Prior to buying a gaming laptop the first thing to consider is whether the video card is from the new generation, because without a decent video card – only certain games will run well and some may run bad.
Some of the best video cards to consider are:
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Mobility FireGL V3200
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
If you are to avoid crashes or other irritating setbacks during play – you will need to have a lightning fast CPU and a sturdy hard drive. While best gaming laptops around $1000 generally have excellent processors, their hard drives can be lower end.
If you want to select your own configuration, then the best thing to do is a invest in a ‘Serial ATA hard drive’ (or SATA), and with as many rotations per minute as possible, i..e at least 7200 rpm. Also – you need to look at the screen, i.e. choose one that has a relatively high resolution.
Furthermore – RAM memory is also very important for the smooth running of any game. In my opinion, it’s equally important as the video card and the CPU. There are some really good ones for 2011. Choose at a laptop with at least 2 GB of RAM, but if you can get one with no less than than 4 GB’s, then you are on to a winner! Especially the ‘DDR3’, as the not-so-old DDR2 is slipping behind the times already. Just remember – the more memory the better.