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Buying budget Laptop and cant decide (GT325M or Mobility 4650)

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April 17, 2010 10:20:26 PM

Hey people first post here but I really need help deciding a laptop. This laptop I want would be for a budget gamer so the best bang for buck is important here and I have narrowed it down to two Laptops only. I really really need to know which one is better for games than the other. (Also in general terms) The main difference is between the GT 325M or the Mobility 4650 (ATI M96Pro)

Toshiba Satellite L500/025
http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technolog...
http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/notebooks/satellit...

Intel® Core™ i5 processor 430M (2.26GHz/2.53GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache)

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32bit) (includes recovery partition for Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit)

15.6" Widescreen HD TruBrite® Display (1366 x 768), supports 720p

4GB DDR3 (2GB + 2GB) (1066MHz) expandable to 8GB

500GB (5400rpm) SATA

ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650 (2815MB Total: 1GB discrete memory + 1791MB shared memory)

DVD SuperMulti Double/Dual Layer
Stereo speakers

1 Year limited international parts and labour warranty
Security

ASUS N61JV-JX002V Notebook
http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technolog...

CPU Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 430M: 2.26GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 2.53 GHz;
· Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Premium
· Chipset Mobile Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
· NVIDIA® GeForce® GT325M , with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
· Main Memory 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SODIMM socket for expansion up to 8GB SDRAM
· Hard Drive 500GB 5400 rpm 2.5” SATA
· Optical Drive DVD SuperMulti Dual / Double Layer
· Screen Size 16" HD (1366x768) Vesa Like
· Resolution 1366x768

o 4 in 1 card reader, SD,MMC,MS,MS-Pro
o 1 x Express card
o 1 x Microphone-in jack
o 1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
o 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
o 1 x USB 3.0 ports
o 2 x USB 2.0 ports
o 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
o 1 x HDMI
o 1 x WLAN On/Off Switch
o 1 x E-SATA

· Battery & AC ADapter 6 cells: 4400mAh

o Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
o Built-in Bluetooth™ V2.1+EDR
o 10/100/1000 Base T

· Webcam 2.0 Mega Pixel web camera

· Dimensions (WxHxD) 38.4 x 26.5 x 2.78~3.91 cm (W x D x H)

· Weight 2.9 kg (with 6 cell battery)
Warranty2-year limited global hardware warranty

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Thanks!!! I really cant decide between these two but Im leaning towards the Toshiba due to the 4650.
April 18, 2010 6:29:15 AM

Thanks for the reply! Is there anything else I should consider or is the Toshiba outright better? The advantages of Optimus? CUDA? or is this stuff irrelevant?
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April 18, 2010 11:21:43 AM

For gaming you can consider Optimus and CUDA irrelevant.
Can you downgrade the CPU (Core i3-330) and upgrade the GPU (HD 5650) and still stay within your budget?
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April 18, 2010 4:19:30 PM

WR2 said:
For gaming you can consider Optimus and CUDA irrelevant.
Can you downgrade the CPU (Core i3-330) and upgrade the GPU (HD 5650) and still stay within your budget?


Unfortunately I cant downgrade anything (or upgrade) as its all set in a pack. Thanks!

So the superiority of the 4650 to the GT 325M outweighs all the disadvantages of the Toshiba? Toshiba has smaller and worser screen, less warranty, no bluetooth, worser case.
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April 18, 2010 6:04:14 PM

fortal said:
Unfortunately I cant downgrade anything (or upgrade) as its all set in a pack
find a laptop that has the HD 5650 and i3-330.
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April 18, 2010 7:21:52 PM

WR2 said:
find a laptop that has the HD 5650 and i3-330.


I've looked around and the two ive narrowed down are the only ones that are suitable. The only other one that matches what you have said and is the Acer AS5740G-334G50MN but I dont want to buy an acer due to quality concerns.

Right now my main question is:

Does the superiority of the 4650 to the GT 325M outweighs all the disadvantages of the Toshiba? Toshiba has smaller and worser screen, less warranty, no bluetooth, worser case. Is the superiority enough to justify this?
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