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Will this laptop run WoW and games smoothly?

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July 2, 2011 11:59:46 PM

Looking at a laptop for college wanting to get one that will be able to run world of warcraft and other games smoothly I found a Sony for $750 with the following specs:


Processor:
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM quad-core processor (1.73GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz

Hard drive:
320GB Hard Disk Drive (7200rpm)

Memory:
4GB (2GBx2) DDR3-SDRAM-1333

Graphics card:
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M GPU (1GB VRAM)

Will these specs run Wow and other games smoothly?Preferably I want a Sony (mybudget is under $800) but if anyone can find me a laptop that's 14-16 inches with better specs for less money that would be great too. Thanks,









July 3, 2011 2:24:37 AM

looks like all the games listed will run good on low and some run good on medium settings which i would be OK with. however, i found another sony laptop for $50 cheaper and its a 15.5 inch (more realistic size for college) instead of a 16.4 inch and it has same hardware except:

Intel® Core™ i5-580M processor (2.66GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz

and

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 GPU (1GB VRAM)


how would the 15.5 inch stack up performance-wise against the 16.4 inch?
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July 3, 2011 5:46:24 AM

have a look at this link . It has 30% discount.
or this one
July 3, 2011 6:27:04 AM

Amacc02 said:
looks like all the games listed will run good on low and some run good on medium settings which i would be OK with. however, i found another sony laptop for $50 cheaper and its a 15.5 inch (more realistic size for college) instead of a 16.4 inch and it has same hardware except:

Intel® Core™ i5-580M processor (2.66GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz

and

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 GPU (1GB VRAM)


how would the 15.5 inch stack up performance-wise against the 16.4 inch?


performance wise they are roughly the same, but do make note of the resolutions of the two. the higher the resolution of the screen, the lower performance will be.

if you take the laptop in z-4`s first link and use the customizable 6770m, you will get much higher performance (at a higher price)
July 4, 2011 2:40:09 AM

I checked out the links and the hp looks nice but the coupon is over today and I'm not willing to rush into buying it right now. I understand what you are saying though about the resolution issue and will that mean that the 15 inch would run games better than the 16 inch? I'll give a recap on the hardware of both:

15 inch:
1366x768 res.
Intel® Core™ i5-580M processor (2.66GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 GPU (1GB VRAM)

16 inch:
1600x900 res.
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM quad-core processor (1.73GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 425M GPU (1GB VRAM)

Will either of these even run wow decently?
July 4, 2011 2:54:09 AM

the 15-inch will have better performance because of the lower native resolution... of course it is always nicer to have higher resolution,


WoW is not very demanding unless you crank the settings all the way up, even then its no crysis. its other games i would worry about. both laptops will give decent performance in wow.

if you want a laptop that can play most games at decent playable settings, then you will be satisfied with either of these laptops.

if you want some powerful rig that cun run the most demanding games at high settings you will either have to spend $1000+ on a laptop or get a desktop at a much lower price.
July 4, 2011 5:24:29 PM

Ok those were my main issues. I think that in my price range its a good laptop and ill go with the 15 inch. Thanks for your help!
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