I should probably add that I have not purchased the laptop yet, as the graphics card will play a deciding role in my purchase.
As part of my search for a new laptop, as I am a soon to be college bound student, I want a machine that can play DVD's, watch TV and play games. Aside from the obvious nature of this statement, I am more than lost when it comes to graphics cards. I have read glorious things about the new ATI All-In-Wonder X1900 as well as the Nvidia's 7800GTX. But, for a college student, these are pretty expensive. What I want is a card that can handle games such as Splinter 3, Halo, Far Cry, etc. without the hinderance of visible lags and blacked-out pixles (does this make any sense? Sorry, I'm not sure how to explain this....) Basically, do I really need a $500 card to play these games? Is there a more reasonable card that will let me play games such as the ones mentioned above, as well as games on the near horizon?
Thank you in advance!