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Buying a laptop, would it be good for MODERN games?

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August 22, 2012 12:19:54 AM

Hello,

I'm looking to purchase a new laptop for around 500 bucks...I'm looking for something that'll play modern games. I found one for 479 with the following specs

AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Processor N970 2.20GHz
6GB DDR3 Memory
500GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics

Would it run modern games?

Also, if you know a better one, for a relatively low price...please link me :)  Its just a rough budget
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August 22, 2012 12:40:25 AM

No way. You will not find a laptop for that price to play new games. If you want to play games, either buy a desktop instead or increase your budget (doubling it would do).
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August 22, 2012 12:42:26 AM

Hi :) 

No..and I sell laptops...add another 1000 minimum and it will be REASONABLE for games...

Or buy or build a PC which will be GOOD at games a LOT cheaper...

All the best Brett :) 
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August 22, 2012 12:50:51 AM

I'm looking for something that would maybe run Dead Island...even on a really low quality setting. I don't know much about computers so can someone refer me to good specs?
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August 22, 2012 2:07:59 AM

Sorry to double post...I can't edit my previous post.... but I found this one too, would this be better?

AMD A Series Processor 2.5GHz (1MB Cache)
4GB SDRAM RAM
640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
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August 22, 2012 10:27:49 AM

Its better and should play games on low settings and low resolution. The problem is new games in a year may not be playable at all.
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August 22, 2012 12:05:31 PM

Is there a reason you specifically want a laptop? I'd ask myself: what's more important? Games or having a laptop?
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August 22, 2012 2:38:56 PM

If you want a laptop that can play modern games like BF3 you're going to have to spend a LOT more than 500$. My friend has a 1500$ gaming laptop and to get playable FPS he has to turn the graphics to a little over medium. If you spent that much on building a desktop you could max out BF3.

If you are set on getting a laptop get one with at least a 570M or 670M (Radeon Equivalent HD 5870 and 6800M), and you will be able to play any game that comes your way at acceptable settings. Above all I would highly recommend building a desktop if you want to play modern games because it will cost less and preform better.

Hope this helps,
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August 22, 2012 6:16:29 PM

Sunius said:
Is there a reason you specifically want a laptop? I'd ask myself: what's more important? Games or having a laptop?


Getting a laptop because I'm on the road a lot. I ended up ordering a HP g7-1365dx - I hope it gets the job done :) 
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August 23, 2012 12:11:07 AM

JEGuitarist said:
Getting a laptop because I'm on the road a lot. I ended up ordering a HP g7-1365dx - I hope it gets the job done :) 


After a trip to Google and TomsHardWare's GPU hierarchy chart, I'd say you will be pleased with that laptop.
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August 23, 2012 2:34:03 AM

JEGuitarist said:
Getting a laptop because I'm on the road a lot. I ended up ordering a HP g7-1365dx - I hope it gets the job done :) 


I own a very similar laptop to that. You aren't going to get great performance in gaming. It is better than the one you initially linked to though. It's okay for light gaming at a lower resolution. Expect low settings at 720p if you want playable performance. Some really demanding games like Crysis 2, Witcher 2 or Metro 2033 probably won't be playable at all, as the Radeon HD 6520g falls below those game's minimum specs. The games will run, but your framerates will likely not exceed 20FPS.
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August 23, 2012 2:39:13 AM

It would say it will give you adequate gaming performance. While the integrated Radeon HD 6520G isn't that great, at least it's better than the Intel HD 3000 graphic found in Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs.

I think you need to drop the resolution down to 1366x768 to get good enough gaming performance... depending on what games you plan to play.
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August 23, 2012 9:43:46 PM

Just got the laptop in the mail today...I'm quite happy to say that its running Dead Island flawlessly on maxed out settings, and I should be able to pull of Battlefield 3 on medium quality. :)  Thanks for talking me out of the first one I linked to! Haha
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September 2, 2012 4:20:21 AM

Best answer selected by JEGuitarist.
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