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Old 04-06-2009, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

I'm going to have to delay my plans for a big rig and get a laptop for now. I want plenty of bang for my buck and i have £600 ($820) to spend. Can anyone beat the Acer Aspire 6930G. Prices from the US must be shippable to the UK and this must come into cost at less than $30.

Here's the 6930G's spec.
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 / 2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
RAM - 3 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM ( 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB )
Hard Drive - 250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Screen - 16' TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours) - CineCrystal
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Price: £469.20

OR, with a beefier GPU

Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 / 2 GHz ( Dual-Core )
RAM - 3 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM ( 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB )
Hard Drive - 250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Screen - 16' TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA ) - 24-bit (16.7 million colours) - CineCrystal
Optical Drive - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - integrated
Graphics - NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS - 512 MB
Bluetooth - No
Notebook Camera - Integrated - 0.3 Megapixel
Warranty - 1 year warranty
Price: £597.08

Plus, what kinda gaming performance can i get from each and is the difference between the 9300GS and the 9600GS worth the difference in price?
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:16 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

You can do some reasonable gaming on the 9600GS, but not so much on the 9300GS... What games would you want to play?

The 2nd one you listed is a pretty good value laptop.
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Default Re: Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

Can you give me a guess-timate figure on the following

COD 4
L4D
CS:S
gMod
WoW
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Default Re: Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

settings wise on the second one?

cod4- medium high

L4d- med high

cs:s Max

Wow- max

fc2-med

gw max

gmod max
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Default Re: Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

I could really get that good on the first? Wow. Max on all for the second? Is there any better price-to-performance laptops you know of?
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NONONONONONOO!!! SECOND lol fail on me
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Default Re: Bang for the buck laptops, can this one be beat?

Did get the feeling that it was a little too good to be true. You got any idea of levels for the first one? I wanna try and gauge the difference between the 9300gs and 9600gs
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oh the 9300gs might be able to pull low-med to low on all those games.

except for older games like GW and Gmod you can probaly get high on those
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High? On gMod!? I doubt it. It might not have the best graphics, but there are often 1000's of entitys within the game, and it can make CPU/GPU/Memory usage skyrocket.
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Thanks for your help Holysky. Grats on nearly hitting the 1k mark.
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