I'm planning to buy a laptop with which I can work on photoshop, video editing and some games. Not an avid gamer, but would like to play Tomb Raider, Need for Speed and Fifa. :-)
Please help me in choosing. Will the ATI Radeon 5470 1 GB be good enough for my needs?
1_What is your budget?
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
3_What screen resolution do you want?
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5_How much battery life do you need?
2-3 hrs is fine
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Tomb Raider Underworld - Low, Medium (High will be good too!)
Need for Speed Shift - Medium, High
Fifa 10 - Medium
Prince of Persia: Two Thrones - Medium
I'm not into first person shooting games. :-)
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Movies
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Dell (I can employee discount through my friend)
13_What country do you live in?
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I'm planning to buy a Dell Inspiron Laptop (Because I can get employee discount through my friend).
Its approximately 850$ (40K in Indian Rupees).
I've taken a look around and really, I cannot find anything better for the price. The 5470 isn't exactly a top of the line GPU, but for the price and in combo with an i5, I'd say that you'll be alright for the games you play and photo/video editing. In regard to the resolution, if possible, I think that you'd be a bit happier if you spent a tad more and bumped it up a bit, especially for photo/video editing. The RAM really doesn't matter as much as the other components for your use, but if it is within your price range, you might as well go with 4GB and a 64 bit version of Windows.