Originally Posted by Durniok
Ohris, you've been more than good to me so far, and I really appreciate you're input on my threads :P
So how good do you think the one for 775 dollars you mentioned is? Also, I really don't care about the OS as I plan on downloading Linux Mint. It's a really smooth operating system and barely takes up any space compared to Windows.
If I was willing to spend the 800 on that Asus would it be worth it? Obviously there are better laptops out there, but just how much better are they?
Thanks again for helping me out everyone!
Well the CPU is good enough for a couple virtual machines, it's a fairly decent processor, albeit last gen.
I've used the P8700 for PS2 emulation with an Intel GMA 4500 and I got playable framerates lol.
Now, that $775 Asus has a graphics card/GPU that blows away the graphics in all of the other laptops suggested in this thread.
However, if you'll just be using Linux it doesn't make much of a difference...
ATI cards generally do not play well with Linux due to lack of driver support for Linux or very beta drivers for Linux that are not supported beyond one or two versions.
So if you won't be using Windows, and will just be using Linux you may want to aim for a laptop with an Nvidia GPU or one of the new Intel i3/i5 processors for graphics.
Also, if your primary OS will be Linux Mint, what games will you be playing exactly?
Unless you're running X Plane or something I can't think of many graphically demanding games that run on Linux.
So if you're playing low end games or games that run on Linux, you don't really need the power of the GTX 260M in the Asus laptop.
However, if you'll have a Windows partition for some hardcore gaming or more mainstream games, you may want to consider it.