08-17-2011 08:54 AM
Hey there, I plan on purchasing a laptop on a 500USD budget which is compatible with Secondlife with all its features enabled (Mesh and shadows).So here is a list of the things that it MUST be able to do:
Handle Secondlife (and run good)
Good enough graphics card to hand shadows
Good enough memory size
So with that said does anyone have any suggestions? Please keep in mind that im not a computer guro so I may not be able to understand any technical terms, so please speak in layman terms.
08-17-2011 10:00 AM - edited 08-17-2011 10:04 AM
For around $500 USD, you will not get a laptop with graphics capable of handling shadows/lighting and have it run good.
You'll need at least a mid-range GPU to even begin to handle shadows/lighting well, and really need an enthusiast or gaming class GPU to do it right.
Most laptops that have enthusiast/gaming GPUs run $900 USD or more.
If you drop the shadows/lighting restriction, you can find some decent ones that will run SL well around that price.
But it is going to be hard to find a decent GPU laptop in that price range. Good luck!
(ETA last link, that refurb will almost do it with the lighting/shadows.....it has an nvidia 260 in it!)
08-18-2011 12:24 PM
I have seen this one for a good price however, I am a complete novice when it comes to graphics cards - Helium would you please give me your thoughts on this if you have the time?
08-18-2011 01:54 PM - edited 08-18-2011 01:55 PM
08-19-2011 09:05 AM
Not sure what the best is but budget will limit your selection greatly.
Just doing a fast search located this laptop: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTool
From the specs it should run just about anything. There are models with less ram and cost about $400 cheaper. I would recommend saving your money until you can afford a higher end system which can handle SL and other applications.
08-19-2011 09:13 AM
Does it really, really, really have to be a laptop? I ask because you would be better off spending $500 on a pretty good tower then later when you got more money get an awesome graphics card. With a tower you can expand when your budget allows for it in the future with the laptop you are kind of stuck.
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08-20-2011 05:57 PM
That isn't going to run SL worth anything.....ONLY due to the GPU. An Intel GMA X4500 isn't going to be able to run it beyond low graphics settings at an acceptable framerate.