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  • LetsGo 10 Aug 2007 09:54:46 5,278 posts
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    Hi everybody,

    Can anyone reccomend a good cheap laptop which will run WOW without any major problems?

    I dont care if its the size of a house, as long as its a laptop and around 500, I'll be happy :).

    Thanks :)
  • DamoVotf 10 Aug 2007 10:08:25 581 posts
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    If you dont care about size, you would be much better off getting a desktop.

    For 500 you aint going to get much in the way of a gaming laptop.
  • LetsGo 10 Aug 2007 10:13:25 5,278 posts
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    thought about that, defo dont want a desktop!

    saw some 2GHZ, 2Gig ram in PC world for less than 500....

    just worried about the video card...
  • Ginger 10 Aug 2007 10:15:27 6,879 posts
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    LetsGo wrote:
    thought about that, defo dont want a desktop!

    saw some 2GHZ, 2Gig ram in PC world for less than 500....

    just worried about the video card...
    yeah, it'll be the vid card that pushes the price well above 500 - might be able to get a year old ATI or something, and going for a shitty screen res will help as well.

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  • LetsGo 10 Aug 2007 10:24:06 5,278 posts
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    would this run ok?

    cheers for the help guys!
  • PearOfAnguish 10 Aug 2007 10:27:44 7,379 posts
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    Avoid. PC World and Crappard Bell? You're setting yourself up for a world of pain.

    Try one of this lot.
  • nickthegun 10 Aug 2007 10:28:10 60,506 posts
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    The ATI X200 is an integrated graphics chip and, as such, it will lick balls.

    It is DX9 compliant, so you might be able to get WoW to run at a total push.

    As someone else has said, you would be better off getting a second hand unit with a dedicated graphics card.

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  • LetsGo 10 Aug 2007 10:32:18 5,278 posts
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    Ok cheers, whats a good example for a good graphics card for a laptop?
  • DamoVotf 10 Aug 2007 10:32:31 581 posts
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    My laptop is 2 years old, cost 1000 and I bought it to play WoW on. Has a built in X700 which was the besy you could get at the time.

    Once you load any mods on the computers WoW get 10-13fps and plays like shit.

    Again believe me, unless you need to move the computer get a desktop.

    Otherwise go second hand or be prepared to spend 1000+.
  • thedaveeyres 10 Aug 2007 10:51:57 11,276 posts
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    Save up, then spend an extra 300 quid to get a lappy with a decent graphics card or you'll be disappointed I think.

    Edited to say: you should be looking along the lines of an Acer Aspire 5920, which is 800 quid and has a GeForce 8600M - DirectX10 compatible.

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  • delbert 10 Aug 2007 11:08:32 2,889 posts
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    I know its over budget but this laptop is selling like hot cakes at the mo.. should play all the latest games so WOW wont be a problem.. http://www.laskys.com/pcs_and_laptops/laptops_and_pdas/laptops/acer_as5920g_302g16n.html">here.. cant vouch for this seller but was first link I found..
  • 1Dgaf 10 Aug 2007 11:39:00 3,886 posts
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    If you decide to get a desktop (I know you said you don't want one), give www.puterz.co.uk a try.

    Good prices, run by a guy called Ray. We bought a monster machine from him recently and he put XP on it at our request.

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  • DamoVotf 10 Aug 2007 11:48:09 581 posts
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    Hmm www.puterz.co.uk, cheap ok I give ya that but I would like to be able to see the computer spec in detail before I buy.

    And wtf is this graphics card ATI RADEON RX1550 256MB DDR2 PCIE GRAPHICS CARD doing on a quad core system. I have never even heard of that card!

    Oh the linked Acer laptop is very nice, my laptop is an Acer and I have had zero complaints. Highly recommended.
  • Ginger 10 Aug 2007 11:58:10 6,879 posts
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    Go 7900 / 7950 are the better DX9 gfx cards.

    my 7900 runs Eve at >50fps all the time which is nice. Not got WOW installed, but can't imagine it'll be much worse.

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  • Charroux 10 Aug 2007 11:59:32 792 posts
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    This 460 Asus from Laptops Direct looks good:
    Asus F3TC

    It's got a NVidia GeForce Go7300 128MB, which should be plenty to play WoW, provided you don't stick everything on maximum. As long as you don't expect to raid, it should be absolutely fine.


    EDIT: It's an Asus, not an Acer :)
  • Hunam 10 Aug 2007 12:01:41 20,674 posts
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    FluffyTucker wrote:
    WoW renders more than the ass end of a spaceship and some asteroids

    Wow runs on open GL and has a ton of tricks up to improve performance, EVE is alot more graphically intensive than WoW by a long shot code wise.

    You'll get alot better performance for your money out of wow than you will most games.
  • 1Dgaf 10 Aug 2007 12:42:37 3,886 posts
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    Damo,

    If you send Puterz and email I think they'd be willing to explain things. They are helpful.

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  • Onny 10 Aug 2007 12:46:37 5,697 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    The ATI X200 is an integrated graphics chip and, as such, it will lick balls.
    Am I the only person finding this quite an attractive prospect?
  • catterz 10 Aug 2007 12:47:03 8,763 posts
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    I played WoW for 7 months on a 1.8Ghz, 256Mb RAM, 64Mb GFX laptop. Lowest spec, mind, but I got by.

    Just spent 500 on a Desktop from Dell, then 50 on a graphics card (x1650gt 512Mb) and I can play on full spec. That 500 includes a 19" Wide TFT monitor.

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  • Hunam 10 Aug 2007 12:48:11 20,674 posts
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    50 512mb gfx card? Where did you see that?
  • catterz 10 Aug 2007 12:48:14 8,763 posts
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    Onny wrote:
    nickthegun wrote:
    The ATI X200 is an integrated graphics chip and, as such, it will lick balls.
    Am I the only person finding this quite an attractive prospect?
    Should you eventually want to upgrade your graphics card you're PSU will have to run both regardless, I believe.

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  • catterz 10 Aug 2007 12:49:51 8,763 posts
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    Hunam wrote:
    50 512mb gfx card? Where did you see that?
    This isn't the exact version of the card I bought, nor the place I got it, but ATi Radeon X1650 PRO 512MB PCI-Express. 45 inc VAT

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  • Hunam 10 Aug 2007 12:55:33 20,674 posts
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    dabs have that for 46 and a Geforce 7600GS 521mb PCI-E 16x for 62, which i think ill get down to preference, fantastic find though, both cards are fantastic DX9 cards for dirt cheap!
  • catterz 10 Aug 2007 12:59:25 8,763 posts
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    Yup :)

    Be careful with Dell desktops, anyone that's thinking of getting one, because the size of the case is sometimes uninhabitable for GFX Cards, despite having a PCI-E slot. The case is just too small. You have to buy a more expensive model from them.

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  • brutal 10 Aug 2007 21:10:50 883 posts
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    http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10090025&catid=22495&PCName=FSonlylaptops&logon=&langid=EN

    2gb ram, 200gb hdd, nvidia 8400, built-in abgn+ bluetooth wireless. Has a weird shaped oversized battery that tilts the whole laptop - great for when on a flat surface but makes it uncomfortable to use on your, erm, lap :)

    took about 2 hours to clean up all the HP branded spyware, oh and make sure you turn off the powersaving that limits the cpu to 50%, even with the lead plugged in. crazy.


    I picked up one of these for about 1500 Canadian dollars after tax (about 720 quid).

    runs wow with everything turned on, 30-45 frames everywhere i've been so far. Not tried any raiding yet.

    you get the occasional stutter, but no different from what i seem to get from fully specced desktops.

    Definately stay away from the nvidia 6150, intel 950 stuff. I've seen it run ok on a 7400 card on a sony viao, but thats $$$$
  • otto Moderator 10 Aug 2007 21:13:48 49,320 posts
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    Macbook Pro.

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  • Pirotic Moderator 10 Aug 2007 22:12:37 20,648 posts
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    bottle neck for laptops is the hard-disk access speed, wow is constantly thrashing the HD to pre-load data and all the character models who come into view. you've been warned.
  • LetsGo 13 Aug 2007 20:01:49 5,278 posts
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    Lads,

    Thanks for all the replies, I think I've found my baby. Let me know what you think.

    here

    this be able to handle WOW?
  • ming 13 Aug 2007 20:14:20 275 posts
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    Yes it should handle it fine.

    Did you look at the Acer laptop that was linked to on the last page? It is the same price, but has more ram, better CPU and better graphics. It is only 7 more so you are probably better off with that if you can spend this much.

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