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Two good laptops...Each with their own shortcomings. Advice?

by bjr990 / November 30, 2012 1:39 AM PST

Hello cnet Companions!

I am a college student, however due to a good job which gave me my work laptop to do with what I wish, I now have two laptops. I am going to list both laptop specs here (I believe this is everything meaningful, if not I will locate it and provide it). I am currently running Steam on Laptop #1 for gaming and am having some issues.

Laptop #1
Name: HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
Processor: AMD Phenom II N620 Dual Core Proc. 2.8GHz
RAM: 64 bit, 4 GB RAM, 3.74 Usable
OS: Windows 7 HP Edition
Video Card: AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
Sound Card: ATI HD Audio Device
Hard Drive: 500 GB

Laptop #2
Name: HP Pavilion g7 Notebook PC
Processor: AMD A4-3305M APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.9 GHz
RAM: 64 bit, 4 GB RAM, 3.48 Usable
OS: Windows 7 HP Edition
Video Card: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6480G
Sound Card: AMD HD Audio Device
Hard Drive: 500 GB

I have no problems running something like TF2, however games like Saints Row: The Third and Metro 2033 will not run smoothly no matter the settings. I was told to try my computer out on canyourunit.com and when I do this for Laptop #1 I get a FAIL for the CPU, everything else was good. I went to the same website on Laptop #2 and I got FAIL again but this time the CPU was good and the FAIL was caused by the Video Card.

So, cnet, my questions come here:
1. Can I exchange either the CPU or Video Card from one laptop to the other?
2. If the switch can be done either way, which computer would you suggest making the gaming laptop?
3. Any link for a decent set of instructions?

I have done a ton of electronic assembly (not on computers, but I have worked with wiring/soldering/stuffing motherboard for 5+ years so I don't have any qualms if the instructions are good enough.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and replying, I will update with results if it is possible and people are interested.

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These are laptops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 2:00 AM PST

I have to lead with the basic issue and this is a laptop with all the chips on the mainboard without the expansion slots and such you find in a desktop PC.

But there is a deeper issue here and that "smooth' is something I never see even on many thousand buck desktop game systems. Eventually you see the monster gamer PC blip or stumble on some scene so it appears that we have a ways to go to get to smooth.

Bob

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by bjr990 / November 30, 2012 2:04 AM PST
In reply to: These are laptops.

Bob--

Thanks for the reply. I shouldn't of said smooth, the mouse moves extremely slowly when the game is running and moves in so many 'jumps' of frame they are nearly impossible to play.

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Let me compare Metro 2033 on my laptop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 2:16 AM PST
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I happen to have that one and on a Samsung RC512 with the core i7, 1GB Nvidia 525m it's playable. A gamer will knock it but it ran fine even with me setting Windows to limit itself to 6 cores.

I have a similar Sam RV515 with AMD and it does run MineCraft but my son who tested that went back to his Asus ROG i7 Nvidia 640 powered beast after telling me it did run. Playable was the word but gamers again need to stay with what gamers want.

Laptops are rarely expandable and once in a while you'll get a new tech or electronics person that wants to warm up the solder iron but you can imagine they won't get much support.
Bob

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