I currently have a Pentium 4 HT with a nvidia agp 7800 gs (circa 2004). For late evening distraction, I play Command & Conquer (latest Kane game) or watch Hulu connected to a 27" monitor (1920x1200). Gameplay is really slow but doable at low detail settings.
I want get a new laptop (desktop replacement); Gateway NV79C47u Core i5 ATI Mob. HD 5650 (Newegg $750) connected to the monitor.
I know the core i5 is a huge improvement for the CPU but I am wondering about the HD 5650 - will I see significant improvement (higher settings; higher fps) or will it be marginal?? Will I be amazed or disappointed?? I did not want to spend $1100-plus for a gaming laptop.
A score of 600 isn't dramatically higher than 500.
It appears anything higher than the 5650 puts me into gamer class video hardware and for that price range, I'm inclined to get a real desktop. (ie. trading laptop smaller size for desktop better performance).
I find that real-life usage is better than some number but it's all I have to go on.