Hey, So after just getting this laptop i am already considering getting another one mainly due to the graphics hardware not being what i really do need. Here is my current system:
HP Pavilion DV7-4278NR
AMD Phenom II Dual core 3.0GHZ
4GB DDR3 Ram
Bluray reader/DVD+/-RW with lightscribe
ATI Radeon HD 4200 or 4250 graphics
17.3" LED LCD screen with up 1600x900 resolution
webcam, mic, HDMI, 4 USB, SD card slot and large track pad.
I really like this laptop but i dont like the graphics on how slow it really is. even my 10 year old dell with a geforce 6200 does better than this machines graphics. i also would like a bigger trackpad but as i am renting this machine in order to do school and other stuff in the time being i dont really have much choice with it.
I would like a similar system but of course with better graphics card and maybe a bigger hard drive. My budget is under $1200 for it. I would like to get a mac but they are way too expensive for what the base models come with.
I do have a question about Intel graphics because i've been hearing that they are a lot better. would it be good with playing games like.. Dirt 3, Sims 3+2, COD black Ops, Command & conquer series, civ 4+5, and many other games as this system has become my xbox since i cant take it with me to college. the computer i have now is able to play all of those games on low except for the sims games which can be played at high settings. resolution on which they play doesn't matter to me yet so if it can get like 40+FPS on dirt 3 in 1024x768 i'm perfectly fine with it. like this machine can play COD at 800x600 at around 30FPS but anything higher resolution wise seems to make the game really hard to play.
I have looked at this system but i dont like how it is re-certified. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834157896
Now in the past i have tried to stay AMD because they offer better power saving and thermal capabilities but i'm open to trying an Intel system again.