Both have what I'm looking for in terms of RAM, 64 bit vista, but the processor on the HP is throwing me off.
Are AMD processors comparable to Intel yet?
which laptop would be better spec wise for casual gaming?
nothing like crysis. i'd say max i'd need is wow at med settings. I think the HP gfx card is good enough, and I like the look + size ( 14 inch monitor ) better, but that processor is what's got me puzzled.
Which do you recommend going with, and should I get the 80$ 2 year extended warranty newegg offers?
this is better and Compaq is just a lower end of HP so still has the quality And is 549.99
what is ur budget?
What do you mean by "The ATI supports DX10 but can't use it"? It is a fully functional DX10 card, it just happens to be fairly slow. As for that Compaq, an 8200M graphics card is a huge downgrade vs a 9500. That's definitely not the way I would go.
The guy who told you that was wrong. All HD2000 and above cards can use DX10, and I think all HD3000 and above can use 10.1 (they can definitely all use 10.0). As for which laptop to get, that $700 MSI seems to be a good choice. The CPU is a hair slower than the ones in the OP, but it has a decent video card and plenty of RAM.
At cjl, i was shopping for a laptop and this best buy guy said the 3200 can't use DX10 please correct me if i am wrong
Quoting a Best Buy employee? Not the best idea. At all.
Getting a discrete card is a much, much better idea.
Even games that are not intensive will benefit greatly from a discrete graphics card.
Although AMD and Intel processors are both good, I'd side with Intel because they consume less energy in the laptop category, at least from my experience. When you're not gaming, you'll appreciate the extra efficiency, and so will your power bill, if ever so slightly.