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#12576953 Jul 27, 2016 at 03:23 PM
Brigadier Ge...
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Hey all,

I don't know if this belongs here, but I wanted to start a discussion about physical hardware and setup. I sarcastically alluded to this last night with PINTO, but I am going to be buying a new laptop soon, and want it to be more geared toward FG while still serving my work needs.

Also, I want to be able to run at least 3 screens in addition to the laptop.

What should I be looking for?

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#12576987 Jul 27, 2016 at 03:31 PM
Brigadier Ge...
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#12576953 Raider1 wrote:


What should I be looking for?


Well, since you want 3 screens I'd say heavy stuff regarding the GPU, so you can also have better fps on it.
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#12577051 Jul 27, 2016 at 03:58 PM
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Non-integrated GPU. That is the big thing. 90% of laptops on the market have an integrated GPU or an APU, which is a CPU+GPU combo. If you want good gaming performance, stay away from those.

You can have a CPU of 3.0ghz, but if your GPU is crappy then there's no point. For instance, my (newer) laptop that is 2.7ghz with a bad GPU runs flightgear at lowest settings at about 2-4 FPS, whereas my (older) laptop with 1.4ghz and a non-integrated GPU will run it at 20. (And my desktop at like 50-60)
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#12577433 Jul 27, 2016 at 06:04 PM
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I would get at least 3.0 GHz CPU.
I would get a Nvidia GPU. At least a 5, thats the middle number. So 520/620/720 is too slow, 650,750,950 they are okay. In my opinion.
And I would avoid "Nvidia Optimus".

Its not so hard to find a laptop that has 1 HDMI and 1 VGA output for additional screens, thats pretty standard. But you might have to look a bit longer for a laptop with 3 output ports, not sure.
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#12577790 Jul 27, 2016 at 08:16 PM
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tell us your budget i'll start my researc.h

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#12578212 Jul 27, 2016 at 11:23 PM
Brigadier Ge...
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Wow, helpful! I admit I knew that I need to stay away from an integrated graphics card. Other than that, I am learning!

I looked at an Asus with an i7 and the Nvidia 970m today... for $1200 US. Good computer?
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#12578214 Jul 27, 2016 at 11:24 PM
Brigadier Ge...
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Budget: No more than 1300 for a laptop or 7-800 for a desk... US dollars
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#12578365 Jul 28, 2016 at 01:21 AM
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What speed/how many cores is the i7? The 970m is a good call.

You might be able to get better results on a desktop with that budget tho. But I'm biased.
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#12578770 Jul 28, 2016 at 05:51 AM
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I'd recommend a desktop as well, unless you really need the portability of a laptop.
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