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Can this laptop still play modern games well?

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I was just wondering if anyone here could give me some information as to how well certain games will run (at 1280 x 720, so 720p, with medium to mixed low graphical settings) based on the hardware specs given. I'm looking at how well they'll run in terms of framerate.

Games List:
- Crysis 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Borderlands 2
- Tomb Raider (2013)
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
- Planetside 2
- Battlefield 3

Specs:
Laptop - Dell XPS M1730
CPU - 2.4GHz Dual-Core CPU (I'm almost positive it's the Core 2 Duo T7700)
GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT 256MB GPU SLI
RAM - 4GB DDR2 RAM
   
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I would estimate 10-15 FPS at low to low-medium settings in most of those titles. Crysis 2 and BF3 might be unplayable. The 8700M was a really decent GPU in 2007, but it's a little long in the tooth today. That particular machine used to run 75+ FPS in World of Warcraft at 1280x720 back in the day.

Make sure the fans are all clean

Greg
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I would estimate 10-15 FPS at low to low-medium settings in most of those titles. Crysis 2 and BF3 might be unplayable. The 8700M was a really decent GPU in 2007, but it's a little long in the tooth today. That particular machine used to run 75+ FPS in World of Warcraft at 1280x720 back in the day.

Make sure the fans are all clean

Greg

Oh wow, really? You don't think any of these games would run well at all on this laptop? I was really hoping for at least 30-35FPS performance.
   
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Is there a laptop out there that's on par or can outperform this laptop for under $200?
   
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2 x 120mm Thermaltake Blue LED Fan 2 x 90mm Thermaltake Blue LED Fan 90mm Thermaltake Fan Corsair TX-950 950W 80 PLUS Bronze Enthusiast P... 
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Thermaltake Armor VA8000B Series Full-ATX Tower NZXT 2mm Red LED Case Lights Kit 
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post #5 of 5
No.


Even my 1 year old HP dv7 with a i7-2630QM Quad Core processor and a 6770M won't run those titles at 30-35 FPS on the integrated display, although it's 1600x900 and not 1280x720. The dv7 is going up on Craigslist in a few days for about $500, if that gives you an idea of comparative value.

I'm sure someone else will chime in, but in my opinion you're going to need a relatively new (0-1.5 years old) laptop with at least a NVidia 650M or AMD 7770M to get those frame rates across the titles you listed. I'm curious to see what others might have to say about it too.

Greg
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