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i know laptops arent good for pcsx2 usually but...
#1
im looking into a hp pavilion dv7t laptop and wondering if one optimised for 1,000 dollars would be able to handle it. should i go with the quad or dual core?
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#2
Just be concerned on which one has the bigger GHz; dual or quad won't make that much of a difference in PCSX2, but raw processing speed will.
Intel C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC@2.8GHz)
Corsair CM2X1024 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 DRAM
ASUS P5K
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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#3
You should be able to get a laptop for $1000 or so that will play most compatible PS2 games. I just bought mine new for $999 and it fairs quite well.

As for that pavilion dv7t laptop, if it's the one I saw with a Core2Duo 2Ghz T9400 and a 9600M GT, it would be ok. The processor may limit you a little bit (on some games), but the graphics card is good. I would think you might find a better deal if you look around some more. Besides, I found that laptop for $799 very quickly

As k1net1cs said, raw processing speed is key. A quad core with a lower clock speed would be a bad idea IMO.
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#4
If you really want good performance in pcsx2 and regular gaming save up so your budget could be a little bit higher.

You'll want these:

Intel® Core™ i5-520M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L2 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz

1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 320M (much better than the other card)
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#5
It's probably the GT 330M you're talking about; there's no GT prefix for 320M and I think it tops out at 256MB for memory.
Intel C2D E6550 2.33GHz (OC@2.8GHz)
Corsair CM2X1024 4GB (4x1GB) DDR2 DRAM
ASUS P5K
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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#6
i dont want tos ave up more pcsx2 is just a side thing i want to be able to use i wanna use sony acid 7 for music recording mostly, any recommendations for a more powerful laptop around 1000 or under budget?
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#7
Why not the HP Pavilion dv6t?
TechBargains Wrote:HP has the HP Pavilion dv6t Intel Core i7-720QM Quad-Core 15.6" Notebook Computer for $824.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: NBC391885 (Exp Soon). Tax in most.

6.9lbs; 15.6" 1366x768 LED; Intel Core i7-720QM Quad-Core @ 1.6GHz; 3GB RAM; 320GB HDD; Blu-Ray DVD burner; 802.11n; Windows 7; NVIDIA Geforce GT320M 1GB; webcam; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty

TurboBoost goes up to 2.8GHz, making it a fairly capable laptop.

Apparently, they also have a similar deal for the dv7t.
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#8
That's actually really nice. You normally don't see too many laptops with a full-blown GT320M for under $1,000; whenever I look at laptops all I see is integrated chipset crap Sad
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#9
Here's one that might be a bit too expensive for you, but looks like a good deal based I what I've seen.

Price: $1,119

Asus N51Vn-A1 Laptop
Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.8GHz
4GB DDR2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M (w/ 1gb GDDR3, dedicated graphics)
320GB HDD (7200 RPM)
15.6" Display
DVD Super-Multi Optical Drive
802.11b/g/n wireless
10/100/1000Mbps network
Integrated Bluetooth
2.0MP WebCam
Comes w/ Vista or 7

Worth the extra $100 I'd say. I've been very happy with the preformance of mine w/ PCSX2 and otherwise. This should be a little better. So I feel I could safely say you'd be pleased. Plus, I've heard good things about ASUS.

BTW A GT 240M is better than a GT 320M. Actually, a GT 240M is nearly as good as GT330M, as it is directly under it in benchmarks I've seen.
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#10
About turbo-boost scheme: it's easily to be misdirected by silly GHz, without name of a scheme, it's supported. For example, if 4-core processor have scheme 9-6-1-1, than for pcsx2 you would not get best boost (4) only 6, and sometimes even just 1. 4 is for one-threaded programs.

So core i7-720WM should be 2.4GHz, i5-520M - 2.66GHz and henceforth it probably be quicker.
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