I can't decide between 2 laptops for gaming. I would like this to last for the next few yaers for games also.
One has a core 2 quad with 2.54 (around there) ghz and has 2 Mobility DDR3 1GB NVIDIA GTX280 PCI-Express 3D Video Cards
the other one
i7 with only one ddr3 1gb nvidia gtx280 pci-express 3d video card.
The only thing i worry about is for the first one by the time games start using more than 1 gb of vram the games will also be over the cpu speed.
For the second I worry that by the time games start using quad cores with over 3 ghz they will require over 1gb of vram.
I could also go with the core 2 quad with 2 ati's with 512mb.
For the first laptop what is the name of the cpu? and what ram does it have(speed and how much)?
For the second what is the i7 clocked at?
Those graphics cards in my opinion are at the top of mobile graphics cards at the moment 1gb is going to be sufficient for a long time. I personally havn't seen any games needing 256mb of vram, for the past few years games have required 128mb vram so you would be safe with 1gb.
The most future proof one I would go with would be the i7 build, games will start to utilise all 4 cores and when that is the case i7 will be the better of the two you have chosen.
The decision is going to come down to a few things:
1) Are the games you play more dependent on the CPU (RTS) or the GPU (FPS)?
2) Can the games you play even take advantage of dual graphic cards?
3) Is gaming the only thing you are looking to do on this laptop?
1) If they rely on more CPU power, then you may want to consider the strong i7.
2) If they can't take advantage of dual cards, there is no point in getting the dual card system. The second card is only going to hurt your battery life.
3) If you do other things like photoshop or video encoding, again you may want to consider the i7 rig.
I most likely will play both. I am looking to also play some 3rd person too. I was thinking that by the time games will use both of the video card from the first one that the ghz requirement will be over 2.54gh for a quad core. I mean games that are coming out in the future don't even need 1gb or vram, right?