Laptop specs ~ for gaming and general usage.

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by KiraKat, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. KiraKat
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    So, I just ordered a new laptop (new-ish laptop) and from what I can see it's got some decent specs. Here's the rundown:
    .Samsung Series 3 Laptop, 15.6inch screen ( model no. 300V5A-A05)
    .500GB SATA HDD internal
    .4GB DDR3 Ram
    .Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor B950 @2.1GHz
    .NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520MX Graphics card
    Also it's bundled with Windows 7 Premium but i'll probably put it up to Ultimate.
    Drop your opinions, especially all of you pro's out there. It'll be good to see if this was worth the £250.00 I spent on it.
     
  2. Foxi4

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    Just to clarify, B950 is almost exactly the same as the i3, it just doesn't have HT threads, which is a tad of a shame. You should be fine though.

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    Chart courtesy of compare-processors.com
     
  3. KiraKat
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    Yeah I was thinking of getting one with an i3 2350 I think but it only had a Nvidia 310M graphics card and cost £299 instead. Other than that I really didn't want to get an integrated Intel HD 3000 one either, they don't look so great. Most integrated cards suck anyway. But I guess for some games it should be okay (Dark Souls on low-medium). I'm trying not to spend too much, Students gotta watch their munnys.
     
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    In that case, you made the right choice.

    The laptop you bought also has an integrated GPU - the NVidia chip will be in a dormant state most of the time. Contemporary Intel processors have Intel HD graphics on-board in order to save battery life - the GeForce takes over when GPU-intensive applications such as games require it. Just a fun fact, really. :)

    As a 520MX owner, I think you'll be happy with the chip. It's affordable and it'll allow you to play all the contemporary games - perhaps not at Ultra Quality settings, but hey! You get what you pay for, eh? ;)

    I just hope that Samsung's build quality is top-notch, but judging from their other products, you have nothing to worry about.
     
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    That sounds like a fair deal.
     
  6. KiraKat
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    Yeah it should be alright, I guess I'll have to judge it myself when it arrives in the week.
    Thanks for your opinions and elightenment people, appreciate it. :moogle:
    p.s. Alright I'm off to take a Shower (don't imagine that) anymore thoughts etc from everyone else would be great, thanks.
     
  7. Rydian

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    The graphics might not be as powerful as you think, as the second number is the relative power of the card, not the first. For example a 460 is more powerful than a 520.

    That said, pretty much any dedicated card beats out integrated graphics (still), and that will definitely play games.
     
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    Seeing he had the choice between 520MX and 310 for which he'd have to pay more for, I think he chose right. :P
     
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  9. Originality

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    For the price he paid, it's pretty good. I give it a thumbs up.

    And for those who say HD3000 sucks, it does. But it can play Crysis, so shut up :P