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    Buying a laptop this weekend - couple of questions/check the spec

    I know I've asked for help a few times on here, I'm very indecisive, but I am definitely getting a laptop this weekend! Thanks in advance for any help :-)

    Function: mobility, but big enough screen to comfortably use for hours. Needs to be a decent multitasker, planning on using it for work/study. It would be nice if it could also handle GW2 and TSW on medium-low settings. It's not replacing my desktop, but to be able to keep playing when I'm visiting family or whatever would be nice. Any feedbacl would be appreciated :-)

    And I have a couple of dumb questions:
    1) I'm liking the 2GB memory for graphics card, but think I remember reading somewhere that this was pointless because of . . . something . . . anyone got an opinion?

    2) The quad core processor I've selected is actually marginally cheaper than a dual core i7 with higher clock speed. My understanding is that the quad should still be faster for multi tasking, and can also shut down cores to speed itself up? Is this correct? Also, am I right in assuming the ability to speed up the CPU (the turbo thingy) is automatically part of any i7? (yes that's a really dumb questions, but some laptop sellers make a big deal of it, whereas PC Specialist don't seem to mention it, so figured better safe than sorry).

    3) I have my desktop backed up entirely on a portable HDD. Can I simply use this to install everything onto the laptop? Or will things like Windows simply not accept being put onto a second computer. If not, I'm going to go with Ubuntu on the laptop, assuming I can actually figure out Wine and make it play WoW - I assume that GW2 and TSW would also be playable this way?

    4) Kinda same as (3), I have digital versions of Cata and Rift, I can get them onto a new computer ok right? I miss having discs for everything . . .

    Am looking at a custom build from this company: PC Specialist

    Here's the spec:

    Chassis & Display
    Enigma III 540: 15.6" Matte HD LED Widescreen (1366x768) (although could maybe stretch to the 1080x1920)
    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-2670QM (2.20GHz) 6MB
    Memory (RAM)
    8GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
    Graphics Card
    nVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M - 2GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
    Memory - 1st Hard Disk
    500GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD5000BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm) (I sat there looking mournfully at the SSDs and then back at my bank account, and sadly there's just no way I can get that =/)
    1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
    8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
    Memory Card Reader
    Integrated 3 in 1 Memory Card Reader (SD, MMC, MS)
    Sound Card
    Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
    Network Facilities
    ENIGMA GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS 802.11N + BLUETOOTH 3.0
    USB Options
    1 x USB 3.0 PORT + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
    Battery
    Enigma III Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,100/5,200 mAh)
    Power Lead & Adaptor
    1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
    Operating System
    NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
    Office Software
    NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
    Anti-Virus
    NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
    Mouse
    INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
    Webcam
    INTEGRATED 1.3 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
    Warranty
    3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
    Insurance
    1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
    Delivery
    STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
    Build Time
    Standard Build - Approximately 5 to 7 working days
    Quantity
    1

    Price: £604.00 including VAT and delivery.
    Last edited by Sapho; 2011-11-26 at 01:18 PM. Reason: layout
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevoman View Post
    I love these changes. Maybe it's because I've always valued utility and teamwork over my personal meter whoring, but the ability to pop Heart and step in for a dead healer/tank for 45s to save the day is Druidism at its finest IMO.
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDragon
    Technically dragon eating human is not cannibalism. It is misfortunate inconvinience.

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    You need a lot of VRAM for really high resolutions. For the screen's native resolution you're ok with less.
    Can't comment on the CPU since I don't know!
    Windows probably won't boot since they'll detect a completely different system. Some programs (like WoW) will work, but others will need to be reinstalled aswell.
    And since you have purchased the games, you can download them on any computer (I downloaded WoW on 2 computers a month ago and Rift will probably be the same)

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    Thanks for the reply :-)

    On another forum someone explained there was no point having the 2GB VRAM for such a low resolution computer. It's annoying that it's the only option, I've emailed them to see if I could downgrade to 1GB and reduce the price a bit
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevoman View Post
    I love these changes. Maybe it's because I've always valued utility and teamwork over my personal meter whoring, but the ability to pop Heart and step in for a dead healer/tank for 45s to save the day is Druidism at its finest IMO.
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleDragon
    Technically dragon eating human is not cannibalism. It is misfortunate inconvinience.

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