Is this a good gaming notebook?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by Mr.Happy, Jul 16, 2005.

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  1. Mr.Happy

    Mr.Happy Notebook Guru

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    Ok im going to college pretty soon and need a semi-mobile notebook, granted im not going to be carrying it around everywhere with me so i don't mind the bigger 17" chassis. I don't want some cheap ass notebook due to the fact that I love gaming as well. The notebook I have in mind is an HP ZD8000. I have customized the notebook and the system specs I have choosen are:

    Intel Pentium 4, 630 w/HT technoloy 3.0 ghz
    1 gig of ddr2 sdram
    256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X600
    100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive

    With all the other crap, such as XP professional, Dvd burner, etc. The price comes to roughly 1450 (after my office depot discount). Would this be capable of running games such as Doom 3, half life 2 and the new half life 2 aftermath, Far cry, battefeild 2, etc?. Also what would other gaming notebooks would you recommend, and I cant afford a Dell inspiron 9300. I would appreciate any feedback. Oh and is it possible to get a 256 graphics card in a notebook with a 15.4" screen or is not possible due to the compatibility of the size of the laptop?
     
  2. dblank

    dblank Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    Why can't you afford a 9300? They come to about the same price after one of the 750 off coupons.
     
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    dagamer34 Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    I'd also second getting the Dell Inspiron 9300. With the coupons Dell puts out these days, you could easily configure a laptop that would quite literally "pwn" the hell out of this one.

    Reasons:

    Pros for the 9300, Cons for the zd8000
    Price: 9300 - $~1250 (after coupon), zd8000 - $1450 (your current config)
    Vid card: 9300 - 256MB Geforce 6800 Go, zd8000 - 256MB Ati Radeon x600
    Battery life: 9300 - 3-4 hours, zd8000 - 1.5 hours AT MOST

    Anyway, it's your choice, but I can't really see why anyone would get the zd8000 after seeing what the 9300 can do. The $750 off coupon makes it all worthwhile.

    Always get RAM from a wholesale manufacturer. Newegg.com has a 1GB stick for $110. I think HP charges $125 for that upgrade. 1.5GB sounds nice anyway.
     
  4. Elias

    Elias Notebook Consultant

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    Definately try to go for the Dell i9300. It'll be much cooler and much quieter, as well as lighter.

    The pros outweigh the cons (though there aren't many cons ;) )

    The ZD8000 should be fine for most games, but you should really consider the i9300.
     
  5. Mr.Happy

    Mr.Happy Notebook Guru

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    There is no WAYYY i could afford a dell. Dells are a complete Ripoff. even with the 750 off, a system similar to the zd8000 is gonna run around $2400! and then subtract the 750 off ur still left with a laptop running at 1650. 200 dollars over my price range. I'll admit the 9300 has the zd8000 beat with the 256 nvidia but i cant afford a 9300
     
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    Elias Notebook Consultant

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    Dell i9300
    1GB of RAM (from Dell. Order from NewEgg to save even more)
    100GB harddrive
    1.6GHz Pentium M
    Windows XP Home
    256MB Go Geforce 6800
    8x DVD/CD Burner

    $2,066
    -$750
    = $1,316

    $1,316 < $1,450

    Add XP Pro and it'll be a few dollars cheaper.

    I'm not trying to say that the Dell is perfect for you, but I'm telling you this: you will likely be more satisfied with the Dell over the HP. You can get the HP, but it will be a lot heavier, hotter, and louder than the Dell. It'll also get much less battery life.
     
  7. dblank

    dblank Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    Perhaps you are overestimating the cpu for the ZD8000. The 1.6 Ghz CPU for the 9300 will probably give you similar performance to the 3.0 Ghz Pentium 4 especially since it won't overheat as a P4 will. Also I believe that the 9300 will come with 5400 rpm HDs giving you superior performance in that area as well. If you are in Canada or some place where the coupons don't apply then the Dell will be too expensive, but if you're in the US I doubt you can find a cheaper more powerful machine than a Dell.
     
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    Elias Notebook Consultant

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    Ooh, I hadn't considered him being outside of the US.

    Now it's easier to understand not being able to afford the Dell.
     
  9. dagamer34

    dagamer34 Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    Oy, countries do matter.
     
  10. MavXP

    MavXP Notebook Guru

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    Check out the Asus Z71v. Has the Geforce 6600GT 128MB, excellent sound and build quality. Failing that, an Asus Z70va (or M6V) -the newer version (Aug release) will sport a Radeon X700 128MB. Both these cards are pretty good for gaming, much better than the X600.
     
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