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Is this a good deal?

by HamsterButter / July 26, 2013 7:09 AM PDT

I've currently listed a few laptops on Craigslist looking to trade for a gaming laptop. I currently have an offer for a Dell XPS M1730. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 2.6 GHz Processor, 4 gigs of ram (max,) and a NVIDIA SLI Dual GeForce 8700M GT 512MB GDDR3 TurboCache video card, also running Windows Vista (ew.) I know this was released in 2007, quite a bit ago, but I was wondering if these specs were enough to run most modern games (Bioshock Infinite, Saints Row The Third, possibly Skyrim.) I've tried looking up benchmarks and reviews for it, but most were made in 2008, so they were pretty good for the time. I really have no idea how good/bad these specs are by todays standards, so thorough answers would be appreciated.

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The problem is that GPU and more is too old.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2013 10:10 AM PDT
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As is, we know that gaming laptops don't last but a few years and this is way over the expected life span. Then you are looking at the 8400/8600 chip line which did have issues. Unless this was 99 bucks I would not consider it.

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One more question.
by HamsterButter / July 26, 2013 3:23 PM PDT

So if this laptop isn't good enough for my tastes, is it any better than the one I have now? The one I have now has an Intel Core i3 (Obviously Better,) Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Not Great,) and 8 gigs of DDR3 ram. I know that the ram and processor are better, but does the better video card in the Dell make it a little better? Other than the fact that its a beast to take anywhere.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 3:04 AM PDT
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Try to find benchmarks on your machine at notebookcheck and this old laptop. Remember I don't expect the old laptop to be stable as it's so old. If you do get it, let's hope it was cheap and also, be sure you have canned air to use on it every month.

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