Need advice on a new laptop
Considering to buy a new laptop with decent graphics (Not high-end maxed crysis graphics, but still enough to run games like oblivion somewhat maxed.)
Currently I'm stuck with the option to buy a HP Pavilion dv6 with an ATI Mobility radeon HD4650 (with regular) DDR3 (1 gig dedicated, 2.3gig shared). Anyone got any experience with regular DDR3-memory in graphics, and speed compared to the GDDR-ones? The computer is relatively cheap too, so i guess the responces here will play a big role in making up my mind. Since W7 comes bundeled i guess the graphics card will be able to chew up most of the shared ram it needs in some cases (250 mb for W7, thats at least 3.5 GB for game and extra ram) and then maybe putting in another 2 GB later.
Other specs are:
- 4 GB ram DDR2.
- 500GB SATA HDD @ 5400
- Free upgrade to W7
- Intel pentium dual core T4200 (~2GHz) 800 MHz FSB and 1 MB cache (Seems a bit small tbh, or will a 1MB cache be enough for games like Lost planet dx10, assassins creed etc? (2007-2008 dx10 games, and some newer ones)
- 15.6'' WXGA 1366 x 768.
Seems ok for a laptop, at least here in Norway. (about 950 USD... yeah it is expensive compared to england, USA etc but this is Norway, tax-hell :/ Believe it or not, this is actually a cheap price for that kind of computer)
..This became sort of a mess, but anyways :P
Graphics-card more in detail, the 128-bit bus should be able to perform well even though the DDR3 is slower than GDDR3. At least since this one is listed way over 9600m GT, a well-performing card IMO.
2nd edit: Thx for moving the thread where it belongs :P
Found an Acer Aspire 5738ZG(444G50MN) with somewhat the same specs to the same price, although it had a T4400 instead of a T4200 (About a 0.2 GHz increase) but the same cache-size etc, and a 1044MHz speed on the ram, which is DDR3. It also mentions the graphics card (HD4650) but as 1GB DDR3 VRAM, could that be the GDDR (Graphics DDR) and VRAM (VideoRAM)? Geeesh, just like buying audio.. every dealer got a different unit for effect and how to calculate it :<