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Hello,

Im planning to buy a new notebook. Actually its for college but I really want to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on it :$
This are the options:

HP dm4x
http://i.imgur.com/NvAps.jpg

Vaio S
http://i.imgur.com/KUz8G.jpg

The HP has way more Ram and CPU but I think the GPU is worse than the Vaio.
(6470m hp vs 6630m vaio)
So which one is better? More RAM and CPU over GPU or a better GPU with standard CPU and RAM?

Thanks
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post #2 of 13
The i7 in the HP is a dual core cpu not much better than the i5

The ram can be upgraded to 8gb yourself for about $25

The Sony has a higher res screen too
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post #3 of 13
Vaio would be the better choice...
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The HP plus taxes is worth $1200 , same as the Vaio.
The 2.7ghz is not much difference than the 2.4ghz CPU?
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post #5 of 13
Vaio for sure. 13.3" with a 1600x900 screen? And better GPU? I'd be all over it.
   
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Do you really have to ask what's better between a basic HP and a higher-end Vaio? Graphics on the Vaio S are even better. But, the 6630M gets 28FPS on BF3 on low, at 1366x768. You could still pull it off, definitely a good laptop choice overall.

Other option if you want an HP: The Envy 14 is $1100 with an i7-2670QM and AMD 6630M graphics (backlit keyboard of course). Weight is 5.5 pounds, same as a 15" MBP :/ (standard 14" weight is ~4.5-5 pounds).

But, if you just want a clean-looking 14" laptop for some gaming(and schoolwork), this Lenovo Ideapad Y470 for $800 is probably best. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...%3A00004BA0%3A i7-2670QM 2.2ghz quad, 8gb, Nvidia 550M, etc. Pretty sure the 550M is the best you can get on a 14", short of the Alienware M14x(which has 15" weight, and its pretty thick).
 
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post
But, if you just want a clean-looking 14" laptop for some gaming(and schoolwork), this Lenovo Ideapad Y470 for $800 is probably best. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...%3A00004BA0%3A i7-2670QM 2.2ghz quad, 8gb, Nvidia 550M, etc. Pretty sure the 550M is the best you can get on a 14", short of the Alienware M14x(which has 15" weight, and its pretty thick).
Thanks for the lenovo. I didnt have them in mind.
Is the nvidia gt 550m better than the ati 6630m?
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Originally Posted by Murtux View Post
Thanks for the lenovo. I didnt have them in mind.
Is the nvidia gt 550m better than the ati 6630m?
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad...M.43963.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.42264.0.html

GT 550M is a strong amount faster than a 6630M. Other benefits, personally I think Optimus is better than AMD switchable graphics.

I'd say the Y470 is moderately balanced (you can run on integrated with Optimus, and low CPU speed on battery and get ~5 hours) for a gaming laptop. The Vaio S is higher-end in terms of build(super thin), screen(1600x900), battery life and weight.

So yeah I'd say tough choice overall. The Vaio S does like 28FPS on low for BF3, guessing the Y470 does about 40, maybe more since it also has a quad-core. http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.41715.0.html <-- the 550M is like 10-15% faster than a 540M I believe.
 
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad...M.43963.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.42264.0.html

GT 550M is a strong amount faster than a 6630M. Other benefits, personally I think Optimus is better than AMD switchable graphics.

I'd say the Y470 is moderately balanced (you can run on integrated with Optimus, and low CPU speed on battery and get ~5 hours) for a gaming laptop. The Vaio S is higher-end in terms of build(super thin), screen(1600x900), battery life and weight.

So yeah I'd say tough choice overall. The Vaio S does like 28FPS on low for BF3, guessing the Y470 does about 40, maybe more since it also has a quad-core. http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.41715.0.html <-- the 550M is like 10-15% faster than a 540M I believe.
Do you know how often Lenovo has this big sales?
If I buy it today I save $670, but the offer ends tomorrow :S

pd: thanks for all the help man I really appreciate it
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