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Buying a laptop, need help deciding!

by alexin_05 / July 27, 2008 10:22 AM PDT

Hi everyone, well as the title says I will get a laptop soon but I haven't yet decided which one. I'm a college student so I need a light laptop but also I need a powerful one, I like to play games like Call of Duty 4, Star Wars Battlefront II, Crysis, Halo, etc. I'm not looking for perfect system requirements for those games just the necesary ones.
As a normal student I run many multimedia aplications so I need a system that could handle those.
Finally, I live in Mexico and laptops are a little more expensive than in the U.S. so I can't pay a laptop that is $1300 (probably $1400) or higher.
Currently I have two options in mind, the Dell XPS m1530 and the Dell Studio 15, probably interested in a gateway.
So which one should I buy? also, if you have more options in mind please tell me.
If you recommend a Dell system please post the ideal system configuration for my needs.


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"light laptop but also I need a powerful one, I like to play
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 10:26 AM PDT

"light laptop but also I need a powerful one, I like to play games like Call of Duty 4"

Then 14 to 15inch screen, the best 3D chipset you can afford, 2 to 4GB RAM, Core2Duo and don't think about the battery. Gaming laptops don't last long on battery power.

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by alexin_05 / July 27, 2008 10:35 AM PDT

The problem is that most of the commercial laptops here in Mexico don't have a dedicated GPU and if they have it the cost goes up to $1750, except from Dell where I can get a 256 Mb Nvidia 8600 GT for just $75 extra. But I can't decide which is better for me, the Studio 15 or the XPS m1530.

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Good choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 10:46 AM PDT
In reply to: GPU

The 8600 is fair for laptop gaming. Remember we can't approach what we get dollar for dollar or the performance of a desktop so we compromise.

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GPU comparisson
by alexin_05 / July 27, 2008 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Good choices.

Sorry but I'm new here. If I get the Dell XPS m1530 I will have the Nvidia 8600 GT but if I get the Studio 15 I will have the Ati M Radeon HD 3450 (256 mb) The problem is that I don't know which will work better for me. I've heard that the Radeon HD 3450 is not good enough for games like CoD4.

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When you get down to models the next thing is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 9:53 PM PDT
In reply to: GPU comparisson

Finding reviews with BENCHMARKS. You are looking squarely at 2 gamer laptops.

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needing help
by alexin_05 / July 29, 2008 1:21 AM PDT

please I could use some help

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