Solved Seeking Advice Upon Purchasing a New Gaming Laptop

August 4, 2013 at 09:40:19
Specs: Windows 7
Heya. I'm not sure how asking for help here works but here goes...

Basically, I am on the move a lot and I'd like to finally replace my old laptop. I am namely wanting to get a decent deal for a gaming laptop that can allow me to play some of the newer games. I am not all that into games like Crysis and Battlefield. I am mostly into games like Skyrim and Neverwinter Nights Online and the only thing I am currently looking forward to is Elder Scrolls Online. I wouldn't call myself a major gamer... but at the same time, it is still a hobby I'd not part with just yet.

Anyway, my current laptop cannot really run NWN Online well enough. The FPS is intolerable. Same goes for Skyrim. It -can- run skyrim but the fps drops too much when I try to mod it with graphic heavy mods and other gimmicks. My current general specs are:

*Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2,2 GHz
*ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650, 2792 MB
*4 GB RAM


The current best laptop I've found on the market online, in my country, to replace this one for a budget of 700-800 euros:

• Intel® Core i7 (2,4 GHz)
• nVidia GeForce GT 730M (4 GB)
• 1000 GB HDD / 8 GB RAM

I was just wondering if the latter specs are a considerable improvement over my current ones, in regards to gaming specifically. Thank you.


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August 4, 2013 at 13:37:46
The corei7 in the laptops you provided vs the t6600 is different in the following ways:

2 x more L2 cache
Corei7 has HT (hyper threading)
Has 4 cores vs 2
Had 8 threads vs 2 (t6600 does not have HT)
Supports virtualization
Understands more instruction sets
Is roughly 3 years newer
Crunches numbers way faster

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core2...

Good luck on your new investment!

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August 4, 2013 at 09:49:19
That's a huge jump in specs... That should run elder scrolls / skyrim well on standard settings.. Ultra settings would like drop frame rates to roughly 16FPS.. The slowest component on that laptop would be the hard drive. With it being 1TB I would be willing to be its 5400RPM, which will be slow to transfer data. Would recommend looking for a hard drive that is 7200RPM or SSD (if you can afford it).

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#2
August 4, 2013 at 10:11:05
Ah, thank you for the prompt reply! So, you'd say despite the 5400RPM it would still be considerably faster and more effective?

I've also found a slightly more expensive computer with similar specs but perhaps slightly better. The main difference is that it uses a nVidia GeForce GT 740M(2GB) video graphics card. Would that be better than nVidia GeForce GT 730M(4GB)? Another difference is in ram, it seems to have these specs listed under RAM:

DDR III, 1600 MHz, 16 GB RAM.

The site I am using actually has English, I've finally noticed. Here are the direct links to the laptops I've been looking at:

http://www.euronics.ee/t-en/53985/L...

http://www.euronics.ee/t-en/54370/L...

I was wondering if the second one is any better. I cannot afford the sum right away which is why I've been planning to get a lease(I've a customer's card or however you call it, for discounts and such).


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#3
August 4, 2013 at 11:21:36
Well let me put it to you this way.. more than likely the laptop you have now, is running a 5400RPM hard drive. So the bottleneck will always be on your hard drive for data transfer at this point. Skyrim utilizes a lot of memory, so I would suggest getting a higher amount of RAM so you dont use the slower hard drive as much as possible. All other components are a major jump in hardware and you should see much better performance out of your new laptop.

Here is a quick comparison on the two GPU's: http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/inde...

They are pretty similar in specs, I would stick with the 740m and 16gb RAM
I am also a bigger fan of ASUS than acer.

The ASUS also has a Blu-Ray / DVD-RW drive in it. So your price difference is for more RAM, a better CPU chipset, Blu-ray reading capabilities, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports vs 1 on the acer. Coupled with the aspect that I find Acer more on the cheap side, and Asus overall seems to put out more quality products.. I would go with the Asus if I could figure out a way to afford it.

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August 4, 2013 at 13:12:56
Thanks a lot for the answers! I'd just like to ask one more tiny thing. At least I think it is tiny. Could you please explain to me the difference between my current processor, which is Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz according to dxdiag, and the intel core i7 ones? Are the latter considerably more advanced or there isn't any big difference?

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August 4, 2013 at 13:37:46
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The corei7 in the laptops you provided vs the t6600 is different in the following ways:

2 x more L2 cache
Corei7 has HT (hyper threading)
Has 4 cores vs 2
Had 8 threads vs 2 (t6600 does not have HT)
Supports virtualization
Understands more instruction sets
Is roughly 3 years newer
Crunches numbers way faster

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core2...

Good luck on your new investment!

www.standby-it.com


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