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Will this Be a good Enough laptop?

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I'm looking at an Hp pavilion With the following specs

Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Processor-- Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-450M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz

Memory 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Hard drive 1TB 5200RPM SATA Hard Drive

Graphics card 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 switchable graphics

Display 15.6" diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen

Primary optical drive Blu-ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

Networking Intel Wireless-N Card

Office software Microsoft(R) Office Starter 2010

I am curious if such a laptop will be able to run stuff like counterstrike, Half life 2, Steam and stuff in that kind of genre

Also my biggest concern is will it be able to run Starcraft 2 smoothly

i would look at desktops but having a laptop is much more convienient at the moment so im trying to stay in the 1500$ range, this costs 1305.5 and im not including all the details

would be trying to get an Alienware laptop be better?
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Escaflowne welcome to TSF

Now that laptop should be able to play ever current game on the market on medium settings, as for Counter Strike and Half Life 2 you should be able to play these games maxed out.
To add in on llacrossedude7

That laptop will run games fine, you have to tone the settings possibly but they will run.

However I have seen laptops at that price with better graphics cards.

Would you be interested in other laptops, or are you happy with that laptop?
You could buy a MUCH better desktop with that kind of cash. I'm just saying that if you are looking more at gaming then investing in a desktop is a much wiser choice and especially for having hardware that will be able to play games longer.

I can price out a PC for you if you want, find all the parts for the budget you have in mind $1,300.
I was looking at a powerful Alien Ware Desktop too but im pretty sure im going with the desktop
I was looking at a powerful Alien Ware Desktop too but im pretty sure im going with the desktop
I thought you were getting a laptop?

If you do plan on getting a laptop or desktop, stay away from Alienware and dell. I have heard terrible horror stories from them. If you are curious, dell owns Alienware at the moment.

If you get a desktop, your best bet is to buy parts and build it yourself. It is cheaper, you get what you want, and you get quality. Prebuilts usually have a 'catch'.
If you want a good company that makes pre-built gaming machines go with Falcon Northwest they will have something that fits your needs and wallet.
Your best bet for a gaming desktop without any worries of putting it together is to buy parts suggested in TechSupportForums and hire someone reliable to put it together.
Like me I would build you a sweet rig with cable management and everything.
i have one question, for say dual processors how it says 1.6 ghz or for quad processors that say like 2.6 ghz, is it for total or for each one separatly, because i need atleast 2.6 ghz for sc2 and im not sure about it
Ok when it come to dual and quad cores you only need a dual core because no games use more than 2 core. Now if you don't understand how cores work basically a core is a CPU that makes up the Physical CPU or Processor. So for example a dual core at 2Ghz is roughly going to be about 3.3-4Ghz of total computing power. Now a quad at 2Ghz will be in the range of 6-8 Ghz depending on the type of dual or quad core it is.
So pretty much you double the Ghz for dual and thats the total and time quad by four and theres the total

so a quad processor at 2.8 Ghz is actually just like saying its 11.2 Ghz?
Not exactly but thats the idea. I'm not sure on ther specifics that determine exactly how fast a processor run but I'm sure it has to do with the die size(nm), l1,l2, and l3 cache sizes, and a few other factors
so it should be able to play sc2 without problem judging by the specs and requirements eh
if thats the case i will get the hp laptop, i need mobility too so thats the reason
Laptops are not my forte but what ever floats your boat.
For $1500 you can get an ASUS G-series gaming laptop, with much better graphics than the Radeon 5650. The HP is a decent rig but isn't really designed with gaming in mind.
I do agree with beefers on the ASUS laptop
you can get an ASUS gaming laptop with a much better graphic card and more reliable parts
the Quad Core CPU is used by 20% of today games, but it's good for future releases, the Core 2 Duo will do pretty much well
The single- and dual-core models are single-die, whereas the quad-core models comprise two dies, each containing two cores, so it has 4 cores
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