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question about video cards

By tappingthevein
Apr 30, 2006
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  1. I am buying my first laptop, i know im a rookie. Well i have no idea what to look for in a video card. I know my younger brother likes to play world of warcraft, and i was wondering if i need a certain graphics card to play this game, or if it comes with my laptop. any feedback is apprecited.
  2. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 752

    I need to know what laptop your getting and its specs. Here is a list for WOW system requirements:





    * Intel Pentium® III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz
    * 512 MB or more of RAM
    * 32 MB 3D graphics card with Hardware Transform and Lighting, such as NVIDIA® GeForce™ 2 class card or above
    * DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
    * 6.0 GB available HD space
    * 4x CD-ROM drive
    * A 56k or better Internet connection

    I'm pretty sure a 2-3 year old laptop could play this game. But for optimal performance, get a newer laptop.
  3. tappingthevein

    tappingthevein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    im not exactly sure what laptop to get either. haha. it will be my first computer, but i'm looking into a Dell Inspiron B130 . it has 1 gig DDR2 SDRAM and 80 gig hard drive. thats all i know. is that an okay laptop?
  4. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 164

    How much money do you want to spend on a laptop? If you post that I am sure suggestions will follow.
  5. tappingthevein

    tappingthevein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i want to spend only about 1000 to 1500. im going to college full time, so i need it for class, but my budget is low.
  6. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 752

    The inspiron b130 may not be good enough to play wow so you need a different laptop. also there is no upgrading video cards on laptops. you need an xps to play wow.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    laptops are tricky for gaming. Unlike a desktop, the graphics card you get is pretty much what you will always have. No upgrading. So if you have a hair on your body that likes games (and the extra bucks to blow), get yourself a notebook that will last a few years.

    Something with at least a geforce GO 6800 series, preferably the 7800 series.

    If you are a bajillionaire, get one with the 7900 series.
  8. applesauce12321

    applesauce12321 TS Rookie

    thats an ok labtop my friend has the same one. the graphics card is ehhhh kinda crappy even for a labtop, it costs around 900 dollars or more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834115223
    this is ur best bet for the price. will play mostly any game u throw at it, and will more than play world of warcraft on high settings. 1.66 ghz duel processor, 1gig ram, 100 gb hard drive, and radeon x1400

    this labtop is definately in ur budget range.
    ps. dont go dell, dell rips u off
  9. tappingthevein

    tappingthevein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    does dell make xps?
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

  11. tappingthevein

    tappingthevein TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the laptop in that link seems to have everything! i've never even herd of it before. is it new or used?
     
  12. applesauce12321

    applesauce12321 TS Rookie

    the one in my link is new
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