GPU, CPU, RAM: Which one is most important when it comes to gaming? 15 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

Ok, so as you may know, I'm looking for a decent (not ultra-ultra high end) gaming laptop.

I know that there are three key elements to a good gaming PC/notebook: GPU(graphics card), CPU, and RAM.

My question is, which is most important for gaming? IS there a most important, are they all equally important?

For instance, can you run games on medium/high graphics if you have say a T5750 with an Nvidia 8600/8800 GTS, and maybe 2GB RAM?

Would that be a good gaming laptop?

Or should you look for say a T8100 with an Nvidia (or ATI even?)?

Thanks

LC




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#2 10 years ago

Generally the GPU and RAM are most important. Ram, though, is easy as you can always just kind of pop an extra stick in. For processors my understanding is that you don't really need the best of the best for gaming, as the majority of the work is being done by the GPU. Which leads me to the point that the GPU is really the most important aspect. One of my friends has the same processor and 2 gigs of ram just like me, but has a slightly faster GPU and things noticably (just barely, but noticably,as he had a 8800GT, I have an 8800GTS 320mb) ran faster on his computer.




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#3 10 years ago

GPU 1st, CPU a fairly close 2nd, and ram 3rd.

With my recent CPU upgrade, I was reminded once again how much of an impact the processor has on gaming. It garnered a 15-25% increase in gaming performance.




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#4 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments guys.

So now the questions are: AMD or Intel, and do I need the top of the line T9300?

And ATI or Nvidia?

(Keeping in mind this is about laptops.)

Thanks again,

LC




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#5 10 years ago

The GPU and RAM are the most important for gaming. You can still game well with a older, slower CPU if you have a good GPU and lots of ram backing it up (too a point). But say if you have a crappy GPU, or too little ram, your not going to see very good performance.

If you want the best performance possible, go with Intel Core 2. If this were for a desktop i would tell you to get a ATI 4850, but i don't keep up on mobile cards so somebody else will have to answer that.




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#6 10 years ago
If you want the best performance possible, go with Intel Core 2.

Any specific processor in mind? Will I be ok with a T5750 as long as I can find a good graphics card, or should I look for a T8100?

Oh, do you know anything about the P7350? I've read that its an updated 45nm processor (updated from what I don't recall :weird:)

That laptop I posted looks like its still one of my best options so far.

Thanks

LC

(Could a mod merge or delete my other thread? Thanks.)




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#7 10 years ago

GPU is the most important in today's games. Without it running on Integrated graphics sets you back to the stone age in graphics. CPU is almost as important as a good GPU is easily bottle necked by a slow CPU in addition the physics heavy elements in today's games makes this more crucial. RAM is important but since most PC are equipped with 2 GB as standard its not as a big issue. If you played BF1942 with integrated graphics like I did back when it was still new, RAM made a huge difference going from 128MB to 512MB. If you are still playing using Integrated graphics then RAM will make the most difference.




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LaughingCheese

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#9 10 years ago

kow_ciller;4544376Gateway - Laptop with Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology - P-6860FX

'nuff said.

That only has a T5550 though. Is that sufficient then? And the graphics card is only an Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS.

This laptop on Newegg has 4GB RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce9600M GT. And its a hundred or so less.

So far I still think the Newegg one is the best I've seen, I'm just not sure about the P7350 processor...:uhm:




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#10 10 years ago

CPU is not something you have to worry too much about. It's important, but not nearly as much as the GPU

Oh, and the 8800GTS is the G92 512MB version. It is faster than the 9600GT, don't listen to the numbers.




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