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*The.Doctor

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#1 8 years ago

Well i think its finally time to replace my old Inspiron 5150. Its about 6 or so years old now, gets about 40min battery life if i'm lucky, and the screen hinges are starting to give out.

These are my current specs: Mobile Pentium 4 3.2Ghz 2GB DDR-333 Geforce Go FX5200 64MB 80GB HDD

I'm looking for something under $800 max, and want a decent dedicated GPU. Battery life is less important since my current one stays plugged in a lot, but anywhere from 2.5 hours or more would be fine. I am looking at these on Newegg:

Newegg.com - Gateway NV79C47u NoteBook Intel Core i5 450M(2.40GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7741G-5877 NoteBook Intel Core i3 350M(2.26GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Newegg.com - Recertified: ASUS G Series G72GX-RBBX05 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 17.3" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7551G-5407 NoteBook AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N830(2.1GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

I like the i3 and i5 on the first two, but what about AMDs mobile options. The last one has the mobile Phenom II X3 2.1Ghz, a bigger HDD, and only slightly less battery life. I could image the extra CPU core making a difference in the future though. All three of them have the Mobility Radeon 5650 1GB.

I'll admit i don't follow mobile parts like i do desktop hardware so i'm not sure how the 5650 compares to other mobile cards like the GTX 260M in the ASUS. I don't need it to run high end games at max settings, thats what my desktop is for, but being able to run them with maybe medium settings would be nice. The only thing that really puts me off on the ASUS is that its recertified and tons of people are reported getting DOA or damaged hardware. I'm leaning more towards either the i3 or the Phenom II Acer at the moment.

Any thoughts or other suggestions?




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#2 8 years ago

The general consensus is that AMD mobile processors are to be avoided. They're just not as good as Intel's, and they run significantly hotter. As for AMD vs. nVidia graphics, that's down to personal preference; there's nothing wrong with either (except for the old 8400 and 8600m series).

Out of the ones you listed, the recertified Asus G72GX is what I would personally go for, although the first two would certainly be good as well. I would avoid the last one due to the AMD CPU.




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#3 8 years ago

*The.Doctor;5378101Well i think its finally time to replace my old Inspiron 5150. Its about 6 or so years old now, gets about 40min battery life if i'm lucky, and the screen hinges are starting to give out.

These are my current specs: Mobile Pentium 4 3.2Ghz 2GB DDR-333 Geforce Go FX5200 64MB 80GB HDD

I'm looking for something under $800 max, and want a decent dedicated GPU. Battery life is less important since my current one stays plugged in a lot, but anywhere from 2.5 hours or more would be fine. I am looking at these on Newegg:

Newegg.com - Gateway NV79C47u NoteBook Intel Core i5 450M(2.40GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7741G-5877 NoteBook Intel Core i3 350M(2.26GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Newegg.com - Recertified: ASUS G Series G72GX-RBBX05 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.53GHz) 17.3" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7551G-5407 NoteBook AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N830(2.1GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

I like the i3 and i5 on the first two, but what about AMDs mobile options. The last one has the mobile Phenom II X3 2.1Ghz, a bigger HDD, and only slightly less battery life. I could image the extra CPU core making a difference in the future though. All three of them have the Mobility Radeon 5650 1GB.

I'll admit i don't follow mobile parts like i do desktop hardware so i'm not sure how the 5650 compares to other mobile cards like the GTX 260M in the ASUS. I don't need it to run high end games at max settings, thats what my desktop is for, but being able to run them with maybe medium settings would be nice. The only thing that really puts me off on the ASUS is that its recertified and tons of people are reported getting DOA or damaged hardware. I'm leaning more towards either the i3 or the Phenom II Acer at the moment.

Any thoughts or other suggestions?

That Asus is very similar to my M17x, and that does Crysis on high pretty damn well, through for that higher resolution, you'd be looking at medium. That's about all I can say. I know some about ATI's desktop parts, a lot less about their mobile line.




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#4 8 years ago

You may want to consider asking the people at http://www.forum.notebookreview.com/. They know their stuff.




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#5 8 years ago

Is getting a laptop screen with LED backlighting worth it over a regular LCD screen?

I just noticed those Acers list that they have LED backlighting and the others don't.




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#6 8 years ago

LED displays are nice, but not necessary, and certainly not worth paying extra for over cold-cathode fluorescent lamp backlit displays. You'll get slightly better black levels, but they're still going to be crap due to the nature of laptop LCD's, and LED's instantly reach full brightness while CCFL backlights take a few seconds to warm up to full brightness from a cold start. LED's also consume slightly less power, but the tangible differences in battery life are pretty much negligible.




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#7 8 years ago

Well, i think i may be going with this one unless i find a better deal until i actually buy it: Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS7741G-5877 NoteBook Intel Core i3 350M(2.26GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650

I was seriously considering the Phenom II X3 one even if it did run hotter, but from the benchmarks i've managed to find the i3 pretty much beats it 90% of the time anyways.

Now i just need to decided if i want this first, or if i want to upgrade my vid card in my desktop.