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Need a Good Laptop for some gaming. $400 Budget.

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August 18, 2011 2:37:42 PM

1. What is your budget?
$400

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Normal screen size.

3. What screen resolution do you want?
My pc is at 1366x768, so anything around it. Doesnt matter much,, just be a widescreen.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
N/A

5. How much battery life do you need?
Will be mostly used at home. Doesnt matter much.

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
Mainly Starcraft 2, I play at extreme low settings right now, cant have a big battle lol. So around medium.
New Swtor game at any setting. Not out yet.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Internet mostly, streaming movies. I use chrome so if that matter.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I am going to install quite a few games, say around 150ish.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Doesnt Matter

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
About 1-2 years.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Doesnt Matter, wont really use it at any point.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Anything but compaq.

13. What country do you live in?
NJ. USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Also how is the XPS m1530 for current gen gaming, just curious because I might trade that with my neighbor. He doesnt know much about PC's.
a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 2:40:01 PM

Raise de budget sum more.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 2:40:30 PM

What have you found for $400 so far that looks like it might be what you want?
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August 18, 2011 2:42:45 PM

Hows this.

http://www.bjs.com/toshiba-satellite-c675-s7212-173-lap...

No shipping cost because Bj's is right next to my house and might be able to grab a 10% discount also. Friend works their.

Also keep in mind I can get a hold of XPS M153 by trading it with my neighbor.

As for the budget I had 750 but lost 350 becuase of financial aid not covering full cost.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 2:45:31 PM

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT review your neighbors current laptop graphics card.

Near the same performance as Intel HD Graphics 3000, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 and GeForce 310M. You'll need a more powerful graphics card if you want to improve your gaming results.

Do you want to consider used / reconditioned laptops?

What are you using right now?
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 2:51:53 PM

Dell XPS m1530 is HEAPS better than that Toshiba Satellite C675 with that AMD C-50 1Ghz CPU and integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
AMD C-50 Ontario 1.0Ghz APU
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August 18, 2011 2:56:13 PM

WR2 said:
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT review your neighbors current laptop graphics card.

Near the same performance as Intel HD Graphics 3000, the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 and GeForce 310M. You'll need a more powerful graphics card if you want to improve your gaming results.

Do you want to consider used / reconditioned laptops?

What are you using right now?


I dont know about used laptops, I have nvr bought one before. Are they worth it. ill buy it if thats my only option.


As for current, I am using Compaq CQ5102F PC. I believe its stock version.
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a b D Laptop
August 18, 2011 2:56:15 PM

I'm gonna have to say that you won't get a good gaming especially on a laptop for $400.

you might want to look at desktops.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:00:52 PM

That laptop you linked is a display model. That's a used laptop to my way of thinking.
And you're considering your neighbors used laptop already.

Compaq Presario CQ5102F desktop PC
Intel Celeron 450 2.2Ghz CPU and Integrated Intel GMA 3100 graphics.
It does have a PCI-e slot for a video card upgrade.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:04:04 PM

Stick a $30 video card in your desktop PC and it should run games a lot better - probably better than any $400 laptop you'll find.
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August 18, 2011 3:05:24 PM

WR2 said:
Stick a $30 video card in your desktop PC and it should run games a lot better - probably better than any $400 laptop you'll find.


WOW I didn't even consider upgrading mine at any point.

Well I do have a $400 budget, so what else can I upgrade.
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August 18, 2011 3:06:20 PM

I can open up the Pc and take a pic if you would like me to.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:06:35 PM

You can actually build a new gaming tower for about $400.
What are you using for a monitor?
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August 18, 2011 3:08:36 PM

WR2 said:
You can actually build a new gaming tower for about $400.
What are you using for a monitor?


compaq q1859 monitor
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:14:07 PM

For about $200-250 (CPU upgrade, power supply upgrade, video card upgrade, RAM upgrade to 4GB) you can have a PC that will kick butt vs any laptop that's under $1000
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August 18, 2011 3:14:28 PM

Yep both pics match to whats in front of me.
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August 18, 2011 3:15:04 PM

WR2 said:
For about $200-250 (CPU upgrade, power supply upgrade, video card upgrade, RAM upgrade to 4GB) you can have a PC that will kick butt vs any laptop that's under $1000



JAwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww on the floooooorrrrr,

slowly picks it up.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:20:46 PM

Here is a ready built PC tower for $400 iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 502D3 Desktop PC
Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz CPU 4GB DDR3 RAM 500GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 5450 Graphics card (512MB) and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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August 18, 2011 3:35:02 PM

WR2 said:
Here is a ready built PC tower for $400 iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 502D3 Desktop PC
Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz CPU 4GB DDR3 RAM 500GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 5450 Graphics card (512MB) and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit




WOW JUST WOW, serious people how do you guys do what you do, seriously whats your secret.

Wow checked some youtube vids and reviews and it seems it can play what I want it to play fine.

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August 18, 2011 3:36:15 PM

So what do you think

upgrading my compaq pesario or buying the 400 tower better.

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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:44:20 PM

Upgrading the Compaq Presario is going to be less expensive if you don't need a copy of Windows 7. And you'll get a video card that's quite a bit better than the HD 5450.

Probably best if you go ask that question over in the section of the forum that does PC upgrades and new PC builds. Systems Forum
Look around there for a bit and see what other people are talking about.

You'll get some ideas on how to ask your own questions. Something like: $300 upgrade or $400 new build?
Give them the link to your current PC & monitor, plus the $400 CyberPower PC and let them suggest different options for you to think about.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:46:59 PM

What's already certain is that $400 CyberPower PC is a better gaming choice than any new $400 laptop.

A good part of that reason is you already have a decent LCD screen that you'd have to include in the cost of the laptop.
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August 18, 2011 3:55:09 PM

WR2 said:
What's already certain is that $400 CyberPower PC is a better gaming choice than any new $400 laptop.

A good part of that reason is you already have a decent LCD screen that you'd have to include in the cost of the laptop.




wow thank you so much man, I honestly dont know how to thank you man.
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a c 572 D Laptop
August 18, 2011 3:56:34 PM

You're welcome. Hope you get something nice worked out.
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