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Windows 7: Gaming on a Desktop Computer VERSUS Gaming on a laptop

13 Feb 2010   #31

Windows 7 Home Premium

I have a laptop, and had a desktop (until I killed it, by accident) and the lap is byfar the best, but I dont play any of the newest games except for Dragon Age on it. The reason I like my laptop is because I can take it with me if I'm going to a friends house, or whatever other reason I need it in another place.

But, if you need a PC that will last a couple of years AND be able to game on it, get a stationary. They are much more powerful!

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14 Feb 2010   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Ok so I finally got a chance to play the demo. So the graphics are awesome. I was playing with most settings on medium (some on high, physics on very high cause of the nvidia physx). my max res is 1680 by 1050 so I cant say a gaming laptop will hit 40 fps at 1920x1080....but none the less, because of the challenge, I found the demo, and played it and it was awesome.

Frostmourne, Question, how can I see the fps? I could not find any settings to show you stats...... Thanks. Also, I was in no way saying that a gaming laptop was the best option. I have seen the specs on some of your machines and am envious.
Settings on medium - precisely why desktops are better. There should be a benchmark included with the full retail version of Crysis. Otherwise, get Fraps and check the FPS box. Then search through the .txt file - you want 40FPS+ with very few or no drops below 30-35. Spikes are OK, continual drops are not.
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14 Feb 2010   #33

Win7 Home Premium 64x

Thanks frostmourne I want to see what my system can handle. I will test this out and see what my system does at high graphics for fps and what will min I need for 40fps...Thanks

Edit, As I said previously I have not gamed on PC's in almost 10 years so I have not purchased any high graphic games... I will probably be buying crisis though depending on how well my system runs
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14 Feb 2010   #34
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

One of the better sites for seeing how well (or bad in the case of Intel) laptop GPU's perform,

Notebookcheck: Comparison of Graphic Cards
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14 Feb 2010   #35

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

My Gaming Desktop:

HP Pavilion m9510f
Product Specifications HP Pavilion Elite m9510f Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

I upgraded the OS to Windows 7 HP
and the Video card was upgraded to a
Gforce GT220 1 gigabite
it is nothing special but with only a 350 PS
its the closes thing i could get.

Mouse and Keyboard:
Cordless Desktop® MX™ 5500 Revolution
Cordless Desktop® MX? 5500 Revolution

Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System
Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System

HP w2207h Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor with Bright View Panel
22" 1680*1050 on hdmi
Product Specifications - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Using Gigabite Network with 16 meg download / 512 upload from Road Runner.

DGL-4300 Wireless 108G Gaming Router

D-Link Wireless 108G Gaming Router

My Gaming Laptop:
Toshiba Satellite X205-S9349 17-inch Laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7100, 2 GB RAM, 240 GB Hard DRive, HD SuperMulti DVD Drive, Vista Premium)

Upgraded the OS to Windows 7 HP and upgraded the RAM to 4 gigs of gaming ram.

Use normal laptop keyboard since its a full keyboard

and for the mouse:
  1. LX8 Cordless Laser Mouse
It is logitech
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15 Feb 2010   #36

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by acurasd View Post

Use normal laptop keyboard since its a full keyboard

and for the mouse:
  1. LX8 Cordless Laser Mouse
It is logitech
i've got this mouse on one of my non gaming pc's and i have to say for a cheap mouse this thing is perfect. it lacks the extra buttons of a gaming mouse but it's one of the most comfortable mice ever to use.
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15 Feb 2010   #37

Windows 7 x64

A few years ago I was in the same situation. After talking with my fellow geeks, they convinced me to get a custom built desktop for a few reasons. First, cost. A comprable system from a retailer will cost about 1.5x to 2x more than building it yourself. Secondly, ease of modification to the system as a whole. Not only can you upgrade all your hardware which you can't do with many retailers computers, especially Dell, but you can do anything you want to the software too. Third, looks. Getting to pick your case out allows you to bond with your computer. Lastly, the experience of building a computer. I learned so much from building mine that I started working with one of my friends custom computer building companies. Hope this helps.
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15 Feb 2010   #38


Laptop pro: being able to sit beside your buddies and crack them in the skull when they Fudge up a raid or an attack.
Desktop pro: Being able to lie to your buddies and say you were afk!
Desktop pro: SLI! Don't know if they made laptops were you can join 2 together for SLI mode.
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16 Feb 2010   #39

Windows 7 x64

I believe some of the top of the line alienware laptops have sli. Or atleast dual graphics cards.
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16 Feb 2010   #40

7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64, 7 Pro x64, XP Pro x86, Linux Mint Nadia Cinnamon

I use a customized Toshiba A500-ST6621 for all my gaming (my system specs are at the bottom of my post). Plays everything I've thrown at it in high graphics mode with no game slowing - which so far hasn't been a lot of newer games, but if you're an older-games enthusiast like me, it works just fine. I like to play AA3, KotOR, and all three Battle For Middle-Earth RTS games, and I've never had an issue (yet).

Toshiba Qosmio laptops are pretty good too (and considerably better than my Satellite, but they're also a ton more expensive).

As to the laptop vs. desktop question, I have to say that I run into one common theme while comparing desktops to laptops - power vs. portability. Aside from that, I don't really have anything else to add. Cheers and good luck in finding a machine.
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