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Tech specs to run - 2/19/2021 3:54:28 PM   
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I don't know a lot about computer specs. I'm looking to buy a new laptop, mainly for work, but would like it to run this game. I'm looking at 2 laptops, and hope you can tell me if either or both will be sufficient?

1) AMD A12-9720P 2.7 GHz Upto 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor, Raedon R7 graphics card, and 8MB DDR4 RAM,

2) AMD A6-9225 Dual-core Accelerated Processor (2. 6GHz up to 3. 0GHz), 8GB DDR4 Memory, Raedon R4 graphics card.

Thanks for any help,

Chris
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RE: Tech specs to run - 2/20/2021 12:02:13 AM   
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Hi Chris

You haven't stated which laptop brands or models you are looking at, however looking at your specs start with Number 1 as your absolute minimum baseline since the AMD A12-9720P Quad-Core Processor will handle multiple tasks or heavily multi-threaded applications and has higher operating frequency than the A6-9225 processor. Forget the A6-9225 processor as it is basically an entry-level chip for notebooks. Be aware that a lot of midrange laptops have a intergrated graphics card built into the motherboard such as the Raedon R7.

If your budget allows, try to get a laptop with seperate graphics card from the motherboard for better performance. Research if the laptops you are looking at comes with two memory slots to allow you upgrade to 16GB Memory later on when your budget allows, as an expample I brought a HP laptop a decade ago that only came with 4GB memory at the time but did have a expansion slot for another stick of 4GB memory and it made a big difference for my games back then.

Cheers
James

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RE: Tech specs to run - 2/20/2021 12:59:41 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: TableTop66

Hi Chris

You haven't stated which laptop brands or models you are looking at, however looking at your specs start with Number 1 as your absolute minimum baseline since the AMD A12-9720P Quad-Core Processor will handle multiple tasks or heavily multi-threaded applications and has higher operating frequency than the A6-9225 processor. Forget the A6-9225 processor as it is basically an entry-level chip for notebooks. Be aware that a lot of midrange laptops have a intergrated graphics card built into the motherboard such as the Raedon R7.

If your budget allows, try to get a laptop with seperate graphics card from the motherboard for better performance. Research if the laptops you are looking at comes with two memory slots to allow you upgrade to 16GB Memory later on when your budget allows, as an expample I brought a HP laptop a decade ago that only came with 4GB memory at the time but did have a expansion slot for another stick of 4GB memory and it made a big difference for my games back then.

Cheers
James


Thanks James. I was under the impression the R7 is a dedicated graphics card, which I know isn't really indicated here. I'll have to do some more research I suppose. Do PC brands matter very much? I was under the impression that for the most part, it was the specs of the hardware that matters.

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RE: Tech specs to run - 2/22/2021 3:58:24 AM   
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Do PC brands matter very much? I was under the impression that for the most part, it was the specs of the hardware that matters.


Chris It's the specs of the hardware that matters most, and with mid price laptops the build quality of various laptop manufactures can go from lemons to competive models that allow you too upgrade easily giving you a good investment for a few years. Since I'm looking at getting a laptop by mid year, I have been doing some research, below are two laptops that Im' looking at that are in the midrange price and might interest you and they should be suitable for Combat Mission games and work needs.The YouTube video reviews discuss build quality, show the inside of the laptops and discuss upgrades, heating, monitor refresh rates/color gamut etc.

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop (Nitro 5 AN515-55-57NA)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRhnRIfcPQw

HP Pavilion Gaming 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPcjFump_1Q

The two laptops have different options for processors, screen size/refresh rates etc which gets reflected in price variation, both entry versions have a 256GB drive and disc space could get used up quickly if to many games are installed.The current version of windows 10 fresh installed is about 20GB so that will bring your new laptop not including installed bloatware to about 236GB of free space. I only have Combat Mission Black Sea installed with a few mods and that currently uses 7.5GB of space.
Combat mission Cold War could end up being a big game over the next few years with expansions and mods etc along with the other titles coming etc.
Hopefully the above information can help when considering a laptop and what to look for.

Cheers
James

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RE: Tech specs to run - 2/23/2021 2:12:30 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: fatgreta1066


quote:

ORIGINAL: TableTop66

Hi Chris

You haven't stated which laptop brands or models you are looking at, however looking at your specs start with Number 1 as your absolute minimum baseline since the AMD A12-9720P Quad-Core Processor will handle multiple tasks or heavily multi-threaded applications and has higher operating frequency than the A6-9225 processor. Forget the A6-9225 processor as it is basically an entry-level chip for notebooks. Be aware that a lot of midrange laptops have a intergrated graphics card built into the motherboard such as the Raedon R7.

If your budget allows, try to get a laptop with seperate graphics card from the motherboard for better performance. Research if the laptops you are looking at comes with two memory slots to allow you upgrade to 16GB Memory later on when your budget allows, as an expample I brought a HP laptop a decade ago that only came with 4GB memory at the time but did have a expansion slot for another stick of 4GB memory and it made a big difference for my games back then.

Cheers
James


Thanks James. I was under the impression the R7 is a dedicated graphics card, which I know isn't really indicated here. I'll have to do some more research I suppose. Do PC brands matter very much? I was under the impression that for the most part, it was the specs of the hardware that matters.


Man that was so helpful, thank you for such a thoughtful and informative answer.

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RE: Tech specs to run - 2/26/2021 10:48:16 PM   
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I would check reviews for cooling also. Some laptops have great specs., but suffer from thermal throttling because they can't dissipate heat fast enough. General brands like HP, Dell, etc. typically have this issue, unless they have a gaming line. Not saying they can't play CM well, but just take a look.

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