Gaming on MacBook Pro vs a Windows gaming laptop. Asking for your experience on MBP.

Suck it up, Sparhawk. Hump that thing.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Suck it up, Sparhawk. Hump that thing.

+1

Decision has been made in favor of the MSI, over the MBP. It has to be a laptop, because I am traveling often. Abroad, but also within my own country.
Later on I will put in an SSD and I can still use the 1TB, as there are two hd bays in it.
Some other (really nice) laptops were suggested. But my budget is limited and the $1300 is already stretching it a bit. The GTX 870M is really a great card and should make the laptop last a while.

Two more questions.
The OS is Win 8.1. Better to reinstall Win7 right away?
What brand SSD would you guys recommend? Thinking of ordering one right away.

Just try using Windows 8.1. It is a little weird, but still usable and quicker than 7. Set it to boot to desktop and you hardly ever need to see Metro.

Windows 8.1 plus Classic Shell and stick it to the man!

MrDeVil909 wrote:
Just try using Windows 8.1. It is a little weird, but still usable and quicker than 7. Set it to boot to desktop and you hardly ever need to see Metro.

Yeah. I hadn't used Windows regularly since XP and it's not that bad. I just click on the "Desktop" panel when it boots and ignore Metro for the most part. It's silly.

Sounds like you got what you wanted. The travel part adds a wrinkle. I'd love to see how small you can get your computer bag down to. I tried to google an image of an ad for an old school "portable computer" to be a smart a** but I couldn't find a good one.

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Those Osbornes were very popular, albeit in a tiny, tiny market. The idea of lugging your computer around with you was pretty weird, back then.

I remember being young and poor and lusting after one of the early Toshiba laptops... once upon a time, they were the best of the best. The idea of being able to use a computer anywhere you wanted was seductive.

Decided to put the Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB SSD in the laptop. Should work nice then.
The 1Gb will be more for storage in the second bay.
Not in stock, and will have to wait till a buddy of mine picks it up and brings it over to me. Will be July... ah well.

I started out with this :
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And later this:
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Will end with this:
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Sparhawk wrote:

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We have one of these in the loft. Slightly different model, however.

I remember visiting one of the early computer trade shows, and seeing Flight Simulator running a luggable XT, kinda like those Osbornes, but with a bigger screen. It had an 'attract' mode and everything.

Pure wireframe, lousy graphics, and utterly mesmerizing. And you could carry it.

If I'd been older, I'd have bought one for sure, but I was, like, 15 or 16 at the time.

Sparhawk wrote:

Started from the PET:
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Now we're here:
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FTFY.

I never saw a PET in the wild. No pun intended. I had C64s and TRS-80s in my school as a kid. Later my mom, a teacher, borrowed a C64 for us and I got to do some light programming on it and play Dr. J vs. Bird as well as Jumpman. Now you have me googling for a specs comparison between the PET and C64 and wondering why there were two models.

The PET had either 4K or 6K of RAM, monochrome screen, and in my experience, generally use a cassette tape for storage. The C64 had, what, 64K of RAM, CGI color if I'm not mistaken, and was much faster. Can't recall the storage media there. In short, the C64 was light years ahead of the PET.

DSGamer wrote:
I never saw a PET in the wild. No pun intended. I had C64s and TRS-80s in my school as a kid. Later my mom, a teacher, borrowed a C64 for us and I got to do some light programming on it and play Dr. J vs. Bird as well as Jumpman. Now you have me googling for a specs comparison between the PET and C64 and wondering why there were two models.

PET was way less of a pc than a C64. But it was great to have it. Had loads of fun. Also had the vic20 and the C64. PET was also 5 years before the C64 or so.

Yeah, this was back when computers were improving at incredible speed. You wanted a new machine every couple of years, because the new one would be twice as fast, maybe more.

The PET being five years older than the C64 just inherently meant that it was much less powerful. I think the CPU might have been the same in both, but the 64 was way, way cheaper.

Ugh, Amazon expects the laptop to be in within 1 or 3 months... no good at all.
So I bought it of HIDevolution, through the Amazon store. It has decent reviews
and via Amazon, I feel more secure of my order. Odd thing was, on HIDevoltions own
website, I see the price change from 1.399 to 1.499 every time I load the page with that
laptop. I just changes lol Also 2Gb less memory in the one advertised on their own page.
But, Amazon shows the same details as the one I wanted. So it should be like that I guess.
Waited with the SSDs, as I don't want to wait for separate packages to arrive. Will add one
later on

-update-
Some trouble with ordering so it seems. I hope it will go through.

-update-
and it's on the way