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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Mussels, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. HalfAHertz

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    According to notebookcheck.com you'd need at least a 6490 to match the 520. Btw from what I've read nvidia's optimus solutions sound really well if you value battery life.
     
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    I have had no problems updating gpu drivers. Only upgraded once a couple months ago when I was out of town and wanted to play BF3.

    The optimus feature does work pretty well as far as I can tell.
     
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    You should go with Nvidia. The low entry GPUs don't have much of an advantage in raw performance apparently over the Intel HD 3000. It actually boils down on how good the drivers are.
     
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    Asus K53TA, A53TA or K43TA

    15.6" pr 14.1" with an AMD A6 with a dedicated HD6650
     
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    update, and i'd like opinions fast!

    harveys given me a choice to change laptops i'm getting, and price matched. i have about an hour to make the decision.

    http://www.harveynorman.com.au/acer-aspire-as5750g-2434g64mnkk-laptop.html (4 week wait)

    http://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-pavilion-g6-1206ax-laptop.html (in stock)

    price is matched to $508 i think, unsure how if price matching the $80 cashback deal.

    opinions? the HP one is coming with 8GB of ram, but has a 10-15% slower video card (but a quad core vs intel dual w/ HT)
     
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    first ones i5 430, they killed the link.

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    ehhh shit you're right. i was about to say yes to the AMD system.


    thing is, its a 4 week wait for the i5 model, and i go on holidays in 2 weeks.


    edit: ahh its single threaded performance it gets owned, multi threaded things even out. so its not as bad as it first seems.
     
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    ... ouch that does suck. how long do you have to return it to them? (im thinking get the amd now, then return it when you get back and go for the i5 lol)

    edit: i guess you could go for the amd if your not worried about single threaded stuffs
     
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    i intend to use it as a HTPC (via HDMI to HDTV) and playing starcraft II on low/medium. i think the AMD setup will do that, but laptop hardware aint my specialty.
     
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    both systems seem pretty well capable of running sc2 (and as an HTPC) on med... but the base clock of 1.4ghz for the amd cpu makes me wonder about performance when things start to heat up in the game.
     
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    2300Mhz in turbo mode, and i'm sure i can mess with that via software to lock it to dual core at 2.3


    edit: they're holding the AMD one for me in stock now, but i've got a week now to come up with the money or change my mind. gunna haggle and get extended warranty for free if i can.


    thanks for the help, leaving for work now.
     
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    the acer one i can vouch for the 520 and 540s overclock well. get quite a nice boost from it. and if you get the one with an i5 it'd be pretty sweet. its also great for saving power too.
     
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    i can't seem to find a decent review with that same cpu + gpu combo. the gpu is def. enough though. well time to get some sleep... if my memory lets me i'll continue searching tomorrow
     
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    Some advice, go to a shop, where they have those notebooks on display and look for the screen quality. Some of them have washed colors and narrow viewing angles. Also text readability varies wildly, cause of display sharpness. The most annoying thing to me was choosing Asus notebook , based on specs and when it arrives and I opened it the screen had terrible quality, compared to what I already got - a superb MSI one.
     
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    Bought a 15.6'' HP from Centrecom before xmas for about $800 with hdmi 6770 graphics and quad core. Will try to find a link and post it.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    damn that HP is beefy, but $800 breaks the budget :( i can get the AMD one i mentioned for $580, to put the price into context.


    what i was thinking is that i can always OC the GPU, and it wont be impossible to upgrade or OC the CPU later (at the very least, i already know how to lock the CPU cores into turbo mode)
     
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    Have you thought about the Alienware M11x? Mine is awesome. Got it on clearance for £500.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    thats about triple the price.
     
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    Hmm? Triple? How do you mean?
     

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