Which laptop/graphics card?

  jamiejim 18:25 PM 16 Aug 11
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Hi! First of all i must admit to being slightly clueless on laptops and what makes a good/poor laptop.

However, i am looking for a new laptop to be able to use multiple programs at once and play some fairly low graphically taxing games (eg Football Manager). I have decided i would like a quad-core processor, a RAM of 4gb or more and a hard drive of 500gb or more on a budget of £450 or below. However i have read that i need a decent graphics card to play graphics on the games.

I have narrowed my options for laptops down to 3, with one offering a 512mb dedicated graphics card, another offering an AMD radeon HD 4250m (up to 1.87) integrated card and i am unable to find the card used on the 3rd (I will provide a link below if anyone is able to find it for me). So basically my quetion is, which is better for the type of gaming i want to carry out, a 512mb dedicated card or a 1.87gb integrated card?

My 3 options are on the links provided below. Which laptop should i go for?

http://h40059.www4.hp.com/uk/homelaptops/product.php?id=LS540EA&experience=direct

or

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/hp-pavilion-dv6-6001sa-15-6-laptop-white-09797915-pdt.html?srcid=867&xtor=AL-89&istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&istItemId=wtxxwlir&istBid=t

and finally the one i cant find the graphics card details of.........

http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/AcerAspire5742Corei5LaptopLX.R4F02.433/version.asp

Thanks so much for any help, I've had a stressful day of searching and trying to understand but i need someone of greater computing intelligence to just tell me! :-)

Jamie

  jamiejim 18:34 PM 16 Aug 11

Sorry, the 3rd link doesn't seem to work. The laptop is - Acer Aspire 5742 Core i5 Laptop - LX.R4F02.433.

  Armchair 19:21 PM 17 Aug 11

The Radeon HD 6470M GPU in the second PC is a lot better for gaming than the GPUs in the other two laptops (HD 4250, and Intel HD). It isn't great, but would be your best choice if those three computers are your only options.

Having said that, the Intel i5 CPU in the third PC is quite a bit better than the AMD CPU used in the other two laptops.

Summary:- The second PC is your best choice if you want to game.

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