Okay, so my little HP Pavilion dv3000 series laptop is on it's last leg. It still runs well, but I can tell it's getting to the point where it's better just to upgrade than to ship it off and get a new laptop. Specs for my laptop:
Processor: Core 2 Duo @ 2GHz RAM: 4GB Display: nVidia GeForce 9300M GS HDD: 300GB
I'm looking to upgrade. I do quite a bit of gaming so it needs to have the processing power to support both the game and capture software, video editing, picture editing, and video uploading. Budget, is about $1500- $2000. Any recommendations?
I didn't make it!
I'm looking to jump at this one once the price is back down again: HP Pavilion dv7 and dv7t Quad Edition series | HP® Official Store
Get it configured with some upgrades, and it just may have the power you need, although even the upgraded GPU isn't the best. If you do buy from HP, look for a 33% discount coupon. The laptop I linked to is about the best they offer, so if you want better, you'll likely have to look elsewhere.
What else is out there? I'm looking at the Asus G series laptops. Don't get me wrong, I love HP and I love my little dv3000, but it's time for it to get handed down to someone who isn't gonna murder it day in and day out with video games and editing. In the end, it may be another HP I end up getting, but what is on the market?
EDIT: Games include: EVE-Online, World In Conflict, Company of Heroes, Counter Strike Source, Minecraft, and potentially WoW...if I get bored enough. Lol.
What do I run? I run the game (usually backed off on graphics in order to get smooth recording) and xFire if the ingame system is enabled for a game that I play (records to external drive). For Minecraft live commentaries it's going to be FRAPS, Audacity, and the game. I also plan on getting a HD-PVR to record 360 game play so that'll run with Audacity as well.
EDIT2: Should I run a custom built PC or a powerful laptop? The laptop can hold up to what I'm doing, I'd just need to ugprade it because a lot of the games I want to play, aren't playable on my laptop.
A more powerful custom built desktop would be a much better option - easier to upgrade by a mile, and most of the parts you're getting will last you quite a while.
With the money you saved building your own desktop you could probably just get a cheapy laptop for school if it's that necessary. Look out on Slickdeals, they've got some pretty good laptop deals going at times.
Alienware M17x R3 or Dell XPS 17.
Alienware - $1,900 i7 2670QM 2.2GHz (3.1GHz turbo) Quad core 4GB DDR3 GTX 560M w/ Optimus 500GB Hybrid drive 17" 1920x1080 display 9-cell battery
XPS 17 - $1,405 i7 2670QM 2.2GHz (3.1GHz turbo) Quad core 4GB DDR3 GTX 555M w/ Optimus 750GB HDD 17" 1920x1080 display 9-cell battery
Now, a couple of things to point out: Don't let the names fool you, the 560M is about twice as powerful as the 555M. With the M17x, you're also getting a couple of things that the XPS doesn't have, such as HDMI-in. Also, the XPS price of $1,405 is the website price, so it doesn't take into account the haggling you could do over the phone. I'd say you could probably get it down to $1,250 or less.
Both of the laptops also have a secondary hard drive bay, and both would probably get around the five-hour mark on battery, assuming you turn brightness down and don't start gaming.
Without knowing what else you're looking for, I'm not sure what advice to give (come to think of it, I don't even know if 17"ers are an option, but hey. =p)
Okay...looking at a desktop now. Will probably downgrade my laptop from my gaming powerhouse to daily computing with maybe one or two games to take on the road. Same budget, same games, what would you guys recommend for parts for a desktop?
i5 2500k, 6950, cheapest 8GB kit of RAM you can find, good 550W PSU.
Current List is (sorry no links, my jobs network and single-sign-on system keeps messing up my FF login when I jockey windows and multiple sites):
- Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower
- Intel Core i5 2500K (3.3GHz)
- MSi P67A-C43 LGA 1155
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) x 2 (16GB total)
- Timing: 7-7-7-21
- Speed: 1333Hz (PC3 10666)
- OCZ ZT Series 750W Modular PSU (Room for Expansion...might do SLi later this year)
- MSi N570GTX Twin Frozr III GTX 570 1280MB 320-bit
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10K RPM - Boot/Programs/Games
- Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB 7200RPM - Mass Storage and Recording
- TRENDnet TEW-687GA Ethernet Port wireless N gaming adapter - I need this, no ethernet in my room
- LITE-ON DVD Burner - Don't need Blu-Ray
- Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo
- Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
- Norton 360 Premier 5.0
- SONY Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11
- Newegg Beanie
Total Pricce + Shipping: $1,783.93US
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
Does "ditch norton and buy a BluRay drive anyway" count as a suggestion?
Yeah, seriously, f**k Norton. a) It's not something you should pay for, as there are plenty of free (and much better) alternative such as Avast an MSE, an b) If you have even half a bain (enough not to click on obviously suspect pop-ups and the like) you shouldn't need anti-virus at all.
Also, is there are reason you're going with 16GB of RAM? 8 is more than enough for 99% of things.
Also, that case is quite old at this point. I know there's a lot to personal preference with cases, but you could at least look at one with things like a CPU cut-out and better cable management. This case is a lovely one, for example.