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Dell 8600 OR Dell 9100 for heavy duty games???

by thegr8anand / October 6, 2004 1:12 AM PDT

which is better?????

and what config is MINIMUM req. on each to play games like Doom3,Far Cry and half-Life 2 etc...

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Re: Dell 8600 OR Dell 9100 for heavy duty games???
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 6, 2004 1:51 AM PDT

Since you noted Doom3, the bleeding edge video card is what you want. I didn't see the CPU to be the bottleneck (any P4 2+Ghz seems ok), but the video card and 512 or even 1G of RAM seem to be killer items if you want to push the game to the edge.

Or you can do what I do and run the game in reduced modes.

Bob

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Re: Dell 8600 OR Dell 9100 for heavy duty games???
by KenSanramon / October 6, 2004 4:39 AM PDT

You can get the ATI 9700 video card with 128mb video RAM on the Dell 8600 (Pentium M Centrino) and you can also order a screaming fast Hitachi 7200rpm hard drive (up to 70% faster than original equipment 4200 rpm hard drives or 20% faster than 5400rpm hard drives).

The Dell 8600 is a bit heavier for a Centrino then the HPZT3000/Compaq X1000 or Toshiba M35S456 but those only go up to 64mb dedicated video.

The 8600 has a 15.4" screen and will give you decent battery life.

However, if you really will be using it in one place you may just want to get the HPzd7000 or Toshiba 17" Pentium 4M models....

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RE >>>>>>>>>>>>correct video card info
by jnzmailbox / October 9, 2004 6:36 AM PDT

The 8600 only take the 9600 ATI RADEON MOBILITY PRO TURBO CARD...( not the 9700 or 9800) can get 9600 ONLY ONLY ONLY at Dell Spare Parts (1-800-822-8965) if in stoc for 254.00 tax and ship. it runs cooler and uses less power = Pentium M Centrino plan....... The inspiron laptop 9100 uses the 9700 and 9800 which the P4 can run better (uses more power and hotter)....these are for sale on ebay under laptop accessories video and sound, I have seen the 9700 pulled from ins for 150, the 9800 go for more.

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