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#1 Jun 04 2004 at 11:40 PM Rating: Decent
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im looking to buy a new computer and was leaning toward a nice laptop but i was wondering if buying a laptop would be a waste of money and i should just put the money toward a new desktop i do travel and would like to take WOW with me when it comes out. if you guys could give mne some advice on specs and brands for a good laptop and or desktop that would be great i mainly use the computer for music internet and i play games like SWG and will play some new shooters like half life 2 and doom 3. thanks guys cant wait for WOW
#2 Jun 05 2004 at 9:07 AM Rating: Decent
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The system specs for WoW are not incredibly high right now. Any new computer would *probably* do. But that's not to say that some aspects of the requirements might not change.

The game won't be out for several months still. The computer market is like a bucket with a hole in it. Best not to fill the bucket until you're ready to drink from it.
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#3 Jun 06 2004 at 1:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Azuarc wrote:
The computer market is like a bucket with a hole in it. Best not to fill the bucket until you're ready to drink from it.

so true, so true, i like that actually.

and i agree with you completely, if your looking for a computer that meets bare minimum to run the game, then wait. if your lookin for a powerhouse PC you can either build your own (i reccomend the new 64 bit AMD line, FX if you can afford it). or you can go for the prebuilt ones (which unless you know where to look, AMD based prebuilt is non-existant)

i plan on building my own computer if i can ever get a job for it. i estimate the cost at about $3,000-$3,500. I found a similar computer in one of the PC magazines i get, but, it was the same price, and didnt come with a flat screen monitor (my reccomendation as well).

Computers are tricky to buy, 9/10hs of the time by the time the computer has been shipped to you (if you order offline) there is a newer, faster, better computer released.
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#4 Jun 08 2004 at 10:24 AM Rating: Excellent
If you're looking for a laptop that can play WoW and SWG, then you're probably looking at something in the $1600-$2000 (US) range for a new machine.

Problem with laptops is primarily the video card. You need to make sure that you get one with a decent video chip on board. Or, you can spring for one of the new laptops from Alienware that have upgradeable video cards.

Unless you NEED the laptop for travel, I would suggest just building yourself a desktop system. It costs less, it's easier to upgrade, easier to troubleshoot, and probably will run the game slightly better than most laptops.

I just re-read your post and realized that you want to play the new shooters as well. Definitely stick with the desktop. You'll pay an arm and a leg (and perhaps part of your torso) for a laptop with a video card that will run these games. If you are hellbent on the laptop idea, I'd reccommend Alienware. No question.
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#5 Jun 08 2004 at 2:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Yea, Alienware is probably your best bet for laptop systems... they tend to be in the upper cost range, but, if power is what you want, not much else can beat them. ill keep an eye out in the Gaming magazine subscriptions i get to find out another alternative or just to tell you the price range you should expect on the Alienware.


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shortly after i made this post my mom came in and threw this months Computer Gaming World onto my desk.If your looking for a power laptop, going by whats on page 83 www.ibuypower.com has some decent books at a lil less then $2,000. Amd 64 bit processer would be my reccomendation. They also have a Killer desktop at around $2,300. the cases they have look pretty interesting too. i want the blue one.

Edited, Tue Jun 8 15:56:12 2004 by Tartesk
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#6 Jun 12 2004 at 7:10 AM Rating: Good
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anyone know how WoW will work with a dial-up connection?
#7 Jun 12 2004 at 5:16 PM Rating: Decent
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anyone know how WoW will work with a dial-up connection?
Not amazing, but not unwell, I would assume.
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#8 Jun 12 2004 at 11:53 PM Rating: Decent
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anyone know how WoW will work with a dial-up connection?

Most online games are usually built with 56k in mind. I remember that when I used to play FFXI, 56k was actually handling all the info pretty well. Well, except for one instance *coughTwinklingTreantcough*. So hopefully it should run pretty decently.
In any case, better start checking on cable services. Never hurts to be prepared.
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