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#1 11 years ago

I was looking at getting a new gaming computer and a laptop seems to be the best bet for me. I was over at CyberPowerPC.com looking at their custom ones and had a few questions. 1) How good can a laptop be at running games? 2) Will I look retarded at a lan party? 3a) Are these decent video cards that can at least run some of the latest games? 3b) NVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 PCIE 3c) Mobile ATI Radeon X1600 4) Does anyone else run a laptop instead of a desktop? 5) How hot are those laptops going to get since they seem to be running some alright hardware in such a confined space? 6) Which CPU is better AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-60 or the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 Centrino? That's all I can think of for now. Any answers are greatly appreciated!




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#2 11 years ago

1. They can run games ok, but a desktop is where the real powers at. 2. Never been to a lan party so cant help you there 3a,b,c. You'd be better off with a Nvidia 7900GS. I know Dell's Inspiron E1705 carry them. But the X1600 and 7600 are definetly in the lower-midrange section of vid cards. Probably wont play anything past HL2 all that great. 4. I don't but I've been looking at them for a few months now. 5. Can't answer that. 6. I definetly say the Core 2 Duo.




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#3 11 years ago
SteVen;36524371. They can run games ok, but a desktop is where the real powers at. 3a,b,c. You'd be better off with a Nvidia 7900GS. I know Dell's Inspiron E1705 carry them. But the X1600 and 7600 are definetly in the lower-midrange section of vid cards. Probably wont play anything past HL2 all that great.

My Laptops 7400 works fine for Half Life 2, CS:S and lots of the custom maps??




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#4 11 years ago

If you really want a gaming machine, a desktop is the way to go. Is there a particular reason to as why you must have a laptop?




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#5 11 years ago

Obviously the guys are dead right about the desktop over the laptop. I myself bought a laptop a few months ago and to be honest i had my doubts. Its a 1.6 Core Duo with a gig of ram and an x1400.

Having read every crap comment about x1300 i was expecting it to play games shit but it pleasently surprised me. It plays FEAR on medium settings and BF2 maxxed out no problems at all. The 7600 and x1600 are both etter than what i have so i think they should be fine.

You may not have a luminous blue desktop at lan parties but at least you wont break your back getting it there.




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#6 11 years ago

Hey thanks for all your input guys!

marvinmatthew;3652471If you really want a gaming machine, a desktop is the way to go. Is there a particular reason to as why you must have a laptop?

I really need a laptop because I travel b/w friends houses, parents houses, school, and other place which I usually like to take a computer. Plus it is a lot more convenient for me. I don't need the latest in power ya know just something that will run some games and I can take it places.




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#7 11 years ago

if you're not worried about top of the line, then i'd say go with that laptop you were looking at. i'd recommend going the next level up on the video card, though, if you can. a laptop can run games just as well as a desktop with the same specs. it'll just be more expensive and will probably run much hotter. definitely recommend amd over intel, and nvidia over ati. it's all a matter of opinion, though, on which is actually better.




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#8 11 years ago

Currently I am running an ASUS A6KM, GE FORCE 7300GO+256 DECICATED, AMD TURION 64 MT 32 1.8GHZ, 1G RAM. I am not really much of a gamer although thats slowly changing, I can max out unreal 2004 whilst downloading and defraging a drive. I can Run STALKER at 1024 x 768 but it gets jumpy in spots, I can get full proper speeds when I play at 800 x 600.

I am trying to find out through my other thread here if I can get an ASUS G1 to max out STALKER, If I can then it's the laptop for me. If you don't know of it, heres a run through of the specs of it.

  • Processor: ASUS G1 Intel® Core™2 Duo T7200 (2.0GHz)
  • Screen: 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) ColorShine
  • RAM: 2048M DDR2 667
  • Hard Disk: 160GB HD 5400 RPM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForceGo 7700 GPU 512 MB
  • Optical Drive: M-a-t-s-h-i-t-a DVD-RAM UJ-850S DVD RW DL (No LightScribe)
  • Wireless: A/B/G + Bluetooth
  • Card Reader: MMC, SD, MS, MS-Pro
  • Operating System: Windows Media Center Edition
  • Kensington Lock hole
  • 1.3 Mega Pixel camera with microphone
  • Included Accessories: ASUS Optical Mouse (Logitech MX518), backpack

It has a few specific gaming features too, some of them are simply novelty, like flashing side panels when using directx9/10, but to me all adds to the very sleak and cool look. It's also just about inside my budget range.

The A6KM I am using now is built on a very similar chasis with the media buttons, web cam, card reader, and rom all in the same place etc, It's a good solid laptop, the screen is superb. I recently had it in for servicing too, pretty reliable if a tad slow because they had to wait for a part to come in. Excellent pick up and delivery times. All of this leads me to get another ASUS, hence the G1........

Hope that helped some.




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#9 11 years ago
hav0k;3652370I was looking at getting a new gaming computer and a laptop seems to be the best bet for me. I was over at CyberPowerPC.com looking at their custom ones and had a few questions. 1) How good can a laptop be at running games?[/quote] Potentially just as good as a desktop, however bear in mind that powerful laptops are extremely expensive.
hav0k;36523702) Will I look retarded at a lan party?[/quote] Not at all. I've been to loads of LANs, small and large (read: massive) and a sizeable proportion of the attendees (myself included) choose to bring laptops due to transport problems, or if they just CBA to haul a tower + peripherals around. Just make sure you don't leave it unattended (especially at larger LANs), and if you have to then secure it to a table or something with a Kensington lock or equivelant.
hav0k;3652370 3a) Are these decent video cards that can at least run some of the latest games? 3b) NVIDIA GeForce GO 7600 PCIE 3c) Mobile ATI Radeon X1600[/quote] They're midrange cards that will be able to handle most new games, although probably not graphically maxed out. [quote=hav0k;3652370]4) Does anyone else run a laptop instead of a desktop?

Lots of people here run both. I have a desktop computer (custom built; specs in sig) and an ASUS A6KM notebook. (@8thsinner: oh snap! ;))

It's a fairly good little machine, does movies/DVDs/light gaming quite happily. [quote=hav0k;3652370]5) How hot are those laptops going to get since they seem to be running some alright hardware in such a confined space?

Let's just say you won't want to keep it on your lap for very long. ;) [quote=hav0k;3652370] 6) Which CPU is better AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-60 or the Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 Centrino?

The Intel, without a doubt.




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#10 11 years ago

You all have been such a tremendous help... I was doing more research and don't think I trust CyberPowerPC anymore with so many horror stories with them. Also, I found a laptop with freakin SLi! That is insane but also about 4k+ :D




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