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12-05-2008, 03:25 PM

Recently I have been thinking of purchasing a laptop, and while I do not expect it to run them latest FPS games, it certainly would be nice if I could play some World of Warcraft (at high settins with decent fps), or perhaps even games like Oblivion, C&C 3 and Warcraft 3. I guess it would get quite expensive if I crossed that line, though (e. g. Starcraft 2).

The laptop market is completely unfamiliar to me, I do not know what brands/shops that sell price worthy ones and I do not really know how much horsepower I need in it, or how big display I would need for it to be bearable to game on.

If anyone around here got some experience with laptops or whatnot and got some time to write down a few lines, I would appreciate it. The budget is not too important, but I'd preferably not spend more than ~1500 on it.

12-05-2008, 05:34 PM
There's plenty of lappys around with nvidia 8600 and 8800 graphics included. With 2GB of ram thats WAY more than capable of running wow comfortably.
When I'm not raiding I play on a older lappy with a 6800m and 2GB of ram, and that handles most things ok.
Is this going to be a desktop replacement or a mobile gaming rig?
A 17-19" screen is great on a desktop replacement, but if you need to be mobile a 15" with a higher rez screen is probably more useful. As a reference I find 1440-900 on a 17" quite comfortable.
Once you decide these things we can probably recommend some bargains:)

12-05-2008, 07:01 PM
It will be a mobile gaming rig, since I have an adequate desktop for the time being. But it doesn't have to be a 15" inch lappy for the mobility's sake.

I'd like a 17-19" screen running at either 1440x900 or 1680x1050. I guess a 8600 would be required at least. My problem comes with that all lappys seem to future Vista (32bit or 64bit), and while that might not be too terrible any more, I am not sure how a duo-core processor handles a Vista system.

Most of them comes with at least 3GB, but often 4GB of RAM, and that kind of would require a 64 bit system?

Are there any computers out there with a 32bit XP (I can use Vista if I have to), 2 GB RAM, 512MB graphics card and a decent display?

13-05-2008, 12:12 PM
Note that a laptop with decent graphics, fast harddrive, mucho ram etc. is usually off the "portable" scale ... yes, you can drag it around but it's a pain and it will be heavy. I have an old Dell XPS Gen2 (good 3 years ago) and it's like carrying around a tank :(

13-05-2008, 12:22 PM
I have a Dell Vostro 1500 with a T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 8800M GT graphics and 3GB RAM. With a 1680x1050 screen, it cost me about 700.

I run four WoWs on it at once. Multi-boxing FTW!

16-05-2008, 10:39 AM
I've got a Dell inspiron 1720 with a Nvidia 8600GT graphics card, 2Gig RAM and a 2.4Ghz Dual Core Intel with a 1920 x 1200 screen (17" widescreen) - It runs wow on full resolution, full detail at 40fps in Shatt and runs COD4 at 1280 x 1024 nearly full detail at 30fps.

It was nearly 1000 including postage and I've had no problems with it at all - fantastic machine. It does have vista on it but I've had no problems with it. I think theres an option to get XP anyway instead if you want.


The other option would be to get a dell XPS laptop which has one of the older Nvidia 7950 graphics cards on it. They run faster than a 8600GT by quite a way.

For slightly more money - i've heard these are amazing:

16-05-2008, 11:57 AM
there are many nice laptops for gaming around allthough at the highend it usually all clevo laptops branded by others , even alienware

i wouldnt suggest looking at rock btw
they are holding all repairs, and if they can't sell off the company soon they will go belly up and poof there goes your warrantee

for under 1500 pounds you can get a good laptop tho which will run the games you want easily.

you could check indy vendors like killerlaptops etc. but for ease of mind i do suggest sticking to the bigger name brands for warrantee which is the thing you must always be secure of on a lappy (take 3-4 yrs) if possible.
so Dell, Acer, Toshiba, and the Sony's are all good choices there

22-05-2008, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the advice people, I'll have a look at the suggestions posted.

23-05-2008, 08:30 AM
Note that a laptop with decent graphics, fast harddrive, mucho ram etc. is usually off the "portable" scale ... yes, you can drag it around but it's a pain and it will be heavy. I have an old Dell XPS Gen2 (good 3 years ago) and it's like carrying around a tank :(

PowerBook. Light, compact, sexy and vrooooom!

23-05-2008, 08:33 AM
Having spent a bit of time using laptops I cannot see how they'd be good for gaming unless you plug in a seperate keyboard and squeak. Although my hands are like skips, so I suppose someone with smaller hands would manage.

29-05-2008, 12:14 AM
If you're still looking for cheap, good quality laptops I would HIGHLY recommend www.pcspecialist.co.uk, UK based business, with really low prices and great quality along with customer service, you can choose any spec and qualificatio ns for your computer/laptop to have and they'll build it for you - at a low price.

Got a nice gaming pc for 400 from them :) nvideo 8400 and 2gb ram

29-05-2008, 06:56 AM
that's bloody cheap for a gaming laptop. Hell a none gaming lappy from PC world costs about that.