buying laptop for school/gaming help?

By msdstc
Aug 9, 2007
  1. Haven't posted in a while. Well college is coming around and i NEED a laptop, I'll use it for notes, papers, projects, and homework, but that's not what I'm worried about

    I'm very OCD about what I buy. I have around 1200-1500 to spend, and i want the best bang for my buck. I want a gaming laptop, that's at least somewhat solid, what am I looking at with that price range?
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    You're going to need more money for a good gaming laptop.

    Ok I did a little searching and I found a list of mobile video devices.

    Nvidia GeForce Go7600
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1700
    Nvidia GeForce 8400M-GT
    Nvidia GeForce Go7700
    Nvidia GeForce Go7600GT
    Nvidia GeForce 8600M-GS
    Nvidia GeForce 8600M-GT
    Nvidia GeForce Go7800
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1800
    Nvidia GeForce 8700M-GT
    Nvidia GeForce Go7900GS
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1900
    Nvidia GeForce Go7800GTX
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1800XT
    Nvidia GeForce Go7900GTX
    Nvidia GeForce Go7950GTX

    Look for a laptop that you can afford with at least one of the above, 2GB of memory for Windows Vista and the mobility processor of your choice. The farther you go down the list the faster and more expensive the video will be. All the recognized brand names I saw where $2000.00 and up.
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    Not completely true. Check out the Vostro line at Up the memory to 2GB and get the 8600 video card, still comes in under $1200.
  4. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Nice find nickslick74. I'm glad I was wrong.
  5. msdstc

    msdstc TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    so you wouldn't recommend ibuypower? what should I get AMD or intel?
  6. GameJunkie72792

    GameJunkie72792 TS Maniac Posts: 274

    I like the Vostro because you can still get it with XP, and the specs are quite beefy for the price.
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    ibuypower is okay, but for the money I think the Dell (in this case anyway) is better. Intel all the way. I don't think the Vostro has the option of AMD. If you do go with Intel make sure that it is a Core2Duo not a Core Two, there is a difference.
  8. msdstc

    msdstc TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    nickslick do you have a ps3? I think you're on my friends list lol

    anyways DEFINATLEY intel over AMD, are you sure, I'm gunna go out and buy one.
  9. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    No PS3 for me, I've got 2 kids! And yes, Intel over AMD.
  10. msdstc

    msdstc TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    alright core 2 duo it is then, weird coincidence my friend has the same name lol. Thanks for your help.
  11. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    No problem man, glad we could help!
  12. zazazoom

    zazazoom TS Rookie Posts: 84

    hurting. won't let you build a vostro with XP as an OS they only offer VISTA :(
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