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I'm wondering can this laptop handle games such as virtual worlds that is in flash player and some in Unity3d.. I believe it has i3 2nd generation core processor with intel hd 3000 graphics card.. I'm planning to get the laptop this year.

asked Jan 01 '13 at 21:54

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(Jan 02 '13 at 00:11) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

I've seen someone on here say that you need an i7 with 8 or 16GB of RAM to game. This is completely untrue, you don't need more than 8GB of RAM ever to game, and as for the i7, while it helps, an i5 is sufficient and the CPU is not even the key factor.

If you wish to use a computer for gaming, you need to chose a decent Graphics Processor. This is the key factor in determining whether or not you will be able to run the games you wish to run.

While Alienware laptops are gaming oriented, they are not good for the price you will be paying. These laptops were mentioned previously by Joe, and while a reasonable option, they are overpriced for what you get, as you pay for brand and styling.

For what you say you wish to be running, the specs you've mentions are fine, however, I would not consider that proper gaming, as it would run on almost any modern computer.

If you do need to be running more demanding, 3D, high quality games, then you will need to look in to a more powerful computer, but for what you said you wish to do, the computer you have listed is perfectly capable.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 08:20

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I would save up and get one that has an quad core i7 with 8 or 16gb ram. You will really appreciate the extra speed that comes with the i7 and lots of ram.

answered Jan 01 '13 at 22:02

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If you are wanting to do games, I would get something like this http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx?~ck=mn But it depends on your price range.

(Jan 01 '13 at 22:07) Joe Fullington Joe%20Fullington's gravatar image

Alienware laptops are not the only choice when it comes to a gaming laptop. MSI, ASUS, and a few other manufacturers to a great job as well, a lot of times for less.

I've never heard of Virtual Worlds or what it's recommended specs are but older games won't even need very good hardware to play on. So keep that in mind if you don't plan on playing any new releases.

(Jan 01 '13 at 22:55) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

I don't understand why people generally think that getting a faster CPU is going to do anything to your gaming. You'd get the faster CPU for processing needs like rendering HD video. As far a gaming goes, you need discrete graphics with dedicated video memory.

(Jan 03 '13 at 21:59) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

It would really depend on the games themselves, since that is not gaming orientated hardware.

More specific examples would help rather than a pretty generic description of what they run in, since the requirements for games developed under a given engine can vary quite significantly.

As long as what you want is not demanding then yes it will handle lower-end games, but might struggle on anything aimed at even basic dedicated hardware.

answered Jan 01 '13 at 22:13

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The flash game i was talking about is Adventure quest worlds and a game called snail chat on rocketsnail gaming website that runs in unity 3d

answered Jan 02 '13 at 23:21

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The i3 processor is not the real problem, the problem your going to have, is the intel HD3000 graphics. This is not the most powerful onboard graphics and struggles to play some more intense games. My sister got one by Acer, which was an Aspire model which came with the HD3000 graphics and it struggle to play games like Fallout 3 even with the tweaks. Playing basic games should work fine though.

answered Jan 03 '13 at 09:23

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HD 3000 graphics card is not good enough to play games in laptop. Try to get more than this.

answered Jan 04 '13 at 02:20

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