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Toshiba Satellite L500/025 budget gaming laptop?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
June 20, 2011 6:25:36 AM

Hello everyone,

i'm looking at purchasing a toshiba satellite l500/025 for gaming, videos and schoolwork. My priority is gaming, and i know this laptop is old and horrible, but the most i can afford is around $300 and this seemed decent.

If anyone could give me some pros and cons for this laptop and also what sort of games i'd expect to play on this (and frames, etc) that'd be great.

Here is the information:

CPU speed:
2.2 GHz


4 GB

Hard drive:
500 MB

Screen size:

CD + DVD writer

CPU Intel® Core™ i5 processor 430M (2.26/2.53GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache)
Screen Size 15.6" Widescreen HD TruBrite® Display (1366 x 768), supports 720p
Memory 4GB DDR3 (2GB + 2GB) (1066MHz)
Storage 500GB (5400rpm) SATA
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650 (2815MB Total: 1GB discrete memory + 1791MB shared memory)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 Ports (2x USB 2.0 + 1x eSATA/USB Combo)
Bridge Media Adaptor SD Slot
a c 572 D Laptop
a b 4 Gaming
June 20, 2011 6:47:31 AM

It could be a lot worse. For $300 (I'm assuming it's used) you're getting a pretty good deal.
Schoolwork, videos and general purpose computing, it's got that covered easily.

For gaming? The i5-430M is actually pretty good and it has 4GB of RAM.
With the Radeon HD 4650 it should get gaming performance something like this (green is good):

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ATI Mobilty Radeon HD 4650 review