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Good gaming laptop that's under $700

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June 13, 2011 5:09:52 AM

I'm looking for a decent laptop that will play all the latest games. The games I play are mostly fps like Call of Duty.

I don't know what to look for in a graphics card and I don't feel like dropping hundreds on a worthless computer.

Preferably Asus or Dell, definitely not Acer.

All I want to do is have games like COD playable on medium/high settings. If there are integrated cards that perform well that would be fine but a dedicated card I can upgrade would be nice.

Minimum battery life while browsing the web, and tasks that aren't cpu intensive should be at least 3 hours. I'll be plugged in for any gaming.

Anything over $700 is out of the question. I just can't justify spending that much right now.

As for where I would prefer to buy it, I don't have much past history buying computers online, so any site you deem trustworthy will be fine. Instore: Best Buy, etc, is fine too, but I doubt they have anything reasonably priced.

Basically, I'm looking for something that won't be completely out of date in 2-3 years.

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a c 572 D Laptop
June 13, 2011 1:43:45 PM

Hello eker676;

@ NewEgg website: Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 15" notebook $700
Core i5 480M 2.66GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD 5730 graphics.
It meets all your requirements except the battery goal of 3 hrs. That HD 5730 graphics card isn't switchable when not gaming.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Notebook this reviewed model had a different CPU (quad core) and faster 7200 rpm HDD but the review should be valid for that NewEgg model as well.

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a c 572 D Laptop
June 13, 2011 2:07:56 PM

This is going to turn out to be the better option:
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6-inch "Sandy Bridge" notebook Core i5 $680
Core i5 2410M CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 555M graphics. The Optimus graphics should get you 3+ hrs battery while surfing the web or light duty office/school tasks.
That GT 555M graphics card should get you a decent shot at some High graphics settings too.

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June 13, 2011 5:03:16 PM

Wow those both look nice. Thanks for your suggestions, that second one looks like the perfect thing.

Well, just bought the second one. It's going to be a huge upgrade from my current machine.
June 13, 2011 5:03:59 PM

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