I pulled the trigger on an Envy 14 from HP a month or so ago. I love the laptop, the design, speed, everything. Here's what I ended up going with, didn't want to break the bank but I feel like I got enough power inside to hold me over:
Intel Core i5-520 @ 2.40GHz
ATI Mobility Radeon 1GB HD 5650
I plan on hooking up my monitor to the laptop itself and gaming on that. As far as the CPU and the GPU go, should it be able to make fairly easy work of World of Warcraft the the upcoming expansion?
I'm curious, would investing in a laptop cooler be worth it? I know WoW is an older game, and even with the expansion on it's way out I don't see the system requirements changing too drastically. Then again, I am considering playing on a laptop so heat will most likely be an issue.
Already voted a best answer, but i couldnt resist in putting my own two cents .
I have a Dell e510 with a crappy 4-5 year old proc (Pentium D) and a cheap 9600GT. I can play WoW at 1920x1080 with settings at 80ish % when the new stuff and WoLK areas. In the old areas i can max it out and have 50-90 FPS. My CPU has less gun power than yours and I believe the standard 5650 has a little more umph (Not sure about the mobility version).
Its a desktop . But its old enough that its slower than your laptop by at least a little bit. AND its been upgraded as far as it will go without throwing the mobo out and starting all over which if i do that i might as well build a new one right??
I have a 24" Veiwsonic-discontinued- (1920x1080) that i love and a standard dell 17" monitor that came with the pc... I can play a few games with both monitors at full (Older Games such as Supreme Commander I) but it struggles when i use two with anything else, even when playing on one and having the other sit there... I'm plannning on building another on Christmas.
My only laptops are:
Hp dv1000 (P4 1.6GHz) OLD OLD card, can play on the laptop monitor, but its an min settings
Samsung n210 Netbook (1.66Ghz) Intel 3150 Card... Can handle WoW with an external at min settings...