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Best Gaming laptop for $500?

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
November 17, 2011 2:29:09 PM

1. What is your budget?

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

13.3-14.5, nothing more than 15.4"

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1024x768 at the least, would love to get my hands on 1680x1050

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


5. How much battery life do you need?

4 hours at least

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)?

GMOD/TF2 high settings(1024x768 at least)

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Gaming, Internet,

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?


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

newegg, amazon

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

3-5 Years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD Rom needed, DVD-RW would be nice.

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 known for being reliable. No Dells :) 

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Looking at this, with the Added 3300m for hybrid crossfire, no more than 3 gigs needed -

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November 17, 2011 2:54:01 PM

Depends on the games you want to play. Vid card is obviously important..check out this link to see the performance of the vid card included in your setup. Apologizes if you already reference it:

IMO, the price is right. You have the right idea by researching AMD A series solutions since most Intel setups in this price range will normally include their integrated graphics. You're not going to find laptops that are considered "gaming" in that price range. Its not a super duper powerhouse, but it should play most games at reduced details.

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November 17, 2011 3:39:36 PM

for that price range here's the best deal on newegg:
$450 Acer 15" - A6-3400 6520G 4Gb ram 500gb hdd
you can probably find similar specced/priced laptops everywhere else from other companies

but, seeing how you listed your budget at $600 max, you might want to consider this one too:
$580 Acer 15" i5-2430, nvidia GT540M, 4gb ram, 500gb hdd. this gives you the awesome intel sandy bridge cpu and a good entry level dedicated GPU that has optimus option for battery saving.
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November 17, 2011 4:26:21 PM

The games I'm going to play on this laptop would run at med/high settings on my MX7118. The problem is that the x200 in my current laptop lacks several instruction sets that are needed to play some of my newer games (arma 2, Far cry 2, black props glitch on gmod/etc.)

Theres also this one for $350, but it doesnt include the extra 6470, so I can't Hybrid crossfire with it.

EDIT: I don't need a truckload of power, but i want to find something decent and reliable for as cheap as possible.