Simple Laptop Question

By RRFish
Jan 30, 2007
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  1. I'm limited in my knowledge of computer hardware, so before I make a purchase I wanted to bring a question to those who know the equipment better than the salesmen themselves.

    To start, I'm a simple gamer. I have an obsession with World of Warcraft and Blizzard games, and my wife enjoys playing Sims 2.

    I am getting to purchase a laptop while on a budget and right now I am eyeing the Dell Latitude 131L with the following specs:

    OS: Windows XP Home Edition
    Mem: 1GB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM, 1 DIMM
    Vid: ATI Radeon® Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory™
    HD: 80GB HD (more than enough space)
    Optical Drive: 8X DVD+/-RW
    Wireless LAN: Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Dual-Band Mini Card

    Will this video card smoothly run the above mentioned games and be practical for basic web surfing? (Also out of sick curiousity, do you think I could run Oblivion on this machine?)

    Thanks in advance,

    -RRFish
  2. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    Might run oblivion, probably not well though. Dont get HyperMemory btw, its just not any better. That laptop should play WoW and the Sims 2.

    :)
    sw123
  3. RRFish

    RRFish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Unfortunately that is the only Video Card they offer.
  4. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    All right then, it should do :)

    sw123(wanna now my real name? PM ME! :D)
  5. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    Whats your price range?
  6. RRFish

    RRFish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Just about $1000. I'm going to be stationed in Japan soon and we are wanting to get a laptop with our tax refund. The further under in price the better. This one will cost us about $940.
  7. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    check this one out

    http://www.compusa.com/products/pro...uct_code=341653&Pn=Pavilion_dv6113us_Notebook

    Maybe on low settings, and im not sure about smoothly. The laptop in the link has a better vid card.

    Heres a 17" for under $1000

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...RW+NVIDIA+GeForce+Go+6100+NoteBook+%2D+Retail
  8. RRFish

    RRFish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Twite,

    Thank you so...so...so...so much! I completely forgot about Newegg.com. Years ago I ordered a video card from them which I installed on a computer I received from a school I was going to. I loved their service and their guarantee.

    I am going to order this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834149046 from them. I think it will perform the job that I am wanting it to perform.

    -RRFish
  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    No problem

    By the way it has 2 hour battery life (normal for larger laptops), so just make sure you are ok with that. If you are using it at home it shouldn't be a problem as you can plug it in, but when traveling you may need to by a dc charger.
  10. RRFish

    RRFish Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    That should be fine. Even when I take it on a ship I should be able to utilize a ready power source.

    Now a question about the battery...is it possible to buy additional batteries and keep them charged. (No, I'm not too familiar with laptops.)
  11. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,083

    You could buy an additional battery, charge the battery in the laptop, then take the battery out and use it as a spare. I am not sure how long it will retain its charge for, but I'm guessing long enough.

    BTW, good luck with your deployment, and stay safe.
     
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