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Which laptop out of the list below?

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March 9, 2012 8:45:42 AM

Hello need some advice on which laptop from the list below, would be best to get.

Not really interest in portability, as it will be a desktop replacement.

I'm looking to use it for some gaming. Main games i'll be playing is MMOs like Guild Wars 2, WoW, KOTR, Sims 3 and when it arrives the new Sim City game.

Main use would be for web browsing, graphics design work, office work and music production.

I'm quite clumsy so a durable case would be best.

Looking to spend around £400-£550 (£600) at a push.

Iv'e found a few, just need advice. I'm gearing more towards the Probook, how ever the dedicated GFX card in there seems quite weak?

HP Probook 4530s

Samsung 300E5A

HP Pavilion DV6-6152ea

Lenovo IdeaPad 6770

Aces Aspire 5750G with GT 630M

Acer Aspire 5750G with GT610M

Acer Aspire 5750G with GT520M

Asus K53sc

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March 9, 2012 9:13:23 AM

I saw that, I was wondering why it was so cheap for the spec? Only difference is the I3 processor. Would that be an issue?

a c 572 D Laptop
March 9, 2012 9:19:17 AM

A couple on your list stand out to me:

HP ProBook 4530s Review: for it's ruggedness and durability, the Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and anti-glare LCD.

Acer Aspire 5750G @ £590 had Core i5 CPU and the best graphics card with the GT 630M.

Lenovo IdeaPad G770 @ £550 has a 17" 1600x900 LCD screen for more workspace/gaming real estate and the HD 6650M graphics card is a close match for the GT 630M/GT540M.
(review was not an identical match in specs)

a c 572 D Laptop
March 9, 2012 9:29:35 AM

There really isn't a 'downside' to choosing an i3-2310 / GT 540M model over the i5-2450M / GT 630M.
The CPU is just a bit less powerful but not so much you'd need to worry it can't handle the same workloads as the i5. And it's enough CPU to support that GT 540M. And it's quite a nice savings.
a b D Laptop
March 9, 2012 9:30:56 AM

I think you will be limited by the GPU more than CPU in the price range of laptop you choose when you game.

As to productivity, the i3 will be slightly slower in trancoding.

You save like 30% or more for most model, but performance is still in about same class.

Depends on whether you want "best performance/price ratio" or "maximum performance obtainable within the price range".
a c 572 D Laptop
March 9, 2012 10:24:26 AM

Have you used a 1366x768 LCD before?
You might be able to adjust your on screen resolution to 1366x768 and 1600x900 to get a feel for the difference in the amount of workspace. For me - that's important.
But it might not be for the type of work you do.

The anti-glare LCD on the ProBook is a nice advantage if you want to take the laptop outdoors (in the shade), to a coffeeshop or a conference room / lecture hall where you can't control the lighting.

And the Acer gives you the best gaming experiance.
March 9, 2012 11:12:16 AM

My current works laptop only has a 1280×720 I think. I use that in a docking station though.

How much better is the Acer for gaming, over the Lenovo and HP?
a c 572 D Laptop
March 9, 2012 11:17:30 AM

Look at the Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards link in my first post.

You can select several different graphics cards and specific games and compare the performance. Use the Restrict button to narrow the view to items you selected.
March 13, 2012 10:58:29 AM


Sorry for bumping a thread.

How ever upon attempting to find a another place to get the £450 Acer Aspire 5750g. I found this.

Fujitsu LifeBook AH531

Intel Core i5 2450M 2.5GHz
15.6" LED
DVD Writer
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M

According to notebookcheck the performance of the 525m is only slightly below the 540.

What do you guys think of this laptop? It seems a steal for only £50 more than the Acer, with far better build quality to it.

a b D Laptop
March 13, 2012 11:03:39 AM

It's good as well. Gives you better productivity and similar game performance (try OC it).

Possibly give you better battery life as well as the GT 525m has lower power requirement.
a c 572 D Laptop
March 13, 2012 11:10:45 AM

It's a pretty good gap in gaming performance between the GT 525M and GT 540M.
Maybe more than a 'slight difference'

Also a CPU gap in performance between Core i3 2310 2.1GHz and Core i5 2450M 2.5GHz. The i5 2.5Ghz (Turbo 3.0Ghz) has a clear advantage there.

Better build quality? I'd have to think they're about equal in that category.
a b D Laptop
March 13, 2012 11:24:32 AM

Well they are the same chip but different clock. There are people who OC the GT 525m close to or even over the default of GT 540m so I made the claim that there is a slight difference.
a c 572 D Laptop
March 13, 2012 11:28:47 AM

zeeeeeeebra said:
According to notebookcheck the performance of the 525m is only slightly below the 540
It can sometimes depend on the game how large the difference is - one game slight. Another not so slight.
March 13, 2012 11:41:48 AM

For what you are going to use it for I'd go for either of the HP laptops. If I had to choose one for you it'd be the Pavillion :) 
March 14, 2012 11:48:50 AM

How easy/safe is it to overclock a laptop GPU?

I think iv'e pretty much routed out all laptops at the price point i want. Any one else got suggestions?