Today I had an email presented to me that I thought was interesting. In it, someone was asking specifically whether or not a Dell w/Intel Core i7 840-QM, an NVIDIA GT 445M 3GB 3D graphics card, and 16 GB of DDR3 RAM memory would make for a good gaming computer. It’s a bit of a tough question as the game titles, the resources they require and so on, often dictate how much “power” we really need. But this wasn’t the end of the question. No, not at all. The person asking about their quandary, went on to inquire as to how long this kind of setup would be worthwhile before it was time to change it for something newer. Again, a nearly impossible question to answer.
Having had the time to really noodle on this for a few hours, I finally decided that this is how I would approach things. Basically, look at the specs you are running your favorite game titles with now. Obviously more is always better, but I haven’t played may heavy FPS games in a few years. So me spouting off the recommended specs for anything is a real waste of time. What I can share with you is that it will cost you a small fortune to buy a laptop that can game half as well as a moderately priced desktop. People can argue this all day, but the facts are facts.
See, with a desktop I can better select the best prices on my video card, CPU, etc. Yet with a notebook, this is left to Dell or whoever you happen to be going with. And to be brutally honest, I wouldn’t trust Dell with $2200 of my hard earned dollars if my life depended on it. They’re products are crap in my honest opinion and you’ll do MUCH better going with something like a laptop from Falcon Northwest. No idea what the cost will be, but I promise you that it will blow the doors off any POS Dell is peddling from a quality and support perspective.