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Newbie: What graphics card should I be looking for

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October 6, 2012 1:44:22 PM

So I reckon I've got most things sorted for a new laptop.

I know its in the graphics forums but -
An i5 ivy bridge (may overclock it if need be)
At least 4GB RAM
Maybe a 128GB SSD

I'm not going to be a hardcore gamer, so I'd like to know what graphics cards I should look for in a laptop? I would like to have the capabilities to play most games (but not in maxed out settings).

Things like GTA IV, Crysis, etc on low-medium settings.

And what price range would I be looking at roughly?

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October 6, 2012 2:00:07 PM

The key question: what resolution laptop do you want? If you're planning on getting a 1080p laptop, the price range is going to be much higher for gaming than a 1366x768 (or similar) laptop, because you can get away without a discrete GPU for casual gaming at the lower resolution, but not really at 1080p.

-edit- I'm thinking primarily of AMD's Trinity APU as the thing to drive a budget gaming laptop. If you are dead set on a core i5 setup, you'll have to pay more and will need a discrete GPU. Also, you're not going to be doing any meaningful overclocking (and probably none at all) on a laptop.
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October 6, 2012 2:20:00 PM

Nobody but you can really answer your question but I can help you start looking in the right place, then you really need to research all your options, if you have lots of money you can just go buy the best and forget, but that isnt usually case for most of us.

I assume from reading your post you haven't bought a laptop yet, here are two options that will give you what you need (just copy and paste the links to your address bar if their not active links.)

http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,620389,2375847

This is a Sony VIAO, its pretty afforadable, but mostly it has the option to get a NVIDIA GeForce 640M graphics card. this is a good mid level card should do most of what you want at a decent price, but remember its an option it makes this $640 laptop a $740 laptop, and if your willing to spend a little more you can get this....

http://dealnews.com/lw/artclick.html?2,620389,2375848


This is an Alienware, it has the NVIDIA GeForce 650M card with optimus this is a much better card but may be more then you need, its just worth looking at because its only slightly more money.

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October 8, 2012 12:26:06 AM

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