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October 7, 2012 12:43:23 AM

Hello.

Please, what do you think for a GAMING notebook (basically World of Warcraft):

1) Intel Core i7-2630QM + Radeon HD 6770M (1GB) + 8GB RAM [HP]

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2) Intel Core i5-3210M + Radeon HD 7730M (2GB) + 8GB RAM [DELL]


Thanks a lot for your help!

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October 7, 2012 12:59:46 AM

7730M for gaming.
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October 7, 2012 5:30:41 PM

Anybody else?
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October 7, 2012 5:38:09 PM

Mmm, I dunno. The 7730M has more uumph to it, but the whole "i5 not i7 for gaming" doesn't stand true in laptops. Personally I'd try to spend a little bit more money and get the four-core i7 in a laptop that has better graphics.
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October 7, 2012 5:42:20 PM

It's a close battle, really. The Dell is slightly faster in terms of GPU power, but the HP will give you the benefits of a quad core. Of course, the quad core has a slower clock than the i5, but the i5 is a dual core. (2 ghz vs 2.5). I would personally go for the HP because the 6770m is a solid GPU and the quad core will help in the long run.
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October 7, 2012 6:54:56 PM

phasmatic2000 said:
It's a close battle, really. The Dell is slightly faster in terms of GPU power, but the HP will give you the benefits of a quad core. Of course, the quad core has a slower clock than the i5, but the i5 is a dual core. (2 ghz vs 2.5). I would personally go for the HP because the 6770m is a solid GPU and the quad core will help in the long run.


Bad advice, he wants this for gaming, the 7730m walks all over the 6770m for gaming performance, and the i5 has more than performance enough for any games, the GPU will bottleneck first anyway.

If you go for the 6770m you're cutting yourself short and you'll have to use low settings on later games.
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October 7, 2012 9:47:22 PM

dodgyx666 said:
Bad advice, he wants this for gaming, the 7730m walks all over the 6770m for gaming performance, and the i5 has more than performance enough for any games, the GPU will bottleneck first anyway.

If you go for the 6770m you're cutting yourself short and you'll have to use low settings on later games.



Yeah, that is what I think. Even if the processor has less cores, at least the GPU is better.
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October 7, 2012 9:52:56 PM

BrMBr said:
Yeah, that is what I think. Even if the processor has less cores, at least the GPU is better.


Unless you use ultra settins, games likee BF3 won't use 4 cores anyway, and you won't be using max settings with either GPU so the 7730m is the better option for gaming, by quite a bit.
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October 8, 2012 3:44:29 AM

I would go with the Intel Core i5-3210M + Radeon HD 7730M since WOW does not use more than 2 cores.

Generally speaking for games, you want a faster graphics card over a slower graphics card. Additionally, a slower quad core (by 500MHz) is generally not much better (if at all) compared to a faster dual core. A slower quad core CPU may be better than a faster dual core CPU if you are running programs that are very CPU intensive like video encoding.
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October 8, 2012 3:08:05 PM

I dont really like any of those. Let me explain:
Normally, ATi cards consume a bit more energy than nVidia, and because of this, they run hotter. ( and are slightly faster in some games).
HP and DELL are not particulry known for good internal layout, decent cooling, or even decent thermal paste, so it might be an issue very fast.

I suggest if you cant test them before buying (at a store), make sure your warrnty is NOT void by changing the thermal paste for something fresh and effecive.
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October 18, 2012 12:06:27 AM

Best answer selected by BrMBr.
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