So I'm in the market for a new laptop. Currently I'm using a netbook, but there are many restrictions with it (in terms of performance). I'm a little behind when it comes to laptops and whats hot or not, so I was hoping you all could help.
What's a pretty good laptop to get these days that can play games smoothly (around 30 FPS) and doesn't cost more than ~$700. I'm not a fan of Dell so anything other than that.
It doesn't say what the graphics card is. In your case you shouldn't settle for anything less than an ATI 5650 when spending $700. Nvidia equivalent is the GT 540M, or am I off on that? (not sure)
Take a look at new egg. Also, if gaming is your main need don't rule out refurbished. Usually all it takes is a little research on your part and a few software tweaks to make it as good as a brand new model.
Ex: I just bought the ASUS G73JH refurb and had to update the Bios and vBios to fix a driver conflict that caused grey screen of death. Other than that it's running like brand new now and I saved about $600-$700 going this route.
Sites to use for research:
notebookcheck.net--search card and you get a review. right side has column with tiered quality rankings
notebookreview.com--forums are divided by manufacturer and then divided by individual model. So you can reasearch nearly every laptop out there and get an idea of it's true performance.
tomshardware.com--better review articles for chipsets, graphics cards, benchmark comparisons. (Open up all graphics card articles and look for the World of Warcraft benchmarking. Great if not one of the best articles for understanding GPU performances.)