I have decided I am going to purchase a laptop, primarily for college purposes, but I definitely would like to do a little gaming. I know laptops apparently are not "ideal" for gaming, but I know there are some systems out there that do just fine.
Anyways, I am on a decent budget (500-700). Also, I am fairly uneducated when it comes to software, so purchasing a laptop is foreign to me.
I have found two systems that would seem like good deals for the price when evaluating the specs:
#1 - $650
ASUS G Series G60VX-RBBX05 NoteBook
Intel Core 2 Duo P7450(2.13GHz)
4GB Memory DDR2 800
HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
1GB DDR3 VRAM
#2 - $650
ASUS K72 Series K72DR-X1 NoteBook
AMD Phenom II Triple-Core N830(2.1GHz)
4GB Memory DDR3 1066
HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
1GB DDR3 VRAM
Both of these systems will do fine with most games that are currently out right now, right?
I am pretty sure #1 beats #2 fairly good, but #1 is "re-certified," which makes #2 fairly appealing.
Anyone know of these are good systems for the money? ASUS is a good brand, right? Both will run games fairly good?
Any and all advice/input/feedback/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
DDR3 RAM alone is worth the buy over the first one. Also, the 3 core processor while it won't do you too much amazing stuff for a college computer, it's worth the money for the tasking. The 2 GPUs pretty much are the same over each other. Some preform differently in certain scenarios. I wouldn't worry too much if you are playing WoW.
Also, bigger screen, more HDD space. #1 has a 7200 RPM drive on it compared to the 5400 RPMs of #2, but not too much of a breaking point.
In the end, Go with 2.
EDIT: Also, ASUS is amazing when it comes to product design and quality (95% of the time). The one thing they lack more than anything is their customer service and RMA policy. Most of my parts in my rig are ASUS. If you want to know anything else, please let me know.
Last edited by vicarious ink; 2010-11-22 at 10:13 PM.
I have been reading that the video card in #1 alone is worth buying it.
Thanks for filling me in
I mis-read the video card in 2. #1 does beat #2 out in the graphics section as the 5470 is more a multimedia card than anything. But in the end, I would go with whatever you feel more comfortable with. You could easily Play WoW on either though if that is your main content of games on the PC.
GTX 260m, while older, is considered to be a MUCH beefier GPU. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 is a step over integrated but not enough if you want to play with higher up settings in wow. The CPU is however nicer on laptop no 2. I wouldn't go with either of those laptops.
edit: I'm slow. poster corrected mistake.
Last edited by Wries; 2010-11-22 at 10:38 PM.
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I would say neither. The CPU in #1 is lacking. The GPU in #2 is lacking. If it must be one of the two, then nobody can give you a solid answer without knowing what style of play is going to be done on it. Soloing? 5-man? 10-man? 25-man? If soloing or 5-man, #1 would be fine. For either 10- or 25-man, both would be lacking.
[edit: Also, by "a little gaming", do you mean just WoW or other games also? For non-WoW gaming, #1 would be the better of the two.]