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AMD FX CPUs have architectural deficiency that causes them to perform worse than Intels in CPU-bound tasks.
Here is a good example I wrote up for someone else explaining in a plain English why Intel owns AMD right now:
So you want to go with an Intel setup, like i3-2120 PC with a dedicated graphics card of appropriate level you want (as per guide here)
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Intel Core i7 720QM @ 1.60GHz 71 °C
Clarksfield 45nm Technology
3.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (9-9-9-24)
Acer X183H (1366x768@60Hz)
1024MB GeForce GTX 260M (Dell) 55 °C
244GB Seagate ST9250410AS ATA Device (SATA) 49 °C
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GA31N ATA Device
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
I get the occasional FPS drop. Is there anything i need to do to prevent the drop?
Instead of starting a new thread I thought I would tack my question onto this one. I need to buy a budget laptop for my wife so she can play D3 with me. Desktop wont work as she needs to be able to use it for work while she travels. I've found the following option within my price range. Would love opinions on how it would fare with D3. Other suggestions are quite welcome. She would only need it to run smoothly at medium settings. Thanks.
That laptop is a great choice for the price. She will be able to probably run it at mix of medium/high settings.
Yes, the AMD A-Series will run D3.
This laptop I used to recommend to people is finally back in stock, consider this one strongly:
Edited by Ehrengarde#1143 on 5/21/2012 12:17 PM PDT
Yes, because of the dedicated Radeon graphics (can do Hybrid CrossFireX with the APU's built-in graphics for more performance), which is impossible to find at that price range.
The reviews for that laptop speaks for itself.
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i3 370M @ 2.40GHz 55 °C
Arrandale 32nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)
Hewlett-Packard 1439 (CPU) 56 °C
Generic PnP Monitor (1600x900@60Hz)
Intel(R) HD Graphics
488GB TOSHIBA TOSHIBA MK5065GSX (SATA)
hp DVD RW AD-7701H
Realtek High Definition Audio
Running extremely slow and on low settings. I bought this computer 1 yr 3 mos ago and am very dissappointed. Is there a way to upgrade the graphics cards on this laptop... FPS is running 12-14 Really need HELP!
Thank you for all of your help and support Kalganized! You are truely a great help to every gamer out there. Seriously, I could kiss you right now! Thanks again for the wonderful support. You don't find that kind of support being given from Blizzard or anyone that sells computers....They would just say, "Yes this is a good gaming computer," (Knowing that they have no idea about the computer or what it can hold) That is what happened to me. Looks like I may just have to have my friend build me a TOL Gaming Computer!
Thanks for the previous reply and all your help. So, in reading some of the reviews for the initial laptop I mentioned (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246327), I was a little put off by the folks complaining about BSODs and other annoying issues.
How much difference in performance would the $500 Lenovo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246328) that you recommended have if I decided to go that route?
Long story short, I can afford the extra $130 but if I can get a more stable $500 laptop without losing a whole bunch of performance then that might be the better route. Thoughts?
Oh yeah, and there is also this one but I cant tell if its a refurb - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2008030&Sku=A180-173122
Edited by EoB#1878 on 5/22/2012 7:33 AM PDT
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