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Well, its Christmas, and being the "computer person" most of my friends always come to, I'm always being asked to recommend what is good. Usually they tell me it will be primarily used to browse the web, so I just link them to the cheapest dual core with at least 2gb ram I can find. Now looking at laptops so many times, I am starting to want my own, and I'm sure I'll have enough money after the holidays, so I've been looking around for a Laptop for myself.

It will be used for very light gaming, primarily Guild Wars. My budget is $600 max, maybe $650, and there are plenty of options out there, I'm just stumped on what GPU to look for. I have heard about defective Nvidia GPUs in Laptops, but have never heard exactly which brands are having problems with them. I've found little to no benchmarks comparing laptop GPUs.

Help?

tl;dr: what GPU took look for in a sub-$650 Laptop, and are Nvidia Laptop GPUs still having problems?
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Go here and check GPU & Onboard Hierarchy and how each rates against each other:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...cs,2086-7.html


http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...rd-time-s.html


Both links will help you make the right decision in relation to top Laptop GPU to get for your budget!
 
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Well looking at that, I'm thinking I should go for the HP dv5z.
$550
Athlon x2 QL-60 1.9ghz
Radeon HD3200
3gb ram

I was looking at a Compaq with the 8200m, but looking at that list the HD3200 is better, plus HP has an option for 64-bit Vista on their site and Compaq dosen't for some reason.

Thanks for the links!
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Glad to help!
 
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At that price point I only see IGP as an option. As far as the Nvidia defect goes it did not affect IGP's. It was a faulty weld and believe the current ones have corrected.

Here is another link for comparing. The other links looked good but this just adds, link.

You did say your budget but if you can go up to $799 this has dedicated 9600m GS which jumps you up a lot in graphics, link. And you can play w/OC also. That said I don't know guild wars well but think your choice should work fine.

Also on the defective card issue. While they try and say it is brand/model specific. It is/was a fundamental material flaw of GPU models across brands. Because it is heat related certain notebook brands and models demonstrated others less so. But the flaw was in all of the same GPU model.

Good luck and welcome to the mobile world. My mobile HD3650 has better 3DMark06 scores than 4870x2 SLI when unplugged.
    
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Yeah, I was aware that IGP was basically my only option, Guild Wars isn't a very demanding game, recommended is "ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 series video card or above", and according to gunderman's links, the HD3200 is up to the task

HP has some very good offerings in my pricepoint, and most of them have the Radeon HD3200, so I'll probably be going with that as I'm an ATI person. I don't exactly need a dedicated GPU in a laptop, as I still bring my main rig to LANs and such, but a Laptop would be nice for going over a friend's house and playing Guild Wars for a few hours.
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I do understand. Unlike me you have a desktop. From memory I am recalling their may be heat issues with that model that fry the MoBo. Have a Google search?
    
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