i'm wanting to buy a laptop and need certain system requirements as follows, can anybody advise me of the best laptops to go for that cover all my needs? also is anywhere offering free office software (word, excel etc)
System Requirements Windows XP (SP2)/Vista DirectX 9.0c Intel 3GHz P4 or dual core Intel/AMD equivalent 1 GB RAM Direct X 9 compatible Graphics Card (128 MB nVidia FX 5600, ATi Radeon 9800 or equivalent) 3 GB free disk space, additional space for season Live TM DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound Card
Please be aware that you won't get XP (or Vista?) or the graphics cards mentioned unless you go for a secondhand laptop (off eBay or locally perhaps).
If you opt for a brand new laptop, you'll most likely get Windows 7 OS pre-installed, & easily meet the rest of the specs & exceed them in most cases. Except for the graphics perhaps, as most laptops these days come with integrated graphics, which may not to be sufficient for your needs.
Will you be playing any third-party 3D games at all? (Note that these are not the same as the games that come with Windows). If going to play such 3D games, then these links may be helpful to some extent to gauge the kind/spec of graphics needed in your laptop click here, click here & click here.
All games are not covered in the above links, so if you were going to play Championship Manager 2010 (CM2010) for example, then a dedicated CM forum may be a better place to pose your query click here. A related older thread there click here.
Your budget will be helpful too as bremner enquired.
And, if you don't mind, can you please include a more suitable thread Title (instead of just "Help!!") the next time you post a fresh thread here or in any other forum. Thanks, G
Right, in that case you'll probably need to buy one with a dedicated graphics card - this can hike up the price a bit.
I'm not sure what laptop graphics will be suitable for CM. So, as suggested before, pose this specific query at the CM forum (link above). You don't need to mention the other stuff, as any laptop that will run CM2010 will be able to run your other activities/software too.
The cheapest decent laptop - with a dual-core CPU & dedicated graphics - I could find at eBuyer for instance costs £365: Toshiba Satellite Pro C650D-10z click here. The included HD 4250 graphics may be enough for CM, judging by the other games it can run at click here. G