Gaming requirements


I am pretty new to the gaming scene and would like to know if the setup I have just bought will be able to handle the likes of Crysis and other games that will seriously test your gpu and cpu.

I have just bought the Alienware M15x and have had them build it to the following spec:

Intel® Core i7-740QM Processor (1.73GHz, 4Core/8Threads, turbo boost up to 2.93Ghz, 6M cache)
1GB GDDR5 ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5850
4GB (2GBx2) 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
15.6 " Full HD (1080p) WLED (1920 x 1080) Display with TrueLife(TM )
Genuine Windows(R) 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)

Will I be able to have the graphic settings maxed out with this kind of machine?

The laptop is yet to be delivered and I have a 30 day full refund return policy. Should I stick with this or buy something else? I paid $2k for this setup. Is it worth overclocking the 5850? Apparently there is 25% more juice to be made according to this page:

Apologies for the many questions!

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  1. You won't be able to max out Crysis with that. I actually don't think there's a gaming laptop out there that will allow that.

    In general, gaming laptops are a joke. You really need a good desktop to have good gaming performance. Also, prebuilts aren't well though of fof gaming (or much else really). I'd highly recommend building yourself a gaming desktop.

    For example, here's a build that would max out Crysis (OS and monitor included, add $100 for a good keyboard/mouse):

    CPU/GPU: X4 955 and HD 5870 $530
    Mobo/PSU: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and Corsair 750HX Modular $215 after rebates
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $170 after rebate
    OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

    Total: $1,278
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