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Study/light gaming laptop for £500?

Hi all.

I'd like a study laptop that has some gaming power. The most demanding games I'd like it to be able to play comfortably on max graphics are Mass Effect 3, SimCity (2013) and Civilization V.

Specs wanted:

1920x1080 or higher resolution
8GB RAM
500GB + hard drive
4hr + battery (when using non-gaming apps)

I can go higher than £500 if necessary but the lower the price the better.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

EDIT: I seem to be asking a bit to much with max graphics, so just medium-high graphics would be great.
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  1. do you mind buying a refurbished/used laptop since it will be hard to find a new laptop to play max graphics on those
  2. iceblitzed said:
    do you mind buying a refurbished/used laptop since it will be hard to find a new laptop to play max graphics on those


    I'd rather a new one... how much would I be looking to pay?
  3. jkarateking said:


    The two reviews don't fill me with confidence... thanks though.
  4. Would you mind spending just over £700 as not many gaming laptops are around £500

    If you are willing to spend just over £700 then look at this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-15-6-inch-Processor-Graphics-Windows/dp/B00FSBFBD2/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1402698206&sr=1-12&keywords=Gaming+laptop#productDetails
  5. jkarateking said:
    Would you mind spending just over £700 as not many gaming laptops are around £500

    If you are willing to spend just over £700 then look at this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-15-6-inch-Processor-Graphics-Windows/dp/B00FSBFBD2/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1402698206&sr=1-12&keywords=Gaming+laptop#productDetails


    Thanks! I really like that laptop. How do I get that ultrabay dual graphics card?
  6. crzyclarks said:
    jkarateking said:
    Would you mind spending just over £700 as not many gaming laptops are around £500

    If you are willing to spend just over £700 then look at this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-15-6-inch-Processor-Graphics-Windows/dp/B00FSBFBD2/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1402698206&sr=1-12&keywords=Gaming+laptop#productDetails


    Thanks! I really like that laptop. How do I get that ultrabay dual graphics card?


    You pretty much have to get the same graphics card again which is the gt750M from lenovo
  7. iceblitzed said:
    crzyclarks said:
    jkarateking said:
    Would you mind spending just over £700 as not many gaming laptops are around £500

    If you are willing to spend just over £700 then look at this one:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-15-6-inch-Processor-Graphics-Windows/dp/B00FSBFBD2/ref=sr_1_12?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1402698206&sr=1-12&keywords=Gaming+laptop#productDetails


    Thanks! I really like that laptop. How do I get that ultrabay dual graphics card?


    You pretty much have to get the same graphics card again which is the gt750M from lenovo


    But isn't it a special one that fits into the compartment? I would think I'd need to buy the laptop and add it as an extra but I can't see the option on Amazon.
  8. jkarateking said:


    It is solid but it is also kind of overpriced in my opinion... I'd try getting something made by Lenovo since they have the best price to performance laptops in my opinion.
  9. sora said:
    jkarateking said:


    It is solid but it is also kind of overpriced in my opinion... I'd try getting something made by Lenovo since they have the best price to performance laptops in my opinion.


    A cheaper laptop would be great. Do you have any recommendations?
  10. Best answer
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.
  11. dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?
  12. crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?


    its up to you for the IPS screen, it costs a fair bit more, but if image quality is really important then go for it. I personally only have ever used 900p screens max.
    the processor is definitely powerful enough, not everything requires a quad core. It won't bottleneck
  13. dasulman said:
    crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?


    its up to you for the IPS screen, it costs a fair bit more, but if image quality is really important then go for it. I personally only have ever used 900p screens max.
    the processor is definitely powerful enough, not everything requires a quad core. It won't bottleneck


    I'll get an IPS screen. I'll be ordering it tomorrow if nobody comes up with a better option.

    Thanks for your help!
  14. dasulman said:
    crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?


    its up to you for the IPS screen, it costs a fair bit more, but if image quality is really important then go for it. I personally only have ever used 900p screens max.
    the processor is definitely powerful enough, not everything requires a quad core. It won't bottleneck


    A final question before I order, which 8GB memory should I get? The normal 8GB or the Hyper-X?
  15. it doesn't matter, I'd just get the 8GB unless you find research that says otherwise.
  16. crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?


    its up to you for the IPS screen, it costs a fair bit more, but if image quality is really important then go for it. I personally only have ever used 900p screens max.
    the processor is definitely powerful enough, not everything requires a quad core. It won't bottleneck


    A final question before I order, which 8GB memory should I get? The normal 8GB or the Hyper-X?


    Id get the hpyer x if it doesnt cost any more. Memory is pretty much similar between different brands
  17. iceblitzed said:
    crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    crzyclarks said:
    dasulman said:
    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
    I5 4210M
    8 GB RAM
    1080p
    gtx 850M - go here to see the benchmarks: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-850M.107795.0.html
    500GB HDD 7200 RPM
    extra thermal paste (a very nice little option)
    gigabit + intel ac 7260 wireless card - Ideal for unis or study areas where there is a heavy reliance on wifi.
    silver warranty
    its a 15.6'' laptop
    its 2.4kg - so its quite light for the size
    and its between 1-1.5'' in thickness.
    all that for £702.
    it's the best deal you're going to get in the UK market at this price point right now
    If you're worried about build quality, then never fear. This company supplies PC world with their laptops.


    Thanks, those specs are quite a bit better. Should I get the IPS screen? Also, is the processor definitely powerful enough?


    its up to you for the IPS screen, it costs a fair bit more, but if image quality is really important then go for it. I personally only have ever used 900p screens max.
    the processor is definitely powerful enough, not everything requires a quad core. It won't bottleneck


    A final question before I order, which 8GB memory should I get? The normal 8GB or the Hyper-X?


    Id get the hpyer x if it doesnt cost any more. Memory is pretty much similar between different brands


    Okay thanks. It only cost 3 pounds more so I'll get it.
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