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I just semi-impulse bought a Pavilion dv9408 because I wanted something with a bigger screen than my Thinkpad (which has 14.1)...mainly for movies and some games (CS:S mainly). Since my Thinkpad runs CS:S fairly smoothly in low settings I assumed something with 4x the specs should run medium settings fairly smoothly, but...well...I fail.

My first thought is the fact that the laptop has shared video memory, is running Vista, and has only 1gb of memory. Maximum I can set the card to in BIOS appears to be 128, though maybe if I add more ram that will change to 256?

My question is - Should I go and buy 2gb of memory for the laptop? Should I just upgrade to XP Pro?

Should I just sell it and my Thinkpad and get something with dedicated Video memory?

Specs - Turion x2 TL-56 1.8ghz, 1gb DDR2 PC5300 *running at 300mhz for some reason, 160gb hdd, GeForce 6150 (i know), shared memory.

I got it at a very reasonable price, that's mainly why I bought it instead of one with a GeForce 7600 128mb or soemthing.

If I decide to sell them both...any recomendations for a strong performer for 1,000-1,300? Really really prefer a 17" wide, preferably C2D but I'll settle for a Turion x2. Don't need DX10 capable graphics, but apparently I DO need dedicated video. I plan on gaming at 1440x900 (or whatever naitive res is), and like I said mainly CS:S, maybe some BF2.
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Asus G2S-X3

C2D 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 8600m GT DDR3, 17 inch 1900X1200 and 250GB HDD

$1150
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i7 5820K ASUS X99 Deluxe NVIDIA MSI GTX1080 EK X NVIDIA MSI GTX1080 EK X 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
32GB GSkill Trident Z DDR4 3000MHz CL14 Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Seagate 4TB LG 14X BluRay Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK ASUS X99 Monoblock 2x EK XE480 Radiators Swiftech MCP35X (Dual DDC) Pump EK X3 250 Reservoir 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro X64 LG C6 55" UHD OLED Smart TV Logitech G710 Corsair RM1000 1000W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 900D Logitech G700S Razer ExactMat Pioneer VSX-930-K Receiver 
AudioAudioAudio
Pioneer S-RS77TB Speakers Pioneer S-RS3SW Subwoofer Logitech G35 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 6820HK Aorus X7 v6 NVIDIA GTX 1070 32GB Kingston HyperX DDR4-2400MHz  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
512GB Toshiba XG3 PCIe NVMe SSD 2TB Seagate FireCuda Windows 10 Pro X64 17.3" 1440p 120Hz 
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