Dear all-knowing computer designing gods,
I am currently "playing" the beta with this laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115806
My benchmark score is like a 750. Naturally, things are pretty laggy, however it's still "fairly" playable. The one big annoyance is that npcs and players have to "load" in, which will most certainly be a no-no once mobs start aggroing (actually I explored towards the Cactus Hills area in Ul'dah, was running around for 5 minutes wondering where all the mobs were, and just fell down dead once I approached the atherite node; right after that a bunch of dragons loaded in. :P
Anyway, this is obviously not going to work long-term. I just talked to Newegg and they are offering for me to return the laptop for a 15% restocking fee and store credit. I checked the video card benchmark list and noted that upgrading to a Mobility Radeon 5870 more than quadruples my power, and should allow me to get away with me being able to enjoy this game at low settings.
I found the following laptop on Newegg with this video card and an i5 Intel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152196
Perhaps there are better combos using this card, or even a better card. I would like to keep the cost at around $1,200.
Please let me know your thoughts. I have until the end of today to decide whether or not I want to do the return.
To circumvent any talks of "just get a desktop," that is not an option for me.
Thanks for your help!