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What would be better to play games on

By jayness
May 17, 2010
  1. COMPUTER
    3.06ghz intel core duo 2
    512mb nvidia 9500gt
    500g storage
    4gb ram

    OR
    toshiba p500 laptop
    intel i5 2.40ghz boosted up to something
    Graphics Card Brand: Nvidia
    Graphics Card Memory (MB): 1024
    Graphics Card Type: GeForce N11P-GE1
    640gb hard drive
    4 gb ram

    thanks
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    Not the laptop.
     
  3. jayness

    jayness TS Rookie Topic Starter

    why
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    Well laptops suck in general.
    But more because the other computer has a much stronger (yet quite weak) graphics card.
     
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    I wouldn't say laptops suck HK :( . While not ideally designed for gaming they can get the job done if its good enough. Speaking from experience it will work nicely depending on the game of course.

    And Jay it depends on YOUR needs, as HK pointed out a general rule is to stick to desktops for gaming if you have a choice. You can even upgrade that machine as I agree with HK on it being a weak dedicated GPU.

    And since you just say gaming let us know what games you plan on playing. As not all games are the same like on a console. Especially if you plan on playing something like Battlefield Bad Company 2, as neither machine is really gonna cut it.

    Edit: I looked up that laptop GPU and found this interesting benchmark if you haven't seen it before. LINK - It looks better then I thought but still only playable on low and probably not benched during the most extreme game-play.
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    Haha, I just feel I needed to make sure my point got across.
     
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    Ah :) .
     
  8. jayness

    jayness TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i think my PC will be able to play BFC2 if i can play crysis right
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,378   +127

    And can it?
    If you're talking about the PC above it would look terribad.
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,914   +93

    "terribad" very nice...I like it. very Shakespeare'ian of you HK:grinthumb
     
  11. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    I'd say for the equivalent amount of money a desktop will always beat a laptop.

    However, powering up a desktop in the car, or in public transport will be a challenge (not impossible, mind you).



    As far as gaming goes, anything below the $150 line for graphics cards probably isn't a really good idea. You can get away with it I suppose, but you'd tone down detail by a fair bit. All depends on what you want to play as well, pac man doesn't require much....
     
     
  12. jayness

    jayness TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i can play it on medium with no lag unless im in the editor goin crazy
     
  13. playwownow

    playwownow TS Rookie

    "However, powering up a desktop in the car, or in public transport will be a challenge (not impossible, mind you)."

    Sure it is!! Never heard of a power inverter?

    now public transport could be a problem.. A huge UPS with a heavy duty backpack should do it.. I mean how hardcore are you?!?
     
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