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Searching for a decent laptop under $500

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May 5, 2011 1:31:13 PM

I was wondering if anyone could point me towards a decent laptop for watching videos and, if possible, playing some less demanding games like...

HL2
Minecraft
Killing Floor
Left 4 Dead
Alien Swarm
CS:S
League of Legends
Starcraft 2 at low-mid

These are the only games I would play, so I don't need a full-on gaming machine. I am just hoping someone could help me find one that can handle these at low-mid settings for under $500.

I was looking into the Asus 1215n, but found out its power adapter pin breaks frequently and they won't fix it, so I am trying to avoid that one...
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May 5, 2011 3:34:11 PM

Hello dci260;

You want to stay away from 'Netbooks and look at Notebooks if you want to run games. Netbooks use low power CPU/GPUs.
Asus 1215n won't do well with SC2 and L4D, Trackmania and CS:S are just 'barely' playable at low settings.
Nvidia ION 2 graphics for Atom Netbooks
Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook review

Lenovo G560 15" Notebook $450
Pentium P6200(2.13GHz) CPU 3GB RAM 320GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ Intel HD Graphics

Intel HD Graphics is still not a 'gaming' solution but it's about the best you'll find under $500.
Intel HD Graphics review
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May 5, 2011 6:44:09 PM

WR2 said:
Hello dci260;

You want to stay away from 'Netbooks and look at Notebooks if you want to run games. Netbooks use low power CPU/GPUs.
Asus 1215n won't do well with SC2 and L4D, Trackmania and CS:S are just 'barely' playable at low settings.
Nvidia ION 2 graphics for Atom Netbooks
Asus Eee PC 1215N Netbook review

Lenovo G560 15" Notebook $450
Pentium P6200(2.13GHz) CPU 3GB RAM 320GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ Intel HD Graphics

Intel HD Graphics is still not a 'gaming' solution but it's about the best you'll find under $500.
Intel HD Graphics review


Thanks for the reply... I found this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do you think it will run those games at like mid and starcraft 2 at low???

UPDATE:
I gave up and just decided to stick with my current gaming desktop, which kicks the crap out of any laptop under 1k
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