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Laptop for WoW and Skyrim

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January 13, 2012 9:39:17 PM

Hello,
I've been scouring the web for going on a month now looking for a quality laptop with just the right specs to play WoW on max settings and Skyrim on med-high settings (from what I understand, WoW is a lot less intense on graphics cards). Toshiba has some epic laptops but I'd rather not spend $1600 on one when Dell has the XPS 17, (I think), for $1049, with 2.0GHz quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, and 1GB NVIDIA graphics card. What would you guys say is the best bang for my buck as far as playing these two games on PC? Money isn't too much of a problem, but less than $1500 would be nice.

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January 13, 2012 9:55:04 PM

Hello kennywiggles;

The Dell XPS 17 will max out WoW and let you play Skyrim on medium settings.
For a mid-range gaming laptop it's a pretty good value. Same for the HP DV7 17" model with Radeon HD 6770M @ about the same price.

You'd need to step up from the Geforce GT 555M / Radeon HD 6770M to something like a GTX 560M to get Skyrim running on high settings.

In your budget range you can probably find a custom gaming laptop that will come in around $1200 if you're interested.
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January 13, 2012 10:11:26 PM

Comparison of GT 555M and GTX 560M in a couple games (Skyrim missing GTX 560M benchmark)

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January 13, 2012 10:26:10 PM

I appreciate the feedback :D 

I'm not too knowledgeable about where the best place to customize a laptop is. Is the i7, 2nd generation or not, that much more powerful than the i5? I cant find i7s with speeds of more than 2.0 or 2.2GHz, although that Sager is pretty epic.
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January 13, 2012 10:35:43 PM

The i7 quad core is the better CPU, no doubt about it.
But the i5 dual core is also 2nd Gen (Sandy Bridge) and a pretty good match for games like WoW and Skyrim. You could get around the same mid-range gaming performance for a lower price.
The 'rule of thumb' is to get the best GPU you can and get enough CPU to support the games you play.

It's hard to beat a custom gaming laptop on the specialized Sager/Clevo chassis.
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January 13, 2012 10:38:34 PM

I bought a Lenovo Ideapad Y570 for $950 a few months ago, and I absolutely love it. It plays skyrim on max detail, (Shadows on low) output to a 1080p HDTV at about 42fps.

It has a GT555m graphics, and a Physical switch for using the HD3000 if you're just browsing the web or using it for home media.

Choosing the model with the I5 instead of I3 allows a small speed boost due to hyperthreading and a 200mhz boost.

The looks are fantastic, the quality is great along with USB3.0.

And the best of all, it is currently on sale for $280 off. That is $720 for this laptop, no point blowing an extra $400 to get another 4 frames/sec.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...
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January 15, 2012 2:11:30 AM

Thank you for the advice. Against my better judgement, I bought a Toshiba. I've got nothing against the company but the specs aren't quite as good as I hoped, but Best Buy has a two week bring it back no questions asked policy, so Im giving it a try. i7-2670QM quad core, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, integrated graphics that suck. I installed and played MW3 and its kind of sketchy and slow. So now Im thinking I should go all out and customize a gaming laptop. Any ideas on best sites/companies to do that from?
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January 15, 2012 2:11:43 AM

Thank you for the advice. Against my better judgement, I bought a Toshiba. I've got nothing against the company but the specs aren't quite as good as I hoped, but Best Buy has a two week bring it back no questions asked policy, so Im giving it a try. i7-2670QM quad core, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, integrated graphics that suck. I installed and played MW3 and its kind of sketchy and slow. So now Im thinking I should go all out and customize a gaming laptop. Any ideas on best sites/companies to do that from?
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January 15, 2012 2:17:53 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. Against my better judgement and your advice,(sorry :D ) I bought a Toshiba with less-than-desirable specs. Best Buy offers two week, bring it back for any reason policy so Im taking them up on it. i7 quad core, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, integrated graphics. I also bought MW3 and played it. The computer is slow and sometimes not just in-game. So Im thinking customized laptop. Do you guys know of the best sites/companies to do that from? My personally wanted specs: i7 quad core, 8gb ram, 750gb hdd (at least), at least 1gb dedicated graphics, but more is good because Im running Skyrim, MW3, and WoW, and a 17.3 inch screen. I appreciate all the advice.
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January 15, 2012 1:14:56 PM

I'm looking for a good mid-range gaming laptop now too. Biggest debate for me is how much better will the i7-2630 or 2670 outperform the i5-2410 or 2430? Best bang for the buck laptops based on video cards seem to be either customizing one with either 560M or 570M from exoticpc.com around $950 to $1150...or a couple online deals: Best Buy has some refurbished Asus' w/ 560M around $950. The cheapest but decent option seems to be on Lenovo...the Y570 with 555M and i5-2410...only $660 with their first sign up 10% discount. Since laptops CPU and GPU's aren't as upgradable, assumign you keep one for 4 years...can it still play new games at even low settings in 3-4 years?
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January 15, 2012 2:17:56 PM

kennywiggles said:
Thanks for the advice guys. Against my better judgement and your advice,(sorry :D ) I bought a Toshiba with less-than-desirable specs. Best Buy offers two week, bring it back for any reason policy so Im taking them up on it. i7 quad core, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, integrated graphics. I also bought MW3 and played it. The computer is slow and sometimes not just in-game. So Im thinking customized laptop. Do you guys know of the best sites/companies to do that from? My personally wanted specs: i7 quad core, 8gb ram, 750gb hdd (at least), at least 1gb dedicated graphics, but more is good because Im running Skyrim, MW3, and WoW, and a 17.3 inch screen. I appreciate all the advice.


Looks like we're both looking for the same laptop. I should've also mentioned I've looked at A LOT of sites over the last couple weeks...xoticpc really has the best deals for a good machine. (a close 2nd is cyberpowerpc...which has been good and i've used them for my previous 2 builds over the last 6 years.)
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January 16, 2012 1:20:27 AM

Ive just recently come across Xoticpc, they seem to have very good deals. Also I came across ibuypower, are they any good? I customized a build for around $1400ish. But then I think maybe I should get a desktop...too many decisions, not enough time :D 
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January 16, 2012 2:57:36 PM

I also read the i5-2500k was the epitome of processor needed for gaming, anything more was a waste. Is this true?
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January 23, 2012 2:08:38 AM

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January 23, 2012 6:52:50 AM

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