

* CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor
* System RAM: 1GB
* Video Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).
* Sound Card: 100 direct X 9.0c compatible sound card
* Hard disc space: 8GB free space

Recommended System Requirements:

* CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
* System RAM: 2GB
* Video card:
o DX9: Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better)
o DX10: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better
* Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

Shadowrun System Requirements
:
System requirements: 3.2 GHz CPU; 1GB RAM; 7GB hard drive space; Windows Vista; ATI X800 or NVIDIA 6800 display adapter with 256 MB RAM

I mean, I'm plenty good for it, right?

I just want to know if it's recommended I play games on it, and if you'd think it was a gaming machine. Like, are Inspirons good to game on?
 
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Very few laptops are "good to game on".

Gaming is very CPU intensive, and with a laptop the excessive heat generated cannot be dissipated as it can in a desktop.

Laptops then have to speed-step down to keep from overheating, so performance suffers.

Also, you quote the minim requirements for the game in terms of a single core processor. If the game is not written to optimise a dual core processor (likely for the second one?) then you are running it on a 2.0 GHz CPU for all intents.
 
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