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Something I've been thinking about...

Given their uber-small footprint, inherent portability, low power consumption, and low noise output, I'm thinking a notebook might make a pretty good gaming platform.

Seems the only requirement (besides graphics card) would be DVI output, so I could hook it up to a big monitor...
post #2 of 21
Notebooks exist for portability. A desktop, dollar for dollar, is a much better gaming platform, if you can stand the bulk.

Anyway, there are some respectable gaming notebooks out there that are pretty reasonably priced. You can get a decent Gateway with a C2D, 3GB of ram, and an 512MB 8800M GTS (64SP, roughly equivalent to a slightly underclocked 9600GT), for about 1300 bucks.

If you are talking about production of a notebook type computer without an LCD, specifically for gaming...well I don't really see how this would be any better than a SFF desktop.
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Well I've got the XT5000 from Everex. For $800 it plays WoW, Half Life 2+, and a few other games I have fairly well. Bioshock worked but at 18FPS.

It has a DVI out. And I think the current generation (XT5300) has a 8600 instead of a 7600.
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wat kind of performance in wow. cuz you can go from real crappy to outstanding fps wise.
id like to know cuz i play wow and will be in the market for a gaming (hopefully) laptop
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The Dell XPS M1730 with 2x 8800M GTX in SLi, Vista Ultimate, and 2.5GHz 45nm CPu pulls about 13k 3DMARK. Hell expensive tough.
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yea. i need it to be around 1k or so
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XT5300T from everex looks good but its only 1 GB RAM
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post #9 of 21
The best notebook for gaming price/performance wise is the Gateway P6860-FX. It can be found at Best Buy for 1250 and comes with an 8800GTS M, 4gb RAM, and a C2D 1.86GHZ processor. The processor is easily upgradeable to the T9300 at 2.5GHz I believe.
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Stay away from notebook gaming if you can. If you need the portability then well, go for it. Do not try and replace a desktop 24/7 gaming machine.
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