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Reasonably priced gaming laptop (~$1000 or less)

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March 2, 2012 8:10:01 PM

I am looking to buy a laptop for school and some gaming. I would like it to be as cheap as possible but also last a while (if its worth spending more for a machine that will last me an extra year or two I'm down). I will be going into programming in the fall and want something that will have no problem compiling and also enjoy gaming in my free time (Civilization V, Starcraft II, Diablo III, and anything new that might happen to pop up in the next couple years. I also have a mouse/keyboard/monitor that I would prefer to hook up while at home gaming. Lastly battery life is always nice for school and browsing the web when not at home.


Approximate Purchase Date: now

Budget Range: preferably under $1000 but up to $1250

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, school (compiling programs), web, occasionally photoshop and the like

Parts Not Required: I have an external monitor/mouse/keyboard I would like to use when at home

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: is preferred but if others are cheaper then let me know, etc

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: I lean towards intel but whatever is best

Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes /N o / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: a few hours of battery life for low CPU tasks (browsing/typing etc)

Thanks for your help

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a b 4 Gaming
March 3, 2012 12:02:55 PM

I think something based on the A8-3500M would be good. It's comparable to a mobile i5 so it's great in terms of processing power and has some decent integrated graphics which should cope with those games on medium/high settings. Best of all, the power consumption for the CPU and GPU combined is only 35W. With Intel, the CPU alone will consume that much. This should mean better battery life too.

Or if you would prefer to sacrifice the battery life for more performance, you could go for one of these:
March 5, 2012 5:12:32 AM

Thanks a lot jmsellars1 that HP is looking mighty enticing and definitely seems like the best bang for my buck as far as a laptop with a decent graphics card.
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March 12, 2012 1:25:17 AM

Best answer selected by johnjackobs.
March 12, 2012 2:03:45 AM

I second the A8. Battery life is 6-8 hours depending on what your doing and the graphics are capable of playing any game on the market at at least medium.

Processing power is pretty good, its not a burner, but for a laptop it is very good.