NeoBahamut

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Hiya

A friend of mine wants to buy a laptop. However, she still wants to be able to play games at a decent speed, so I´d appreciate a few thoughts about these different configs (please take the price into consideration as well):

1. ACER TM4002WLMi
Processor Intel Cen M725
Memory 512 MB
Graphics ATI Radeon 9700, 64 MB
HD 60 GB
DVD+-RW (DUAL)
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1880


2. FUJITSU SIEMENS A7640
Processor AMD Mobile Athl 64 3400
Memory 512 MB
HD 60 GB
Graphics SIS integrated, 128 MB
DVD+-RW (DUAL LAYER)
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1880


3. HP ZV5331
Processor AMD Athl XP 3000+
Memory 512 MB
HD 60 GB
Graphics GeForce 440go, 64 MB
DVD+RW
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1590


4. HP ZV5378
Processor AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Memory 512 MB
HD 80 GB
Graphics GeForce 440go, 64 MB
DVD+-RW
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1880


5.
Processor AMD Athlon 64 3000+
Memory 512Mb
HD 40Gb
Graphics GeForce FX Go5700, 64 MB
WLAN
Firewire
DVD-RW

Price: $1590


6. Acer Travelmate 4501WLMi
Processor Intel Pentium M 715 1.5GHz
Memory 512Mb
HD 60Gb
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
DVD-RW (DUAL LAYER)
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1880


7. HP Compaq nx7010 PM 1.7GHz - Combo
Processor Intel Pentium4 - M 1.7GHz
Memory 512Mb
HD 40Gb
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon 9200, 64MB
DVD+CD-RW Combo
WLAN
Firewire

Price: $1880


8. Dell Inspiron 5160
Processor Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 518 with Hyper-Threading (2.80 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
Memory 512Mb 333MHz DDR RAM (1x512)
Graphics 64 MB DDR nVidia® GeForce™ 5200 Go AGP 4x
HD 30 GB
8x DVD+-RW
Firewire

Price: $1830


That´s all. Hmm, quite a lot I´m afraid, but I guess you guys can tell the difference just by glancing through the lot. I haven´t found much info about which memory (graphics or RAM) cards are integrated or not, but maybe you know more about it. Does it really matter much anyway?

As always I appreciate your help and good knowledge base! =)
 

endyen

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Number 1 for sure. It's the one with the best balance of graphics, and chip.
Nunber 6 is almost as good, though the chip is a little slower
Number 5 would be third, better chip, but the graphics is only good.
All the rest have too crappy graphics for gaming IMNSHO.
 

Schmide

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Or buy generic.

<A HREF="http://www.rjtech.com/" target="_new">http://www.rjtech.com/</A>

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<A HREF="http://www.overclockers.com/articles1174/index07.asp" target="_new">http://www.overclockers.com/articles1174/index07.asp</A>

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slvr_phoenix

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I've got to agree with endyen: 1 or 6.

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Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life." - Steve Taylor</font color=red></b></pre><p>
 

slvr_phoenix

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Why is it that when AMD creates a part numbering system that strangely (yeah right) looks like MHz and sometimes gives completely different CPUs identical ratings people applaud the effort to get away from processor speed being the only important number and the improvement to comparing CPUs that this will bring, but when Intel creates a part numbering system that has nothing to do with MHz and makes differentiating chips easy, it's "sh|t"? ;)

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Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life." - Steve Taylor</font color=red></b></pre><p>
 

Schmide

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Generic configuration to kick all those craptops. This is with the ATI 9700 mobility 128mb.

CL-56 CL56 Centrino Notebook Computer, 15" SXGA+ $889.00 $889.00
Display: 15" SXGA+
CPU: PM 2.0AGhz $470.00 $470.00
Memory: 1GB $180.00 $180.00
HDD: 60GB 7200rpm $185.00 $185.00
CD: 8x DVD+/-RW $100.00 $100.00
External FDD: None
Battery: Smart Li-Ion Battery
OS: Windows XP Pro $145.00 $145.00
Software: None
Carry Bag: Included
Modem: 56K Modem
Network Adapter: add internal 802.11g Wireless LAN $40.00 $40.00
Installation: Free
Warranty: 1 Year
Total: $2,009.00


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Schmide

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Dude wtfautab. That’s a Pentium M Dothan processor. It consumes a maximum of 23w of power. Get a grip.

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Schmide

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It’s cool. I could of spec out a system cheaper with equal performance, but as you see I didn’t skimp. For a $100 more you can get a system that hands down is faster than almost all laptops out there (in fact this is the same model as voodoopc’s <A HREF="http://www.voodoopc.com/sellPage.aspx?productID=1002" target="_new">http://www.voodoopc.com/sellPage.aspx?productID=1002</A> top of the line model minus $1000 and the fancy paintjob) and definitely faster than all those above.

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