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hi.

I am a student who is looking to buy a new laptop, but as cheap as possible (like $500-600). The most demanding application I will be running would be Quake 3 (yes, an old game, I know). What kind of processor can I get away with? Would a Celeron M be okay? How about the graphics card? Would the standard integrated intel video accellerator work?

thanks all!

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i am going to recommend the computer my fiance just got-

http://www.shopaveratec.com/product.asp?sku=3084915

he waited until he could get a refurbished one and ordered it straight from averatec- he had no problems getting it and it is a great machine. it also has xp pro, which is better than home (have had to deal with both).

that's what i can give you- if you can get it refurbished (just use the menu on the side on the averatec site to see the 17" refurbished machines and look for this model...you may have to watch for it), you can get it for around $630.00 with an amd processor- its a great little machine.
 

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I wonder about the refurbishing...there's something about old PCs...over the years, they get clunkly somehow...even after a fresh format. but thanks for the suggestion...I'll look into it...and try to get it shipped to oregon to dodge the sales tax.

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According to here, here are the minimum system requirements:

3D graphics accelerator with full OpenGL support, Pentium II 233 MHz or AMD 350 MHz K6-2 processor or Athlon processor, 64 MB RAM, 8 MB video card, 500 MB of free hard drive space, 100% DirectX 3.0 or higher compatible sound card, CD-ROM drive (600 kB/s sustained transfer rate)

Chances are any brand new laptop you'd buy from any cookie cutter chain computer store should be able to run Quake 3 without any problems. But don't quote me on that. You should check with the manufacturer of the laptop to make sure.

HTH,

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that's true...although quake 3 would run nighmarishly poorly on a system with those minimum specs...hell, it ran only mediocrely on my p3 800 w/ 182 mb ram, riva tnt2 32 meg video.

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you know, ive always been wary of refurbished machines too, but this little machine doesnt show any signs of being any worse for the wear...damn thing beats out my laptop any day.

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Any modern laptop should be able to run Quake 3 rather well. Celeron's are acceptable but not the nicest you could get in a laptop... If you're in the United States, Newegg are selling this very nice laptop for USD$639. 1.8GHz AMD Turion 64, 512MB RAM, 80GB 4200rpm hard disk, DVD writer, ATi Radeon Express 200M... should play Quake 3 at it's max settings nicely.
 

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... and the Portland kids get silly... *points a finger at the silly Portland kids and giggles*

okay, back on topic guys...

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