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Best gaming laptop or PC for under $650?

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July 7, 2012 4:58:34 AM

Hello, I recently graduated high school ,and decided I wanted to start getting more into PC gaming as I entered college to save me a bit of space in the dorms. I only have $650 to spend though, and I was hoping I could possible avoid building one. I just want it to meet them following specs:

Able to run LoL, TF2, and MC on highest settings, and possibly Starcraft and Diablo 3, plus maybe Skyrim on at least high.

I know I might be asking for a lot for my budget, but I thought I'd ask here since my knowledge of PC brands and specs is limited, and I haven't gotten a new computer since 2007.
Thanks in advance :) 

Edit: Forgot to mention, even though I do mention PC, I am looking for a laptop. Sorry for the confusion >>

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July 7, 2012 9:59:05 PM

Hello! I have an Asus K52N right now and I'm selling it(not advertising here). I'm selling it because it can't game. I bought it for about $700 new 2 years ago I believe and it can hardly run Diablo 3. I have to put it in windows mode on the lowest resoulution with the graphics turned down to minimum and it is still quite laggy. Not sure about the fps for that, but I'd say it's 20-25.

I've also played LoL and TF2. Both of these are playable on minimum but once you even kick it to medium it starts to get quite laggy.

It's not buyable on this link but you can check the specs to see what you need and how mine compared to it.

Overall, gaming laptops are pretty horrible for gaming. If you want a gaming computer your best bet is to build one or at least get a computer(not laptop)pre built.
July 7, 2012 11:14:21 PM

Raptearer said:
I'm not sure, is that a build it yourself model? :/ 

Yes it is but it can still give you an idea of the spec you want.
July 8, 2012 6:11:20 PM

simon12 said:
Yes it is but it can still give you an idea of the spec you want.

Oh, ok, that makes sense. Thanks!

By the way, I found this labtop, and it seemed like it could run everything but skyrim on at least medium or high. I just wanted to know if it was actually any good (was gonna use my student advantage card to buy a toshiba or lonovo, but all the lonovo's it would have put in my price range are terrible, and I can't seem to figure out how powerful the graphics cards are in the them toshiba's >>)
July 9, 2012 11:36:08 AM

Whats the spec or post a link. I don't think any <$650 laptop will play any modern games above medium settings. Here is a reveiw of a $800 laptop which has an amazing spec for the price (though has alot of cheap parts like the screen) and it can play the tested games well on medium mainly only due to the very low resolution display.
July 9, 2012 1:57:50 PM

lol and TF2 you'll be able to run fine with intel HD 4000, but starcraft 2 will not run on medium/high on a $650 laptop.

The budget gaming laptop entry price was/is about 750-800 USD.
July 9, 2012 6:39:53 PM

I even did a benchmark check on its graphics card: it said I could run those games on at least medium
July 9, 2012 11:08:33 PM

AntiZig said:

search for 630M and then check all the games you're interested in.

It will run SC2 & Skyrim on medium it seems, so if that's ok for you, looks like a decent buy.

Ok, thats where I was checking :D . Only sad part is it doesn't say if it can run Civ 5 or not. My only worry at this point is if the laptop itself has enough RAM/Memory to run the games. I think it does, but I may be reading it wrong
July 10, 2012 4:56:59 PM

My only remaining question is does that laptop have enough RAM and/or Memory to run those games? I can't tell if it has 2 or 4 >>
July 11, 2012 1:19:15 PM

4gb DDR3 RAM, which is plenty. I'm not sure what other memory you have in mind.

civ 5 should get you about 40 fps on low. It sucks that they don't have any info in-between testing only lowest or ultra :(