Which is a better gaming laptop?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jkaz, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. jkaz macrumors 6502

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    Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.20 GHz 800MHz FSB
    17.0" High-Definition Widescreen Display (1440 x 900)
    2GB DDR2 System Memory
    256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS
    320GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive
    LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

    for 1454.99 from hp

    or

    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13" display
    1GB memory
    Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of shared memory
    160GB hard drive 5400rpm
    Double-layer SuperDrive

    for 1499.00 from apple


    ??

    thanks for the help!!!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Shouldn't it be obvious?

    It's the one with the dedicated video card.

    In before trolling.
     
  3. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tell me what's up with this please

    i need a laptop that does my day to day and play video games after all my work is done

    what is the deal with such night and day specs????


    somebody please tell me how i could spend money on an apple laptop with specs like this.

    forget about the gaming aspect, look at the hardware comparison

    i just can't justify that type of price difference vs quality of hardware
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    What's up with what? Apple doesn't have a laptop with a discrete video solution under $1,999. ($1,799 education and $1,699 refurbished)
     
  5. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i need a new laptop, i want it to fit all my needs, i'm an apple fanboi but the laptops in my price range are disastrously underpowered
     
  6. pscoble macrumors 6502

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    Uhh then why did you even consider the hp if you are a "fanboi" Apple doesn't make what you want if that isn't obvious.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you're looking into computer gaming, I can't seem to understand why you would even consider getting a mac :p
     
  9. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    dual booting!! and i only play games that are mac friendly anyway
     
  10. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you everyone for your responses.

    i think my best option is to buy a gaming laptop and an apple laptop.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    My advice is not to buy a gaming laptop.

    You'd be much better off with a desktop.
     
  12. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i wish that would solve my issues, but i have 3 different desktop computers that i work on and play games on.

    i'm fairly new to laptop lifestyle, and have been successfully using it for work related activities, being able to take it to the next level and add gaming to my laptop routine is where i need to go next.

    thanks,
     
  13. thies macrumors regular

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    Apple doesn't want its customers to play games on their machines.
     
  14. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    that's an interesting point, can you cite a source for that please?
     
  15. thies macrumors regular

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    The Apple store offering consumer products without graphics solutions able to handle games in satisfactory ways should be a good enough source.
     
  16. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    VERY FEW consumers play games on there computers and the vast majority that don't would much more appreciate not paying for something they don't need, this is also the reason for having a non superdrive model.
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    We've had this debate in the front page MacBook threads.

    They do play games.
     
  18. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    Wouldn't a macbook pro be the cheaper solution then?
     
  19. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    with buying one of each i can buy the gaming now, the apple later when i have enough funds
     
  20. tbrinkma macrumors 68000

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    For the record, the cheapest laptop I could find on HP's site with those specs priced out at $2,327.97, putting it pretty much in-line with the MacBook Pros.

    Please post a link to this wondrous deal where we can save $872.98.
     
  21. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    For the serious gamer, all laptops are big disappointment. Hence all the screaming over the iMacs (which use a laptop card). Casual gamers or those who don't require loads of eye candy can be very happy with a MBP or an iMac. Very casual gamers who like older non-demanding (non or minimal 3D) games with low graphics settings will be happy with a MB.
     
  22. droo94 macrumors member

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    Actually I got that $1454.99 quote for the dv9500t series -- personally, I'd still take the MacBook but that's just me.
     
  23. jkaz thread starter macrumors 6502

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  24. martychang macrumors regular

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    Not totally true. All the gamers I know are VERY cheap. The best Desktop I've heard of one of them building used the desktop version of what the 24" iMac has, and an Intel Core 2 E6750, and it maxed out Bioshock very smoothly. Total machine cost was $500, $600 after he added the physics card.

    All the other gamers I know game on $750 value gaming laptops, with GeForce 7600 Go 's and Turion 64 X2s. One I know literally uses a Desktop with a GeForce 6200LE and a Sempron 3500+. The general philosophy of these gamers is turn down the graphics when you're playing, only turn them up when you're showing off(if you can).

    This is all ignoring the people I know who spend a few weeks tweaking to get Quake Wars & Halo 2 to work on their laptop with integrated graphics.

    Of course there will always be the Alienware people, and the people who build their own Alienware clone for cheaper(i.e. $3,000 down from $5,000). I don't think these people represent the majority of "serious" gamers though.
     
  25. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I have a Dell XPS M1710, i hook it up to a display, external keyboard and mouse and it is one of the best gaming experiences. Apple does everything better then windows except for gaming. If you want to play games apple is not for you, if you can afford 2 computers then i really think you should get 2.
     

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