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Discussion in 'Questions about Getting Started in the Game' started by AkodoJac, Jun 18, 2019.

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  1. AkodoJac

    AkodoJac Forum-Greenhorn

    I looking for good hardware solutions for playing DSO.
    Now i play on very old computer and want change it.
    Anyone use Dell E7250 for DSO ? There are possible plays with this laptop comfortable (high res, high detals ... ) or beeter look for other solution ?
     
  2. YouWinOrYouDie

    YouWinOrYouDie Exceptional Talent

    A lot of laptops are customizable. It would be more useful if you listed the stats of the model you're looking at, as built.

    RAM:
    Processor:
    Graphics:
    Hard drive type:
    Screen resolution:

    Finally, if you are replacing your computer, unless you are need the portability of a laptop, consider a desktop model. You will likely get better hardware at a lower price.
     
  3. MikeyMetro

    MikeyMetro Forum Overlooker

    I saw this thread right after the op started it. I did not recognize this model from the world of gaming laptops I know of and decided to look it to it. After that, I did not reply... well because I did not want to come off as some kind of elitist gamer... since I am not. I am just someone who, when at home; drinks beer, plays games, watches anime and reads manga. And when I am not at home I am usually at a local watering hole drinking beer with my friends... talking about gaming, anime, and manga :p

    Which brings me to why I own gaming laptops at all. To take with me when I am not at home. Otherwise, imho, a desktop is really the only choice for gaming. Even the term "gaming laptop" is usually just a marketing ploy. Typically these are just a company's productivity machines with some extra RAM and an nVidia GPU stuffed in them. Some companies (HP and ASUS are a couple of examples that I own) make the effort to build actual gaming machines and their laptops are pretty good.

    Ironically, even companies that only build gaming machines do not push their really OP laptops. Why? Refer to the opening sentence of the previous paragraph. The companies get this. Instead, they focus more on the price break of their laptops because...

    Performance/Price no laptop will ever come close to a desktop because laptops are simply more expensive to build. This leads me to
    This Dell you refer to is a productivity machine. While it does meet the min. req. for DSO with an i5 CPU and only an onboard Intel HD GPU, you will likely only be able to play this game with minimum graphics settings. Also, I am guessing since this machine is not at all built for gaming there will be cooling related performance issues as well.

    I would recommend spending just a bit more money for a machine with an i7 and an nVidia card.
     
  4. _Baragain_

    _Baragain_ Living Forum Legend

    Sounds like me. My job has me on the go a lot (more back then, less now), so a laptop made a certain sense to me. To that end, I use an Alienware laptop that I've had for over six years. I've upgraded the GPU once and added a solid state hard drive (in one of it's three hard drive slots). To this day, it still handles DSO and a bunch of other games with relative ease. If I want to keep extending the life of this machine, I think a CPU upgrade is next on the to do list, but to be honest... I'm not sure how much more I'll be putting into this laptop. Total, if I consider the initial price and the money I've put into it since, I've averaged about $425 a year in initial output and maintenance... Not bad since I know plenty of people who buy $800 PoS laptops that die in a year or two because of poor cooling, a bad hard drive, a junk motherboard, etc.

    While I'd recommend a low end gaming desktop rig to someone looking at anything gaming related, a decent gaming laptop can be a decent long term investment. The important thing to look for in a gaming laptop is that it is easily opened and disassembled and components can be replaced or upgraded, in addition to more gaming relavant features like lots of RAM, an actual graphics card, a nice sized and resolution screen... those sorts of things. Looking at the baseline Dell E7250, with no discrete graphics card, only two RAM slots (and only 4GB in the baseline), a four year old processor, and only a 12 inch screen, it is everything that a gaming laptop isn't.

    Either take the money you'd spend on the E7250 and spec out a nice gaming desktop rig, or if portability is important, buy a gaming laptop that is a year or two old and maintain it well and plan to upgrade it a couple times in the next couple years.
     
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  5. AkodoJac

    AkodoJac Forum-Greenhorn

    Now I play with old Toshiba Satellite (Pentium T3200 at 2GHz) with 3GB ram and Ati radeon 3470.
    In single plays there are no problems at all (low res and detail). With group play when all in group start use abilities I start play more on memory basis than seen pictures ;)

    I lost my i5 Acer laptop (graphic card burned) so i start look for something with less power consumption and beeter construction.

    E7250 can have with low cost up to 16GB, processor are always i5-5300U, screen have 1366x768 resolution.

    With gaming laptop i expect much more cost and temperatures problem (low lifetime)

    Most i looking for person that uses laptop with i5-5300u and can say how DSO work with it (i know that its will be no high confort - but want know if its will bad, very bad or acceptable for play ).
     
  6. TwiliShadow

    TwiliShadow Board Analyst

    I travel for work (industrial programming) often and have a boss that "gets" how to buy a propper laptop for what we do. As such, it also works well for a gaming laptop while on the road.

    At home I have a gaming desktop.

    The "recent" laptops have been (4 years each):
    • Dell Latitude E6520, i7, 16G Ram, add-on NVidia GPU, 15" 1920x1080. I altered to 2 "1TB SSD"
    • Dell Latitude E6540, i7, 16G Ram, add-on NVidia GPU, 15" 1920x1080. Migrated the 2 SSDs this one.

    My current work laptop:
    • Dell Preslcision 7530, i8, 32G Ram, add-on NVidia GPU, 15" 1920x1080, 2 M.2 Solid State Drives (and I've added a third).

    The lesson to learn here is don't skimp and to get the best you can afford. The last company I worked for I bought my own laptops to get a good enough system for my work and play (16-22 years ago) and I bought IBM ThinkPads (2) back then.

    On the road, my biggest problem is usually a decent internet connection, but hotels are getting better. :)
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019

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