I was planning on buying this laptop, and was wondering how well it would perform in some things that I do.
-Pretty much all of my games run fine on my Pentium3 @ 866 with 256mb RAM. From what I can tell, the laptop beats this in pretty much everything, but how much of an increase in performance would there be?
-The most system-intensive thing I do now is Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, which right now doesn't work well because of my horrible graphics. Would the "ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M chipset with integrated ATI RADEON X300-based graphics" perform at least sort of well on it?
-It comes with a Parallel ATA 40gig 4200rpm hard drive. Most other drives I have are 7200rpm. Would this hurt performance at all, and if so how much? Note that I really wouldn't need more than 30gigs for the computer, it would be probably networked with my desktop (DVD burner, 160gigs of HDD space).
-I was hoping that this computer would last me awhile. How usable do you think it would be in about 6 years? I'm not sure if the battery or other components wear out over time.'
If you can suggest a better deal for a similar price at a retailer such as BestBuy or CircuitCity or similar, I'd be glad to hear it.
Thanks for your help.
1. Well, I hope you don't plan to get any modern games...
2. An X300 is fine for JKA.
3. Yes, it will impat performance. Mainly loading times in games, moving/copying/opening/saving files will take longer, Windows will take longer to boot and so on.
4. 6 years? You've got to be joking. Even a high-end computer won't last that long and still be up-to-date enough to really use. And the laptop you've chosen is...a very very long way away from high-end.
BS|Archaon is spot on with what he's saying.
The reason that laptop makers ship their laptops with 4200/5400RPM hard drives, is to save power. You can upgrade the hard drive to a 7200rpm model, but you'll vcut your battery life anywhere from 15-40%.
I would recomend buying that computer directly from the e-machines website, as Best Buy is a middleman that's going to generally raise the price.
Aye and also, faster drives produce more heat so upgrading it can make the machine very toasty, making it uncomfortable to use and possible even resulting in the rest of the system overheating, if it's not designed to cope with extra heat. Which a cheap e-machines system probably isn't...
My laptop has a 5400rpm drive in front of the keyboard, where I generally rest my right wrist. It gets rather warm sometimes, in fact it's the only part of the system that I can feel which rivals the battery for heat output.
I realize that it won't work with modern games, but for those I think I'll get a dedicated video game console. For all the games I have that work on my old computer, it'll be a nice little boost. Note, I said "usable" in 6 years. I have a 233 that's about 8 years old that's still "usable", just not for gaming and most other things. Once it becomes too out-of-date, it'll still make a somewhat decent server, be it FTP or JA or HTTP.
Does the $550 pricetag seem like a somewhat good deal? I looked at eMachine's website, but didn't see any laptops there.
I define usable as running the current OS of the time (which in 6 years may even be beyond Vista) and programs. Can your 'usable' 8 year old PC run XP (or even 2000) and something basic like Office 2003 to a decent standard? I don't think so. :p
But yeah, if you think about it the way you're thinking we have a 486 that's usable lol...
Truthfully, the only computers in our house running run either Windows ME or 98. We dont' even have Office 2003, just Office 2000 Pro, and I prefer Open Office to either.
When I got the P2 233, it ran Windows 2000; the only reason it runs 98 now is because it was spyware infected and I don't have a copy of 2000. According to the Microsoft website, it does meet the bare minimum system requirements for XP (the 194mb of memory helps a bit).
This is just going to be a work laptop and temporary gaming one. Right now I don't make all that much money, so I figured get something that will be usable for longer. It will provide a temporary upgrade from my desktop for the games, and the future ones will mostly be console titles.
Sorry for the double post, but the edit button isn't visible on the last one.
I was checking out some other stores, and found this laptop. How would this compare to the other one? I can see it has a bigger HDD and better processor, but how does the rest compare?
Thanks again for all your help.
The graphics card isn't quite as 'good' (if you can call an X300 that) but it's probably still enough for what you want. Remember that Quake 3 is going on for 7 years old, and so presumably the engine itself (used in JKA, albeit with modifications) is at least a year or two older.
trekkie00 I can see it has a bigger HDD and better processor, but how does the rest compare?
I don't know if i would call that processer "better" exactly. Its clocked 200Mhz faster, but has half the cache. The Sempron 3300+ in the Compaq is running at 2.0Ghz with 128k L2 cache, while the Sempron 3100+ in the eMachines is running at 1.8Ghz with 256k L2. In my opinion the 3100+ would be the better processer. you may not notice the 200Mhz but the cache will make a difference.
The Compaq looks to have a better screen though.