Solved which is better graphics option?

December 30, 2012 at 09:32:45
Specs: Windows 7
Budget is 300-400 for a windowsw 7 or 8 laptop for my ten year old son who presently plays star wars knight the old republic and pirates of the Caribbean online.
Minimum System Requirements for swkotr:

CPU: Intel Core2 Duo Processor 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000
RAM: At least 1.5 GB or better for XP / 2 GB or better for Windows Vista /7 (Note - PC's using built in graphic chipsets 2 GB RAM is recommended.)
Disk Drive: 8x DVD-ROM
GFX: ATI XT800 or better / NVIDIA 7800 or better / Intel 4100 or better.
GFX RAM: 256 MB minimum video RAM, shader 3.0 or better fully compatible graphics card.

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December 30, 2012 at 13:13:55
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You're not going to find a decent laptop for gaming for $300-400. Graphics are the sticking point & they can NOT be upgraded. You have to consider that your son is probably going to want to play other games too, if not now, at some point down the road. Either up your laptop budget considerably or buy (or build) a desktop machine that can be upgraded.

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December 30, 2012 at 13:28:09
You won't get brilliant performance from a laptop. Laptops aren't great for gaming. If you can get a desktop it would be better. Either way, keep a good lookout for spec:
Intel i3 or i5 would run well I think.
For RAM go as high as you can but processor is a priority. You can upgrade your RAM easier than your processor.
Graphics cards are rare in laptops and are usually accelerators instead. These can sometimes work well with games even if they seem to have low spec. Intel HD 4000 is good and also the NVIDIA. NVIDIA cards are usually true graphics cards.

EDIT: Sorry, I think I may have misunderstood your budget! I was working in £s instead. Sorry! Hope the advice is still useful though.

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December 30, 2012 at 16:30:03
riider is right, I went to HP site and choose a decent laptop and customized it and added what I thought would get him through the next 4 years or so of school and mild gaming (distinct graphics, etc.) and I came up with a system for $659.00 US. If you cannot go up to this level, go with a desktop until he is going to college (which is when I purchased laptops for my children). A desktop would be less expensive with the same specs and could be upgraded if he eventually need better graphics, etc.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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