Intel GMA X3100

BrunoNoMedals

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#1
I'm thinking of getting a new laptop and, since I can't be bothered (and can't afford) upgrading my desktop I want to get something that can handle a few games. I'm particularly interested in getting Warhammer Online when it comes out, or some other MMO I can waste my life on.

Anyway, I'm looking for something with a decent gaming capability but I'm worried that the X3100 GMA, which seems to be the de facto graphics chip in many laptops, isn't sufficient - even with 2-3Gb of RAM.

What sort of stuff should I be looking at? Is a ~£400 laptop with an X3100, dual core ~1.5-2.1GHz, 2GB RAM going to handle something like WHO or similar, or will I have to splash out on something better?

Any recommendations?
 
#2
I'm afraid you'll have to spend a bit more. The X3100 is not supported by WHO.
This Acer laptop has a dedicated Nvidia 8600m GS 256mb graphics card and costs £499. I have no idea how well it will run WHO, but you should be able to play it on low settings at least.

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5920G_Santa_Rosa_2GHz_Notebook_LX.AN40X.471/version.asp

This laptop from Dell has a slightly more powerful graphics card, (Nvidia 8600m GT 256mb), 1GB more RAM than the Acer, and 70GB more storage space for £535.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dell...=N4XM1532&l=en&oc=N09X5302&rbc=N09X5302&s=bsd

If you want a laptop capable of playing WHO and other games on high then it will cost you at least £800.

http://www.rizeon.com/laptops/rizeon_s97vgt.php
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/475181/HP-DV5-1010/tab/specification

Please note that you can build or buy PC's capable of playing games on the highest settings (including Crysis/Far Cry 2) from around £400.
Good luck.
 

BrunoNoMedals

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#4
theindefinite said:
I'm afraid you'll have to spend a bit more. The X3100 is not supported by WHO.
This Acer laptop has a dedicated Nvidia 8600m GS 256mb graphics card and costs £499. I have no idea how well it will run WHO, but you should be able to play it on low settings at least.

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5920G_Santa_Rosa_2GHz_Notebook_LX.AN40X.471/version.asp

This laptop from Dell has a slightly more powerful graphics card, (Nvidia 8600m GT 256mb), 1GB more RAM than the Acer, and 70GB more storage space for £535.

http://configure.euro.dell.com/dell...=N4XM1532&l=en&oc=N09X5302&rbc=N09X5302&s=bsd

If you want a laptop capable of playing WHO and other games on high then it will cost you at least £800.

http://www.rizeon.com/laptops/rizeon_s97vgt.php
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/475181/HP-DV5-1010/tab/specification

Please note that you can build or buy PC's capable of playing games on the highest settings (including Crysis/Far Cry 2) from around £400.
Good luck.
Good man, I'll bear all that in mind. If it's cheaper to build up a desktop then I may go back to that. I can probably b*stardise my existing PC for a good few parts as it only really needs a 3d card, RAM and a new processor. Splashing out on a new 3d card is always my problem because they're easily the most expensive thing on the shopping list come upgrade time.

jaybee - I don't want to find out how gash my card is after I've bought it! :D
 

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