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lara_fanatic
24-07-08, 18:12
Would either of these laptops be powerful enough to play Tomb Raider Legend (with Next Generation effects ON), Tomb Raider Anniversary or perhaps Assassin's Creed (also with Next Gen effects on)?
As you've probably noticed on the sites they are customizable, so what should I consider upgrading (for each) if they are not to par?



The link below is to a Dell Inspiron 1525.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndppa1&cs=19&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&dgc=SS&cid=30349&lid=681191

And....A Dell XPS M1530
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DYCWHN1&s=dhs

And last...the MacBook (can be loaded with Windows XP or Vista)
http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html (sroll down to the bottom for a comparison chart for all 3 configurations)


I apologize if I'm asking for too much :)
Regards,
Lara_fanatic

lara_fanatic
25-07-08, 03:06
Sooo no one can help me?? x-x' Mabye escondeR knows??

EscondeR
25-07-08, 05:09
Dell XPS M1530 (http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DYCWHN1&s=dhs) :)
With slightly changed config:

My Components
Tuxedo Black
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7250 (2MB cache/2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition SP1
Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch LCD (1280x800) & 2.0 MP Camera
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
Size: 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write)
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT
Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
High Definition Audio 2.0
Finger Print Reader XPS M1530

My Software & Accessories
McAfee SecurityCenter 15-months
No Microsoft Office

My Service
1Yr Ltd HW WRTY, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis, 24x7 Phone Support
Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
No ISP requested

Also Includes
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1


MacBook is not good here, as you need to mess with Boot Camp and Windows installations to play most games.

Inspiron is... no-go as has Intel GMA only http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/icons/icon13.gif

lara_fanatic
25-07-08, 12:33
:D:jmp: Thank you so much escondeR! You helped me out a lot.

EscondeR
25-07-08, 12:39
The config may be even more powerful. If you tell me your budget, I'll know how far I can push it :)

Bokkie
26-07-08, 14:10
I own DELL XPS M1530 almost 2 months and I'm pretty happy with the laptop.

My configuration:

CPU: Core 2 DuoT8300 @ 2.4 GHz
Graphics: GeForce 8600GT, 256MB RAM, DirectX 10
Memory: 4096 MB RAM
HDD: 320 GB
Screen: 15.4 TFT TrueLife 1280x800
Optics: DVD +- RW
Other: 2MPix camera, fingerprint reader, extended (85WrH battery), wireless, bluetooth 2.0
Windows Vista Home Premium

The configuration above has 5.1 Windows Experience Index (of maximum 5.9) and the lowest value is the 4GB RAM memory :D

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5965/xps1530sz1.gif (http://imageshack.us)

Regarding the games, I played Tomb Raider Anniversary and Legend without any problems. The Legend also runs in Next-Gen mode.
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5965/xps1530sz1.81e348bb45.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=510&i=xps1530sz1.gif)

Cochrane
26-07-08, 14:29
Installing with BootCamp actually works better than anything else I've ever tried. I'd still say no to the MacBook because of the lack of a decent graphics accelerator, though.

lara_fanatic
26-07-08, 17:54
The config may be even more powerful. If you tell me your budget, I'll know how far I can push it :)
Well..as far as budget goes..I'm still too young to have one lol. But I am saving up a lot of money and hopefully getting a job when school starts. So hopefully in a good while I'll have enough money saved up.
I own DELL XPS M1530 almost 2 months and I'm pretty happy with the laptop.

My configuration:

CPU: Core 2 DuoT8300 @ 2.4 GHz
Graphics: GeForce 8600GT, 256MB RAM, DirectX 10
Memory: 4096 MB RAM
HDD: 320 GB
Screen: 15.4 TFT TrueLife 1280x800
Optics: DVD +- RW
Other: 2MPix camera, fingerprint reader, extended (85WrH battery), wireless, bluetooth 2.0
Windows Vista Home Premium

The configuration above has 5.1 Windows Experience Index (of maximum 5.9) and the lowest value is the 4GB RAM memory :D

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5965/xps1530sz1.gif (http://imageshack.us)

Regarding the games, I played Tomb Raider Anniversary and Legend without any problems. The Legend also runs in Next-Gen mode.
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5965/xps1530sz1.81e348bb45.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=510&i=xps1530sz1.gif)
That sounds good. If you dont mind me asking, how much did that configuration cost?

Installing with BootCamp actually works better than anything else I've ever tried. I'd still say no to the MacBook because of the lack of a decent graphics accelerator, though.

That's what I really want to do. So if a macbook isnt good what about a Mac Book Pro? I believe it has the same graphics card as what Bokkie posted about his XPS M1530 right? And is using boot camp hard at all? Or do you just pop in the disc and follow through?

Cochrane
27-07-08, 06:04
That's what I really want to do. So if a macbook isnt good what about a Mac Book Pro? I believe it has the same graphics card as what Bokkie posted about his XPS M1530 right? And is using boot camp hard at all? Or do you just pop in the disc and follow through?

Yes, it's the same graphics card. Not a cheap laptop, but absolutely worth it (I'm currently typing this one a slightly older one which has completely replaced my old gaming PC). Boot Camp is not hard, you first follow a wizard to partition the disc, then put in the Windows disc and follow everything, then put in the Mac OS X restore disc which installs all the drivers, and then you are set to go*.

*) except that you still have to install anti-virus software, a firewall and a billion of Windows patches, but AFAIK that's the same with any Windows, whether preinstalled or not.

GeekOfComedy
27-07-08, 13:09
Yes, it's the same graphics card. Not a cheap laptop, but absolutely worth it (I'm currently typing this one a slightly older one which has completely replaced my old gaming PC). Boot Camp is not hard, you first follow a wizard to partition the disc, then put in the Windows disc and follow everything, then put in the Mac OS X restore disc which installs all the drivers, and then you are set to go*.

*) except that you still have to install anti-virus software, a firewall and a billion of Windows patches, but AFAIK that's the same with any Windows, whether preinstalled or not.
Yea. The macbook pro is fantastic I have the 17'' 2.5GHz. The 2799$ is worth it but if 17'' is too much get the 15'' 2.5GHz for 2499$ I think. I dunno I'm in europe. The 2.4GHz is pretty last years technolgy but if you don't have the money get the 2.4GHz. Have you thought about talking to your parents about financing. Also the displays are a pleasure to type on and the F1/F2 can make the screen brighter/darker so no need to go to graphic options and changes gamma. The F3 key shows all the windows you have open. F4 Is the dashboard like vistas side bar expect it wont take up any of your screen until you need to use this. F5 + F6 makes the keyboard brighter/darker if your in a dark room and the keyboard lights up but not bright enough. F7 - F9 is just rewind Pause/play and fastfoward F10-F12 is volume and finally the last button is the eject key which is better than having to physically press the drive.

Bokkie
29-07-08, 15:15
Well..as far as budget goes..I'm still too young to have one lol. But I am saving up a lot of money and hopefully getting a job when school starts. So hopefully in a good while I'll have enough money saved up.

That sounds good. If you dont mind me asking, how much did that configuration cost? 908 UK pounds (including VAT), and price includes the carry case as well.

SamReeves
29-07-08, 16:19
MacBook is not good here, as you need to mess with Boot Camp and Windows installations to play most games.

Boot Camp is a partition helper, and has the nescessary drivers to make it work on an Apple machine. There's no reason to be discouraged by this. Plus you can have your choice of Windows XP or Vista, whereas Dell might limit you to Vista.

EscondeR
29-07-08, 16:48
^ Sam, are you ready to take the duty to answer all compatibility issues questions that will rize when lara_fanatic (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/member.php?u=20738) tries to install games/third-party software/etc :mis:

SamReeves
29-07-08, 17:13
I have all sorts of third party software running on my Windows XP disk on a Mac Pro. It hasn't stopped me yet. If a real need arises I'd recommend using the Mac Rumors forum or even Apple's own forum where there'll be some good answers to technical questions. I'll stand behind Apple's products.

EscondeR
29-07-08, 17:26
I'll stand behind Apple's products.

I can see it :p

clairelovestlc
29-07-08, 19:08
I too have he dell XPS 1530, i got it a week or so ago, and highly recommend it.

It was £720 including delivery. Spec below

XPS M1530
CORE 2 DUO T5750 2.00GHZ
15.4" WXGA (1280X800) WITH TRUELIFE
FINGERPRINT READER
2.0MP CAMERA
DUAL CHANNEL 3.0GB RAM
HARD DRIVE 250GB (5400RPM)
18XDVD+/-RW SLIM SLOT-LOAD DRIVE
128MB NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 8400M GS
TRAVEL REMOTE CONTROL
ENGLISH NORTON INTERNET SECURITY 2008 -2 year subscription (which will be un-installed! i didn't want it, it was just bundled into the package)
Wireless net and blue-tooth
Dell mouse
Dell Laptop bag
4 year XPS premium warranty ( next day on site repairs)

Cochrane
29-07-08, 20:04
^ Sam, are you ready to take the duty to answer all compatibility issues questions that will rize when lara_fanatic (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/member.php?u=20738) tries to install games/third-party software/etc :mis:

What kind of issues do you expect? I for example haven't had more than with any normal Windows machine. In fact, given that my normal Windows machine before my MacBook Pro was about a century old, I've had far less issues.

EscondeR
30-07-08, 05:11
This is kinda "everyone will defend his own point" situation, so let's make this Mac vs. PC thread NOT. I hope lara_fanatic can decide on his/her own after our opinions (not flame) are stated :)

lara_fanatic
30-07-08, 18:30
Well thanks for all your help guys lol! I really appreciate it.:)