I was all set to build my new energy efficient budget desktop but then I came across this laptop for a Black Friday ad http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9102017&s...
It's advertised at $499.99 which puts it right near my planned $400 desktop build. Here's my specs for the desktop:
E5200 with g31 mobo
4 gigs 4-4-4-12 ddr2 800mhz
Antec Sonota III w/500 psu
160 gig hd
I selected the parts based on my desire to have a low energy, low cost, powerhouse. This setup should be more than enough for the games I want to play later on (SC2/Diablo3/CS:S/TF2) and I've guestimated that the power output for the entire system at around 50-100watts. With my 19 inch lcd, the power consumption should go up a bit (I have no idea how much lcd's consume and I have no name generic brand)
From a performance standpoint, how do you think the laptop would fare if it went head to head with my desktop build? Obviously, I expect the desktop to be more powerful for games due to the graphics card but I want to know if that laptop will have enough in it to run SC2/D3/CS:S/TF2. These are probably going to be the most cpu/graphics intensive things I'll be doing so if it can run those, I'll be happy.
I run CS:S and TF2 on my laptop that's 2 years old this march and it runs maxed. SC2 and D3 I dunno but I know you can get away with a lot less than a grand but yea using the intel graphics you're screwed for TF2 it won't even run
possibly with a custom build you might get a laptop with a decent gfx card for less than a grand. But from my experience most of the larger manufacturers like DELL of HP dont sell lptops with much better than a really bog standard card, and dedicated gaming manufacturers like sager of alienware (Dell) charge big bucks