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Solved: Which of these laptops is a better deal for gaming?

Discussion in 'Games' started by MurderCookEat, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. MurderCookEat

    MurderCookEat Thread Starter

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    I have configured two laptops that seem to meet the specifications of most modern graphics-intensive games (Far Cry 2, Fallout 3, Call of Duty: World at War, etc.). Which is going to be better for gaming? I am familiar with graphics cards, but I'm not sure which is better in this case, but I'm sure 512 MB of video memory will suffice. Here are the separate configs (both laptops are $1,299, which is about the amount I'd like to pay):
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    HP HDX18t - $1,299

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
    PROCESSOR: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz)
    RAM: 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    HARD DRIVE: 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    GRAPHICS CARD: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT
    DISPLAY: 18.4" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1920x1080p)
    PRIMARY CD/DVD DRIVE: Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
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    Dell Studio XPS 16

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
    PROCESSOR: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53GHz)
    RAM: 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms)
    HARD DRIVE: 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
    GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Mobility RADEONĀ® HD 3670 - 512MB
    DISPLAY: Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16.0 inch WLED LCD (1366x768) W/2.0 MP
    PRIMARY CD/DVD DRIVE: Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
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    Which is better for the games I want to play? Thanks!
     
  2. leroys1000

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    HP HDX18t - $1,299
    Better video card and larger display.
    HD display resolution.
    Granted the memory is a little slower than the second,
    but I don't think you would see much of a performance difference.
    It's going to be heavier though.
     
  3. burnthepc

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    Seconded. I'd go for the HP too for the same reasons.

    Also the card is Nvidia, and I'm by no means saying Nvidia are better than ATI, just Nvidia are more popular. Many games state that they don't support mobile versions of a card - so the more popular card is more likely to get the developer time to make it run. This will probably mean fewer problems in the long run.
     
  4. gatewaypc700

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    Id agree, make that thirded.
    I dont, however agree with the nvidia quote.
    James
     
  5. ketsueki13

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    I'm also going with the HP. Speaking from experience, though, you may want to drop the 64-bit Vista. It's very tempermental with games, and some games (particularly older ones) won't run on it. Unless you're absolutely set on the 64 bit, I'd get 32 bit.
     
  6. gatewaypc700

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    You need the 64bit version to run the RAM
     
  7. burnthepc

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    I don't have trouble anymore with new games on 64-bit. It was an issue for the first few months.

    Older games, can be an issue though.
     
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