Originally Posted by RuzzT
New guy on the block with a few questions about the Gateway FX series for anyone who might care to answer.
I am looking to purchase a Gateway FX series laptop. This is my first laptop so I want to make an informed purchase.
I like the specs on the new 7908 and the 7915, (including cost), but I hate the new super glossy case. The 7805 case is better looking for my personal preferences. This is really the only thing I don't like about it. So maybe I should just deal with it?
So, would it be the right move to go with the 7805 [to get the old look] and just upgrade the processor to something faster? 2.26 GHz is plenty fast for a laptop but I was thinking of something closer to the 2.8GHz range. Does anyone know if the T9600 is able to be O/C'd?
Another consideration is that since I'm an avid gamer, the GTX 260M looks like a better option than the 9800M GTS.
Not sure if hard drive speed of 7200 vs. 5400 is that big of a deal but I can always upgrade those too.
Finally, I'm wanting the screen res of the 7811 at 1920x1200 over the 1440x900 in the newer models. I have read here of people switching to the LG LP171WU1 to get the higher res, but then some here say that will in fact lower performance. I'm up on the air on this one.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions and thanks for reading my long-ish post!
Get the new model and never choose a laptop based strictly on appearances. 5400 rpm drive might suck, but it's not the end of the world. In my own opinion 1440x900 is a better resolution for these laptops than 1920x1200. The reasoning is simple, 1440 looks fine in game, and it runs MUCH MUCH better than 1920x1200. These laptops are powerful, but they are not desktop powerful and 1920x1200 is a super demanding resolution and these machines are just not powerful to keep up with it in most newer games. 1440x900 is not and these laptops are tailor made to excel at that resolution.
Non-native resolution looks terrible and should never ever be considered, meaning you would have to max resolution on all games. At 1440x900 I can max everything, except Crysis which I can run pretty well at high, and I can run in my native resolution. If I was 1920x1200 I would have to lower my settings and it would be much harder for me to run games in the future at that resolution than 1440x900.
So long story short go for the new gateway, or the new asus which also looks like a beast.