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MoonJelly

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#1 11 years ago

Hey I'm interested in buying a laptop. I already faced the fact that I'm going to have to spend around (or at least) $1000 if I want to get one.

I was looking at the Toshiba Qosmio's, and one of there Satellites has the option for a 512 or 1GB graphics card. I was going to look into Dells, and the Asus from newegg, but I heard Toshiba gives no problems. What do you guys think?

Anyways, if you want a true gaming laptop, you always want it to be dedicated graphics and never integrated, correct? I mean could I go cheaper (like $600, $700) with integrated and still play nice video games?

Also, is there a big difference between 512MB 128-bit and 1GB 128-bit graphics on laptops?




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#2 11 years ago

Newegg.com - TOSHIBA Qosmio X505-Q860 NoteBook Intel Core i5 430M(2.26GHz) 18.4" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M - Laptops / Notebooks

I know you mentioned it, but I'd go with the Qosmio. Not only does it have a cool name, but it's pretty powerful.

Don't do integrated graphics if you want any type of gaming laptop


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MoonJelly

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#3 11 years ago

Oh nice, that's the one I was looking at.




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#4 11 years ago

MoonJelly;5224786Hey I'm interested in buying a laptop. I already faced the fact that I'm going to have to spend around (or at least) $1000 if I want to get one.

I was looking at the Toshiba Qosmio's, and one of there Satellites has the option for a 512 or 1GB graphics card. I was going to look into Dells, and the Asus from newegg, but I heard Toshiba gives no problems. What do you guys think?

Anyways, if you want a true gaming laptop, you always want it to be dedicated graphics and never integrated, correct? I mean could I go cheaper (like $600, $700) with integrated and still play nice video games?

Also, is there a big difference between 512MB 128-bit and 1GB 128-bit graphics on laptops?

From what I remember more RAM for graphics cards mostly pays off at higher resolutions and when using anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. Laptop displays are often relatively small so therefore you'll probably use smaller resolutions (1280x1024) which means that it might be a good idea to invest the money you'd spend for the additional gfx RAM into something else, such as a fater gfx chip.

I think for 1000 bucks you won't really get a great gaming laptop - a laptop that plays modern videogames are good settings nicely will typically be more expensive than a desktop PC that can do the same.

But it all depends on which games exactly you are interested in, at what settings you want to play those games and how long you want to be able to use the laptop for gaming. 1000 bucks will probably get you a laptop that can play current games at medium settings for about a year. In two years you'll probably have to use low settings for current games.

Another thing to consider is that laptops are less comfortable for gaming. A proper keyboard and mouse and a large screen beat what most laptops can offer. Unless you have your workspace set up properly a laptop will also make you stoop over it to some extent. And then there is the problem that gaming laptops create a lot of heat in a small space, so they can get quite loud and hot.




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#5 11 years ago

Hmmmm, good to think upon. A desktop is ideal for gaming, that's for sure. Thanks for the input, I will definitely think and look into all this.




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#6 11 years ago

Unless you really need a portable for gaming, i'd say build yourself a nice gaming desktop and get a cheapo laptop for mobile use. You can build yourself a fairly high end gaming rig for what a average laptop will cost you.




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#7 11 years ago

If you're looking for a gaming laptop on a budget, go with Asus. You can get a G72GX or G60VX at Best Buy for around $1,200 armed with a high end Core 2 Duo (I think they have Core 2 Quad models for around $1,300 as well), and GTX 260M graphics. Anything beyond that and you're looking in the realm of $1,500 and up, like Alienware, Sager, Clevo, etc.




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#8 11 years ago

The Toshiba Satellite line up is pretty good too - the A500-19p is a good bet...




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*The.Doctor

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#10 11 years ago

Yeah. Don't get excited though, its just another one of Nvidia's awesome re-branding abilitys.

The 360M is still based on GT200, GT215 to be exact. Its basically just a overclocked 9800M with support for newer standards and GDDR5.




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