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I need a cheap laptop for work mainly, but on the side I'd also like to play AA 2.5 (I can't find system specs), the game came out in 2005 so I'm assuming both these laptops can handle the game.

 

I'm looking at the Acer Aspire 11.6" Laptop and the Asus 15.6" Laptop

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-aspire-11-6-laptop-intel-celeron-2gb-memory-320gb-hard-drive-cool-silver/7498239.p?id=1219275163830&skuId=7498239&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=1

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-15-6-laptop-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive-black/7288011.p?id=1219262036899&skuId=7288011&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=2

 

Just need help decided which one I should get. I will be mainly using it for traveling and to kill downtime when traveling.

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ASUS.  Just better build quality and more reliable laptop.  Only thing the Acer really has going for it is that is is lighter.  Get more hardware with the ASUS for not that much more money.

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So I was going to say anything but Acer when I read the title, worst brand ever!!!!!!

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i would also consider the hp 255g1/g2 modells as a possible choice.

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Okay, well the game recommended requirements for America's Army 2.8.3 (not the version I want to run) is:

 

CPU Speed: 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent

RAM: 1 GB

OS: English version of Windows® 2000/XP/Vista Operating System with latest updates

Video Card: 3-D graphics card with 256mb+ memory and support for hardware transformation and lighting

DirectX version: DirectX® 9.0

Sound Card: Yes

Free Disk Space: 3.5gb of uncompressed hard disk space for game files

 

So can the ASUS handle it?

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You can get a Dell that is identical spec-wise to the Asus for $199 at MicroCenter if you have one near you http://www.microcenter.com/product/434010/Inspiron_15_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black

 

And those specs for AA were based on the hardware available at the time which is why it says dumb things like "3.0 GHz" when the Pentium 4's of the era needed to run that fast to get decent performance.

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None are in FL. But can the Asus handle it?

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Anyone?

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get something decent, but used.

IMO makes more sense then going and buying some POS acer, or hp

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It's difficult to say, the spec lists a CPU speed that is faster than any of the above models however I suspect given the age of the game it may be referring to a single core so getting something that is dual core will make up for that. I suspect it would run it ok.

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 if i could get valid login data for americas army i would give it a try on my hp notebook to let you know if it works but all i get is spam emails so far.

but as i see it(

HP 255 G1 Notebook PC (H0W17EA)

includes AMD Radeon

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Thanks guys, keep in mind it'll mainly be used for work. But being able to play this game would also be an incentive.

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@Dinggus

 

i tried yesterday installing Americas Army, but when i want to register on battletracker.com it says succeeded but i need to wait for confirmation email, this email is still not here.

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ok i have managed to install this and with fglrx driver can be played with no problems on my system.

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ok i have managed to install this and with fglrx driver can be played with no problems on my system.

What's your system specs and how about the frames per second?

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What's your system specs and how about the frames per second?

this is my system:

HP 255 G1 Notebook PC (H0W17EA)

 

it cost me about 300 euros but that was february/march this year. so either you get it cheaper now or you can get even higher specs for the money.

just be cautious it includes at least AMD Radeon

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ok i think i have some useful info now:

 

glxgears gives me average about 950fps

Screenshot_from_2014_09_12_09_34_09.jpg

 

and when i look arround 360 in americas army (that seems to be the way to push the fps to nearly maximum) i get 57fps.

when just doing a mission it hardly ever goes over 20 - this game does not seem to be the most difficult for graphics - at least on linux

 

btw. the notebook comes without windows, it has ubuntu pre installed :)

 

edit: that guy here seems to have exactly the same notebook as me and look at the games he is playing:

http://raptr.com/brianbishop/games

 

hope this helps for you. i would go with the hp. it's not the thinnest and lightest notebook but i am happy with the build quality and that it comes without windows is just a plus.

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Thanks. Btw, where did you get that uniform...

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