Is my Laptop good to go for games?

akki007

Novice Member
Ive ordered a Sony Vaio Intel Pentium M 750 1.86 GHz. Its got 1gb RAM and NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6400 with TurboCache™ 128MB.

Can I play FIFA 2006 and Pro Evo 5?
 

Uridium

Well-known Member
Should be OK for 6 months or so with some of the settings toned down.

there's still no substitute for a desktop for max gaming though.
 

pragmatic

Distinguished Member
akki007 said:
NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6400 with TurboCache™ 128MB.
Not sure about this thing, and turbo cache means it'll steal system ram when it feels like it, decent graphics cards for a laptop (those that are equivalent to a desktop one) seem to be pretty hard to come by and are expensive.

The decent speed pentium m should help alot though, i should think the footy games will play ok, but i wouldn't expect doom3 or fear to fare aswell.
 

akki007

Novice Member
cool, thats all i needed to know! its got a gig of ram so it should handle fifa. (I base this on pure speculation!)

I dont like doom, gives me a headache and i have no idea what fear is.

Will it play pong?
 

Miyazaki

Novice Member
My acer aspire 5024 laptop runs games like farcry and hl2 on max really well! :thumbsup:

Age of empires 3 runs everything maxed out smooth apart from low AA. :(

Bloody amazing for a laptop IMHO, especially when it cost just over £700 :D

Don't believe the hype about desktop computers, laptops are very capable machines these days and catching up with desktop pcs all the time! :thumbsup:
 

pragmatic

Distinguished Member
Especialy with the ability to get ones with 7800GTX in them, making them give any modern desktop a run for its money. I'm guessing you got a lappy with say a ati x700pro, a desktop machine could be build for a similar ammount of money with a supperior graphics system, but would this enhance the enjoyment of the game?

Plus you can't upgrade a laptop, but if you just buy a £700 laptop every 2 years then thats probably cheaper than you'd spend upgrading a desktop anyway.
 

Miyazaki

Novice Member
I have a desktop as well, and I agree £ for £ a desktop will always outperform a laptop. But then laptops are portable, and I much prefer them TBH.

My laptop has:

X700 pci-e gfx
AMD Turion64 ML-34 1.8ghz processor
1 gig ram
wireless lan
ethernet
dvd burner
100gb hdd
15.4" WS WXGA display
 

akki007

Novice Member
Just to let you know, I cancelled the vaio I had on order after reading up a little more. I have now ordered an Acer 1694....

Pentium M 760 2ghz
1GB DDRII SDRAM
100GB Hard Drive
15.4" XGA Widescreen CrystalBrite
ATI Mobility X700 PCI-E 128MB dedicated graphics (Which I think is a good thing???)

Hopefully this machine will handle gaming a little better than the Vaio. Also, it only cost £950! magic!
 

Uridium

Well-known Member
Probably a good choice, Acer are £ for £ decent quality and spec and vastly underated.

Have had first hand experience of Sony support and it is pi** poor.
 

akki007

Novice Member
Yeah, I stumbled accross the acer gear, the specs look really top notch for the price. cant complain. The only spec that it doesnt clarify is the speed of the HD. prob a slow spinner i would think.
 

akki007

Novice Member
Just got the Acer, playing PES5 is amazing!!! Perfect speed at highest res!!! Am loving it muchly.

DVDs look spot on too! Lovely piece of kit!
 

RoughRider

Novice Member
Delighted to find this thread I just got the Acer Ferrari my spec reads like Akki007's but 2.0 Ghz processor and quite a lot more £££ - and as yet I have NO games, so I came here to find out what to buy. I used to love Lemmings, C&C, Civilisation, Mortal Kombat and Doom in the old days. Need to find out what this PES5 thing is also heard a lot about Farcry. Sounds like I can play most things anyway - great news. :clap:
 

akki007

Novice Member
Mine is also 2ghz!

I would buy PES5, its a football game (If you are english) or its a soccer game (if you are a yank). Either way, buy the fooker!

I saw the Acer Ferarri, good spec, I just thought the ferarri badges made it look like a toy.
 

JEDIBLADE

Active Member
I have an Acer Aspire 3610 and I want to play Blitzkreig 2 ? Do I have a chance, is it possible to upgrade the graphics cards in these laptops ? Can you buy a graphics card that plugs into the USB ?
 

pragmatic

Distinguished Member
JEDIBLADE said:
Can you buy a graphics card that plugs into the USB ?
You can supprisingly buy a graphics card to plug into the usb, it is mainly for getting an extra monitor output for a laptop or desktop, but is no good for 3d games. You can't buy a 3d card to plug into the usb (and its unlikley to ever happen).

You'll need a decent 3d card to play, well 3d games but if the game is 2d you've got a good chance of being able to play it on the laptop as it is.

For 3d games, (3d) graphics card is the most important thing, and integrated ones by intel just aren't good enough in the slightest, a good indicator of a poor gaming card is if it steals main memory for its use. Memory is next about 512mb is standard and a 1gb is a better (and anything over 2gb is unlilkley to give any noticable difference). The the cpu is last on the list, given that is pretty recent the former two are more important factors.

For 2d games cpu, then memory. The graphics card doesn't really come into it at all. This is because in a 2d game the cpu is doing all the work, in a 3d one the cpu passes all the graphics (which is the real difficult stuff) to the 3d card.
 

Tigerblade

Well-known Member
akki007 said:
Ive ordered a Sony Vaio Intel Pentium M 750 1.86 GHz. Its got 1gb RAM and NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6400 with TurboCache™ 128MB.

Can I play FIFA 2006 and Pro Evo 5?
semiskimmed posted this site in another thread, scans your pc and tells you what you can expect to get out of games and what you would need to upgrade.

Good site, and will tell you exactly what you wanna know. When you get the laptop of course ;)

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest
 

Singh400

Distinguished Member
I can never get my head round people who buy laptops for gaming. Honestly, theres no point.

As for the specs there fine, but don't expect to play any games that are released this year, with the all the settings cranked up!
 

semiskimmed

Distinguished Member
for the majority of people im sure that the use for occasional gaming is the 2nd most improtant thing, having a mobile computer is first.
 

hardiz

Novice Member
you guys are right acer is a good brand i have had an acer 5024 for a while now. AMD are gonna release dual core turions in the very near future, lets hope acer are gonna use them
 

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