I'm in the process of buying a new laptop and have found one but one concern is, I'd like to be able to play GTA IV & Sims 3 but am not sure if a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT is a good enough graphics card. Here are the other specs:
It's an HP HDX18T:
Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.8GHz/6MB L2 Cache)
4GB DDR2 SDRAM (2x2048MB), Max. 8GB
320GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
IF you see any problems anywhere else here, let me know.
I have an Acer laptop with a 9600m GT 512 coupled with a Core 2 Duo t6400 and I have no problem playing Crysis or Far Cry 2 albeit at a medium settings (with a few of those set to high). The key factor being that the games LOOK and PLAY great, for a reasonably priced (less than $1000) laptop.
It looks like you got your answer on the previous post, but again GTA IV should run fine.
i was wondering, can the HDX 18t work with a Nvidia GeForce® GTX 260M? I know it come with the GT 130M but i havent really found anything yet that tells me i cant just replace that graphics card with a better one
Well if i were u i would not buy a HP because they have rubbish GPU and rubbish DDR. you can get an MSI for the same price and better on Laptopsdirect.ie or Laptopsdirect.co.uk. And the answer to your question is no. You would need at least 6 GB ram to use that graphics card with the HP because as i said before the GPU in them is not good enough to support it. Just get a Nvidia Geforce
To the best of my knowledge you cannot replace the gpu in any of the HP HDX laptops. If your looking for more gaming power I would suggust looking at some acer and asus builds which come at the same price with a gtx 220. or gtx 260m.
Personally I own the HP hdx with the gt130m. the build quality is much better then the HP's I remembered and the gaming performance surprised me. As I don't use it as my primary gaming machine I am quite happy with it.
i have exactly the same laptop aspec as you did, and i have already tried both GTA IV and The Sims 3 in my laptop. its all running smoothly, but it heats a lot. it can handle high graphic settings but i prefer changing the settings to normal though, laptops are not recommended for extreme gaming that what i know.