Notebooks are always more limited than desktops, they can be good enough, but... well they cannot be upgraded. That said, let's look at this lappie:
1) For high resolution gfx, the most important is the gfx card. The NVidia-GeForce-8400M-GT is a DirectX 10 chip which is a good sign for running future games under Vista. But, is it performant enough... A quick look at It's specs and the comparison chart shows that for current games (represented by DX9 benchmarks 3dMark05, 3dMark06) it is not that fast.
It is also important to know which declination of 8400M it is, is it a GT, G, GS.
For really being able to play at high resolution on a laptop with current games, maybe aim for a 8600M GT or 8700M GT chip.
The 256 MB of GFX memory is sufficient for current games, few games benefit for having more (10% better under doom 3 for example with 512MB).
2) Ram... 2Gb is sufficient, just hope it's good quality RAM for system stability. Either ask to run a good 24h ram test before you buy or run a ram test once you've got the machine to know.
3) Processors... I'd have to look up the CPU placement in the family, I'll leave that for someone else.
Oh, another thing I might have to add - I have a seperate monitor hooked up to my laptop. It's a 20-inch widescreen with a native resolution of 1680x1050. I'd prefer to actually be able to play games at that resolution (which is practically impossible with my current rig).
Notebooks (or so I've heard) don't do as well as PCs with games, but I could be wrong.
my laptop can run things better than most Desktops... ok so it was pricey but still.
Originally Posted by AslanCross
Don't AMD processors have a heat problem? Mine does. >_o (Being in a tropical country makes it worse)
no they bloody well don't!!! they may run warmer but that doesn't mean they have a "Heat problem" if you live in a hot country get better cooling.
they are however slower than Intel chips (at the monent) and that's the best reason to go for Intel... well at least till AMD & Intel swap positions again (happens every year or so).
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M erm... you got any more letters after M? i can't find the specs for ane vanilia 8400m...
i recon you'll be able to run everything on medium quite well... my NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX can still push most games to max at my native res...
not bad for £700... go for it
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Hmm, so performance-wise, it doesn't really matter if I buy a laptop or a desktop? Either way, I think I'll go for a desktop. I don't really need to move my computer all that often, and being able to replace bits later on might be useful.
@AE: Nope, no more letters. I guess the person who wrote the ad didn't feel it was necessary to give us all the details.
The price tag isn't all that important to me, as long as it's not ridiculously expensive (read: over €2000). My main concern is that I have a solid gaming rig that I can use for several years before having to replace anything.
That is one nice computer. The harddrive is massive and that is a hell of alot of RAM. The video card looks to be one of the best on the market and the CPU is pretty nice. You won't have to upgrade that thing for years.