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Which laptop? AMD Turion vs Intel Duo?

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July 13, 2009 4:19:33 PM

I'm looking for a cheap laptop to buy for school/casual gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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?
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July 13, 2009 4:23:53 PM

I would lean towards the Intel one, but more for the graphics card than the CPU. I'm pretty sure that the 9500M is quite a bit faster than the HD3200.
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July 13, 2009 4:45:05 PM

The ACER is better but the brand has been known for some problems and cheap parts. The HP AMD procesor isn't bad you won't notice the difference but the gfx card is ok.

The main difference between the two gfx cards is that the NVIDIA supports DX10 and plays it. The ATI supports DX10 but can't use it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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?
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July 13, 2009 5:05:12 PM

The Intel/Nvidia one will be better for games as the 9500 is a discrete card and not integrated like the ATI 3200.
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July 13, 2009 5:58:46 PM

Upendra09 said:
The ACER is better but the brand has been known for some problems and cheap parts. The HP AMD procesor isn't bad you won't notice the difference but the gfx card is ok.

The main difference between the two gfx cards is that the NVIDIA supports DX10 and plays it. The ATI supports DX10 but can't use it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
July 13, 2009 6:06:26 PM

My budget is around 700 max, I'm not looking for a titan of a laptop as I have a very solid desktop for personal use.

I'd prefer 64-bit as well, basically looking for something that is fast, 64-bit with a decent Gfx card. As I said, no major gaming though.
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July 13, 2009 7:43:30 PM

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.
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July 13, 2009 10:53:54 PM

Thanks for clearing that up cjl
July 14, 2009 1:48:23 AM

Upendra09 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a good MSI for 700

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This also a good acer, not as good as the MSI and not as good a brand as i said before

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.


@OP
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.
July 14, 2009 2:00:23 AM

I think he meant he can't use the DX10 for ATI by meaning the chip is too slow that can't run it DX10 games on decent settings and frame rates...
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July 14, 2009 4:22:25 PM

maybe ^^
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