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compaq presario amd 64

by mnr3333 / November 30, 2004 6:04 AM PST

compaq presario with a geforce 4 440 go 512 mb 1.8 ghz
is this a decent laptop for gaming

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Re: compaq presario amd 64
by KenSanramon / November 30, 2004 9:29 AM PST
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The HP and corresponding Compaq Athlon 64 notebooks top out at 64mb dedicated RAM. You want to have 64mb dedicated RAM to play any of the newer games at all (like Doom 3) at reduced settings.

You don't want to buy any notebook computer with shared/integrated video RAM or any notebook with less than 64mb dedicated RAM if you will play games.

You are better off though if you can afford it to get an ATI 9700 video card with 128mb dedicated RAM for the best solution on a mainstream notebook.

I don't know of any Athlon 64 notebook that has over 64mb dedicated video yet but if you find one buy it as it is 64bit for the future.

If you are ok with 64mb dedicated get the Athlon 64 or if you want 128mb dedicated video look at the Dell 8600 (Pentium M Centrino -- 15.4" LCD, 6.9 pounds). Or, if you don't care about heat and weight (9 pounds) you can look at the Pentium 4M hpzd7000 (see zd7000forums.com) which has the ATI 9700 video card also. But the battery life with that is under 2 hours (17" LCD) and the Dell 8600 Centrino will get you 3.5-5 hours in normal use --battery life while game playing using the hard drive alot will be lower but still likely double the Pentium 4M notebook.

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Re: compaq presario amd 64
by KenSanramon / November 30, 2004 9:37 AM PST
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Keep in mind that you can get the best value ordering custom online -- you should be ordering a 5400rpm hard drive for gaming which is about 50% faster in seek time versus a 4200rpm hard drive. Some people put in a 7200rpm Hitachi hard drive later themselves or you can get that on the Dell 8600 I referenced from Dell (about 20% faster than 5400rpm hard drive in seek time).

You can also save money by ordering only 256mb RAM 1 stick and adding your own 512mb notebook RAM stick later (to the 2nd and last slot in a notebook) for under $100 retail on sale (After rebates) for 768mb total for less than 512mb most of the time from Dell, HP/Compaq, Toshiba, etc directly.

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