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Post icon  Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:53 AM

hey guys i want to get one for collage ive been looking at an xps but i just want your opinion. and i really dont have a price limit but try to keep it cheep.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:27 AM

xps is good. do not get alienware. also, dont expect much battery life fro a gaming laptop.
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:29 AM

First off, what games you looking to run? Also, make sure you look at the RAM and stuff like that.
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:33 AM

Make sure the ram is high like 3-4GB, make sure it has a great video card, and you want a hardrive with alot of space...say 260-390GB.
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:37 AM

View Postoutlaw-master, on Sep 10 2008, 01:33 PM, said:

Make sure the ram is high like 3-4GB, make sure it has a great video card, and you want a hardrive with alot of space...say 260-390GB.


With stats like that, he better have a load of cash.

2gb or ram should be enough for most games. And 100gigs of HD space is enough. Keep in mind, if you are running low on memory, you can always get an external hard drive to store excess data like pictures, movies, etc
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:37 PM

I made a damn good gaming laptop for $700 over the summer.

I went ahead and bought an Acer Aspire 7520-5926 for $610.

It has a 17" display, 120GB Hard Drive, 1GB of RAM, and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 clocked at 1.9. The stock hardware is nice, but the selling feature for me was the onboard nVidia GeForce 7000M. It also came with Vista Home Premium, and will cost you roughly $600-$650, depending you where you buy it from.

Then I went to a place like Tiger Direct, and bought 2x 1GB stick of RAM that works with the machine, that cost me about $50. (I believe it uses DDR2 SDRAM, but make sure you check for yourself first if you do this). Pop the back of the laptop off (It's a pain in the rear to do, but it does come off), and install the RAM. It'll ran insanely well after I did it.

Edit: Bloody enter key. Anyway, my point is, don't just think about the laptop you're getting as a single, unchangeable item. You can upgrade certain parts like the RAM and Hard Drive, if they seem a little lacking. It usually just involves a few jeweler's screwdrivers, and should be simple enough that you can do it without breaking the machine.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 03:35 PM

View PostDeus Ex Machina, on Sep 10 2008, 05:37 PM, said:

I made a damn good gaming laptop for $700 over the summer.

I went ahead and bought an Acer Aspire 7520-5926 for $610.

It has a 17" display, 120GB Hard Drive, 1GB of RAM, and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 clocked at 1.9. The stock hardware is nice, but the selling feature for me was the onboard nVidia GeForce 7000M. It also came with Vista Home Premium, and will cost you roughly $600-$650, depending you where you buy it from.

Then I went to a place like Tiger Direct, and bought 2x 1GB stick of RAM that works with the machine, that cost me about $50. (I believe it uses DDR2 SDRAM, but make sure you check for yourself first if you do this). Pop the back of the laptop off (It's a pain in the rear to do, but it does come off), and install the RAM. It'll ran insanely well after I did it.

Edit: Bloody enter key. Anyway, my point is, don't just think about the laptop you're getting as a single, unchangeable item. You can upgrade certain parts like the RAM and Hard Drive, if they seem a little lacking. It usually just involves a few jeweler's screwdrivers, and should be simple enough that you can do it without breaking the machine.



yea i can handle the install im in Info Tech in my school and thats what i do all day lol

but that is a nice looking laptop thank you and a very cheap alternitive to my 2 grand xps

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:00 PM

Look into getting an asus G2 series. I use one for gaming and work. Comes stock with 250 gig hd 2 gig mem and a 2.5 meg dual core intel proc for 1200.00 - 2100.00 for one with all the bells and whistles
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 08:54 PM

First, there are no "gaming laptops". There are only "game-capable laptops". The difference? A laptop is never going to be well-suited for gaming. They don't have the video card or the processing power of a full-sized desktop, and thus while they may be capable of running most games decently they're never going to be able to run the same games maxed out that a desktop can. They're about a year or two behind in terms of capabilities. They also lack the full keyboard with numpad that's so critical to many games, and cannot be updated with newer hardware.

That being said, you need to look at it realistically. Realize that spending a crapload of cash on a so-called gaming laptop will not get you what you really want or are really paying for. Even if it performs well to begin with, it will fall behind much more quickly than a comparable desktop and you cannot upgrade it. You need, then, to look at the types of games you will want to play on it. Look at today's well-established games that you enjoy playing, and choose based on that. You'll also find this saves you a lot of money because you don't waste your money on absolute top of the line hardware that won't do you any good anyway.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:03 PM

First off, I did nothing but games for a year straight on my HP laptop and all was well. If you really want to, you can hook up a USB keyboard and 78" flat screen to it...

As for ASUS, I just built a PC and used one of their MOBO's. No problems so far, and the ASUS CD came with a bunch of cool, extra programs. 5 stars for ASUS
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:27 PM

That's the other thing. The lifespan of a laptop is about 3 or 4 years at most, versus 5 for a good desktop. Don't spend too much because it WILL need replacing sooner.

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 09:51 PM

View PostWardenWolf, on Sep 11 2008, 12:27 AM, said:

That's the other thing. The lifespan of a laptop is about 3 or 4 years at most, versus 5 for a good desktop. Don't spend too much because it WILL need replacing sooner.


Actually my school wanted it back...

Desktops are easier to upgrade and clean though.
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Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:49 AM

View PostWardenWolf, on Sep 10 2008, 09:27 PM, said:

That's the other thing. The lifespan of a laptop is about 3 or 4 years at most, versus 5 for a good desktop. Don't spend too much because it WILL need replacing sooner.


5?! You replace yours that soon? I've got an original Celeron Covington running at my desk. 9 years and still going strong! Still plays games extremely well too!!

Okay. So it's Red Alert. Still counts as a game.

Something to take in to consideration: A game will suck your battery in to oblivion. My Acer runs about 3-4 hours on just basic surfing/email/normal type of stuff. It drains in about 45 Minutes when I fire up Company of Heroes.

A caveat about that Acer I recommended: The processor is also on the slower side. That XPS might do a lot more for you, if the processor is several ghz faster (I.E. if it's 2.2, doesn't really make a difference. 2.4 does).

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:11 AM

Around 5-6 years, a machine becomes not technologically sound and no longer meets your needs. This is the age where the reliability of the hard drive becomes suspect, and technology has changed so much that even getting replacement hardware becomes difficult. In many cases, the system may still do what you need, but the lack of replacement hardware will do it in. At this age, I will typically mothball a system. Decommission it and put it in storage in case I need a functioning spare. If it suffers any major component failure at this point, it gets scavenged and junked. It's not worth spending more money on.

I just gave away my last complete Athlon XP system. Someone needed a working computer a lot more than I needed an obsolete test rig that's loud and doesn't support modern hardware. From my standpoint, it was technologically dead. From the recipient's standpoint, it's a godsend because their Pentium 4's motherboard is shot and they can't get a replacement or afford a new computer, and all they use it for is Office and one older game that the system can still play maxed out. Before PCI Express, before 120mm fans, before SATA hard drives, yeah, it was a viable system for me to keep and use. But technology changes, and at least that system is going to spend the rest of its usable life helping someone who needs it.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 08:16 AM

View PostDeus Ex Machina, on Sep 11 2008, 03:49 AM, said:

View PostWardenWolf, on Sep 10 2008, 09:27 PM, said:

That's the other thing. The lifespan of a laptop is about 3 or 4 years at most, versus 5 for a good desktop. Don't spend too much because it WILL need replacing sooner.


5?! You replace yours that soon? I've got an original Celeron Covington running at my desk. 9 years and still going strong! Still plays games extremely well too!!

Okay. So it's Red Alert. Still counts as a game.


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I love that game! My dad and I play that all the time. Well, we use to but I got him playing C&C Generals now. :(

Warden, PC life depends on your needs for the most part. A gamer who is always buying brand new FPS games, yes. He will need to upgrade after a few years. On the other hand, my dad that does nothing but RA2, surf the web, and update his XL files... A PC will last years longer for him because inless it breaks, he will never need to upgrade.

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