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March 4, 2014 5:13:37 AM

I have an older notebook/laptop that I have handed down to my son who has started to enjoy games mimicking my career in the armed forces.

My son recently is groaning because simple games seem to make them quit and go to a black screen that he plays for wanting to help friends in Alpha stages of their games, and become a game tester. Yet when he plays COD 4 and Battlefield 4, the newest games, unreal as I scratch my head on how its possible.. they run fine on this older system. Really unreal... but hey you all are the experts in this, I just flew for a living LOL.

So I want to upgrade without getting crazy on cost, the RAM and the VIDEO CARD.
Installing them should be cake, as I have done it on a desktop many times. (fingers crossed)

So can anyone recommend what VIDEO and RAM cards would fit that is reasonable, don't want to get crazy with needing fans and such (not much room in a laptop anyways) and for the RAM. Usually I would go to Best Buy but recently I question their local group of just "seat of their pants associates" currently staffed. So I am not lazy, just don't have reliable sources to guide me like I have in days past. Specs are below, but there are so many brands and types of compatibility issues beyond my pay grade. I AWAIT YOUR KNOWLEDGE... LOL

Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600) (9600.winblue_gdr.131030-1505)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
System Model: 355V4C/356V4C/3445VC/3545VC
BIOS: P07ABF
Processor: AMD A8-4500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.9GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3548MB RAM
Page File: 1654MB used, 2916MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.03.9600.16384 64bit Unicode

Thank you for answers in advance. Not just brand but please be sure they will fit in this thing LOL and are compatible. Now I also know that 32bit I would be limited to 4GB or RAM if I am correct, but I think we are 64bit. My DXDIAG from above should help, if anyone requires more info just please ask.

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March 4, 2014 5:24:13 AM

Unfortunately notebooks are not desktops. You can't upgrade the graphics, your stuck with what it has.

You might be able to add RAM (need to look up model to see what the maximum is), but I'm not sure you'll get much bang for your buck going from 4GB to 8GB on that laptop. Games are mostly limited by the GPU.
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March 4, 2014 5:33:05 AM

Well crap, now I guess its time to buy him a laptop. So any suggestions without getting cost crazy? Thanks so much there @techgeek !! Share your knowledge please.
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March 4, 2014 5:41:37 AM

The bad thing about gaming laptops is they are much more expensive than the equivalent desktop.

ASUS makes a range of gaming laptops.

Alienware / Dell have a series of gaming laptops as well, though in my opinion overhyped and expensive.

Just googled this from Anandtech:

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It's a few months old, but it'll get you in the ballpark.

If it's got to be a laptop, I understand its about portability. If he games at home though, you could get a much better performing desktop for as much or less than a gaming laptop.

P.S. What you really want to stay away from is anything with an AMD APU. These have the GPU on die with the CPU. While a decent performer for casual gaming, if gaming is the focus you want something with a dedicated GPU.
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