Graphics - Intel 965GM vs Nvidia 8600M GS
I'm planning to buy a Dell Vostro 1400 and ixnay Vista for Hardy. Thanks GB43 (Dell and their Chinese vendors should thank you too!). Does anyone have an opinion on whether the Nvidia card is worth the $100 or $75 (depending on the day) extra for either Linux compatibility or service life?
I know the generic advantages to integrated vs. discrete graphics. It is my understanding you can't take the Intel and upgrade to Nvidia on this laptop later. I want to use this as my primary computer for a long time. I don't want the laptop to get laggy feeling after a few years and a few Ubuntu updates.
My current desktop running XP and Hardy is over 5 years old (various upgrades) and runs fairly well with an older Nvidia card. There is a point of diminishing returns for better hardware and I haven't decided if $100 extra on a $600 laptop is worthwhile.
I was also planning to get the base 1.4g Core2Duo, 2 gigs memory, Intel 4965AGN wireless N card, Bluetooth, and webcam.
Any advice or opinions on this is appreciated!
Karmic on Dell Vostro 1500 - Mythbuntu Lucid-upgrade may cause heartburn, ECS 671T-M, Pentium E6500 Dual Core, 2gb, Seagate 320gb SATA, Samsung SATA DVD, ASUS EN8400GS GeForce 512mb, PVR-150 MCE, HVR-1250, Seasonic S12II-330, Lian-Li PC-V300B