Well I use to have both a desktop and a laptop. But my laptop was new at the time and far exceeded the performance of my desktop so I rid of the desktop.
Now my laptop is 3 years old, which really isn't that old to me, but I know in computer years and technology it is. For the past 6 months now I have contemplated about getting a new laptop but have put it off because this laptop still performes better then my mother and fathers computers both of which are less then 6 months old.
So recently I got back into playing Flight Simulator, or in my case, Flight Simulator X. Well my laptop cannot quite handle the graphic load of the game. Plus the battery no longer holds a charge and it doesn't even have a built in webcam.
So I have thought about getting either a newer slightly better laptop that can handle the game and everyday use, or just buy a new lone tower that I can hook up to my tv.
My current system specs for my laptop are:
1.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
1 GB of Ram
ATI Radeon X1300 Mobility Integrated Graphics Card
Both of which I think my Ram and Graphics Card are holding me up.
So if I were to get a new laptop, I would probably just get a laptop with 4 GBs of RAM, and an integrated 1902 shared memory graphics card. Like in this laptop that I like a lot:
Not much of a CPU upgrade, but I think the RAM upgrade will help, and plus it has a 17" screen and numeric keypad and a built in webcam which are things I would like.
The only problem with this laptop is that it shares its graphic memory with the RAM I believe which while yeah I have 4 GB of ram to share, it still means sharing.
Meanwhile with a tower I could have a dedicated graphics card and still have great performance. However I plan on purchasing a home soon and really do not want to get stuck with putting this tower near my tv in my home, and I really don't feel the need for two seperate computers when I could just upgrade my laptop.
So do you think the laptop that I chose on tigerdirect is of decent performance to do what I wish, or should I find a powerful tower to do the task.
If you think I should get a tower can you please post a link to one that you would find reasonable. However my budget for a tower is less then a laptop. While I would spend $600 on a laptop, I think I do not want to spend more then $450 on a tower. So please show only towers under that price please.