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i know laptops arent good for pcsx2 usually but...
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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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
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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.
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)
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
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB

Running on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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?
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.
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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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
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.
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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