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I refuse to buy a Dell XPS because I can get an Inspiron for a grand less with component the same except the video card.

Is a 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GS going to of use for awhile? I would rather have the 512 Geforce 7900 GTX, but it is not offered in the 1705.
 

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I'd just like to point out that "it should hold you over until you feel like upgrading" is true of, well, absolutely anything someone would buy. You wouldn't buy it if it isn't an upgrade, and any upgrade will "hold you over" until the next one. The question is how soon that next upgrade will need to be.
 

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Exactly.

I'm not a serious gamer or anything, the last online game I was really into was Starcraft, however it does piss me off when I can't play a game I want to play because my video card is 6 months old and can't handle it.

I would like this laptop to hold out for at least 2-3 years, though I am willing to upgrade components if needed. I will use it for games, as well as for work.

I understand that the 512 GeForce 7900 GTX doesn't fit into a Dell 1705, unless you want to modify the actual case...which I don't want to do.

How does the 512 GeForce(R) 7600 stack up against the 256 Geforce 7900 GS?

I can get a HP with everything I want including a 512 MB Video card (7600) for $600 less than a Dell with a 256 MB Card (7900).

Overall durability is key also due to the fact that I am in the Army and I'll be taking this out to the field and a variety of other places.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the size of the GPU's RAM actually matters very little in game performance. The 256MB 7900 will outperform the 512MB 7600 (look up THG's graphics cards for beginners guide for details, though it's pretty dang long). That being said, it sure as hell won't outperform it enough to be worth 600 dollars.