Is this laptop good for construct?

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Post » Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:44 pm

I am purchasing a new laptop and was wondering if the Dell XPS 13 is adequate for game creation using construct 2. If not what is a good alternative?
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Post » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:41 am

What is the processor?
i5? i7?
Ram? 4 or 8 gb?

I don't know about i3 but i5 should be good enough. i7 is more than enough.
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Post » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:54 am

If the system meets these requirements...
https://www.scirra.com/manual/6/system-requirements
then you're good to go. ;)
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Post » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:18 am

That laptop is mega over-priced (at least here in Australia).

For $1800 I could buy a machine with double the CPU speed, double the RAM, two HDDs (SSD and mechanical drive) as well as standalone graphics processor (like nvidia).

That dell has only a 13.3" screen, an intel onboard graphics processor, and 4gb of RAM? wtf...

Maybe look at like, I dunno, ANY model from ASUS, Gigabyte, or MSI... Dell, honestly, are rubbish, and that price is just, stupid.

Qualifications: I.T. Engineer 20+ years and counting.


*EDIT*

For same price ($1800) here in Australia I can buy THIS fully configured to 16gb of RAM... and it completely DESTROYS that puny Dell.

For reference, HERE is the Dell spec chart and pricing for Australia at least

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Post » Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:36 pm

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The computer has an i5 processor and 8 GB of ram so it's good there. It does have an intel graphics card, will that really be a problem?

As for Soldjaboy, the laptop I'm looking at: https://www.amazon.com/XPS-Performance- ... =pc&sr=1-3 has 8 gb of ram. The price in the US is $880, what is an alternative at this price? Those GIGABYTE laptops seem nice but anything $1000+ is outside my range. (the 13.3 inch screen is a downer yes, I would like atleast 15 or so)
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Post » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:01 am

The Gigabyte laptop is the same price as the Dell you're looking at.... at least here. Not sure what they're worth where you're at, but I would imagine price scalability would be about the same.

We get ripped off here... but yeah, the Gigabyte model I linked you has an i7 processor and 16Gb of RAM in the config I found here for the same shelf price as that Dell you listed.

Intel graphics chipsets are typically pretty, bad... they're better than ever before now that they have direct CPU integration - but they're still a poor performer compared to an nvidia based chip with it's own dedicated memory. Again, the Gigabyte model listed there has a 4Gb dedicated graphics chipset, so it's not sharing the slower system RAM for GPU output.

I guess the important thing is, do some shopping around... look at brands like Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, etc... don't buy the first HP or Dell that a salesman points to. MSI make some of the highest grade gaming laptops out there but tend to be expensive (but not over-inflated - they're actually worth the money). Gigabyte and ASUS are just extremely good value for money with a long history of producing quality hardware.

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Post » Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:50 pm

Yeah that XPS 13 is basically a super sized phone. You can do way better than that for around $1,000. Maybe an MSI Ghost, Asus G751, or HP Omen 15. All have dedicated GPU's and at least a 15" screen so you're not squinting at your event editor all the time.
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