AMD Radeon Adrenalin release date, new features, compatible graphics cards
i have been considering a new PC for some time for home use. Mainly games, and other multimedia functions (music, DVD outlet etc). As I'd be buying a TFT for a desktop anyway, and since high spec-laptops have fallen in price so much of late I am thinking of going for the laptop option.
however i am unsure as to what spec\price system i need in order to play the latest graphically intense PC games. I have been looking at the new Dell Inspirion 9100 series but am unsure if this is overkill for my needs or if a cheaper option is available from other companies (although i like the big screen size). I'd be very interested in hearing advice from people here who have a lot more knowledge then myself in this area.
As a guide, I've just built a customised Area-51m Extreme laptop with the following specs:
- Area-51m Case with 16.1" UltraXGA 1600x1200 LCD Display
- Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 3.2 Ghz Extreme Edition w/Hyper-Threading
- SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
- 1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
- 2 x 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache - Hitachi
- AREA-51M ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Module with 128MB DDR
- Creative Sound Blaster® Audigy® 2 NX USB External
- 4x2x8x DVD+RW / 16x10x24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
- Belkin 802.11b/g Wireless Notebook Network Card
- Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
- 56K Modem with V.92 Technology
- Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Total Price: £2,990.38 (!)
IMHO laptops and gaming are too much of a compromise. If you are going down the TFT route, why not get a PC, which will be more readily upgradeable and cheaper and dare I say, much, much better for gaming !
For Game, Graphics performance is the first consideration. So make sure it got good graphics chipset such as mobile 9600 etc.
As you are use it for game, so better off with a desktop and good LCD screen. If you want some portability, get a so called SFF (Small Form Factor) PC which is high performance and can be put into a racksake, here are some examples click here, but you do build it cheaper DIY. If you want to go down this road, someone is here will recommend a list of components when you name a budget.
Shuttle SN45G SktA Mini Aluminium Barebone system c/w nForce2 DDR400 m/b +LAN +6 ch.snd £123.32 click here
AMD Athlon XP 2800 (333MHz) oem Barton Core £78.67 click here
2x 512MB DDR400 PC3200 RAM 2x£57.58 click here
120 GB Seagate Barracuda 8MB Cache 7200rpm ATA100 £64.57 click here
NEC ND-2500 8x DVD +/- R/RW £63.44 click here
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 Pro AIW 128MB DDR AGP +DVI +VIVO w/ Remote £164.44 click here
17" LG L1720B TFT Slim bezel black/ chrome 16ms 3yrs Onsite £326.64 click here
Pure Digital (VideoLogic) ZXR-550 65W rms 5.1 Speaker System £54.05 click here
£997.70 Total (The machine can used as a TV as well). All components is same place, maybe possible to get cheaper if seach other places.
CAn be got for about £130 at overclockers.co.uk in this week only
Just find in the current issue of Computer Buyer, the instruction for putting together a SFF media PC similar to the one I recommended above (mine is cheaper and better).
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