Laptop under $500

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Dec 29, 2008

Laptop under $500 by Gore at 3:27 AM (1,199 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. Gore
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    Laptop about equivalent to this http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.js...p;tab=techSpecs
    Similar price too.
    Perhaps with microphone, webcam not needed.
    Windows XP preferred, but I have an install disk for XP and most computers I can find drivers for.

    Mostly my brother wants to play World of Warcraft all day every day.
     
  2. zidane_genome

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    Hell, for $400, that's a great system!
     
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    If you want one with equivalent features and price, why not get that one?
     
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    Hmm... I graphics card on that is integrated. Idk if it would run WoW very well, even on low settings.
    The info from that page says it comes with 1GB ram, and the max supported is 2GB... that's really bad (It should be 4GB). Especially when it's running Vista + integrated graphics, which uses on board ram and the cpu does the graphics processing as well. So it'll be very slow in games.

    I don't think you can find a laptop below $500 with decent graphics processing. You should spend a little more.
     
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    well he says he's gonna put xp on it, so it should run decently.

    @op: what do u mean by 500? usd? if you spent just a few hundred more, you could get a much better laptop. or hell, wait for the "recession" to kick in, and prices should go falling down.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16834115543

    Before you bash the intergrated graphics, look at this.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphic...MHD.9883.0.html

    It outperforms the one installed in the OP, and others the ATI Mobility FireGL V3200, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300, and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7200. Intel promises performance comparable to the 8400gs after better drivers are made.

    Also has better CPU, more RAM, and bigger hard drive. Also wireless-n.

    Also both the one I linked and the OP one will run WoW without issues... I mean a gma950 can run WoW.
     
  8. mflo

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    I never did bash it. All I wanted to say was that the configuration of Gore's suggested laptop wasn't sufficient enough, considering the max ram supported and integrated graphics. As I've said, it'll use on board ram and the cpu does the graphics processing. The 6100 is just too outdated so I suggested something more recent. Though the 8200m isn't the newest on the market.

    Nvidia igp is better than Intel igp as well. the 9400m in the macbook has 5x more performance than the Intel igp. Considering that it can play a lot of games on medium-high settings.

    Nvidia also combined it with the single-core Atom processor for netbooks, they call it the Nvidia Ion, and can play CoD4 on low, which is really good for netbooks; if it can do that, it can play WoW on at least medium. (Considering it's a netbook)

    So I'm not bashing integrated cards. Just letting you know. Though this post was very long...and annoying.
     
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    No... I meant the one I linked. Also the cpu doesn't do the graphics calculations...

    Also the 4500mhd surpasses the 8200...
     
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    check dell's twitter from time to time
    and u may catch their 20 percent off deal on refurb laptops

    possibly netting u a 15 inch dell studio laptop with ati 3450 for under 500

    currently u can get one for about 600
     
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    Eee PC 901 or 1000?

    Does WoW just fine, very small.
     

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