hi i'm not actually building a laptop i'm having one built but i guess the same issues crop up and i need to understand one or two things.
i will use my new kit for one sport strategy game that has few graphics but nonetheless needs a lot of memory. i will run 1 or 2 other applications at the same time. memory and power are important, graphics not.
i dont know what's more important: memory or processor.
would a faster processor (i5 520 turbo boost up to 2.93 mhz) benefit me, or would faster ram (1333mhz ddr3 as opposed to 1067mhz ddr3) be better? what improves performance more?
would 4gb ram as opposed to 3gb be important at all if i'm not going to use it all?
finally i'm confused as to why an i7-720QM processor at only 1.6mhz is better than the i5-520 at 2.4mhz? and whether an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo SU7300(1.3GHz,800MHz,3MB) is good as it is included on a "serious"" gaming machine the alienware m11x? seems as though processor speed is only one indication of performance?
but the MAIN question remains what is most important in order:
ram speed in mhz?
1.CPU speed far outweighs memory speed, especially with such a small increase. You are not likely to notice the difference between 1066 and 1333 RAM.
2.Going from 3 to 4 gb of RAM won't provide a big difference either, especially if you don't have a need for it.
3. It actually depends on what you are running as to whether the i7-720 is better. If the program is designed to use 4 or more threads, then the 720 being a true Quad Core CPU will out pace the dual core 520. However, if the program you are running only runs on 1 or 2 threads, then the faster clock speed of the 520 will play a bigger role.
4. For power computer, the SU7300 is not a good processor. It is designed to run at lower speeds with lower voltages to save on battery life. It is included on the M11x because it is adequate for most games and applications (notice I didn't say it was particularly good). This is because most games rely on the graphics card more than they do the processor.
5. I think you actually have them ranked in the right order. Processor first and RAM speed last (though still somewhat important).
thanks that was really helpful. the game i want to run is football manager (www.footballmanager.com) and i have no idea if it is 1,2,4,more threads. i also dont know if a graphics card is important as it is mainly a strategygame, memory intensive and has very few complex graphics. in my opinion.
I've basically come to the conclusion that just about any laptop with a low-end graphics card could probably play the game with out any problems. The i5-520 and 3gb of RAM and just about any graphics adapter will be plenty.