Which Computer Would be Better for This Game?

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#1 Posted by JJS29 (391 posts) -

Looking to upgrade my 3 year old Sony Vaio Laptop to something new. I'd love an AIO Win 8 Machine, but to get one of those with a reasonable graphics card would be insane. I'm still tossed up on whether or not I want to go with a mini-tower desktop or a laptop. Anyways, SimCity and Civ games are the bulk of my PC gaming (racing and FPS type games are for Xbox) so with that in mind, which of the machines below would be better?

#1: Alienware X51, 6GB DDR3 (up to 16GB), 3rd Gen i5 3.1-3.5 GHz, GTX 660 (1.5 GB), 1 TB HD (7200 RPM) - $999.99 + Monitor

Best Buy Item # 6912556

#2: ASUS 17.3" Laptop, 8GB DDR3 (up to 32 GB), 3rd Gen i7 2.4-3.4 GHz, GTX 670MX (3 GB), 1 TB HD (5400 RPM) - 1,249.99

Best Buy Item # 7674057

To me, the 3GB graphics card sounds better, but I'm sure its not that simple as the 2 GB ATi in my current laptop is a POS only capable of running SimCity on low graphics settings. Also, should the i7 be a lot better than the i5? I'm confused on that. Only other thing is the laptop has a slower hard drive speed.

So which one will last me a longer time and perform best with my type of games?

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#2 Posted by JJS29 (391 posts) -

Oh, and while my primary goal with this computer is gaming, my fiancé will be looking to do graphic design with it using Adobe CS products, if that changes anything.