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    Hi everyone, I am going to buy a laptop which will 80% of the time will be used to play FM. I currently play FM on a desktop but it is an old machine. I am after a laptop that will make my network games run faster as all my network games run slower than when I am playing on my own.

    Things to consider could be;

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE> Brand Name of Laptop
    Processor Type
    Processor Speed
    Hard Drive Capacity
    Memory[/list]
    Help much appreciated

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    Hi everyone, I am going to buy a laptop which will 80% of the time will be used to play FM. I currently play FM on a desktop but it is an old machine. I am after a laptop that will make my network games run faster as all my network games run slower than when I am playing on my own.

    Things to consider could be;

    <UL TYPE=SQUARE> Brand Name of Laptop
    Processor Type
    Processor Speed
    Hard Drive Capacity
    Memory[/list]
    Help much appreciated

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 1720:

    Intel Core Duo processors 2ghz
    2gb Ram
    140GB hard drive

    I've not really had any problems running about 20-30 leagues from 7 or 8 countries on this. Also played network games with it and no problems. Just depends on you budget I guess tho.

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    Budget = max £700

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    I will have a look at the Inspiron 1720 Thanks fattyg

    Keep the suggestions coming people please

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    I wouldnt worry too much about brand name tbh but if you need a good brand go for a Toshiba as they are cheap but reliable.

    Id go for the cheapest laptop you can find with these specs:

    Any dual core (Intel) 2GHz+
    2GB Memory
    HD size matters very little if you are only going to use it for FM.
    Also if screen size doesn't matter, go for a 15" as you will save some money. If you went for a 17" youd be either paying more or sacrificing something else.

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    The laptop will be used for my uni work as well...

    80% usage for football manager
    20% usage for uni work

    Thanks for the help Neji

    Keep the suggestions coming people. Thanks.

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    Fukitsu Siemans Amilo PI2125
    2GHz dual core
    2GB RAM
    160GB Hard Drive.

    Runs all leagues in background wth three playable no problem.
    Will do 34 leagues playable.

    All this from Tesco for £399

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    If possible, make sure you get a laptop that doesn't share PC ram and graphics card ram. You'll be taking a slight perfomance hit if you do.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by the_gaffa:
    If possible, make sure you get a laptop that doesn't share PC ram and graphics card ram. You'll be taking a slight perfomance hit if you do. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I wouldnt worry about that tbh. Not if its only for FM and Uni work. Shouldnt make much of a difference.

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    Thank you people your help is much appreciated. If anyone else has any suggestions I am all ears

    The hunt for a laptop has started

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Neji:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by the_gaffa:
    If possible, make sure you get a laptop that doesn't share PC ram and graphics card ram. You'll be taking a slight perfomance hit if you do. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I wouldnt worry about that tbh. Not if its only for FM and Uni work. Shouldnt make much of a difference. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    In my opinion it should it should be a consideration. A share of his total ram will be constantly busy powering a graphics card and Vista (presuming he uses this OS) is well known to be memory hungry. The more ram you can free up, the better.

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    Yea I am going to get a laptop with Vista as the operating system

    Fancy a change from XP.

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    i have a Hp Pavillion Dv9335nr

    17"
    2 gigs of ram
    Centrno Duo
    160 disk

    and Football Manager 2008 can fly and run faster than ever

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    My original laptop which i bought a year ago ran FM2008 perfectly fine.

    Advent 7211

    Celeron 2.0ghz cpu
    1GB ram
    100GB HDD
    Ati Radeon Xpress 200m

    A low end laptop for sure, but i never had any trouble playing FM.

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    Well the sort of things to look for are:

    Brand: Dell/HP/Toshiba/Acer/Fujitsu/Samsung
    Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz+
    Memory: 2GB+
    Hard Drive: 80GB minimum, 5,400 RPM or 7,200 RPM

    Portability is something tyou might want to consider, are you after a Desktop Replacment (DTR) or a portable computer you can use anywhere?


    For example:

    DTR
    Dell Inspiron 1720 (3rd & 4th choice on page) for a Desktop Replacement, expect limited portability due to size.
    Portable
    Dell XPS M1330 (2nd choice) would give you very good portability & performance for FM. More so if upgraded to the T8100 processor as it will lower heat & power draw (ie longer battery life) while boosting performance further.

    Novatech have a sale on at the moment covering laptops so you can get a really good deal from them if you hurry: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/clearance/I0

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    Yea I will be using the laptop everywhere so the laptop has to be very portabile, not too heavy or big. I have looked at the Dell Inspiron 1720 already and I like what I seen, will have a look at the Advent 7211 and HP Pavillion aswell thanks for the help everyone, keep them coming

    Going to look at the Dell XPS right now and browse the Novatech laptops.

    Thanks.

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    I bought the Toshiba a210-11p for £560 a couple of weeks ago to replace the Advent 7211.

    specs are here

    http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaC...331&toshibaShop=true

    For the price it's performance is superb and the Radeon 2600hd can handle many newer games without too much trouble too.

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    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3477577/Acer-Aspire-5720-...otebook/Product.html

    i have this one fair enough only 1.5ghz but everything else is spot on and it's only £350 i dont think you can go far wrong with it

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    Mines is good

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Celtic 08:
    Mines is good </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Very helpful.

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    I know

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    Momo,

    You should have posted this request in this thread:

    Post here 8O)

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    Ps. do not listen to any BS from Dell about battery life.

    I got it in writting from them (via there technical chat) that a battery will last 4.5 to 5 hours at full power. I bought two batters and just 3.5 hours later, my laptop was shutting down.

    Either FM was power hungry (its not) or they were full of it...... needless to say, i got my money back

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    Yea I should have posted this thread in the "you know when you are addicted to football manager...." I am buying a laptop just to play FM lol

    Dedication for you

    As for the laptop's battery life, the longer the laptop lasts without charging the better!

    Keep the suggestions coming lads

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