hmm, for 500... you are looking at the best sale that you can find on a laptop with an AMD APU. The more powerful (they range from A2 to A8) the better.
Also just be aware that for that much money and on a laptop as well... you would be playing the latest-and-greatest games on the low to low-medium settings to see playable frame rates.
If you can stand to step up to something like a core i5 system with say a Nvidia 560m... You should be able to run the same games on solid medium with anti-aliasing, or just high with no AA. My brother has a system like that... if I remember right, it set him back about 700.
3 words that do not go well together are "Budget gaming laptop." Laptops do not do well with gaming in most circumstances. If you look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car..., you can see that the mobility cards are 2-3 tiers below their respective desktop model numbers. You will either need to consider a larger budget, or a desktop computer at your current budget to make this work.
"Budget" and "Gaming" are two words that really don't play well together. Combine that with the expense of designing and building it into a very small (read: expensive) form factor and the results aren't pretty. Long and short: gaming laptops aren't cheap and cheap laptops aren't meant for gaming. Sorry. Save about a grand and then look at some mid level stuff or even last years refurbished gaming laptops from Alienware or Asus. You might get lucky.
Ok Hold On though, Budget and Gaming Should go together, Just fine because: the older versions of graphics cards should be good for the classics. Like COD UO and now Minecraft ...so Why should any of us have to keep diggin deep in Our Wallets for some fun.
Im looking too, for cheap, something that will assist me in Computer Science Classes, and relax a little playing in a sandbox world ...
any suggestions would be appreciated.
I read that minecraft rely s heavily on ram, so: How about a Laptop that has a GT220 card.
That is what my junk dell xps 410 is using and I have a little bit of lag now and then.
Even Something that would perhaps, be a little bit of an upgrade ?
I would like to try out AMD, never have before.