Laptop/Gaming Crew: How does this look?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Bona Fide, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Bona Fide

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834220098

    All that for $1800? :eek3:

    The "custom gaming mouse" is just a rebadged MX518, which isn't bad at all. It looks damn sexy too with the CF design. Tempting...
     
  2. TekDragon

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    For the same price you could build a bleeding edge desktop PC with a DX10 graphics card with shader model 4.0 (8800 GTS/GTX) and top of the line everything else... so I dunno :dunno:
     
  3. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Meh...stay away from the desktop. Mobile gaming FTW!!

    I've got pretty much the exact same system except 17" screen and I love it. I bought a Dell through the University and it was about the same price.

    I can run wow on full graphics with WinAmp, ventrilo and not lag a bit. With the laptop I can do that anywhere there's a wireless connection. It's awesome!
     
  4. Bona Fide

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    I need a laptop though, for college stuff. I'll be moving around a bit, so being able to work and do stuff anywhere is gonna be a big help. For that same reason, a 17" laptop is out of the question, as it is WAY too big to even be considered a laptop.
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Buy a smaller laptop with similar specs, and plug it into a docking station connected to your favorite game gear and a 19" LCD. Laptop meets desktop.
     
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    get a faster hard drive, 7200rpm in a laptop ftw.
     
  7. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    /disagree

    with 2 gigs of ram you prolly won't be paging much so this will only help load times of programs. It will also consume more battery life. Therefore, this is a bad idea IMO.

    Speaking of batteries...you might want to invest in a longer life battery. Mine is 9 cell and I can get right at 3 hours at max performance out of it....more if I turn stuff off or down.
     
  8. emulex

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    make sure it has a 3 year care pack and get the accidental damage in case you drop it or pour water on it. should run about 300-350 more
     
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    /disagree with your post. Have you ever tried a 7200RPM drive? I upgraded from a 4200RPM to a 7200RPM drive in my PowerBook G4. Not only did it make a huge performance difference all around, it only took maybe 5 minutes of battery life off. On a gaming system, a 7200RPM drive is a no-brainer upgrade.
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    7200rpm drive + no paging file = FTW
     
  11. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    So we'll have to agree to disagree then. I'm speaking from a theoretical point of view and your empirical evidence indicates I'm mistaken. Fair enough.
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    It's not just a matter of the amount of RAM he has. Windows is so conservative it's silly when it comes to RAM usage. I have 2GB of RAM and the only way I can keep Windows from enlarging my pagefile every time I turn the computer on is to have no pagefile at all. Granted, this is the best option anyway, but the point remains that any Windows user will see a significant benefit from a faster hard drive because the pagefile will get used so much.
     
  13. Bona Fide

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    For the record, the hard drive is a 5400rpm, not 4200rpm. I don't think it'll be as big of an issue in any case, considering the 2GB of RAM.

    Also, I'm not entirely worried about the battery. Reviews have shown that it's good for just over 3 hours with WiFi on and brightness slightly reduced. That's not bad at all, and I'll be using it at my desk most of the time anyway.
     
  14. mooboy

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    I got a Inspiron e1505 with the following specs:

    Intel Core Duo 1.83ghz
    ATI X1400 256MB
    2GB RAM
    15.4" WSXGA+ w/ Truelife LCD
    100GB Sata Hard Drive 7200rpm
    Wifi a/b/g
    Bluetooth
    DVD Writer
    3 year warranty w/ Completecare

    Paid around 1500 with certain coupons

    Check:

    www.gotapex.com
    www.dealmac.com
    www.slickdeals.com


    Was able to play bf2/2142 @ 1280x1024 aa off but most stuff turned to medium settings. Played wow just fine. Company of heroes ran @ 1280x1024. Basically it was able to do play almost anything pretty decent. And it was plenty fast for applications. bought it in feburary so I'm sure there are better deals now (get a core 2 duo instead)


    My work got me a Dell Latitude D820 which has a faster 2.0ghz core 2 duo processor and a Nvidia Quadro 120M 512MB. It works about as good as my e1505 system.

    I was worried that I wasn't getting as high a video card because I didn't want 17" behomoth size, but the cards that came with the 15.4" models were quite decent.
     

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