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Looking for a decent gaming laptop

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December 29, 2011 4:51:52 PM

1. What is your budget?

300-500 pounds.

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

Size doesn't matter too much but preferably not much less than 15.6

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Not sure..

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

Desktop replacement laptop

5. How much battery life do you need?

No less than 3 hours. It doesn't matter that much though.

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)?

I'll be playing Heroes of Newerth mainly, preferably at highest settings.
These are the recommended settings:

Processor - 2.4GHz Core 2 or i3 / 2.2GHz i5 or i7 / AMD 3500+ or faster
RAM - 2.0+ GB for Win XP / 3.0+ GB for Win 7
Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+
OS - 32-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Windows 7

Would preferably like the specs to be higher but it all depends on price. Would like to be able to max the settings but as I mentioned I've got no idea what the prices are.

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

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

200 GB at least.

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

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

Approx 2 years.

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

None.

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.

Don't mind any.

13. What country do you live in?

England


Thanks in advance for any help provided!

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December 29, 2011 5:36:51 PM

Won't allow me to edit my post, I forgot to mention I might be buying it from either ebay.co.uk or amazon.co.uk.

Cheers
a c 572 D Laptop
December 29, 2011 9:35:52 PM

A couple options:
Acer Aspire 5750G £500
Core i3-2310M 2.1Ghz CPU, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 540M Graphics card

HP ProBook 4535s £450
AMD A6-3400M 1.4Ghz APU, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ Radeon HD 6520G Graphics

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E525 £407
AMD A6-3400M 1.4Ghz APU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ Radeon HD 6520G Graphics


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December 30, 2011 5:39:11 PM

Thanks a lot, I might go for the most expensive one if it lasts longer and if it works the smoothest.
a c 572 D Laptop
December 30, 2011 5:44:18 PM

I don't know about 'lasts longer', but it certainly has the better CPU and GPU.
a b D Laptop
December 31, 2011 11:35:08 AM

You said you wanted a decent gaming laptop but failed to mention what games you would like to play on it.
Just for example that a6 would be able to play crysis 2 but you'd only manage about 15 frames per second.
January 1, 2012 3:27:40 PM

Not sure if you read this part but I mentioned the following:


I'll be playing Heroes of Newerth mainly, preferably at highest settings.
These are the recommended settings:

Processor - 2.4GHz Core 2 or i3 / 2.2GHz i5 or i7 / AMD 3500+ or faster
RAM - 2.0+ GB for Win XP / 3.0+ GB for Win 7
Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+
OS - 32-bit Windows XP, 64-bit Windows 7

Cheers, I'll be ordering this soon I think. Though I have heard that it has overheating problems? But since I won't be playing extremely demanding games that might not be an issue.

Besides HoN and Dota games I also play Starcraft 2, I suppose this laptop would support it at at least medium settings though.
January 1, 2012 4:40:39 PM

dont get an a6 for that price. Get an A8-3500m.
The 540M is probably a little better, and the i3 a higher clock speed, but the A8 has a quad core (more future proof) and its integrated card (the 6620g) uses MUCH less power and generates MUCH less heat. I have seen both and in normal tasks there is not much if any a speed difference, and since hon (ALL my bros play it...) isn't exactly the most graphically intensive game, the A8 should do fine.

If portability is big for you, i would get an a8.
January 1, 2012 7:56:04 PM

Hmm, thanks for the input.

I still think I'll go for it though, might play more demanding games. If the heat really is an issue, what can I do about it?

I don't need portability at all really.
If you know were I can get the A8-3500m could you please link me?

Thanks.
January 1, 2012 9:49:52 PM

WR2 said:
Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 AMD A8-3500M £580
Acer Aspire 5560G AMD A8-3500M £592 incl Radeon HD 6650 dedicated graphics card


Thanks, still looks like I'll be going for the 5750g one though, don't really want to go above my budget.

Just wondering really, what can be done if it does overheat?

Also might mention that the graphics aren't THAT important as long as the game runs smoothly on medium.

Thanks again to everyone especially WR2, really appreciate the help.
a c 572 D Laptop
January 1, 2012 10:04:37 PM

If you run a laptop on a hard surface (desk, table or lap-desk) and don't cover the cool air intakes and fan/exhaust vent you generally don't have heat problems.
When a laptop starts to run hotter than it did when new it's usually time clean out the dust bunnies from the exhaust vents/fan.

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January 1, 2012 10:16:10 PM

Ok, definitely going for the 5750G, thanks once again for helping me make the decision :) .
January 11, 2012 5:44:58 PM

sorry mate, i just read this page and i am in the same situation

i wanna play starcraft 2 and street fighter 4.

now i've looked into some of the laptops i've seen here as my budget is the same but i might go for the DELL xps 15 base deal and buy an extra 2gb ram later, price is £549

reason being is i dont understand computers much lol but i know i5 is better than i3 and apparantly gt 525m ain't that much slower than a gt 540m, also i may wait to see if a discount coupon becomes available and choose the better graphics card. what you reckon guys? i neeeeeed a laptop. only websites i've used to search so far have been dell and saveonmylaptop.co.uk which has a nice page of confusing cpu's on its budget gaming laptop section.
January 11, 2012 5:46:00 PM

not sure how to edit but i also want to add that review sites are a little iffy especially with the 5750g as i've seen a deal for an i3 but many reviews are of the i7, so obviously its amazing but its not within my budget
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