Laptop Performance?

:hello: So I'm getting a different laptop for school. I'm going to use it a lot for school, but I do play some occasional games. Here are the specs.

AMD Quad Core A6-3400M 1.4GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6520G Integrated
6 GB RAM
500GB Hard Drive
The link: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/acer-acer-aspire-15-6-laptop-featuring-amd-quad-core-a6-3400m-processor-as5560-7855-black-as5560-7855/10186488.aspx?path=b955a71d8e17a802d7dfb5a2e703f856en02

So I want to know, is this computer good for everyday use, such as surfing the web, typing, research and such? And also, I play games such as TF2, CS:S, GTA IV, The Sims 3, and games like that. Would it have good performance with those games. I prefer performance over graphics. Thanks in advance. ;)
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  1. no i totally regret buying a acer laptop. they have very poor cooling solutions and it often heats my laptop to around 84c in core temps

    reliable cheap brands are HP and ASUS.


    the laptop you picked doesnt have much work performance but has pretty decent graphics

    this has very good working performance but not the best graphics. it will be enough to get you through GTA 4 and counter strike

    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-15-6-laptop-featuring-intel-core-i5-2450m-processor-g6-1d55ca-gray-g6-1d55ca/10201630.aspx?path=5915ff18590dc5ee94ee93cd5197aa09en02

    its on sale at the same price as your laptop. the sale ends on the 28th
  2. I would think 1.4ghz is too slow to do any real gaming like you intend.
    Check your local staples or other stores for the equivalent of this $399 laptop, a much better laptop, on sale at my local Staples store stateside (or maybe you know someone on this side of the border <wink>) :
    http://www.staples.com/HP-g6-2123-us-156-Notebook/product_932008
  3. I own a similarly speced laptop with the A6 3400m APU. The 1.4 GHz clockspeed is with all cores turned on and running under load. For less threaded workloads, it cranks up 1 core to 2.3GHz I think, and 2 cores to 2.2GHz. You can always try setting affinities, or disabling a couple of your cores if you need a little more kick in less threaded applications.

    It's everyday performance is okay, though be sure to choose high performance power options if you want to game on it. It is capable of light gaming. You won't get high settings on this, but it will handle TF2, The Sims 3 and CS:S okay. I haven't tried GTA IV on mine, but I doubt it will perform well. GTA IV is a really bad port that needs some beefy hardware to run decently, something you won't find in a budget laptop.
  4. TheBigTroll said:
    no i totally regret buying a acer laptop. they have very poor cooling solutions and it often heats my laptop to around 84c in core temps

    reliable cheap brands are HP and ASUS.


    the laptop you picked doesnt have much work performance but has pretty decent graphics

    this has very good working performance but not the best graphics. it will be enough to get you through GTA 4 and counter strike

    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/hewlett-packard-hp-15-6-laptop-featuring-intel-core-i5-2450m-processor-g6-1d55ca-gray-g6-1d55ca/10201630.aspx?path=5915ff18590dc5ee94ee93cd5197aa09en02

    its on sale at the same price as your laptop. the sale ends on the 28th


    Seems like a good laptop. Is the Intel HD 3000 good? I like playing a lot of games so the Video Card is always one of my biggest concerns.
  5. at this price point, getting a APU will have much better graphical performance. the hd3000 is just good enough so that you can play WoW at low settings

    but then the APU sucks at everything else other than games so you would have to decided between the 2.

    you wil have to spend a little more for a laptop to have a dedicated GPU like a gt540m
  6. Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. But is the AMD Laptop decent? I don't want amazing amazing graphical gameplay, just decent enough to play.
  7. The AMD laptop will handle the games you listed fine, aside from Grand Theft Auto IV. An equally priced Intel laptop will have a better CPU, but weaker graphics, so game performance will generally be poorer on the Intel laptop. Since you aren't really intending to do anything particularly intensive with the laptop outside of gaming, you probably should go with the AMD laptop if you can't spring more cash to get an Intel laptop with dedicated graphics from AMD or nvidia. The AMD CPU can handle web browsing and office tasks well enough, and the aside from GTA IV, the better integrated graphics will yield better game performance than any laptop equipped with Intel HD 3000 graphics.
  8. dont get the acer ones though. heat problems are huge.
  9. What do you mean heat problems? What do heat problems do? I'm a total noob when it comes down to these stuff. :P I really appreciate all the help but i need a bit more clarification. Thanks
  10. A lot of laptops have problems with air circulation. Poor air circulation leads to overheating problems. Hardware that is overheating will throttle back performance to protect itself from damage. Running at a high temperature also shortens the life of your components. That's why it is important to ensure that your computer has sufficient cooling.
  11. So if it doesn't have proper cooling, then I won't be able to be on it for prolonged amount of times and will have to let it rest regularly?
  12. Running components hot for extended periods will shorten their lifespan. So for some laptops, gaming on them for extended periods is not necessarily a good idea. Then again, the Llano APUs don't seem to run too hot, at least mine doesn't, when under gaming load the temps don't go too much above 60 celsius, which isn't bad for a laptop. Though maybe my Toshiba has better cooling than the Acer.
  13. my acer has a i5 460m and im getting around 80 degrees

    the cooling is bad on acer laptops. laptop mats dont really help since the acer has really small intake ports
  14. If I were to game, how many hours do you think I can play in one go before letting it cool down? I rarely play 3+ hours straight. And would this be a big problem? Because I really want a computer and seriously, this is the best one that I can find. (I can't order online or else I would be getting way better) Thanks.
  15. for the acer laptop, within 1 hour, i get around 70c
  16. maybe its just me but who knows?
  17. And how bad is that? What temperature should I completely stop playing? And when I do reach the cap, that doesn't prevent me from going on Facebook and Youtube, does it? Or do I have to completely shut it down?
  18. it will perform at around the same level but once it reaches 80c, the system starts throttling down (my system). when it is throttling, i cant get 20 frames in TF2.

    i just sleep the computer for around 5mins and throw it in the fridge so i can start playing again :)
  19. just get a hp or a asus laptop. much better cooling solutions
  20. Are you serious that you put it in the fridge? :O Isn't that extreme? And I would, but I can't get a decent one around my price range. The graphics cards are always Intel 3000, which I think is rubbish. Overall, would you think that it's worth getting this? Because yes, I'm really going to play like an hour or so, because I'm going to have a lot of school work so yeah. What's your overall impression? Seriously, I can't thank you enough, you helped me so much so thanks a lot! :D
  21. i could probably fry a egg on the laptop....

    http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-15-6-2nd-gen-intel-core-i3-2350m-laptop-300v5a-s07ca-black-300v5a-s07ca/10199306.aspx?path=6c69c727636298a866ec7ede2dd7e66den02

    this samsung laptop is more expensivve but then it has a gt 520mx which is better but not the best


    for school work what do you plan on doing?
  22. I think he was joking about the fridge, your computer will cool down sufficiently at room temperature. In your price range, the AMD laptop is probably your best bet, anything Intel for around $500 will have HD 3000. You have to go up to about $700 before you start seeing Intel laptops with dedicated graphics from AMD or nvidia. If you can find a brand besides Acer that has the same APU, that might be better as far as cooling goes.
  23. Supernova1138 said:
    I think he was joking about the fridge, your computer will cool down sufficiently at room temperature. In your price range, the AMD laptop is probably your best bet, anything Intel for around $500 will have HD 3000. You have to go up to about $700 before you start seeing Intel laptops with dedicated graphics from AMD or nvidia. If you can find a brand besides Acer that has the same APU, that might be better as far as cooling goes.


    well i didnt really have to throw it in the fridge, but if i need it to be cool fast, id do so. generally i just put the laptop over the ac duct so it runs cool....
  24. I was gonna ask you if the Gateway was good because I researched and found that one too lol. As for the Samsung, I would really try getting that. It looks really good. Thanks a lot. Right now, I'm either probably going to get the Gateway or the Samsung, those two look really good, and I would really want to get the Samsung. Thanks a lot. And when I mean school work, I mean research, typing, Facebook :P, and yeah stuff like that. Thanks soo much!
  25. actually, you should check out the weekly flyer for some good deals. samsung is better than gateway since samsung laptops from what i heard run cooler and are lighter than most other laptops
  26. Thanks a lot. And would I be expecting to see these laptops go on sale for like a school sale or something?
  27. they usually do have one at labour day. by then, there would be new ivy bridge laptops which are better than the current sandy bridge chips.just wait it out until the new laptops arrive in the summer
  28. OK thanks a lot!
  29. no problem
  30. Yes the few weeks leading up to school are usually the best times for laptops to go on sale.
  31. Hi hottsauce, in my opinion 1.4GHz isn't enough to do any serious gaming on but here's a great laptop that may suit your needs:

    http://yourpcbuilds.com/2012/06/alienware-m14x-r3-2/?loggedout=true

    Good luck.
  32. kamfia said:
    Hi hottsauce, in my opinion 1.4GHz isn't enough to do any serious gaming on but here's a great laptop that may suit your needs:

    http://yourpcbuilds.com/2012/06/alienware-m14x-r3-2/?loggedout=true

    Good luck.

    I think that laptop would be too expensive for me, thanks for the suggestion though! :)
  33. thats a bot by the way.
  34. Oh lol never knew.
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