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Some games will have to be on lower settings, but sure.

You won't get much of a graphics card for that laptop though.

That's really where your bottleneck is going to be.
 

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So, do you think I need to upgrade both, the CPU and graphics card? Is it possible?
If it lets you, the graphics card will be far and away the better upgrade.

That may not be a core 2 duo processor, but it's not slow by any means.
 

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Re: Graphics card

Do you think the ATI X1400 Hypermemory graphics card will be better?
Well it's a step up from onboard graphics, but if you can afford it you should probably look for something in the range of X1600 at the very minimum.

nVidia has the 8600M GT card out if you really want some respectable graphics on your notebook.

A lot depends on which notebook you have though.

It's available for Asus notebooks @ $130.
 

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And, of course, the top of the line mobile graphics is the 8800M GTX.
Usual problem though, almost all laptops aren't able to upgrade graphics. Running the x1400 in my laptop here and it suits me fine, but I'm not a gamer so that doesn't mean much.
 

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I have the Dell Inspiron e1505. As far I know the Dell Inspiron 6400/e1505 can be customized with one of three graphics cards: the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, the ATI x1400 HyperMemory and the nVidia GeForce Go 7300. If it is right, which one should i pick?
 

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You're probably right there, my x1400 is in an Inspiron 9400/e1705, same thing pretty much, just a different screen size. Not sure which is better between the nvivia and the ati.
 

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Opinions are mixed, here are some links about the two.
http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=467906
http://www.sharkyforums.com/showthread.php?t=288719
This next one has the 7300 as a low range and the x1400 as midrange.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=39568&highlight=video+cards

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=39568&page=118
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/230993-33-geforce-7300-mobility-1400-choose
http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1075374

After looking at all these pages, it does seem that most think that the x1400 is the better one for gaming, though neither will give great performance on modern games.
 
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