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Well i just bought Inspiron 700m laptop today on Dell. I wanted something lightweight to take to College this upcoming Fall quarter. When I bought this laptop i knew i wouldnt play new games since it has one of those intel graphic chips installed. All i want to do is use it for writing reports, movies, and music. Most laptops that had good graphic cards were either heavy like 6lbs or to expensive.

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Intel® Pentium® M Processor 725 (1.80 GHz/400MHz FSB)12.1-in WXGA
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
256 DDR SDRAM
80 Gb harddrive
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer write capability
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 a/b/g, 54Mbps)
Weighs around 4.5 lbs.

As for such low memory i did this because i can pickup 1gig of ram for $100 off Newegg.com

AS my question is games like Call of Duty run fine? Or game like Rise of Nations?
 

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You shouldn't have a problem with games like Diablo, Quake III and Sacred....you MAY even be able to run Halo....but I doubt it....if you have any favorite games from back in the DX8 era....those shouldn't be a problem. (/me remembers playing Alice and thinking back then that IT had kick ass graphics)
 

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I'm assuming that you can set how much memory the intel graphics can use (since I think it's shared with the ram) so if you share a decent portion of RAM (lets say around 64MB or so), I think you could run RoN decently. I'm not sure about Call of Duty since I've never played it. But other than gaming, that laptop looks to be real nice for school work and such (that is if you do a clean install of XP when you get it, to get rid of the preinstalled crap).
 

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I'm assuming that you can set how much memory the intel graphics can use (since I think it's shared with the ram) so if you share a decent portion of RAM (lets say around 64MB or so), I think you could run RoN decently. I'm not sure about Call of Duty since I've never played it. But other than gaming, that laptop looks to be real nice for school work and such (that is if you do a clean install of XP when you get it, to get rid of the preinstalled crap).
Yeah i wanna get of the preinstalled crap that Dell installs. I got few days till the laptop arrives at my house and really excited.
 

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From my experience owning a laptop, I would say if you're buying a fast processor and slow video card, then you might as well look for the cheapest laptop available since you probably won't be doing much with that fast processor anyway. I own a dell inspiron 4150, which is a Pentium 4m 2.0ghz with a cheapo ati 7500 16mb card. Let me tell you I hate this piece of garbage. If I had knew that it couldn't play many games despite having a fast processor, I would've got the cheapest model I could find.

I mean let's face it, what's another reason for getting a 2ghz computer if not for games? Movies, internet, wordprocessing don't even come close to using all that power. Maybe programming but even then I doubt speed as much to do as memory.

So in conclusion I think if you're buying a laptop either go with the best one or cheapest one. If you go for a good processor and slow videocard then it's not worth it in my opinion.
 

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From my experience owning a laptop, I would say if you're buying a fast processor and slow video card, then you might as well look for the cheapest laptop available since you probably won't be doing much with that fast processor anyway. I own a dell inspiron 4150, which is a Pentium 4m 2.0ghz with a cheapo ati 7500 16mb card. Let me tell you I hate this piece of garbage. If I had knew that it couldn't play many games despite having a fast processor, I would've got the cheapest model I could find.

I mean let's face it, what's another reason for getting a 2ghz computer if not for games? Movies, internet, wordprocessing don't even come close to using all that power. Maybe programming but even then I doubt speed as much to do as memory.

So in conclusion I think if you're buying a laptop either go with the best one or cheapest one. If you go for a good processor and slow videocard then it's not worth it in my opinion.

I was figuring that getting fast processor wouldnt so great without a good video card. If their was an option of getting even Nvidia 6200 model i wouldve gotten it but they didnt have it in the customization. But since i got $750 off the laptop i decided to up the processor from the 1.6ghz to 1.8ghz. Plus it being so light weight it was trade off from have a nice video card. This computer is desktop replacement for me without all the extra weight that comes with heavier models. Bear in mind i'm gonna be carrying this laptop on school campus. And I tried to spend the least amount of money around $1200 or so for lightweight notebook. If anyone wants coupon i used here they are:
Inspiron Notebooks from www.Dell.com
$600 off $1499+ Coupon Code DKS2KKN65GQN40
$750 off $1899+ Coupon COde R0BT?B4?65SHF7

When you checkout the laptop there should box where you put this coupon. Check activate it to get 750 or 600 or off.
 

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The integrated graphics solution is a *value* chipset not designed for speed, power, or compatibility. 2D games should run "ok" but I would not expect stellar performance from any 3D game made this millennium.
I am annoyed with Dell. I got the I9100 Inspiron which is really a good laptop with the dedicated ATI Mobile Radeon 9700 and a 15.4" screen. For reasons that defy logic, Dell no longer makes a powerhouse laptop with a 15.4" screen, and instead put the high-end video cards only in the 17" screen models, which are just too big.
 

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The integrated graphics solution is a *value* chipset not designed for speed, power, or compatibility. 2D games should run "ok" but I would not expect stellar performance from any 3D game made this millennium.
I am annoyed with Dell. I got the I9100 Inspiron which is really a good laptop with the dedicated ATI Mobile Radeon 9700 and a 15.4" screen. For reasons that defy logic, Dell no longer makes a powerhouse laptop with a 15.4" screen, and instead put the high-end video cards only in the 17" screen models, which are just too big.
You could always get one of these. If I were to get a laptop now, I would get the 3880-V with a 7200 RPM hard drive :D.
 

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You could always get one of these. If I were to get a laptop now, I would get the 3880-V with a 7200 RPM hard drive :D.
Looks like a nice laptop. Just checked the weight of it and its close to 8lbs. Thats one heavy laptop. But the price is reasonable. After checking prices this that model seems like a good price.
 

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I got I nice deal from HP
780 bucks,
amd 3200 64
ati radeon express 200m
512 ram
etc

and it plays doom 3 at respectable speeds on medium quality, and other games prior to that at really good speeds
 

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I'm extremely happy with my laptop (Sony S-150). Mine's got a Pentium-M @ 1.7Ghz, with an ATi Radeon Mobility 9700 and it performs very well. It only weighs in at 4.2 or so pounds but the only downsize is that it's an expensive laptop. Well, I haven't tried newer games yet but I get basically full speed in Nebula Model 2 and I get full speed (Goldeneye giving very minor slowdown, only in the intro) with most N64 titles with 16x AF and 6x FSAA (using Project 64 and Jabo's plugins).
 

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Snake785 how much did it cost you? I couldnt find it on Sony's site. But i didnt some of the lightweight models with Nvidia 6200 GO with Turbo Cache .
 

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I got I nice deal from HP
780 bucks,
amd 3200 64
ati radeon express 200m
512 ram
etc

and it plays doom 3 at respectable speeds on medium quality, and other games prior to that at really good speeds
is it HP pavillion? what is the model?
 

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Sounds like a nice box for pr0n :innocent:
wonder if Call Of Duty will work on it with 1GB ram
Have phun :)

-VRiD
 

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Sounds like a nice box for pr0n :innocent:
wonder if Call Of Duty will work on it with 1GB ram
Have phun :)

-VRiD
I'll find out if Call Duty will work with my computer in two weeks or so when it arrives.
 

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Snake785 how much did it cost you? I couldnt find it on Sony's site. But i didnt some of the lightweight models with Nvidia 6200 GO with Turbo Cache .
I bought mine used (It is an older model) for under $2,000 CAN. I think the only one you'll find on Sony's site is the S360 and I saw that for about $2,500 CAN. I would try and see if you can buy it used because it is quite expensive if you buy brand new.

ps. do your own conversions to whatever currency you use :p
 

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Well i bought my laptop already and its being sent int two weeks from Dell. Yeah i use US dollar currency. If i had the money i wouldve probably bought a Sony instead but i think ill be happy with laptop i ordered for my school work.
 

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Well just got my laptop on Monday. I must say i really like it alot. Runs smooth and wireless internet is so great. I took this to my summer class and I automatically got wireless connection. The only cons is getting used to a very small keyboard and the dang touchpad thing. All i got to do now is get 1gig of memory from Newegg. Also kinda weighs a little heavy even though the screen is 12"'s making it really compact.
 

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what are the specs on yours, have you ran any benchmarks?
Im getting ready to post some on my mine with a radeon xpress 200m and amd 3200 64
 

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The specs are on the top of the page. I was thinking of getting a laptop with Amd processor but couldnt find ultraportable system within my price range.
 
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