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    Default Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    Hello,

    I am going to be purchasing a laptop soon, and would like to know what the minimum requirements are to play games that have good graphics.

    My current idea is:

    2.0 Ghz processor - an Intel Core 2 Duo - Santa Rosa
    2Gigs of RAM
    A Nvidia type graphics card, like a 8600 Go???

    But is the Processor a huge part of it? Or is it more the Card or Ram???

    Thanks!!! I want to keep the price low, thats why.

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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    Mostly GPU and RAM. But a faster CPU helps. (correct me if I'm wrong since I'm not a gamer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin_D View Post
    Hello,

    I am going to be purchasing a laptop soon, and would like to know what the minimum requirements are to play games that have good graphics.

    My current idea is:

    2.0 Ghz processor - an Intel Core 2 Duo - Santa Rosa
    2Gigs of RAM
    A Nvidia type graphics card, like a 8600 Go???

    But is the Processor a huge part of it? Or is it more the Card or Ram???

    Thanks!!! I want to keep the price low, thats why.
    Nice looking game = most important Strong GPU good/average CPU...
    Your cpu is very good GPU on the other hand is the best in 15"laptops but nowhere near to run current "nice" looking games at max that being R6Vegas, Bioshock, World in conflict... but it can run them very playable on medium...
    If you want max out games forget laptop go get a desktop with minimum x1900xtx/7900GTX
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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    Well I don't need to run them at maximum level just medium is ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin_D View Post
    Well I don't need to run them at maximum level just medium is ok
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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    Good advice in comments above. I'd like to add that if you want the best performance that will last you a while you should make sure the 8600 GPU is a GT, some notebooks have a 8700 GT that is even better btw. Also make sure the GPU memory is GDDR3, not DDR2. There is a significant difference in performance between those two. 256Mb would be nice, but 512Mb would be very nice. Thats what you want if you want a notebook with 3D power, but it will be a pricy one.....
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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    If you are going to "play" lastest FPS games and want it to last a little longer, then you need at least a 8600mGT. Still, you are low likely to play them with maxed settings with it...

    If you are not a FPS fan and dont play them, i belive the 8400mGS may serve you... also if you are on low budget.

    2GB is nice for playing, but for lower gaming and low budget 1GB should "do".

    Most games aren't veery processor demanding, as long as your processor is not a crap it should do.

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    Would a 1.4ghz pentium dual core in a laptop (their budget line) hinder game performance if you had it offset w/ a 8600m GT?
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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    Quote Originally Posted by slayerfaith1982 View Post
    Would a 1.4ghz pentium dual core in a laptop (their budget line) hinder game performance if you had it offset w/ a 8600m GT?
    It can, but not by much.

    Any Core 2 Duo will be sufficient for most games; unless want to run some of the up coming titles like Alan Wake with insanely complex physics engines. In Alan Wake you need a quad core CPU to get the maximum physics realism, even the fastest Core 2 extreme cant cut it…that’s crazy…. )

    Anyways, generally speaking, GPU is the most important factor for gaming.

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    Default Re: Minimum processor and RAM requerements for gaming?

    i dont believe except for the Dell M1730 and a few other companies can make notebook gpu powerful enough to play the lastest game at max setting with AA HDR etc...
    But for minimum specs on new games at playable framerates, i would say 8600gt. Every game now requires 2 gigs (or 3gigs) to run well, especially on vista.

    World in Conflict is a major gpu memory hog, atleast 384mb, nothing less. Crysis and unreal tournament, dont even think about it.

 

 
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