New Gaming Laptop vs. New Gaming Desktop

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  1. Jeff Merr

    Jeff Merr Elite Member

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    I am curious which is a better buy, right now i have a Dell I9300 with a Geforce Go 256mb card. I am going to sell it and will have around 1000 dollars to spend. Keep in mind i DO NOT have a monitor, so if i went with a desktop, it would cost me another 300 or more for a good low ms monitor, where as the laptop of course has the display built in. If i got a new gaming laptop, i would be most likely looking at another Dell, as they have the best prices around and have some pretty good cards - not to mention they just went to the Intel Duo processor. If i had a desktop, im guessing i would have to go low budget gaming PC because of the monitor cost?
     
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    PFC Lowell Velox et Mortifer

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    Get a CRT iff you go the desktop route.


    If you decide you want a laptop, don't waste your money on a new laptop. You can get a geforce 7900 go for $400. sell the geforce 6800 go on ebay for $150.
    total cost would then be $250.
     
  3. Jeff Merr

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    I thought some of the nicer Dell screens were pretty good for gaming now?
     
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    JaJae New Member

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    Go the desktop route. You won't be able to get any semblence of gaming from a laptop for under $1000.
     
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    gaming laptop < 1000 doesn't exist.

    And you can get a gamer-friendly 19" LCD for about $250 or less. Go PC.
     
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  6. Jeff Merr

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    Got one in mind? link? thanks
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    There are several options, but there is one monitor that really stands-out as the best-bargain, right now. It's a BenQ, which is one of the best LCD manufacturers on the market. It's a 19" LCD, with 2ms response time -- also supurb in any LCD. Contrast is a very nice 700:1, which will be excellent with gaming, especially darker games, such as Doom3, where other LCDs can appear too black. This LCD will perform excellent.

    It is $249.99 with a $30 mail-in rebate, for an inital cost of $249.99 and a final cost of only $219.99

    BenQ FP93GX Black 19" 2ms LCD Monitor - Retail
     
  8. Jeff Merr

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    See, i would have 1000 to spend on the desktop, and around 300 for a monitor, so that works out. Only problem is that i cannot wait months and months to do this, once my laptop sells in a few weeks i need a desktop immedietly for a computer. I keep hearing people say "wait for the Intel Conroe", how long am i really looking at for waiting? i would be looking at the $300 dollar price range chip, is it worth the wait or should i just go with an AMD processor and screw the hype?
     
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    rumor is Conroe will be out in early/mid July. Sure pricing will go down with time, but $300 will get you the mid-range Conroe at release, which will KILL any AMD on the market.
     
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    how "available" are we talking? You think i will be stuck on a waiting list? hopefully NewEgg will stock up
     
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    Also that BenQ monitor is only 2ms gray-gray right?
     
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    they're all rated grey-grey.


    Yes, I think availability will be good. Intel uses a different approach from AMD when designing dual-core chips that provides far greater yields. This is one of the reasons Intel Conroe will be so affordable -- less junked silicone.
     
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    I just ordered a laptop from dell because i'm going to be away from home for 3 months. I just wanted to be able to play COD2 so i made sure i got something that works.

    I got a :

    Inspiron E1505, Intel Core Duoprocessor T2500 (2MB/2GHz/667MHz)
    15.4 Inch TrueLife Wide-screenWXGA, for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    1GB, DDR2, 533MHz 2 Dimm for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    256MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 HyperMemory, for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    80GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    8X DVD+/-RW Drive for Inspiron 6400/E1505
    SoundBlaster Advanced Audio for XPS M1710

    and so on.

    Cost was around $1500 before tax, however I had $450 coupon to take off + free shipping so now i'm only paying around $1130 and some change now out the door.
     
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  14. NoDoz

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    Definitely go desktop! And i've heard only great things from BenQ flat panels. But i have heard the Dell FPWs are good as well. Personally, i would get a Flat CRT to save money and go more into the box itself.

    Haga- nice set up there. But i'm wondering why you went with a 5400rpm drive instead of upping to a 7200? HDD are the bottleneck of laptops these days. Nice setup though
     
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    As a side note, Dell does NOT have the lowest prices for quality gaming laptops. That crown would probably go to Sager (They use the Clevo chassis, same as Alienware, Voodo, and a handful of others.).


    If you're really wanting a laptop, I would have suggested PCTorque, but they're no longer selling laptops. Luke was excellent to me, so a bit sad to see that they're shifting focus.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=33900 has a list of some of the other big resellers, though.



    But for your budget, I think you'll get much more bang for your buck with a desktop. :dunno:
     
  16. haga41

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    I'm on a budget :wtc:. I was only going to get the single core but after realizing that that was dumb, I switched over to the duo @ 2ghz. My women doesn't know yet, but fuck it. Believe me, i wanted that 7200rpm, however it was $200 more and I couldn't justify it.

    Thanks for the comps on the setup :bigthumb: It's not a bad setup for the price, but I when I do get the laptop, I have to spend some time uninstalling all of the shitty programs that dell likes to put on :squint:.
     
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    reformat it... dell fucking sucks. reformating is the only thing you can do to get rid of their crap. Too bad you'll still be stuck with a dell, after, tho :wtc:
     
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    Yeah, but I've had good luck with my previous dell so I'm not complaining. :)
     
  19. NoDoz

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    Yeah i hear you.. I spent a good hour taking all of their crap off my e1405
     
  20. GTSlow

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    build from scratch. You will save tons of money. You can build a machine pretty cheap if you are willing to live with a slightly cheaper vid card and onboard sound then upgrade later.
     

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