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Topic: Can my Dell Studio 15 Run Neverwinter Nights 2?

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GamerZack7

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I was offered a Dell Studio 15 notebook for $1,150 for the base model (a whole $15 off!) plus delivery by Christmas Eve, and it looks really neat! It seems to be able to run nearly all my favourite PC games, but I'm wondering how well Neverwinter Nights 2 would run, if at all. Here are the specs for the notebook:

PROCESSOR-Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.20GHz/ 800 FSB/ 2MB Cache)

OPERATING SYSTEM-Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)

SOFTWAR-EMicrosoft® Works (Including Microsoft®Office Home & Student 2007 60 Days Trial Pre-installed)

SECURITY SOFTWARE-McAfee™ Security Center 10 (Multi Language) - 15 monthsHD

DISPLAY-15.6 " 720p WLED (1366x768) Display with TrueLife™ w/Camera

MEMORY-4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 SDRAM Memory

HARD DRIVE-500GB SATA Hard Drive

OPTICAL DRIVE-Slot Load 8X DVD+/-RW Drive with DVD+R double layer write capability

VIDEO CARD-512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570

AUDIO SOLUTION-Integrated Stereo Sound with Subwoofer

BATTERIES-6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

WIRELESS NETWORK CARD-Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 (802.11a/g/n) Half Mini-card

BLUETOOTH-Dell(TM) Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module

KEYBOARD-Dell(TM) Keyboard with Touchpad (English)

And the specs for NWN2:

  • OS: Windows® XP
  • CPU: Intel Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz, AMD Athlon XP 2000
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Video: ATI 9700 Pro, nVidia 6800
  • VideoRAM: 128 MB Pixel Shader 2.0
  • Sound: Windows® XP compatible
  • Hard Drive: 5.5 GB
  • Disk Drive: 4X CD-ROM
  • Input: Keyboard, Mouse
  • DirectX: DirectX® 9.0c
  • Other: LAN (TCP/IP) or Broadband Internet connection

As you can see, there's a .2GHz difference between the notebook's processor and minimum requirements. I'd probably run all my games on minimal settings anyway (graphics aren't everything, I'm more for gameplay than fancy graphics), so would that make any difference?

I'd especially appreciate help from those who have run the game successfully on their Studio 15 with the above specs (or a computer with identical specs), but any and all assistance is accepted! Thanks so much for your help! Have a fantastic day!

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DarkG

2. Posted:

Yest, that PC will run that and most if not all current games at Normal or High settings without a doubt, very good deal BTW!

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Ravage

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Yeah, that is a pentium 4 (an older processor, which is outdated by todays standards. You have a dual core processor, most dual cores will run much better than pentiums, but some of the older games might not run that well. Neverwinter should be fine though.
For future reference, you can try this. It will tell you if your PC can run a particular game.

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DarkG

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Ravage wrote:

Yeah, that is a pentium 4 (an older processor, which is outdated by todays standards. You have a dual core processor, most dual cores will run much better than pentiums, but some of the older games might not run that well.

Not entirely true. OIlder games don't rund well usually because of the OS (older games tend to run on the shell / command line or DOS itself on Windows versions. starting with Windows Vista, the OS no longer runs on top of MS-DOS, so DOS-based programs don't run that well... if you buy your games from Steam or other digital distribution platforms, they all come ready to play on the latest hardware and OS)

PS: Remember to grab an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (or a normal Xbox 360 controller with the Wireless Receiver if t's Wireless, or a normal wired one) if you have the chance, that PC will run most PC Games, including the Games for Windows ones, among others that natively support the 360 gamepad.

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Magi

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That seems hella expensive for what you're getting. Check out my post in the "other" subforum to see what I ended up with for half of what you're paying. Post back your impressions.

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http://www.nintendolife.com/forums/general_discussion/just_bo...

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DarkG

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nVidia cards are very crappy and underpowered... he is getting a DX10.1 / Dx11 card on his notebook, while yours is only DX10...

I wouldn't get it for that crappy card, everything else looks good... and "cheaper"

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Magi

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http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-230M.17646.0.html
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4570....

It seems that the nvidia outperforms the ati plus it gets an extra half-gig of video memory.

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Ravage

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Don't listen to his ATI propaganda :D

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GamerZack7

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I don't plan to! I'm happy with the purchase I've made, and the fact that it's due for delivery by Christmas Eve even though I only ordered it today just adds icing to the already super-sweet cake! And most of the replies I've had seem to indicate that my notebook is a really good multimedia device! Thanks everybody!

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DarkG

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Magi wrote:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-230M.17646.0.html
vs.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4570....

It seems that the nvidia outperforms the ati plus it gets an extra half-gig of video memory.

That ATi Radeon is a DirectX 10.1 games, with most of DirectX 11 features enabled... it's a more future-proof card than a crappy GTX-230M... I've had many problems with the 2 nVidia cards I've owned (buggy drivers and unstable overclocking) while I haven't had any issues with my current ATi Radeon card... that and the fact they keep using outdated parts is why I don't recommend a GeForce to anyone.

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Magi

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The specs of both cards state they are direct X 10.1

Congrats on your purchase NintendoPurist!

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GamerZack7

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I'm starting to panic now...I've been reading a lot of forum posts throughout the Internets that state that NWN2 won't run in Windows 7! Is this true? Has anybody else had any problems running NWN2 in Windows 7?

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If it runs on Vista, it will run on 7... if there's some compatibility problem, then you'll have to run it in compatibility mode for some time while a fix (either by Microsoft or the devs behind NWN2) is released...

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GamerZack7

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Compatibility Mode? You mean the feature that allows you to run XP inside 7? Does my version have that?

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No, I meant the compatibility tab when you right-click a .exe file and select Properties.

And no, Home Premium doesn't have XP Mode, that one is available with 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate only.

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I just checked how to run Compatibility Mode, and it clicked in my memory before I even started reading! I remember exactly what it is now; it's a feature that lets you run a program using settings from an older version of Windows, so all I need to do to run NWN2 is set it to Windows XP Service Pack 3. This is great - I may even be able to run the first NWN too! Thanks DarkG!

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