Edited by: Akita T on 29/04/2011 11:46:05
Originally by: Sidus Isaacs
600 dollars would not get you anything were I live, I had to put out 2500 dollars to get a decent comp. Then again I am not aware of the prices in US, and the NOK is a lot stronger then US dollars atm. Perhasp a bit cheaper if you build teh desktop yourself, I perfer to put most of it in laptops actually.
Well, as soon as you said "laptop", you're already talking probably up to double prices compared to a desktop with the same performance, if not more.
Also, while the taxes should be quite high anywhere in the EU, I strongly doubt you're looking at even half extra compared to the USA overall across the entire machine.
I picked one of the first Norwegian computer shop sites I found via Google (microplex.no), and searched semi-randomly for a few components on both that site and newegg.
AMD Phenom X4 965 II Black Edition -> 159$ on newegg, 1095 NOK ~= 209$ on the other site (~ +32%)
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 -> 135$ on newegg, 995 NOK ~= 190$ on the other site (~ +40%)
ASUS GeForce GTX 550Ti -> 150$ on newegg, 1150 NOK ~= 219$ on the other site (~ +46%)
HDD Western Digital 2 TB Black -> 160$ on newegg, 1095 NOK ~= 209$ on the other site (~ +31%)
and so on and so forth
So... while in Norway you might need to pay the equivalent of 800$ or even 900$ to buy a decent desktop "box" (for which you'd only pay around 600$ in the USA), 2500 is just going way, way overboard.
That's what you have to pay if you insist on using a laptop for gaming, I guess... why the hell would you, though ? You get serious, SERIOUS heat problems if you use it at peak capability, and battery life is woefully inadequate. If you're going to use it mostly like a desktop (so, you know, nice big cooling station, always plugged in, and so on)... you might as well buy a desktop to begin with, then.
Originally by: Sidus Isaacs
Get a decent CPU, I like the new i7's, and a decent graphics card. On my laptop I got some nvidia card 460 something (also the i7 and RAM). I got no problem running new games at max settings and still have good fps.
You probably mean Sandybridge ? They're not all i7s, the best "bang for buck" is an i5. Anyway, none of them support triple channel RAM. Might as well save money and get an AMD. When you also figure in the motherboard, for roughly the same performance, AMDs are a bit cheaper.
ALSO, mobile CPUs and GPUs, while they might carry the same "identification" as the desktop counterparts, they're designed with power consumption in mind first, and have significantly lower performances at higher prices.
For instance, a GeForce GTX 460M laptop video card doesn't even have the speed of a desktop GeForce GTS 450, or barely over half the speed of a desktop GeForce GTX 460. But you can bet that it actually added more to the cost of the laptop than a desktop 460 GTX would have cost.
Likewise, a Intel Core i7-840QM Clarksfield 1.86GHz mobile CPU costs around 580$, and a Intel Core i7-2820QM Sandy Bridge 2.3GHz mobile CPU costs around 600$, but the former doesn't even have the processing power of a desktop i5 750 (which costs around 200$ tops, if you can even find one), while the latter is roughly on par with a desktop i7 950, which only costs around 270$, and actually worse than the cheapest desktop sandybridge, the i5-2400, which only costs around 190$.