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Old 01-26-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Inquiring about a laptop's specs, and whether it's good enough for gaming

Hey all, I just need some insightful opinions. I already have the parts for a gaming PC (that I still need to assemble after having to RMA a faulty motherboard), but I've been looking into getting a new laptop as well, as the $300 netbook I'm using right now is beginning to not be enough for me anymore. I just wanted to know if the laptop I'm about to show you is good enough for gaming (it doesn't need to be amazing omg gaming, I have the PC for that) as well as any day-to-day things a nerdy college student could ever need it for. I was looking at this laptop here (this isn't advertising, just fyi):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-XPS-15z...item2318b9d0a5



Here's the detailed specs if you don't feel like looking at the link:

Detailed Specifications:
-- XPS 15z
-- 8 Cell Battery
-- Certified Refurbished
-- DataSafe Online Backup Software
-- Dell Support Center 64 Bit 2.0
-- Wave Systems Software
-- 15.6 inch FHD (1080P) WLED Display
-- 750 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
-- Internal Backlit Keyboard - English
-- Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 and Bluetooth 3.0
-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Operating System DVD
-- Trusted ID,IDSafe, 12 Month Subscription
-- Microsoft Office Starter
-- NVIDIA GeForce GT525M 2GB graphics with Optimus
-- 90W AC Adapter
-- 125V Power Cord
-- 8X DVD +/- RW Drive
-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Operating System DVD
-- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
-- 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz (2 DIMMs)
-- Processor: Intel Core i7-2640M 2nd generation Processor (2.80 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.50 GHz)
-- Image Restore Software

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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That is a rather good offer. The GT 525M isn't super stellar when it comes to gaming, but sure it'll drag most titles on medium at least. A year old ones on high. The advantages to that PC is that it has inherited the original XPS 15's superb display and almost as great speakers too. As a fashionable entertainment PC, it's unrivaled.

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Old 01-26-2012, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the insight! Like I said, I don't need something super powerful to trudge through 2012 games on high settings. I just need an upgrade... badly. I just want a laptop that I can multitask with, do schoolwork with AND game with when I don't feel like firing up the PC or if I'm away from the PC.

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Old 01-30-2012, 05:11 AM   #4
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Look for graphics card reviews that list fps numbers(near the bottom):

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.43889.0.html

As long as the CPU is relatively modern, the graphics card is the bottleneck in terms of what your laptop/desktop will be able to achieve game-wise.


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Old 06-08-2012, 05:31 AM   #5
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That video card looks pretty weak for trying to power any game on a 1080p resolution. if you can find anything that has a 540m at least, you should be better off, but the CPU looks good enough, and that's more than enough RAM.

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