OK so i want to build myself a decent gaming laptop, but I only have about $1500 in my budget. I did some digging and stuff and got one that I can get together for that much but I am worried about it overheating and such. Basically will it work or am I just in for a ton of problems.
Asus c90 w/ 8600 GT 512MB
Intel C2D E6600 2.4 Ghz
Corsair 2 GB ddr-2 667 sodimm
Seagate 120gb 7200 rpm
those are the basic components of it
Also I planned to put Vista in it but cant decide between 32bit and 64bit what are the advantages and disadvantages of each???
The laptop is designed to handle the hot-running desktop chips so overheating shouldn't be a problem and if it is you can take it up with Asus. Your configuration should give you a good experience.
Why do you want Vista? If you plan to game don't put Vista on it until true DX10 games are out. Vista has a nasty habit of decreasing game performance. The only advantage of the 64-bit OS is the ability to use 64-bit applications and there aren't too many.
I agree with this thinking for purchase, but I'm probably going to install XP on my new laptop (just need to find out if they will give me XP drivers as they don't currently have them for that model) and then move to Vista, so if I'm ordering an OS I already have 3 copies of XP, no need for another.
IMO, get the 64bit version of Vista because then it comes with the 64bit drivers and such you want in the future, and it's up to the company to make sure there are those and that they work instead of you trying to find them and do it later when you truely want/need 64bit. However I though that the OS shipped with both 32 and 64 bit, and it was only a question of which you installed. But never bothered to check since I can get both anytime I want.
[rant]I hate that stupid facet of the damn program. You get penalized because they can't get 64bit to work now. They should allow everyone a one time swap from 32bit to 64bit. Because when it's finally GD ready then I'll finally use my 64bit CPU with your mediocre 64bit OS, until then I'll stick with the more stable, more supported 32bit model thanks. [/rant]
If you have to pick between the two, IMO go with 32bit XP until you feel comfortable moving to 64bit Vista. Anyone else?
PS, and the laptop looks fine for a gaming laptop, probably a good option with gaming in mind, I wouldn't consider it very laptop or battery friendly but definitely a gamer.