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  1. #1


    Join Date : Mar 2012
    Posts : 4

    I'm new to the forum and hope I'm not doing anything wrong, if so I apologize in advance. But I'm getting ready to upgrade to a new laptop.

    An HP Pavilion dv6z quad edition for $785.00, I'm okay with spending the money and I plan on using it for everyday use, and heavy gaming such as gta or other games that can be modded. I would like to know if it appears to be powerful enough to handle it with little or no lag before I invest in it and I'm open to suggestions for anything even an different laptop.
    specs are:
    Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Processor AMD Quad-Core A8-3550MX Accelerated Processor (2.7GHz/2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)

    Graphics card 1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]

    Memory 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

    Hard drive 640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

    Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support.

    I'm upgrading from a Compaq presario c700
    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @ 1.86GHz, 1867 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB

    Hard drive space only 135GB. I'm not sure about the graphics card but I'm sure it's poor.

    I would like to know how big of an upgrade from my current laptop would it be. Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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  2. #2

    Hello shaq380 and welcome to the PCHF..

    Some would say a laptop isn't for gaming and some do it all the time,but don't say how many laptops they go thru.. This laptop does look good enough for gaming.. I am going to open your thread for more input on your question..
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  3. #3

    My old laptop which I think was an Acer 5551 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-15-6inc...1633947&sr=1-2 and that could run gta SA, not sure about IV though. My brother could run it and his machine was less spec than mine, but the problem is it that you laptop will overheat quickly.

    Your best bet is to get a cooling fan and lay it or use it on a flat surface or desk. You don't want to cover up the fans. That way it'll last longer when gaming. But no laptop will be great for gaming, unless it's an actual gaming laptop, something like Alienware, but then your better off building a pc for a cheaper price
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  4. #4


    Join Date : Mar 2012
    Posts : 4

    Thanks guys! I think I'll stick to a laptop though. Building a pc isn't really an option because I'm still a high-school student, I have a 5 year old sister that's a little too into computers that would be all over it. Powerful enough for gta sa is fine for me, and I'm well aware of the over heating issue, I had to take apart my current laptop and remove the dust from around the fan. I won't be on it too much because I'm going to be juggling school and work but the in between time I like to have fun. Would anyone mind recommending a good docking/cooling station? Again very much appreciated! Also, I'm going to install something so I can look at the cpu temp. what would be dangerous temps?
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  5. #5

    This is one I used Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand in Black With High Capacity Fan (F5L001erBLK): Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    Belkin are really good for cooling stands for laptops. This one is also curved so the fan is more away from the surface. The fan is also quite quiet. Good price as well. And you can rest it on your lap or desk.

    Or this one for more comfort http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-V2-La...655424&sr=8-10

    Not 100% sure on the temperature, someone else might be able to answer that. vger?
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  6. #6

    Ok it is rated around 40c during normal usage and gaming is up in the 70c's,since it has the Coolsense software,you can adjust the fan speed accordingly..It is recommended that when gaming you place the laptop on a desk or counter for air flow..
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  7. #7


    Join Date : Mar 2012
    Posts : 4

    Ok, thanks guys, you've both been a big help.
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  8. #8

    You are welcome is there anything else,if not i'll close the thread..
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  9. #9


    Join Date : Mar 2012
    Posts : 4

    No thanks I've got all the info i needed
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