Laptop vs Desktop

cjmain

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Alright so I'm planning to buy a 2nd hand laptop which I'll pay for and also trade in my desktop for it.

The Laptop specs are as follows:

DELL, Alienware M17x - R2 17`` UltraSharp WUXGA (1920x1200) RGBLED Display Laptop

CPU: Intel Core i7-840QM Processor (1.86GHz, 4Core/8Threads, 8M cache)

Memory: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 4GB)

Hard disk: 2 x 640GB SATA Hard Drive

Graphic: Dual 1GB GDDR5 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870

Optical drive: Slot Load Fixed DVD + /-RW Drive

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The Desktop specs are as follows:

Processor: AMD Phenom IIx6 1055t
OS: Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
Video Card: Radeon HD 6850
Hard Disk: 1TB
RAM: 4GB

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So what do you think? Is it worth it? I'm also throwing in another 350 bucks for it.
Was wondering if I could also connect a 1920x1080 monitor to the laptop and play games from there?
Would it support a 24inch monitor? And around what FPS could a pair of 5870 Crossfires play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 at?

Thanks alot guys!
 

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It should have more than enough ways to connect to your monitor, and should have no trouble using it.

You can find a lot of information on crossfired mobility 5870s here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-5870-Crossfire.29486.0.html

-> It's basically a desktop 5770.

It should have no problem playing Skyrim, and BF3 should run well enough (but don't expect magic).

It should be ~1 - 1.5 times the graphical performance of your desktop (based on the shader count / clocks and depending on crossfire scaling per-game).

I can't say much for the heat or noise it will generate (expect a lot), or the battery life and mobility (don't expect much).

I would like to point out that, unless you specifically like the form-factor, you may be better served spending your money on a second 6850.
 

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No way!!! That desktop is fine, I would stick with it. For 350 bucks you could buy another 6850 and then it would be way better graphically and you would get more output slots.
 

cjmain

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I guess the laptops overall performances isn't worth the trade? I was thinking of having something that I can play on the monitor and carry it around with me etc.

But I might just sell my currrent desktop for and use a few more bucks for this

This PC only is $2500NZD which is 2,032.93 USD

AMD next-generation CPU "Bulldozer" is coming!

* Hardware

- CPU: Unlocked AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition, FX- 8150 Eight-Core 3.6GHz / Max turbo 4.2Ghz Socket AM3 16MB Cache

--Cooler: Top brand Corsair High Performance Hydro H60 Liquid Cooler

- MB: Asus AMD 970 Chipset EVO ATX Full size, Super Stability, 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors! CrossFireX & Raid & USB 3 & SATA 3 Ready.

-RAM: Top brand G.skill Gaming Ram 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual-channel ( 4GB x4 )

-Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB ( 2000GB ) SATA3 7200 RPM, 6.0 Gb/s

-VGA: The very latest ATI beast: HD7970 3GB GDDR5, 28nm, DirectX 11 Ready, DVI & HDMI & VGA & Display port , the most powerful single chip GPU in the world .

-Case: Top brand Cooler Master HAF-912 Gaming Case comes with front USB3 & USB2 , Mic & Audio ports, Side Window .

-PSU: Top brand Thermaltake 700W 12cm quiet cooling fan Power supply.

-Sound: Integrated High Definition Audio 8-channel

-Lan: integrated Ethernet (10/100/1000) controllers

-Optical: LG 24X Double Layer SATA DVDRW.

-USB: 12 ( 2 in the front, 10 at back, Include 2 x USB3.0 ) ~ True USB 3.0 supports: transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.


Seems pretty good haha, what do you guys think? Cause I can't be stuffed upgrading my power supply, RAM etc.
I only have 4GB ram, I only get around 35-40 FPS on Medium on BF3 and if i go ultra i get about 13 - 15 FPS.
 

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This thing? http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/desktops/no-monitor/auction-471172167.htm

I'd imagine that, if you wanted you /could/ build your own for less money.

Also, you would be well-served to go for an intel platform, rather than AMD (it's just better right now).
 

Estix

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I'm not from NZ, I just Googled the first line of the description :)

I really don't know how I could help, unfortunately.
 

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The critical part is choosing compatible hardware. This site (forum) is rich with experience, tutorials and experts who would be able to assist you, step by step if required.
 

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^+1 build your own pc.
If you want one thats portable, why not a your own matx build?

Quick build (i know your not from UK but it'll give you an idea what to look for)

Asus Maximus V Gene
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-maximus-v-gene-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-pcie-30-(x16)-displayport-hdmi-micro-atx

Intel 3570k
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/29-4intel-core-i5-3570k-s-1155-ivy-bridge-quad-core-34ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-650mhz-gpu-6mb-smart-cache-34x-

EVGA gtx 680
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-680-28nm-pci-e-30-6008mhz-gddr5-gpu-1006mhz-1536-cores-dl-dvi-dp-hdmi

Corsair Vengeance
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-jet-black-lp-pc3-12800-(1600)-non-ecc-cas-9-9-9-24-xmp-15v

Crucial M4 120GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb-crucial-m4-new-slim-7mm-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-500mb-s-write-175mb-s-35000-iops

Western Digital Caviar green 1tb
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-western-digital-wd10ezrx-caviar-green-35-hdd-sata-iii-6gb-s-intellipower-64mb-cache-8ms-oem

Silverstone 850w 80+ gold
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/850w-psu-silverstone-tech-sst-st85f-g-modular-90-eff-80-plus-gold-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-at

Silverstone SG04B
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-sg04b-fh-sugo-sff-micro-atx-w-handle-bar-black

Antec KUHLER H2O 620
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/antec-kuhler-h2o-620-cpu-watercooler-lga775-1155-1156-1366-am2-2plus-am3-3plus

Sony Optical DVD-ROM
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/sony-ddu1681s-0b-18x-dvd-rom-smart-x-sata-black-oem

This should be about your budget, be portable and be able to play any game on top settings for years to come.

Edit: Just noticed you've already got a HDD so you can reuse that to save money. You might be able to reuse your OS if its retail.
You can sell your 6850 for a bit of cash towards the build.
 

cjmain

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Thanks a Heap! I'll definitely have a look at that. Seems pretty legit haha.
 

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