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Dual vs. Quad Core

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Want to buy a gaming laptop for extreme gaming. All things being equal like the price, the ram, the size etc, confussed on which to get:
1) i5 Dual core vs Quad core (e.g i5 Acer Aspire 5750G vs AMD Quad core Acer Aspire 5560G)
2) NIVIDIA GT 520 (1 gb) vs Intel HG 3000 (up to 1.2)
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  1. neither of those two graphics options are for gaming, and certainly not for extreme gaming.
    Read toms recent article on 580 Vs 580M and you might start to understand what gaming cards are like. You'll need at least $1500 for a gaming laptop, more for extreme gaming.
    Unless you mean gaming whilst upside down on a cliff.
  2. 13thmonkey said:
    neither of those two graphics options are for gaming, and certainly not for extreme gaming.
    Read toms recent article on 580 Vs 580M and you might start to understand what gaming cards are like. You'll need at least $1500 for a gaming laptop, more for extreme gaming.
    Unless you mean gaming whilst upside down on a cliff.


    Yes they are not the very best for gaming, but they are all I can afford right now. The two computers are in the same price bracket, so which one of the two would be better. The price we talking about is about $800 - 830. Could you recommend somthing better for gaming then at those prices
  3. If you want gaming and laptop combined you're gonna have to shell out. Otherwise go desktop gaming and go basic word processing on the laptop.
  4. Buy something with an A8, it would be cheaper and much better in games.
  5. Llano, but be aware once you have committed to a laptop thats it, there is no upgrading only buying new, so its dead money.

    For your expressed purpose of extreme gaming, buy or upgrade a desktop. If that is not really what you only want then you'll have to make sacrfices, gaming performance is the thing to sacrifec because it costs a lot.
  6. esrever said:
    Buy something with an A8, it would be cheaper and much better in games.


    not very computer literate, what would be an A8 then
  7. Its a chip called LLano from AMD, it has a good built in graphics chip.
  8. For $800 use $500 on a gaming desktop and $300 on a laptop if you need one.
  9. Best answer
    The CPU is definately less important that the integrated graphics card when it comes to gaming. As other have indicated neither of those are gaming machines, though the GT520 would fare a bit better I think.

    Even The A8 series notebooks wouldn't be considered "Extreme" gaming setups, but would do farly well compared to the models in the original post. An example of a AMD APU laptops would something like the Acer Aspire AS5560-7402, has a Radeon 6520 graphics. What I think would fare even better is the Aspire AS7750G-6662, which has a Radon Mobile 6650 graphics chip which shoul do even better.

    For a gaming setup, in my opinion is better to shop the GPU first, then look at the CPU.
  10. Intel HG 3000 (up to 1.2)

    That won't even game at all .. well minesweeper might be ok.
  11. I bet Fate from 2005 will run fine on that rig.
  12. guys - thanx. I was going to make a big mistake.
  13. ok, now that I'm looking for the better/best GPU, what do i consider? Am I looking at the pixel shaders, vertex shaders, core speed, shadow speed, memory etc (greater would be better?)
  14. Look at certain models. Higher # model= better. Come back here when you have decided on a laptop.
  15. For extreme gaming, look for a gtx 560m-gtx 580m. I suggest the asus g53sx-dh71, though you never specified a budget.
  16. look at this: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32374-7.html
    This will give you an idea as to what is better than what, ignore shaders etc.. unless it is from the same family, between manufacturers there is no comparison.
  17. If you want extreme gaming how long do you think your gaming sessions to be anything over probably 2 hrs and you are going to be plugged into a wall anyway seems to be a shame to shell out that sort of money and still be wall bound especially when you consider what you could get from ebay in a desktop for the same money a core i5/i7 with a 560i for $600-$700
  18. Ok, back to choices, which would you go for (all things equal - budget is £580{$800} in terms of gaming:
    1) Lenovo ideapad Z575, A8 3500 Quad 1.5-2.4ghz, 8gb, Radeon HD 6650 (2gb)
    2) Lenovo " " " " , Radeon HD 6740 (1gb)
    3) Asus K53sc, i5 2430M, 2.4ghz, 4gb, , Nvidia GT 520 MX (1gb)
  19. 6740 no question.
    520 is rubbish, 6650 is worse than the 6740, the extra 1gb is no important unless you are on massive resolutions in which case it'll be massively underpowered.
    unfortunatelt gb sells cards, to the unwary.
    do not expect miracles though.
  20. check the llano articles, as the inbuilt can work with anothr GPU but only upto a certain level, i've got a feeling that the 66XX is that level, so the 66XX would be hybrid crossfired with the A8, but the 67XX would not be.
  21. Mandul said:
    If you want extreme gaming how long do you think your gaming sessions to be anything over probably 2 hrs and you are going to be plugged into a wall anyway seems to be a shame to shell out that sort of money and still be wall bound especially when you consider what you could get from ebay in a desktop for the same money a core i5/i7 with a 560i for $600-$700


    This. You're wasting money buying a laptop for "extreme gaming".
  22. Read here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975-2.html

    As I thought you can't hybrid a 67XX with an A8, but you can hybrid a 66XX with an A8. You'll have to make up your own mind.
  23. FinneousPJ said:
    This. You're wasting money buying a laptop for "extreme gaming".


    I think we've brought him down from extreme gaming, to just OK gaming ;)
  24. I have to be mobile, no choice there. i neeed the laptop now and maybe later can build up a desktop
  25. 13thmonkey said:
    Read here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-a8-3850-llano,2975-2.html

    As I thought you can't hybrid a 67XX with an A8, but you can hybrid a 66XX with an A8. You'll have to make up your own mind.



    Smart guy, the sales team has confirmed that the A8 has the HD 6650M (2gb) and not the HD 6740, in your opinion how is this 6650 (2gb), for "OK" gaming, compare that to Acer 5755G i5 with GT630 M (1gb)
  26. I do not know about the 630M, in fact I wasn't aware that any 6XX parts had been released.
    I'm assuming that there is no variant with dsicrete graphics and an A8?

    loking at : http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32374-7.html
    again, if the 630M is like the 530M (which it probably is) then the 66XXM's are 5-6 levels up in the hierarchy.
  27. Best answer selected by carl hall.
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