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Tennis5tar's avatar

Can you help me with computer specifications, please?

Asked by Tennis5tar (1255points) October 6th, 2007

I don’t know what means what in computer speak, so I’m in search of someone who can tell me if something is good or not. I want to get a really inexpensive notebook that is wireless enabled etc. I have found 2 with vastly different prices with only the graphics card being the main difference. So, here lies the question.

Which is better and by how much?:

1) Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon Xpress 200M up to 256MB

2) An intergrated card. (no brand specified.)

Heck, why don’t I just send you the links. Which one is more value for money and which brand is more reliable?

Please help me out!

Number 1: http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0886367588.1191689633@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccgaddmehkmhhecflgceggdhhmdfhm.0&page=Product&sku=751897&tabIndex=1

Number 2: http://www.staples.co.uk/eng/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?Description=UK_CL_Laptops&CatIds=21797,35750,21850&webid=391058&affixedcode=WW

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5 Answers

andrew's avatar

Go w/ the Fujitsu. It’s at least a brand I’ve heard of, and in general, a non-integrated graphics card will perform better.

The advent has a tad faster processor, but don’t think it’s worth the price.

Tennis5tar's avatar

Thanks Andrew.

mirza's avatar

as andrew said, fujitsu is a better brand for laptops then advent

PS. you could also look at this cheap HP laptop for $ 449 ( 220 punds). You could add 1gb RAM and a 1.73 gbz processor fro an addition $60

TruMobius's avatar

on a side note

the ATI Radion 200m xpress is an intergrated “card”....however its way better than most (intel is the most common)

It is better as it is a ATI chip set (name brand) and that it does have its own RAM in addition to being able to use system RAM (intermal 128mb + 128 system = 256). Where most other integrated chips can only use the system RAM….

aaronbeekay's avatar

@TruMobius has saved you from my assumption that the ATI integrated chipset uses shared memory.

Of course, a faster-running or more powerful graphics card will (theoretically) eat power faster. If you’re not going to be doing Graphics Things, I wouldn’t necessarily try to AVOID better graphics cards, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

Unless you get an old X31 without realizing it has sixteen freakin’ megs of VRAM total. Ahem. Grumble.

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