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On a laptop my bet is it's the video card. If there is one. Most likely your using integrated graphics which are not up to the task. Gaming laptops are very expensive and still don't game as well as a much cheaper desktop. This chart is mostly about desktops because laptop gaming rigs are pretty rare due to expense. It should still give you an idea of processor/gaming ability.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cpu-overclocking-phenom-ii-x4,2826.html

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Okay, let's say I want a game with these recommended requirements:

OS: Windows Vista/7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.0 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 @ 2.2 GHz

Memory: 2 Gb

Hard Drive: 9 Gb free

Video Memory: 512 Mb

Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870

Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Network: Broadband Internet Connection

DirectX: 10

Keyboard

Mouse

DVD Rom Drive

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Yeah a mobility radeon 2400 is about equivalent to the video card I bought in 2005 a 1950xtx desktop card, which is actually faster than the 2400. Your biggest bottleneck is going to be that card and maybe even the 2Gigs of ram if you are running Vista or Windows 7.

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:evilg:Get this http://www.amazon.com/G73JW-A1-Republic-Gamers-17-3-Inch-Gaming/dp/B0041RRS0I

Or if you insist on being practical :halo: then maybe this http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-N82JQ-X1-14-Inch-Laptop-Brown/dp/B003TO55D6/ref=sr_1_17?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1295730041&sr=1-17

I'd stick with intel on the processor they're much better on battery and more powerful too. As long as you're not going nuts on the gaming nvidia or amd should be good for video. Nvidia has a cool thing Optimus (I think) that lets you switch between onboard graphics (fine for video, web browsing etc and battery) and their card which will kill your battery but do games a whole lot better.

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Your on-board video card is taking some memory from your RAM and you only 2 gigs to begin with. What model is your computer? See what is the maximum memory you can put in it. If your OS is 32-bit then you can't go over 4 gigs anyways. Beside that there isn't much you can do unless you get a laptop with a dedicated video card instead of on-board.

Here are some good laptops for gaming:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354812

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0349118

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353158

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354081

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I would just suggest NOT upgrading your laptop for the sole purpose of gaming...especially for a specific game. Because unless you're going to spend a BIG chunk of money, it will just be outdated again very soon, if it already isn't (and it will be, compared to gaming desktops). Especially since most affordable laptops, gaming or not, don't allow you to upgrade the video card, etc. Its usually integrated.

Basically, no matter what amount of money you spend (assuming you're a normal, reasonable, non-rich person :ols:), you're going to be disappointed in a laptop's gaming capabilities within a year or two. Just not worth that investment, if you ask me. Invest in a desktop that you can upgrade, or absorb yourself in console gaming.

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I would just suggest NOT upgrading your laptop for the sole purpose of gaming...especially for a specific game. Because unless you're going to spend a BIG chunk of money, it will just be outdated again very soon, if it already isn't (and it will be, compared to gaming desktops). Especially since most affordable laptops, gaming or not, don't allow you to upgrade the video card, etc. Its usually integrated.

Basically, no matter what amount of money you spend (assuming you're a normal, reasonable, non-rich person :ols:), you're going to be disappointed in a laptop's gaming capabilities within a year or two. Just not worth that investment, if you ask me. Invest in a desktop that you can upgrade, or absorb yourself in console gaming.

Damn :(

Though I may get a desktop...are they cheaper than laptops?

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Significantly cheaper. For a $800 you can get a desktop that will game just fine and like the guy above said, you can replace parts to make it even better cheaply and easily.
So a desktop can have parts replaced but a laptop can't? And only $800 for a good gaming PC? Shoot, maybe that's what I'll do.

---------- Post added January-23rd-2011 at 09:52 AM ----------

And I'll still have my laptop if I need it :)

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So a desktop can have parts replaced but a laptop can't? And only $800 for a good gaming PC? Shoot, maybe that's what I'll do.

---------- Post added January-23rd-2011 at 09:52 AM ----------

And I'll still have my laptop if I need it :)

For sure, opening up a desktop is completely non-frightening while a laptop, I don't know that you'd ever get it back together again. Kind of like a wris****ch vs a Grandfather clock. There are all kinds of tutorials on youtube on how to replace everything from memory to processor's to graphic cards on desktops plus all kinds of forums where the geeks are drooling for a noob to help out in order to show how smart they are (not me though :cool:). It's really easy.

Here's some desktops to look at http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006736%204022%20600030537%20600015459&IsNodeId=1&name=ATI%20Radeon%20HD%205770 and also, on a desktop you don't have to worry about AMD's being ineffecient they're plugged in so it doesn't matter. They're not as powerful as intel based but they are just fine for gaming. Don't get less than a Phenom X4 or a quad core intel. As for graphic cards minimum HD 5770 or GTX 460 1mb. 4 GB of ram is ok but 8 is better. Other than that there isn't much to worry about.

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Thanks dude :cheers:

And I could still use my laptop on football Sundays :)

You're welcome. :cheers: I have my desktop PC on my tv these days and on Sundays I have the game on (usually have to stream it out here in Pukeville) and my fantasy teams and NFL.com on my laptop next to my chair. Complete NFL submersion - it rocks.

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I would just suggest NOT upgrading your laptop for the sole purpose of gaming...especially for a specific game. Because unless you're going to spend a BIG chunk of money, it will just be outdated again very soon, if it already isn't (and it will be, compared to gaming desktops). Especially since most affordable laptops, gaming or not, don't allow you to upgrade the video card, etc. Its usually integrated.

I disagree somewhat. A good laptop today should be able to last a few years of gaming if you're willing to turn the game settings down.

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