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About to buy a new laptop - please critique

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October 24, 2008 6:21:08 PM

Hi. I am about to upgrade my laptop. I just have some questions about it. The laptop config are:

IBM T500 Lenovo
15.4" WSVGA+
P8600
2gb ddr3
160gb hd 5400rpm
ati radeon 3650 256mb with intel integrated graphics
yada yada.

I was just wondering if I will be able to play cod4 at med-high quality at 1680x1050 or something close to it. And also the upcoming starcraft 2 that will be released. I hoever will probably upgrade the processor in the future (2yr down the road) as well. This should be a huge leap from my current Pentium M 750 1.86ghz with ati x700 128mb.

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October 24, 2008 8:57:11 PM

quanger said:

ati radeon 3650 256mb with intel integrated graphics


Sorry, but this doesn't make any sense. You can't have both...do you have the integrated or the 3650?
October 24, 2008 11:36:36 PM

It has both ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 w/ 256MB or Intel X4500 integrated (hybrid switching).
you dont have to reboot to switch. basically gives the user the flexibility between performance and battery life. I think it is part of the centrino 2 platform.
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October 25, 2008 1:31:01 AM

That would be correct.

Hey, there's nothing wrong with the ThinkPad T series. The T400 / T500 being pure Lenovo designs. . . oh IBM ThinkPad, we hardly knew ye. . . . :) 

Call of Duty 4 at that resolution on that card? Probably not. Well, maybe with AA and AF turned lowered or turned off.
a b D Laptop
October 25, 2008 4:43:06 AM

dwellman said:
Call of Duty 4 at that resolution on that card? Probably not. Well, maybe with AA and AF turned lowered or turned off.


Yeah, I don't know. My laptop has a hard time running it at 1280x1024 at medium settings with the 7950GTX. Doubt the 3650 would cut it at that res.
a c 244 D Laptop
October 25, 2008 10:24:19 AM

hey logan :)  long time no see :) 
yeah 7950GTX is stronger than HD 3650 and when it cant run COD4 maxed out i doubt if a HD 3650 can
a b D Laptop
October 25, 2008 10:22:11 PM

Maziar said:
hey logan :)  long time no see :) 
yeah 7950GTX is stronger than HD 3650 and when it cant run COD4 maxed out i doubt if a HD 3650 can


Heh, yeah. I've been doing more lurking than posting lately. School and my girlfriend have been keeping me pretty busy....you know how it goes lol.
October 26, 2008 3:06:44 AM

3650 256mb should be pretty good i think. hopefully the p8600 2.4ghz cpu will help it squeeze out every frame.
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