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April 3, 2014 10:11:09 AM

A simple straight enough question, i want to buy a laptop my budget is 800$ i know it is quite low for a good gaming laptop but still i just don't want to end up regretting. Basically what i am looking for is:
intel core i5 3rd gen
500 gb hdd
a graphics card(nvidia or amd whichever is good)
4-8 gb ram
a standard not TOO big screen.

Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in advance :D 

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a b D Laptop
April 3, 2014 10:21:00 AM

15.6", $819 Y510p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

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14", $719 - $789 Y410p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

The $789 Y410p has the same specs as the $819 Y510p. The only difference between those two is the screen size. The $719 Y410p has a smaller storage capacity, 6 GB of RAM as compared to the others' 8 GB, and a weaker CPU. The graphics card between all three are the same though, so realistically in terms of gaming performance for most games, you won't see a difference between the three, however, the $719 Y410p's weaker CPU (two cores versus the other laptops' four cores) might make some CPU dependent games perform a bit worse. If you can afford to, I recommend you go with the $789 Y410p or the $819 Y510p.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, the graphics card inside all three is the GT 755M. If you'd like benchmarks, check here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-755M.102...

Unless you're buying refurbished, this is the best gaming laptop for that price range.
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April 3, 2014 10:26:24 AM

Deus Gladiorum said:
15.6", $819 Y510p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

-or-

14", $719 - $789 Y410p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

The $789 Y410p has the same specs as the $819 Y510p. The only difference between those two is the screen size. The $719 Y410p has a smaller storage capacity, 6 GB of RAM as compared to the others' 8 GB, and an insignificantly weaker CPU. The graphics card between all three are the same though, so realistically in terms of gaming performance for most games, you won't see a difference between the three.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, the graphics card inside all three is the GT 755M. If you'd like benchmarks, check here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-755M.102...

Unless you're buying refurbished, this is the best gaming laptop for that price range.


buddy can u let me know how much can i overclock these cpu's please. I mean from 2.6 Ghz till??
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a b D Laptop
April 3, 2014 12:37:08 PM

NoOb121 said:
Deus Gladiorum said:
15.6", $819 Y510p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

-or-

14", $719 - $789 Y410p:
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y...

The $789 Y410p has the same specs as the $819 Y510p. The only difference between those two is the screen size. The $719 Y410p has a smaller storage capacity, 6 GB of RAM as compared to the others' 8 GB, and an insignificantly weaker CPU. The graphics card between all three are the same though, so realistically in terms of gaming performance for most games, you won't see a difference between the three.

UPDATE: Just to clarify, the graphics card inside all three is the GT 755M. If you'd like benchmarks, check here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-755M.102...

Unless you're buying refurbished, this is the best gaming laptop for that price range.


buddy can u let me know how much can i overclock these cpu's please. I mean from 2.6 Ghz till??


Overclocking a laptop CPU isn't a good idea, and most of the time it's just not practical. I couldn't tell you any exact numbers, you'll have to google that and see, but it's just better that you don't. Overclocking on a desktop CPU is much easier because for a lot of desktop CPUs, the multiplier is unlocked, so all you have to do is play with the multiplier and the voltages. For a laptop CPU, it's much different. The multiplier is locked, and even if you can manipulate the BCLK, you have to underclock the north bridge, HT Link, and RAM to compensate, and even then you're not guaranteed stability. Even though there's some software which might be able to help you do this, it's never as efficient as manipulating the BIOS itself. Most importantly, overclocking takes a huge toll on heat generation and power consumption. Since laptops are stuck with a stock cooling fan, they'll heat up very quickly when overclocked (which won't be fun for your hands) and the draw from your battery's limited power supply will shorten its life span considerably. Overall, it's not worth it trying to overclock, but if you're really serious about it, try to search for overclocking results.

Also, just for clarification purposes in case you think otherwise, even though the i7-4700MQ is a 2.4 GHz CPU while the i5-4200M is a 2.5 GHz CPU, the i7-4700MQ is a far more powerful CPU, so if you can afford that, get that instead. Clock speed really doesn't matter that much in comparison to core count and architecture, and the i7-4700MQ is a lot more capable than the i5-4200M.
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