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Help buying a new notebook

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Ray92, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Ray92

    Ray92 Regular member

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    Wait you're confusing me.
    Are you saying you would buy an asus with a 9500M GS over the HP with a 9600M GT???

    Isn't the 9600 GT better than a 9500 GS????

    Really confused :S

    PS- If I didn't clarify which laptop had which, then my bad
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    No, sorry, I was confused. Get the 9600 over the 9500.
     
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    No worries I wasn't being clear

    What kind of graphics performance could I expect from a P8400 2.26 GHz, 3GB Ram, 9600M GT at resolutions of 1280x800 or 1074x760 in games like dirt, grid, crysis, bioshock, and assasins creed

    PS- How much better is the 9600GT
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    Admirable. I'm not entirely sure of the answer to your second question, but playing all those games on mostly high settings at 1280x800 shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    Wicked
    Thanks alot man
    I am definitely going to buy the HP laptop now, with the 9600M GT and also invest in the extended 3 year warranty just to be on the same side.

    Thanks again

    PS- Do you own any laptops that you game on??
     
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    sammorris Senior member

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    Afraid not, I just can't justify the cost of one when I spent so much on my PC. My housemate Nick owns one though, a Dell XPS M1710, a couple of years old now, but still a powerful gaming machine. He's already had his graphics card replaced under warranty though.
     
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    Was his graphics card faulty??

    PS- Lucky him, always wanted to get a 17" gaming powerhouse, but don't have the cash.
    Hopefully when I'm at uni and get a job :D
     
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    hehe yeah, back in 2006 it cost him about £1300 with the 3 year warranty. His GPU was indeed faulty, this spring the screen went white with random smears all over it, a guy came round to our house and popped a new GPU in there, right as rain...
     
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    I'm getting an extended warranty for sure NOW
    lol

    PS - What do you think of ROCK laptops, I saw some awesome ones when I was in the UK for a holiday in july BUT sadly no warranty here so the were out of the question.
     
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    They seem pretty good and I'm sure they offer decent warranties. I take it you're not from the UK like me then? :p Where are you from and where did you visit on your holiday here?
     
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    I'm from Pakistan but never lived there. :p
    Used to live in UK for bout 7 years but now I'm in Saudi Arabia, was born here too.

    I went to a lot of places but mostly stayed in b/ham and london (hounslow to be exact)
     
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    Ah right I see, get around then! :p
    Hounslow's about 35 miles from me direct, about 60 if you go round the outside using the M25. At least it is when I'm at home, I'm off in a month's time to study at York.
     
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    Cool, what are you studying by the way.
    Got my IGCSE results a while back, and have to decide what and where to study before my A levels
     
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    Studying Environmental Science BSc. I actually finished my A-Levels in 2006, but have spent the last two years studying other things, didn't go so well... oh well.
     
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    I see
    Good luck with the environmental sciences bachelors, hope it goes better than your last one :p

    I'll update when I purchase the HP laptop which will be tommorow, and maybe even upload some benchmarks for it
     
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    Just an update.

    After posting at a laptop specific forum, they told me that the Acer 9600 has GDDR3 memory while the HP 9600 has DDR2.
    I will check this tomorrow at the store and if this is the case I will probably go with the ACER.

    Here are some benchmarks of both:

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    Is this difference realistic??
     
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    Yes, GDDR3 graphics cards significantly outperform DDR2 Graphics cards.
     
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    So in that case it would be better to go with the acer if it has GDDR3, even if it is more expensive as it will give better performance, and probably last a little longer

    PS - Will the program GPU-Z tell me the type of graphics memory the GPU has??? thanks
     
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    It should do. I'm torn between the HP and Acer, because although the Acer will be faster, I trust HP more as a brand, even with the issues their laptops have had in the past.
     
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    I was thinking along the same lines, but after calling up the store and asking about the warranties, I have found out that both laptops are covered by the store selling them (jarir bookstore), not manufacturer's and I have had no problems with them in the past. In light of this don't you think I should go with acer due to better performance even thought its pricier????

    PS - They replaced 3 external hard drives for me under the warranty, beacuse the mobos were faulty. I dropped the first one, but didn't tell them still got replacement :p
     

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