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Old 06-03-2008, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to be needing a new laptop soon, and, having looked into the specs I would like, I would like some advice. Here are some of the goals I have for this laptop:
  • Able to play Bioshock, the Orange Box, and Oblivion on anywhere from Medium to Very High settings, highest possible given the below.
  • Decent portability and, for that matter, battery life (preferably at least 3-4 hours under lighter loads)
  • 15ish inch screen
  • 3-4 GBs of RAM
  • 7200 RPM Hard Drive >= 120 GB
  • Vista Home Premium 64bit
  • Prefer a 1680 x 1050 resolution possible but games can/will be set lower if needed.
  • $900-2000ish

Any suggestions and advice would be highly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Also, this is what I am currently looking at:

# COMPAL, FL92S+ (JFL92120012) Core™2 Duo Black Glossy CBB Notebook Barebone, Socket P, Intel® PM965, 15.4" WSXGA+ TFT Glossy, FPR, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT 512MB Graphics
# INTEL, Core™ 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz Processor, 800MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache, 35.0W, 45nm, Retail
# ARCTIC COOLING, MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound, Non-Electrical Conductive
# CORSAIR, 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM SODIMM, CL5, Non-ECC
# SEAGATE, 200GB Momentus 7200.2, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3.0Gbit/s, w/ G-Force Protection, OEM
# COMPAL, 8x Super-Multi Dual-Layer DVD±RW Optical Drive for Compal FL90/FL91/FL92 Series Notebooks
# NOTEBOOK ACCESSORIES, Built-in 3-in-1 MMC/SD/MS Media Card Reader (Included)
# INTEL, Wireless-N WiFi Link 4965AGN, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft N, 11/54/300 Mbps, Internal PCIe Mini Card
# BROADCOM, Internal Bluetooth Module v2.0 for Compal FT0x/EL8x/FL9x Series Notebooks
# ACCESSORY, Built-in Fingerprint Reader (Included)
# COMPAL, Extra 9-Cell Primary Battery for Compal EL80/EL81/FL92 Series Notebooks
# MICROSOFT, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
# WARRANTY, Assembled and Tested (1 Year Limited Parts, Lifetime Labor Warranty)

For a total of $1568.34 including shipping. This is a custom build from AVADirect.

I'm just worried that this may not be the best bang for my buck and that the 8600M GT might not be quite up to par for the games I'm looking at. What does everyone think?

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Laptop Recommendations

I would recommend the HP Pavilion dv9700t series. It has a huge 17", 1680x1050 screen, fast Core 2 Duo processor (I got the T9300 in mine), decent nVidia GeForce 8600M GS 512MB graphics, and 250GB hard drive. I play The Orange Box on it all the time with very good quality (full resolution and high settings). I got mine for $1800 with Vista Ultimate 64 and a TV tuner card with media center remote.

I definitely think you should check out this laptop.

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