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Old 09-07-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a sub-400, with the ability to play some games.

The most graphics intensive game I'm likely to play is HL2/CS: S, or perhaps UT2004, whichever is more intensive. Mostly I'm likely to be playing the original Day of defeat, which I can't imagine requires much power.

Here are some of the graphics on the laptops I'm looking at: (all laptops have 2gb ram unless otherwise stated)

Intel GMA X3100 (heard this is very bad, would it really not play those games?)
ATI X1100 share
ATI Radeon 3100 (assuming this is shared)
ATI Radeon X1250 shared (quite common, is this any good?)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 HyperMemory - 64 MB (2gb ram on pc)
NVIDIA GeForce 8200M shared

Also, this laptop says "128mb ati radeon x1250", does this mean it's dedicated?
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx...00,15,51230000
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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Well my laptop has the ATI Radeon X1250 128mb and im able to play CS:S Quite Comfortably
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:53 AM   #3
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Is that a dedicated card? As I think it comes in both dedicated and shared forms...
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Nah its shared but afaik it will be quite hard for you to find a laptop with a dedicated GPU.

Also,The Intel GMA X3100 Sucks really bad.
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look into a laptop with a Nividia 8400 or something, there cheap now.

i run CS:S, HL2, HL2 EP1 on almost full, and EP2 on medium
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:29 AM   #6
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Nah its shared but afaik it will be quite hard for you to find a laptop with a dedicated GPU.

Also,The Intel GMA X3100 Sucks really bad.
Cheers. I'm not specifically looking for dedicated graphics, I just asked to get an idea of what an integrated GPU can do. So it's good that you can run source comfortably without dedicated graphics
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the x3100 seems to be quite a common card. why not read this
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...ist.844.0.html



benchmarks of all laptop graphics cards man.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:21 PM   #9
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Which of these 3 should I get as my final choice?

http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx...00,15,51230000

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshi...EN/version.asp

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/stor...m=null&tm=null

Obviously on power alone the advent wins hands down, but is it better to go with a bigger brand with lower specs for reliability?
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I recomend the toshiba or the samsung
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