Screen type - HD+ High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display
Screen resolution - 1600 x 900
Screen size - 17.3"
Hard drive - 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm
Optical disk drive - Blu-ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer
Memory card reader - Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader
Ive got a £1000ish budget (could possibly be slightly more). So if the above laptop will not be sufficient for high/max graphics on most games could someone suggest one that could and is near my budget? Im hoping to play games like new FPSs (Battlefield etc), RPGs (Skyrim etc) and RTSs (Starcraft 2 etc). And watching films/ making notes at university. Thanks.
The laptop will not allow you to play games at high settings. The Radeon HD 6490m is considered a moderately low end laptop graphics card. You would need something significantly more powerful.
You need something like the nVidia GT 555M or an AMD Radeon HD 6770m to be able to play many (not all) games at high settings. Battlefield 3 will require an even more powerful graphics card. You will probably need to drop down to a dual core CPU to get a laptop within your budget. I am unfamiliar with UK website so I don't know what laptops are within your budget.
Click the following link for relative performance ranking of laptop graphic cards... and some listed benchmarks.
Okay, so we've established the the laptop is not adequate for high end gaming. Can anyone suggest a laptop that will do the job? If I really have to push it I may be able stretch the budget to £1200, but no more. Thanks.
Must you absolutely have a laptop? I mean everyone's lifestyle is different, but personally, I have a gaming rig that I build for roughly $900, and a laptop that cost me close to $400... I game at home but still use the laptop for multimedia...and even to do some 3d modeling (as it has a phenom x4). Just a thought...