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A Few Quick Laptop Questions
So, this coming week I'll be starting a new job that will include a rather sizable amount of travel. With going on the road so often and a nice chunk of newly disposable income, I've been wanting to purchase a new laptop to replace my old Inspiron 6000 laptop with something a little more modern. This is a purchase I'll be making, ideally, in the next six months and certainly later rather than sooner. I know my way around computers, for the most part, and have built a number of desktop rigs. Laptops are another story. With a desktop rig if I screw up and purchase a sub-par part, I know I'll be able to replace it eventually. With a laptop, this isn't really the case so I'm more paranoid than usual about not short-changing myself on specs.
Mostly, I need a machine that can handle older games easily. While at home I have my xbox and my PC where I do most of my gaming, but the Inspiron really isn't up to the task for gaming on-the-go. It can run something like Deus Ex (original) or Knights of the Old Republic with minimal-but-noticeable stuttering, but it overheats like an oven pretty quickly.
I've been doing a bunch of window-shopping recently, and I'm hoping to be able to keep the purchase in the under-$400ish range for the sheer fact that I don't feel like I need something cutting-edge, as I have a plenty powerful PC at home already.
My benchmark is something along the lines of needing to be able to run games like TF2, older RPGs (KotOR, NWN, etc.), or Dreamfall while hopefully also being able to run more recent games like Mass Effect (the first one) if possible. If I can run games from 2007/8ish and older, I'll be very happy. The latter example is less important, but I also feel like I'm setting the bar somewhat low. I've been considering a few things, and am mostly looking to clarify a few things. I don't think I really need more than a dual-core PCU, but the GPU is another story. I'd like to get a dedicated card, but I'm uncertain how important that would really be as they drive the price up quite a bit and I have really found it difficult to get a good grasp on what, exactly, one card can do as opposed to another.
If you were to look at $400 laptops, what would you suggest? is there a minimum GPU for what I want? is the dedicated card a necessity for certain things? Mostly, I think I want to find out what the real cut-off and general expectations should be in that price range, which I know is very low.