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Help for buying a laptop.....specificaly for FM

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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

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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

Help much appreciated icon14.gif

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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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I will have a look at the Inspiron 1720 icon_smile.gif Thanks fattyg icon14.gif

Keep the suggestions coming people please icon_smile.gif

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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 icon_biggrin.gif

20% usage for uni work icon13.gif

Thanks for the help Neji icon14.gif

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 icon_eek.gif

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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 icon_smile.gif your help is much appreciated. If anyone else has any suggestions I am all ears icon_biggrin.gif

The hunt for a laptop has started icon_cool.gif

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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 icon14.gif

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 icon_biggrin.gif

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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 icon_smile.gif thanks for the help everyone, keep them coming icon_smile.gif

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

Thanks.

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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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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 icon_biggrin.gif

Dedication for you icon_razz.gif

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

Keep the suggestions coming lads icon14.gif

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