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Looking to Buy a new Laptop

By Falco75
Aug 14, 2008
  1. So with the lack of a functioning monitor, and no USB mouse capabilities, I'm going to attempt to get a new laptop sooner rather than later.

    (Any links will lead to system requirements)

    Basically what I'm looking for is a laptop that can handle the newer games coming out. I;m not talking "ZOMG CRYSIS OPTIMAL REQS" but being able to play generally newer games at a good framerate, namely Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, Civilization 4, or even Crysis with at least minimum requirements (I understand if this is a longshot, or even not capable with my price-range) and a few others (listed below) and hopefully StarCraft 2 whenever it comes out, without having to overhaul the computer at all. While price is not a terrible issue, I would prefer to keep it under $1300. I will almost definitely use my own mouse, and I have no need for a Blu-Ray burner, or anything fancy like that.

    As a side note, is there a site or a thread where I could find a Complete *****'s Guide to Ubuntu? Might be a nice change for a new computer :haha:

    Games I would hope to play:
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. Well, you're right about the price range. Most basic laptops don't bother with much by way of graphics, so you'd probably have to get something like a dell xps or an alienware or something. I haven't really researched companies or prices or anything, but with laptops you can't simply change the video card, so making the right decision before you buy is critical.
    A nice list of mobile graphics card benchmarks
    As far as ubuntu goes, if you're going to be playing games, I'd stick with windows. I tried wine and playonlinux, and wine works for basic things. But I just had too many problems with full screen graphic intensive programs. Most games wouldn't even start. But the compiz-xgl desktop cube is awesome. I really do like ubuntu, it's just not really worth it if you already have windows.
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