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Choosing a gaming laptop (Alienware?)


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randycandy

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(Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.. It's not quite a build question..!)

Hi all, I'm new :) I figured this forum might be able to help me! I'm thinking of buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to game on it (I know it should be a desktop, but it needs to be mobile!) So, I have a few questions.. bear with me! Sorry!


What's the difference in performance between the NVidia GeForce cards?
There's the NVidia GeForce 8700M GT 512MB and the NVidia GeForce 8600M GT 256MB (Toshiba also list a NVidia GeForce 8700M GT 256MB, but that doesn't seem to exist anywhere else!).

How big a difference is there between those two cards? And what's going on with Toshiba?


Here are the computers I've found:

Alienware
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8700M GT 512MB
RAM: 2GB dual channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz (2x1024MB)
Processor: T8300 2.4 GHz (3MB cache 800MHz FSB)
This also has a 1GB Intel Turbo Cache memory.


Toshiba
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8700M GT 256MB
RAM: 4GB dual channel DDR2 at 667MHz (2x2048MB)
Processor: T8300 2.4 GHz (3MB cache 800MHz FSB)


Dell
Graphics card: NVidia GeForce 8600M GT 256MB
RAM: 4GB dual channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2x2048MB)
Processor: T9500 2.60 GHz (6MB cache 800MHz FSB)


Do the RAM and the processor speed make up for the graphics card differences? Or is the graphics card the most important for gaming - also taking into account future compatibility?


Thanks so much, any advice would be appreciated! :)

Edited by randycandy, 28 May 2008 - 02:24 PM.

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