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Old 02-21-2010, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gateway M-1615 is it still good for gaming?

Hello everyone, I have a Gateway M1615 laptop that I bought 2-3 years ago. And lately it feels like I can't run any new decent games on it. I'm thinking about upgrading it or maybe just save up to buy a new one. But if I go for an upgrade, I don't know how I should go about it. Could I go for more RAM? Should I replace my video card? Or maybe do both? Also, would it be cheaper and worth it to go to the hassle of upgrading it rather than buy a new one?

Here are my laptops specs:
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System Information
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Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.091208-0542)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: M-1615
BIOS: BIOS Version 90.02
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 (2 CPUs), ~1.8GHz
Memory: 1662MB RAM
Page File: 848MB used, 2725MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon Xpress 1270
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x791F)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_791F&SUBSYS_0566107B&REV_00
Display Memory: 958 MB
Dedicated Memory: 383 MB
Shared Memory: 575 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: atiumdag.dll,atiumdva.dat,atitmmxx.dll
Driver Version: 7.14.0010.0503 (English)
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 6/14/2007 00:58:52, 2860544 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-3A5F-11CF-3C72-6C25A1C2CA35}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x791F
SubSys ID: 0x0566107B
Revision ID: 0x0000
Revision ID: 0x0000
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C


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Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Gateway M-1615 is it still good for gaming?

The only easy upgrade you can do is ram which will not help much.
Cannot put a new gpu in.
You can put a new cpu in but it is a real pain and will not benefit you much.

save your cash for a new machine.
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The only easy upgrade you can do is ram which will not help much.
Cannot put a new gpu in.
You can put a new cpu in but it is a real pain and will not benefit you much.

save your cash for a new machine.
Thanks for the response Hefemeister.

So I guess there is no saving this laptop and its truly been outdated? Will a RAM upgrade have a noticeable change? Or would it still run pretty much the same? I was told my graphics card is really bad.

Whenever I play games like Sims 2 or 3, the fps runs so slow when there are a lot of loaded animated objects in the game's surroundings.

Thanks again and I appreciate the help!
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Default Re: Gateway M-1615 is it still good for gaming?

Assuming a 32bit OS you could only add one more gb of ram and for gaming it would not make much of a difference if any.

A gpu upgrade is what you need and it is not possible with your laptop.

For general use it is still a great machine just not for newer games.
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