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    Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Hello i am looking for a laptop. It will generally be used for web,movies/music & a little bit of gaming (Warcraft III/DOTA)
    My options are limited in terms of buying as i live in Pakistan. These are the ones that are available here.
    DELL Inspiron 1545 INTEL C2D 2.1GHZ, 2GB, 250GB, DVDRW, 15.6" TB DISPLAY, LAN, WIFI, BT, CAM
    COMPAQ PRESARIO CQ61-231TU INTEL C2D 2.2GHZ, 2GB, 250GB, DVDRW, 15.6" LED DISPLAY, HDMI, LAN, WIFI, CAM
    HP PROBOOK 4510S INTEL C2D 2.1GHZ ,2GB, 320GB, DVDRW, 15.6" TB DISPLAY, LAN, WIFI, CAM, BT, CARD READER

    Out of these three which one do you suggest i should buy? or any other other than these 3.
    Waiting anxiously for a reply.
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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    A quick google suggests they all use the Intel GMA4500 and so will not be great for gaming. For all else they will be fine. I guess the deciding factor if not based on looks is whether the extra 100MHz on the CPU or the extra HDD space on the HP lappy is more desirable.
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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Well Warcraft III is a 7 year old game i think they should be able to run it fine.
    Apart from that brand wise which one is better? DELL,COMPAQ or HP?

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Oops sorry double post.
    Last edited by StrikerX; 21-11-2009 at 05:59 PM. Reason: Double post

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    I would check this website for a list of laptop graphics cards:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI...0.13883.0.html

    The graphics cards are listed in order of increasing performance from the bottom.

    I would be careful about Intel GMA4500 as it has terrible driver support for many games.


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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Well it ain't showing Warcraft III but if its able to run World of Warcraft then Warcraft III should run fine. So again i'll ask Dell or HP or Compaq?

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Dell is a safe bet?

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Out of interest are there are any AMD notebooks available in your pricerange?? If they have HD3200 or Nvidia 8200 or 8300 integrated graphics they will a few times faster than a GMA X4500.

    Also since the notebooks are so close together in spec the best thing is to actually look at the notebooks in person TBH. Also look at the warranty you will get with them too.

    The HP has a number pad though unlike most notebooks which may prove useful. The Dell 1545 is a bit cheap in finish IMHO and does not seem as durable as some of their other previous budget notebooks.
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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    the HP ProBook 4515s should be in the price range, uses AMD cpu and the M880G Chipset (HD4200)
    TuronII ultra is the best one for amd cpu AFAIK with the athlonII just behind it.

    However not being in the US hard to give you adviceon what for the best price, I'm running of UK prices here.

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Out of interest are there are any AMD notebooks available in your pricerange?? If they have HD3200 or Nvidia 8200 or 8300 integrated graphics they will a few times faster than a GMA X4500.

    Also since the notebooks are so close together in spec the best thing is to actually look at the notebooks in person TBH. Also look at the warranty you will get with them too.

    The HP has a number pad though unlike most notebooks which may prove useful. The Dell 1545 is a bit cheap in finish IMHO and does not seem as durable as some of their other previous budget notebooks.
    Well there is one DELL 1545 available with 512MB ATI Radeon 4330 Mobility Graphic Card & nopes no AMD powered notebook being sold here. :S

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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Quote Originally Posted by StrikerX View Post
    Well there is one DELL 1545 available with 512MB ATI Radeon 4330 Mobility Graphic Card & nopes no AMD powered notebook being sold here. :S
    The HD4330 would a far better choice to run play games when compared to a GMA4500 IMHO. Image quality should also be better as at times the Intel GMA4500 can have rendering issues in games.


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    Re: Advice for a Laptop Budget $600

    Alrite thanks for the info CAT-THE-FIFTH appreciate it. I think i'll put in a lil more money & get the DELL one with 4330.

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