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Laptops and Graphics cards

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I'm looking at replacing this old laptop I have its an HP model over 5 years old. (I sold my other hp laptop because I just wasn't happy with that model) and I was wondering...If I bought a cheaper model laptop with the only thing I don't like about it being the graphics card... is it possible to just buy a new graphics card (one better for gaming) and replace it in the laptop? The computer I'm looking at is an HP right now.

 

On that note, which brand computers do you guys like? HP or Dell and why/why not. If you don't use either brand, which one do you use and how has it served you well over the years?

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I personally don't like Dells. Not sure why, I just don't like how they're set up I guess. I'm probably looking to get an HP for Black Friday.

 

I'm pretty sure that for laptops you can't put a new graphics card in it. Colin was trying to do that a while ago and he asked someone at Best Buy, and they told him that the graphics cards are only for desktops.

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I personally don't like Dells. Not sure why, I just don't like how they're set up I guess. I'm probably looking to get an HP for Black Friday.

 

I'm pretty sure that for laptops you can't put a new graphics card in it. Colin was trying to do that a while ago and he asked someone at Best Buy, and they told him that the graphics cards are only for desktops.

 

oh ]=

Maybe I should wait for black friday as well...

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i prefer dells over hp hp has alot of screen problems and i rather not deal with that and about the video card you can't swap them out because there are integrated to the mother board so you kinda get what you pay for and i was wondering how much your willing to pay as i might be able to give you another suggestion

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I believe you can upgrade the GPU on SOME laptops. These are usually higher-end desktop-replacement laptops. The GPU is not always integrated (laptops with "good" graphics cards all have dedicated GPU's). It would be best to find a laptop with the same/similar specs as the one you're looking at... but with a graphic's card. Shouldn't be too difficult.

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asus make good gaming computers

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Yup. I'm into gaming, wanted a laptop with a good-ok FPS rate for most high end games and video editting/photoshopping.

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i got a pretty good deal at costco

it had a graphics card, 2 gigs of memory, and the works for 1k.

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Before thinking about HP vs. Dell, you should look for the right parts you need for a gaming laptop. First, you should have at least 2 gigs of ram, assuming that it's going to be a geforce graphics card, you can probably get a 8800 series graphics card for the budget you have. With that setup, it should have a quad core processor. You should find something like that first. Not a integrated graphics card.

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I was looking at these:

 

http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....&pCatg=5680

-has ATI graphics card....I looked at the benchmarks and its OK, a lot better than the regular one running in lower laptops.

 

 

I configured this one @ the costco website so I can't link it but here are specs:

 

HP HDX16t Premium Series Notebook PC with HP Fluid Imprint Finish

 

Costco Member Price $1,186.99

Selected Features:

 

* Intel® Core2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

* FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

* FREE Upgrade to 320GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive from 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

* 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 130M

* Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card

* 16.0" diagonal High Definition HP Ultra BrightView Infinity Display (1366x768)

* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

* No Productivity Software

* 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

* HP Color Matching Keyboard

* Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer

* Webcam + Fingerprint Reader with HP Imprint Finish (Fluid)

* HP Integrated HDTV Hybrid Tuner

 

Included Features:

 

* Type: Premium innovation at the edge of entertainment

* Memory card reader: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader

* Accessible memory slots: 2

* Maximum Memory Expansion: 8GB

* Ports: 4 USB (4th shared with eSATA port),1 Expansion Port 3 connector

* Additional Ports: IEEE 1394 Firewire, HDMI

* Hard Drive Protection: HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

* Audio: Altec Lansing stereo speakers

* ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

* Adapter: 90W AC

* Dimensions: 14.9(W)x10.0"(D)x1.31 (min H)/1.70(max H) - with Dual Lamp

* Weight: 7.06 lbs

* Network Card: Integrated 10/100/1000 Gig Ethernet LAN(RJ-45 connector)

* PC Card Slot: 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot

* Webcam: HP Pavilion Webcam

* Security SW: Norton Internet Security 60-day subscription

* Productivity Software: Optional

* Multimedia and Entertainment: HP MediaSmart, HP Games by Wild Tangent

* Warranty: 1-year limited hardware support

* Support: 30-Days Free Limited Software, 1-year limited hardware

 

and this one:

HP Pavilion dv7t Entertainment PC

 

Costco Member Price $921.99

Selected Features:

 

* Intel® Core2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.1GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)

* FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

* FREE Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

* 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530

* Wireless-G Card

* 17.3" diagonal HD+ High-Definition HP BrightView Infinity Widescreen Display (1600 x 900)

* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)

* Microsoft® Works 9.0

* 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

* Espresso Black

* HP Color Matching Keyboard

* No Modem

* LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

* [For BrightView Infinity Display] Webcam Only

* HP Integrated HDTV Hybrid Tuner

 

Included Features:

 

* Type: Exquisite design

* Memory card reader: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader

* Accessible memory slots: 2

* Maximum Memory Expansion: 8GB

* Ports: 4 USB (4th shared with eSATA port),1 Expansion Port 3

* Additional Ports: IEEE 1394 Firewire (ATI graphics only), HDMI

* Hard Drive Protection: HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

* Audio: Altec Lansing stereo speakers

* ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

* Adapter: 65W(Shared Graphics)/90W(Dedicated Graphics)/120W(Quad Core)

* Dimensions: 16.2"(W)x10.9"(D)x1.37"(min H)/1.70"(max H)

* Weight: 7.74 lbs

* Network Card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

* PC Card Slot: 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot

* Webcam: HP Pavilion Webcam

* Security SW: Norton Internet Security 60-day subscription

* Productity Software: Microsoft® Works 9.0

* Warranty: 1-year limited hardware support

* Support: 30-Days Free Limited Software, 1-year limited hardware

 

 

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The only good thing I see that's better than the first one is the display size. If you don't mind with that, I think the first one would be fine for gaming. That 1 GB video card can probably play anything smoothly with what you're playing.

 

If you were to upgrade the first laptop, I'd try to get a better processor with that fact that you use photoshop alot. The processor doesn't technically makes your computer run faster, but it loads information faster, such as rendering movies, saving large photoshop projects, loading up programs such as photoshop.

 

Curious - What games do you play?

 

 

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So that first one I linked is good?

 

I just wanted the capability to be able to play any game with a decent amount of fps, be it l4d, wow, gta, fear, crysis lol any game.

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So that first one I linked is good?

 

I just wanted the capability to be able to play any game with a decent amount of fps, be it l4d, wow, gta, fear, crysis lol any game.

Games like crysis, when talking about Full-Maxed out settings, require much more than the first laptop you linked.

 

With that caveat, that first laptop looks like an excellent deal. You're getting pretty much a slightly better processor and a much better video card for that extra $200. Keep in mind that if you're gaming, you may want to buy an external monitor for when you're at home--there's a significant pixel difference between the 1st and second laptops.

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I linked 3 laptops so I'm not sure which ones you guys are telling me are good deals x= I'll quote the specs for the one in the link in case you guys didn't click or you don't want to

 

Model: dv7-2177cl

# Processor and Memory: Intel Centrino 2 Processor featuring Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7750

# 2.26GHz processor speed

# 3MB L2 Cache

# Up to 1066MHz FSB

# 4096MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm) Max supported =8192MB

# Accessible memory slots: 2

 

Hard Drive and Multimedia Drives:

# 500GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)

# LightScribe Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer

 

Audio, Video and Graphics:

# Altec Lansing with SRS Premium Sound and Sub Woofer

# ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 with up to 281MB total available graphics memory with 1024MB dedicated

 

Connectivity:

# Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

# High speed 56k modem

 

External Notebook Ports:

# 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards

# 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0

# 2 Headphone out

# 1 microphone-in

# HDMI

# eSATA + USB 2.0

# 1 VGA (15-pin)

# 1 RJ-11(modem)

# 1 RJ-45(LAN)

# 1 notebook expansion port 3

# 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire(4-pin)

# 1 Consumer IR

 

Keyboard, Pointing Device and Display:

# 101-key compatible

# Notebook keyboard with scroll bar and integrated numeric keypad

# Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad

# 17.3†Diagonal HD+ High Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen (1600X900)

# HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone

 

Security and Support:

# Kensington® MicroSaver lock slot

# Power-on password

# Accepts 3rd party security lock devices

# Symantec® Norton Internet Security 2009 (including 60 days complimentary live update)

# HP Recovery Manager

# Protect Smart Hard Drive Protection

# HP Total Care Advisor

 

Power:

# 90W AC Adapter

# 8-cell Lithium-Ion battery

 

Dimensions and Weight:

# Dimensions: 10.9 (L) X 16.2 (W) X 1.70 (H) (max H)

# Weight: 7.74 lbs

 

Operating System:

# Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium 64 Bit with Service Pack 1

 

Software:

# Microsoft® Works

# Microsoft® Office 2007 Hone and Student Edition: 60 day trial version

# Adobeâ„¢ Acrobat Reader

# Cyberlink DVD Suite

# HP Games powered by Wild Tangent

# Muvee Reveal

# HP Total Care Set Up

 

What’s in the box:

# HP Mobile Remote Control

Additional Information

Warranty:

1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Toll Free Support (NA)

1-Year Free Hardware Technical Support

30-Days Free Limited Software Support with 1-Year (from date of purchase) Free Limited Software Support with Product Registration.

Assembled Country of Origin:

China

Components Country of Origin:

Imported

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www.xoticpc.com

 

Asus and Sager laptops are the best for gaming, at least from what im aware of

 

 

Dell and HP are ok, but a bit overpriced for its specifications.

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