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Need help on a laptop gaming build

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 17, 2009 5:17:40 PM

Ok here are my choices in set-up. Which of these will I get the best gaming performance with.

1. Intel® Core™2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz (6MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M, 2GB – SLI® Enabled
4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz

2. Intel Core i7 720QM 1.6GHz (2.8 GHz Turbo Mode, 6MB Cache)
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz – 2 x 4096MB

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a c 140 U Graphics card
a b 4 Gaming
December 17, 2009 5:19:10 PM

I would think the i7 because of the architecture. Turbo mode it will crank up to 2.8GHz. Man that is a $$$$$$ laptop.
December 17, 2009 5:24:39 PM

thats what i was thinking also but wasnt sure how much a difference that second graphic card would make in the first build
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December 17, 2009 5:28:34 PM

Anyone else have some input on which setup would work best and why
December 17, 2009 5:28:48 PM

number 2. looks like the clear winner.
and the ram will help future proofing it a little more.
cpu boost will be better than the double gpu, because
sli scaling isn't as great as we all like it to be,
and that's a realllly nice cpu, 4 cores. helps to future proof.
December 17, 2009 5:32:20 PM

You think it would be worth upgrading that to the 1.73GHz i7 or will i not see the performance boost for the amount i would be spending
December 17, 2009 5:35:40 PM

comptech81 said:
You think it would be worth upgrading that to the 1.73GHz i7 or will i not see the performance boost for the amount i would be spending

well, it might,
we need to see how much the price will go up first, to make sure they're not screwing you over.
December 17, 2009 5:40:14 PM

It would add an extra 300 dollars to the price. I could drop the memory down to 6g that would save me 150 dollars and i would get the upgraded cpu.
a c 140 U Graphics card
a b 4 Gaming
December 17, 2009 5:47:15 PM

OH WAIT! I didn't notice the first one has DUAL 260M in SLI. Honestly that one would have MORE graphic power than the 2nd, just less CPU power. But for gaming the dual video would run faster. Man that this would be a toaster.
December 17, 2009 5:49:16 PM

well since you can't upgrade the laptop yourself, I actually don't think it would be a big waste to get the 8 gb Ram

what would the upgrade be from,
the intel t9600?

hard question...dang XD
gonna need some more input from other people....
December 17, 2009 5:57:46 PM

Its not an upgrade its a custom build. I have the choice of the intel i7 1.6GHz or the 1.73GHz (that i can afford anyways). I am just not sure of the 3 which would be the best boost in gaming performance (ram, processor, graphics card). I know of the 3 ram would be easiest thing to upgrade myself but for the money I am looking at spending I really dont want to think of upgrading for a long time. So I can add a third option which is same as second except 6gb of same type of ram and the upgraded processor. But when gaming how much does the processor come into the equation? doesnt the graphic processor do most of the work?
December 17, 2009 6:00:45 PM

This is a custom alienware to be more specific
December 17, 2009 6:09:39 PM

The other noticable difference is that build one is a 17'' display and cased in iodizez aluminum where as build two is a 15" cased in plastic. both have a 1920x1200 resolution
a c 1308 U Graphics card
a c 258 4 Gaming
December 17, 2009 11:05:39 PM

For that power and resolution I would take build one because of the 17" screen. Every thing would look awfully small on a 15" with 1920 x 1200. I am writing this on a 15.4" laptop with 1680 x 1050 and I have always regretted not getting it with 1440 x 900 which was my other option.