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Is my laptop going to be any good?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by katakoon, Jul 15, 2007.

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  1. katakoon

    katakoon Thread Starter

    Jul 15, 2007
    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?
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    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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