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April 23, 2012 8:23:32 PM

Hi

I'm considering buying a laptop but im torn between two models.

And a friend said its all about cpu and to look at the benchmark scores.

However im not certain. I will be using this to run the usual stuff but in addition I like to play WoW and have multi accounts that i play at once. so will more memory or a gpu be better ...pls help its driving me mad!!!

One has a dedicated gpu (AMD Radeon HD 7470M) with less ram (6gb) and a quad core amd ((AMD-A series 3430MX APU 1.7ghz) which is lower on bench test) than the other laptop,

which has 8BG ram, intergrated graphics but has an Intel® Core™i5-2430M 2.4ghz which scores higher on benchmark

(http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmar...)

Many thanks in advance.

M
a c 153 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 9:07:29 PM

Are you sure you want a laptop if you are going to be playing multiple WoW accounts at once? It might be best to use a desktop and get a couple monitors set up.

If not I can help you pick out a laptop.

Also it is most definitely not "all about the CPU" the graphics power matters greatly, especially on a laptop.
April 23, 2012 9:32:37 PM

Have to agree with Helltech. Playing multiple WoW accounts is an exact scenario where gamers set up multi-displays to their rig. Also, Desktops tend to run cheaper than laptops in general. Unless you need a mobile system I would definitely recommend a desktop. And some desktop cases have handles built into them for people who LAN and need to move their rig from location to location.

Other than that. I would always go with more GPU power.
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a c 124 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 9:37:09 PM

In this case the AMD CPU laptop would be the better choice, but neither are that good.

A desktop would probably be more useful to you for running multiple instances of WoW at once (not sure how you would manage that though lol).
April 23, 2012 10:16:28 PM

thanks guys yeh I know a desktop would be the better choice but it does need to be portable for my other uses im afraid :-( but thanks for your swift replies..looks like the amd one is winning the race!

I might see if I can stretch to both a cheaper laptop and a desktop maybe ;-)

Thanks again
M
a c 124 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 10:19:47 PM

Well if you need portability and are considering that you might be able to get a laptop and a cheap desktop... maybe just get a better laptop?

The problem with laptops is that they are all pretty much unique to each vendor. So, there's a ton of options for configurations out there. I'd just suggest keep looking around at different brands and stores to see if there's any sales. A 7470m is a pretty poor GPU, even if it's better than Intel HD. If you can get something with like a 6850m, 6870, 555m, 640m those are decent.
a c 153 U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 10:21:08 PM

Honestly I wouldn't get either of those laptops for what you want, look into getting a different one personally. If you "need" a laptop for other purposes are those purposes even gaming, if they are something like just web-surfing, or documents, or watching videos you can get something extremely low-end and then build a desktop.
a b U Graphics card
April 23, 2012 10:26:54 PM

Buy the cheapest no-frill laptop you can find (heck buy an old pentium M off flea bay for $100)... use it for internet/mail/school/work.

A laptop will NOT do what you are asking it unless you spend a considerable amount of money.

Use the money you save to build the computer that can do what you want.

Fungi
April 23, 2012 10:29:28 PM

Thanks again think the cheaper laptop and desktop approach looks like the best route.

M
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