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Ok I am right now, going to be buying a laptop for university but most importantly starcraft :D
I'm on the acer website, my budget is £600 and I've found a few with processors fast enough to do the job. The only thing im struggling to understand is the graphics card.
Here are the specs for sc as you may know
Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) with DirectX® 9.0c
2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
128 MB PCIe NVIDIA® GeForce® 6600 GT or ATI Radeon® 9800 PRO video card or better
12 GB available HD space
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 users)
Broadband Internet connection
1024X720 minimum display resolution
Here are two laptos I'm interested in.
as you can see the second one which is cheaper doesn't have the memory capacity measured. I'm just wondering, will they do the job? I really don't mind playing on low setting as long as it is smooth. Thanks
Unfortunately I can't give recommendations, all I can really do in situations like this is give the minimum requirements:
I hope that helps!
I am an expert on laptops. Why? Because I've owned plenty of them and I have rich experience in assembling laptops (yes, Im talking about Clevo).
Alright, to play StarCraft 2, the biggest concern in laptops is the video card. The processors are generally not a problem nowadays, since laptops are a big leap ahead than they ever were and any dual core processor would do.
You have 2 brands of video cards to choose from: AMD and NVIDIA.
If you opt for NVIDIA - get a laptop with AT LEAST a GT540M card. I recommend these:
-GT540M (budget laptops)
-GT550M (budget laptops)
-GT555M (above average laptops)
-GTX560M and above (high performance laptops, usually expensive)
If you decide to go with AMD, here is the list of good cards:
-AMD 6650M (average level card, dont get anything lower than this)
-AMD 6770M to 6870M (performance cards)
-AMD 6900 series (includes 6950M, 6970M and 6990M) - these are the best cards, but are expensive.
Right now, Im playing SC2 on my main computer, which is a laptop. Clevo P150HM with Core i7 2760QM, 8gigs of ram, AMD6990M card. Clevo laptops are the best bang for the buck right now and deliver Alienware performance and above.
If you are looking for a cheap laptop to play SC2 on, get one with AT LEAST Nvidia GT540M or AMD 6770M card. Dont get anything lower than that. The number in the cards models are important, as anything above these models I mentioned will run the game perfectly on medium-high settings.
If you have more questions, please ask.
You can also make a thread in these forums (I hppe the mods won't mind me posting this link): http://forum.notebookreview.com/
I am an expert on laptops. Why? Because I've owned plenty of them and I have rich experience in assembling laptops (yes, Im talking about Clevo).Very nice post!
I cannot reccomend it. Nvidia GT520M will run the game on low, but as soon as there are more units, it will give you nothing but headache.
As I said above, you need a GT540M at least, in order to play on medium-high. So on heavier maps, you may need to set it to low-medium. I've owned a laptop with the GT540M and it plays the game very nice in league games. In custom maps like Marine Arena, as soon as somebody makes a ton of hybrids, it will start to struggle.
Nice thing about the GT540M - you can set the Textures on Ultra with no problems and leave it at that. No need to set textures to low or medium. Always on Ultra, wich gives you a good-looking game that you can enjoy. Shaders need to be on Low, though.
My laptop have gt520m and ye...when more units is on the field fps go down and headache.I will go this days to technical service to cleaning laptop from dust and changing termopaste cause it havent been cleaned by 6 months.Hope this will help to play normally even in 200 vs 200 battles...
Im afraid the GT520M is an "integrated" card. In order to be able to upgrade, you need a laptop with a MXM 3.0b video card slot. Since yours is integrated, you cannot upgrade.
I want to tell everyone: if you want to play Starcraft 2 on a laptop, please ask in the forums about advice, guys. Starcraft 2 is a competitive strategy game, right? But in order to be competitive, you need a good machine that can run the game perfectly, so you can react to the dynamic gameplay at any time. DONT buy machines that can only "run the game". Buy machines that can "run it well".
About laptops - always watch for the video card. CPU, RAM, HDD...these are things that you can upgrade. Also, these are things that don't matter for Starcraft 2, since nowadays 4GB of ram is standart and the CPU's have more than enough punch. Always look for the videocard!!!!
And always ask questions before buying. Ask a ton of questions! I will be happy to answer (and other people will too). Before spending your hard earned money, ALWAYS ask and double check!
That would be all.
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