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Old 11-23-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
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I'm a casual gamer, mostly just play sports simulation games and an occasional RTS game. I was hoping with my next laptop to be able to play Oblivion and Fallout 3. I also want a wireless-compatible laptop, and maybe around 200 GB. I found 4 strong options. Which do you think I should go with?

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Do you absolutely need a laptop? Fallout 3 isn't too difficult to run. But, it could be a challenge on most laptops. Do you do anything else except play games? What exactly is your budget? I'll look around on other sites.
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Do you absolutely need a laptop? Fallout 3 isn't too difficult to run. But, it could be a challenge on most laptops. Do you do anything else except play games? What exactly is your budget? I'll look around on other sites.
Well, I don't NEED one, but if I'm going to be buying a new computer, it ought to be a laptop. I'm a student and it makes more sense than to buy a new desktop. That being said, I run a few statistical programs, like SPSS, that could use a fair amount of computer power. I don't do any video editing or graphics design. I would like to spend between $400-500, I'm hoping to take advantage of Black Friday and get one now. Primarily, I'll use the computer for internet and word processing purposes, but I could get a laptop for a couple hundred bucks to do that. I'd rather spend a little bit more and be able to play games like Fallout 3, Spore, and some Command & Conquer games too.
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Those games require a bit of power. I'm not sure how many you'll find for $500, that will fulfill your requirements. I say, save up a few hundred dollars more. This would give you O.K. results, I guess. You will have to play on lower settings for most games.
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Those games require a bit of power. I'm not sure how many you'll find for $500, that will fulfill your requirements. I say, save up a few hundred dollars more. This would give you O.K. results, I guess. You will have to play on lower settings for most games.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115493
So all of the original options aren't any good for gaming? I won't use the laptop primarily for gaming, but I want to at least be able to run some games. All of the options seem to have solid dual-core processors and RAM is easy to upgrade. Is it the video cards that are holding them back?
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They would be fine to run your programs. Yes, the graphic cards are holding them back. This will do you nice. It's more expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220303
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They would be fine to run your programs. Yes, the graphic cards are holding them back. This will do you nice. It's more expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220303
Hmmm...That's almost twice what I was hoping to pay for a new laptop. It's hard to justify paying that much for one or two games that I'd play. What if I were to get one of the original options and just buy a top-of-the line video card separately?
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