My wife's almost 3 year old Dell laptop has (obviously) a lot of issues running SWTOR, and I will be buying a new laptop for my self pretty soon, albeit still on a very tight budget of around 500 bucks. My roommate's computer, another cheap-o from Best Buy for around 400, runs it pretty smoothly. What would be the best bargain upgrade that I could find?
Keep in mind that I'm not a big graphics nerd, I only need the frame-rate to be tolerable, and all the graphics options can be set to the very minimum. That's how I run it now, and, since I'm so patient, I have made it to level 10....just barely.
Use the table on the last page of this article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-ca... to compare the MOBILE graphics you are getting to the cards in the review above. Fro example, lets suppose you wanted video in a laptop comparable to a GT420. That would be AMD: Mobility: HD 3870, HD 5730, HD 5650, 6500M (DDR3) or NVIDIA: (mobile): GTX 260M (96), GTS 150M, GTS 360M (DDR3). As a reference, the notebook above has '6650M' graphics, you can see from teh table it is comparable/slightly (1 tier) better than a desktop GT420. So you can plan to get teh same framerates from the 6650M as shown in the review for the GT420.