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Help me Decide between 2 cards/laptops

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May 15, 2008 7:27:15 PM

My spending limit is $1500

I am looking for a laptop to play games with but also perform college work.
Acer Aspire AS5920-6574 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T8100(2.10GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 3GB Memory DDR2 667 250GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT - Retail
Equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

TOSHIBA Satellite A305-S6844 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T8100(2.10GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 4GB Memory DDR2 667 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 - Retail
Equipped with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650

I am really stuck on this decision.

The benchmarks ive seen have the ATI card above by I believe 2%.....

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May 15, 2008 7:33:45 PM

Both of those laptops will be barely able to play solitaire. In order to have a LAPTOP that will also be a good gaming machine look into spending about 3k.
May 15, 2008 7:38:17 PM

1 to 2 percent on a laptop still sucks..get whichever laptop is more to your liking, your not gonna notice 2 percent or even 5 !
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May 15, 2008 7:39:37 PM

I dont expect this laptop to perform over the top or play top games at high settings. I expect having to lower the settings significantly just to run them.

Looking at the specs is there anything between the 2 that makes 1 stand out over the other?
May 15, 2008 7:50:26 PM

i'd go for the 3650 ati one, it has more ram, hd, and hdmi port with audio. i doubt that the 8600 has audio through hdmi. the toshiba seems to be more bang for the buck.
May 15, 2008 8:04:30 PM

I agree with godless, go with the toshiba, esp if your going to use it at school for a while, toshibas hold up pretty well, as far as the graphics the 8600's are a complete dissapointment compared to their 8800 counterparts(which rock) normally the '6' line is almost as good as a high end card and a great buy for someone on a budget, but they messed up this time, they were barely better than the 7600's
May 15, 2008 8:44:43 PM

I thank you guys for your responses.
May 15, 2008 9:18:11 PM

Angry_ducky's deal looks much better than the other 2. The other option you have is to go to and check out the deals they have on dells. I was pricing some machines a few days ago and managed to fine much better deals than the 2 at newegg. I love them for components but I think Dell will beat them on full systems. Definitely try to get the 8800 GPU, it gives you more than double the 8600's performance.
June 7, 2008 12:06:02 AM

Hi Boyle,

1) What games are you planning to play?

2) Although Dell is running some deals ... but I think other companies might be running some good deals too ... like Sony Vaio's ... and others

@ angry_ducky ... A Q ... will the T5750 in the "Gateway" be fast enough!?!? Just curious!!!


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September 15, 2010 2:24:14 AM

I think that ati 3650 is best for 3d editing not for is designed for business purposes......
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September 15, 2010 2:25:15 AM

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