Anytime you write about a 3D game, you instant opt for video with dedicated RAM. As a side benefit, the machine runs faster all around since the CPU doesn't pause when video RAM is refreshed.
My story: Student, need laptop for word processing, wireless Internet access, and gaming. Maybe MATLAB or Maple once in a great while.
I think I've narrowed it down to the Dell Inspiron 8600, the HP zt3000 or the HP zv5000. Please guide me towards one.
I'd like to choose based on:
Which one can last 2-3+ years?
Which one can play "intense" games like Far Cry and World of Warcraft?
Which one has the most power and speed?
I'm not too, too concerned about battery life, as I'm usually near an outlet, but I'd like it to last at least 2 hours...
Thanks for your input!