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Buying a laptop, need advice.

The JesterThe Jester Registered User regular
It's time for an upgrade! This is the laptop that i've been looking at:

Asus M70VN-7S002C

Specs:

Processor: Core 2 Duo P8600, 2.4 GHz, 6 MB
Memory: DDR II - 800 Mhz, 4096 MB
Hard drive: SATA (2 x 500GB) 5400 rpm
Motherboard: Intel Cantiga M 1067 Mhz FSB + ICH9M
Graphic Card: nVidia Geforce 9650M GT, 1024 MB
Soundcard: Azalia
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium

I'm planning to use it as my gaming computer however I'm not especially wise when it comes to hardware so I need some input.

EDIT: I forgot to add that I really want it to last performance wise and be able to run most programs without slowing down for at least five years in the future.

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    AumniAumni Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    That looks like a pretty decent labtop.

    I'm guessing that you need a labtop over a desktop for a particular reason.

    But 4 gigs of ram and that card/processor should be fine.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Jester wrote: »
    It's time for an upgrade! This is the laptop that i've been looking at:

    Asus M70VN-7S002C

    Specs:

    Processor: Core 2 Duo P8600, 2.4 GHz, 6 MB
    Memory: DDR II - 800 Mhz, 4096 MB
    Hard drive: SATA (2 x 500GB) 5400 rpm
    Motherboard: Intel Cantiga M 1067 Mhz FSB + ICH9M
    Graphic Card: nVidia Geforce 9650M GT, 1024 MB
    Soundcard: Azalia
    OS: Windows Vista Home Premium

    I'm planning to use it as my gaming computer however I'm not especially wise when it comes to hardware so I need some input.

    EDIT: I forgot to add that I really want it to last performance wise and be able to run most programs without slowing down for at least five years in the future.


    The 9650M GT is sort of the equivalent of a desktop nVidia 9500 rather than a 9600 and that's quite a bit of a difference. It's not going to give you great gaming performance, just mediocre.

    So, it's probably the time to ask, exactly what do you need this for. Because it's going to be big, heavy, expensive and have a shit battery life. You're seem to very much be in the territory where a smaller laptop and a good desktop might be a better bet (especially if you're wanting 5+ years).

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    1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I have personal experience with that video card and you're not going to get the 5 years out of it you want.

    You're not going to get 1 year. Get something with a 8800M or 9800M for the discrete graphics - that's your 5 year mark.

    Also, please, PLEASE make sure it's 64-bit Vista. The extra RAM won't be useful if you don't.

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    JohnDoeJohnDoe Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Jester wrote: »
    It's time for an upgrade! This is the laptop that i've been looking at:

    Asus M70VN-7S002C

    Specs:

    Processor: Core 2 Duo P8600, 2.4 GHz, 6 MB
    Memory: DDR II - 800 Mhz, 4096 MB
    Hard drive: SATA (2 x 500GB) 5400 rpm
    Motherboard: Intel Cantiga M 1067 Mhz FSB + ICH9M
    Graphic Card: nVidia Geforce 9650M GT, 1024 MB
    Soundcard: Azalia
    OS: Windows Vista Home Premium

    I'm planning to use it as my gaming computer however I'm not especially wise when it comes to hardware so I need some input.

    EDIT: I forgot to add that I really want it to last performance wise and be able to run most programs without slowing down for at least five years in the future.

    You want a gaming laptop that will play new games for 5 years? Its just not going to happen.

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    1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Laptops, unfortunately, are not like desktops in that they cannot be upgraded substantially. The closest thing to this is the BYOC (build your own computer) barebones that Asus sells. You can buy video cards that are MXM and are upgradeable, but there are few models (basically, Asus runs the show).

    It's not a bad idea, but it can be a little intimidating.

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