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Which one is better for GTA IV?

Last response: in Video Games
March 3, 2011 4:05:54 PM

Hi there, after my old laptop got a hard drive crash I decided to get a new laptop. Here are the ones I'm looking at (both of them cost about $870):

Option 1:
CPU: 2nd generation Intel core i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with turboboost up to 2.9 GHz
Graphics: 1GB ATI M.R. HD 6570 GDDR5 graphics
Resolution: 1366 x 768

Option 2:
CPU: Intel core i5-560M Dual Core (2.66 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with turboboost up to 3.2 GHz
Graphics: 1GB ATI M.R. HD 5650 DDR3 graphics
Resolution: 1600 x 900

And here are two things I often see in threads related to this:
1. GTA IV mostly runs on graphics. Just go for the one with the best graphics card.
2. i7-2630QM runs on a low base clock setting, so you'll lose performance.

So here's my question: Between the two options suggested above, which one would run better on GTA IV? I don't mind playing on med settings so I'm not thinking about getting too expensive GPUs or CPUs.

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March 3, 2011 4:52:20 PM

1st one will be better.
The 2nd 's gpu is too low end.
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March 3, 2011 5:56:54 PM

Thanks a lot, 55range and diako_lorddm! I was thinking for a moment and thought option 1 might be better for other purposes as well :) 
Anyone else want to go for either?
March 4, 2011 7:49:40 PM

Best answer selected by omega309.