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Video cards in laptops

by dragon672 / September 6, 2010 12:12 PM PDT


I currently have a Inspirion 1545 with an intergrated graphics card. My sister needs a computer so she will be getting mine. I want to get another laptop because of the size and the fact it eats up less power than a desktop.

I do a little bit of video editing; mostly creating picture/music dvd's. Online chatting, browsing, some office software work. But the most important thing is I want to be able to play Star Wars: The Old Republic on the new laptop. I know that intergrated graphic cards will not be supported. I've looked through Dell's website and found a couple in the Outlet section that interest me but I don't know about the graphics.

So say I wanted to purchase this computer:

* Studio XPS 16 (1640) Laptop: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (6MB cache/2.8GHz/1066Mhz FSB) w/2.0MP Integrated Webcam
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
* 250 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
* 3 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (2 DIMMs)
* 8X DVD+/- RW(DVD/CD read/write) Slot Load Drive
* 512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3670

Would this system be able to play just about any computer game I wanted? Current or coming soon?


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Laptop use
by Willy / September 7, 2010 4:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Video cards in laptops

The std. answer is to review what the game requirements are and what the laptop will support. Typical laptops are not great game systems, UNLESS they so state it. I wouldn't put too much faith in a std. laptop even if souped-up abit, usually it will work but for how long. Heat is terrible on a laptop and agming on it only makes it worse, further then to consider the aspects of cooling. In this area, a good laptop cooler pad is a must. Plus, some systems are worse than others in the cooling dept. and that's only after you check it as in "real use" I don't see what laptops are claiming by users to be bad gaming systems but those that are and nothing more than std. laptops. Even the gaming laptops are still less than capable when compared to the desktop system and then the results vary. BUT!!! the desktop can be better prepared for such use and there you find its far better for gaming. If you continue too insist on a laltop then get what you pay for. In this regard, buy what's needed and usually means in MUST be already installed or easily so and many laptops aren't really upgradable. good luck

tada -----Willy Happy

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laptop use
by dragon672 / September 7, 2010 10:04 AM PDT
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The bad part is that the game I want to play on it hasn't been released yet; so no one knows the specs just yet. I don't use my computer much for gaming anyway; just a couple of games that I don't have on my xbox. I haven't experienced any heating issues with my current laptop though I haven't really used it much until the past week or so.

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Laptops for gaming.....
by out_fisherman / September 8, 2010 3:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Video cards in laptops

First, to clear up the terminology, there are no "video cards"
in laptops. There are "video chips", which are soldered
directly onto the MOBO, thus making them non-user-serviceable.
Usually the only parts able to be upgraded on laptops are the
memory and the HDD, and sometimes the networking/modem assembly,
but mostly only in older laptops. Whenever you see the word
"integrated", think 'soldered-on' the MOBO.

Next, your quote of-

"Would this system be able to play just about any computer game I wanted? Current or coming soon?"

..Surely you jest... the industry is driven
by constant "one-upsmanship" between the game-writers and the
hardware mfrs. As soon as a hardware maker bumps up the speed or
capacity of something, the game-writers try to push it to the limit.
Thus, there is, and will always be, a never-ending race between
the two. Computers are usually (essentially) obsolete within one
year of purchase, compared to what is currently available.
In short - you cannot keep a laptop as 'current' as you can
a desktop, because so many of the components simply cannot be

My advice to you is to get a desktop-based system, whose various
components CAN be upgraded as time goes on....laptops were never
meant for this longevity. And then hope the OS system you are using
continues to "honor" your hardware.

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