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steveh1947
08-19-2010, 10:22 AM
Hi

I am in need of some advice.
About to get a new lap top and would like some advice as to what i need for specs.
currently running SH3 GWX but would like to about commander to it an any other recent mod worth doing.
I don't want to be spending a fortune on a high end gaming lap top as this is about the only game i run on the PC.
Any idea's woud be welcome

Ta

Steve

bunkerratt
08-19-2010, 06:52 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif i guess the first question is how much are you willing to pay ...? then get the best specs you can within the price range.

steveh1947
08-20-2010, 01:38 AM
Ok
Which processor is going to work with SH3 i have seen lap tops with the following:
AMD Turion dual core RM74
AMD Turion 11 dual core M660 and 620
Intel i3-330m

I know the Intel is probably the best but is also the most expensive.
All the above come dedicated 512 of graphics and are working above 2 ghz
The Amd is norally found in the HP and the Intel in Sony
Any advice is good advice

Ta
Steve

bunkerratt
08-20-2010, 05:14 PM
ok well you need to look at "frontside bus speeds and the amount and type of memory as well as operating system ...a good friend of mine here just recieved a new laptop kaleun1961 ..refer to his topic on the first page "back in action after being mia' about 16 post's down from this post..

Kaleun1961
08-22-2010, 02:47 PM
I just now saw this topic, as I have been out of town for the last four days. I visited my Dad and took him up to Casino Rama in Orillia, Ontario to see my favourite performer, Dwight Yoakam. He always puts on a good show; this was my third concert of his.

Yes, I did get a high end gaming notebook a few weeks ago. It can be had here in Canada at BestBuy for $1500 this week. That's a bargain for a unit with those capabilities. However, HP and others have a few comparable systems, not quite as powerful as mine but still capable of running SH3. Avoid a "clearance" PC if it has Vista installed; it will be both older and likely less powerful. I'd go for at least 3 GB of RAM and a good dedicated GPU of at least 512 MB. Avoid a system that allocates video RAM from system RAM. For example, the system might have 4 GB but use 1 GB for video. You want "discrete" video, which means it has its own video card. With notebooks, what you buy is what you will have forever, as upgrades to notebooks are just about nil, so make sure you do some internet research about the graphics chipset on a notebook that interests you.

A "gaming" notebook would be most likely to have the performance specs you're looking for. Regular notebooks emphasize other features that may not be optimized for gamers. Sure, a high def screen sounds nice, but if it's only good for movies due to a weak graphics card then it will disappoint you if you try to run SH3. I had that problem with my previous notebook. I only got frame rates of 1-2 and had to give up on running SH3. Avoid anything which lists "integrated" graphics, which means it's all on the motherboard instead of being a separate component. As well, the i3 processor is the weakest of the series. I'd go with at least an i5; mine has an i7 Quad Core. Intel seems to have the lead at the moment for gaming notebook processors.

steveh1947
08-23-2010, 09:12 AM
I am currently looking at a Dell with the Intel i5 processor and ATI Radeon HD5470 1GB graphics card.
would that be the sort of thing to go for ?

Mittelwaechter
08-23-2010, 01:10 PM
Hi steveh1947

This is a perfect choice!

It will run SH3 including all major mods like a charm. Way above the needed specs and enough reserve for other modern tasks if you want.
Kaleun1961 owns quite a high end rig and he didn't buy it to play only SH3 I guess - or he does not know what to do with his money. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Get you Win 7 (64) and at least 4 GB of RAM and care for a good display.
Fingerprints are less visible on a silver coloured case.
Check the plugs for all the cables and imagine the setup on your desk.

Do you want to be mobile or is it a replacement for a desktop?
If you want to take your rig around often care for the weight and maybe for batterie power and lifetime.
If it is a desktop replacement and only seldom to be carried around, make it a big nice display and a full keyboard with seperate NumPad.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kaleun1961
08-23-2010, 01:22 PM
MW, I did buy it specifically to be able to play SH3, especially after the disappointment I suffered with my previous notebook. I also hope to buy a few more recent games and see how they run, specifically the new Mafia 2 that Celeon has been writing about. I also do video editing and compilation; one of my hobbies is recording documentaries from TV then editing out the ads and burning them to DVD. Now, I also have the option of burning them to Blu Ray, which means for example that I could put an entire series on one disc. I like to make them for family and friends, some of whom are on this forum. As I will not be purchasing another computer for years, I thought it best to buy the most advanced system I could afford today. I'm done with buying second, third or fourth best only to feel lumbered with it a year later.

Steve, that notebook should run SH3 quite well. Let us know what you go with. I agree with MW's advice, especially regarding the fingerprints not showing so badly with a silver chassis. My gaming notebook is finished with a flat black rubberized coating, which makes it immune to fingerprints. My eldest daughter has a shiny black notebook and it shows every print and smear; it's a pain to keep it clean, but it sure looks nice in the store. My youngest girl's notebook has a silver chassis; it shows prints but not as badly as the black one.

A nice option if available is a lit keyboard. This feature is very handy at night; you can game in the dark and still see what you're doing. My wife especially appreciates that, as I sometimes have it running at night while she's sleeping. I'm a bit of a night hawk/insomniac.

Mittelwaechter
08-23-2010, 04:22 PM
I second the lit keyboard advice - great feature.

You are doing video editing and you want to play Mafia 2 - well therefore your nice laptop should be more than fine.

Greetings from another night owl.

steveh1947
08-24-2010, 05:56 AM
Guys
Thanks for the advice.
Looks as if i am heading in the right direction. Looking at the Dell Website i is about 650 for the system.
It is to replace the desk top so i will be looking for a 17" screen.
I will let you know how it goes

Steve

Kaleun1961
08-24-2010, 12:27 PM
17" screens are great; a bigger desktop, higher resolution and great for watching movies in their original cinematic aspect ratio. Beware, though, that SH3's resolution was made for smaller format monitors. You'll probably have a small black band down both sides of your display in order to display it in its original aspect. You'll either have to live with it, or enable one of the screen resolution mods. These have their own advantages and disadvantages which you will have to assess. For example, you may not find one that fits your screen resolution. As well, they eliminate some keys, so you will have to remap your keyboard or just use the mouse for certain commands. Also, you will not be able to take screenshots by using the "Ctrl+F11" combination. Doing so will cause an immediate crash of the game. You can use a third party screenshot capture utility.

I simply accept the game the way it appears on my 17.3" screen and live with it. If your notebook is to be a replacement to a desktop, a 17" or larger is the way to go. If you opt for a 14" or 15" you'll be yearning for a bigger display. I've even seen 18" displays, but opted for my current notebook for its other features. It's heavey for a notebook, 12 pounds including the power brick, but I seldom travel with it and do not need it for work. It is not a desktop replacement, but could subsitute. I regard it as a supplement to my gaming desktop and take it with me when I go out of town for several days to visit my father or friends. I get withdrawal symptoms if I go for more than one day without a computer.