Originally Posted by kingfrog77
I went through this argument a few years ago when I bought my Dell 8600. Many wewre saying pay the extra for the big Video Card. My 5200go would not run anything blah blah. I paid $1200 for mine they paid $1800-2k for theirs we BOTH have paper weights today. And my 5200go ran the games fine.
Buy what you will need tODAY,NEver buy computers for the future. That 7600 will run games today. In two or three years the technology will render ALL of today's Video cards moot. No matter what you paid.
Get the HP and use the savings for the upgrade of the entire notebook in three years. The VC on the Dell is not worth the extra bread for the games you will be playing now and in the near future.
The bleeding edge never pays off. Software programmers have to program games t be played by the LEAST common denominator not the MOST powerful otherwise there would be few buyers if the games did not look and play well on "lesser" machines.
the 7900gs is not the bleeding edge, and frankly there is no problem buying a machine knowing that in a few months (not years) you are going to need more power to play the games you are going to want to play at the levels you want to play them. game specs have gone up and look to only go up from here as well. why would you buy something that is not as good as you can get, from a vendor like HP (who in my opinion are lacking anyway), when you can for not alot more get a much more powerful machine with a solid warranty that will actually last you longer before you hit the point where you are wanting to replace it with something else.
yeah sure you can take that money and put it towards a new notebook in the future, only the problem is you will want to start saving fast because unlike if you buy a better notebook which although it wont last forever will last a long time, you are going to be shelling out $1500 again in a year or less to just keep playing new games on middle of the road graphics. thats compared to spending a bit more now, and delaying that purchase.