1,366x768 & Dedicated graphics OR 1920x1080 with Integrated

ottawaguitarist

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Hey,

Trying to decide between two laptops. There seems to be only one laptop I've found that is in my price range that has dedicated graphics,... but it has 720P resolution.

What would be better
720P with a Nvidia dedicated card
or
1080P with Intel Graphics 5500 integrated

Typically don't play games, but that may change since my old computer was incapable to keeping up with todays demands.

 

3hunna

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What he said & it's the model of the Graphic card that matters not the v-ram cause a weak card wouldn't be able to utilize it ( low end cards with higher v-ram/video memory is a marketing gimmick) you can get a laptop with dedicated graphics & 720p screen & use an external `1080p tv/monitor via hdmi
 

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It says '' gt 920'' for gaming the second number of the graphic card should be 5 at least & the first number means the generation of the card the 0 means nothing
 

ottawaguitarist

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So the following would be better?
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/hewlett-packard-hp-envy-15-6-touchscreen-laptop-silver-intel-core-i7-4722hq-2tb-hdd-16gb-ram-windows-8-1-m1w80ua-abl/10383389.aspx?path=38dd1f053d328ae8e4b23e78e4c9972aen02
 

3hunna

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Yeah that would be butter but like vrumor said you can build a high end desktop with that much money or even less that will out perform any laptop in games
 

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I am placing my desktop of 9 years with a laptop because I am more mobile of where I do my computing (flopped on the couch, at the dinner table, etc.) Most of my computing is just Office, finance software, web surfing, etc. I would want to take the computer on travel as well. Gaming is not my priority, however, I'd like to know that if I were to load up a game to two, the computer can do that as well.


 

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Well flopping on your couch, or at the dinner table would be silly reasons to skip a desktop over a laptop. Do you travel enough for it to be worth it? If you are not doing much gaming, either one of those first 2 will be fine. The $1500 will game better but is it worth the extra $700 just to have that luxury? It isnt that much better, the 950m is a weak card compared to its deskptop equivalent. You pay an enormous premium on "gaming laptops", and most of them cant even run something modern at decent settings. And by modern I mean anything in the last 2-3 years.
 

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Keep in mind that 1080 will give much more clarity (higher resolution...more dpi, etc.) but be more demanding on the system. The 1366x768 display requires the system to work less hard, but that low of a dpi may increase the visual need to use anti-aliasing/etc. for a good experience.

You can game on a laptop, but you can't expect to play all games or for many generations when buying a moderate gaming laptop much-less a low end one. If your expectations are reasonable (indie games or last generation games at low to medium settings) you may still have quite a bit of fun, though.
 

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If I took the gaming off the agenda and both the first to computers would be sufficient for all my other usages, I suppose I go back to my original question

720P with Nvidia
or
1080P with Integrated and touchscreen?

* I suppose I'd like to add that I would be wanting to connect an external monitor at my work desk when I'm not mobile.
 

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For me...it is all about the eye strain. I'd go 1080 with integrated in a second.

*to be fair, i have my desktop for gaming should i want to*
 

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NVidia 920M
vs
Intel HD5500

It would probably be difficult to find reliable data. Neither one are really meant for gaming though they might both handle some light gaming.

Example HD5500: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzSJj3dEUm0

Example 920M: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeAunDi1wkQ

Summary:
My advice is get the 1920x1080 resolution with HD5500. Then choose the game you want to play carefully. There are actually a large number of games that should run well and be fun. Torchlight and other top-down "god" games, possibly Half Life 2 etc.

Having said that, make sure the CUSTOMER REVIEW scores are good and don't spend too much. I'm not sure why the laptop is $900, that seems way too high to me.
 

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For that budget($1,000), what laptop would you recommend?
 

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Now we're just running with scissors here!!! :)
 
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