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Can anyone beat this laptop for gaming for the price?

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April 5, 2012 4:23:15 PM

750$
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...

It will be roughly 820$ after taxes.

2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor( 2.2 GHz 1333 MHz 6 MB)
14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
750 GB 5400
AMD Radeon HD 7690 1GB



I will be upgrading to a 7200 rpm hdd in the near future. Can anyone recommend a good cheap 7200 rpm hdd? 320-500 GB with 500 GB preferred.

I just wanted to see what you all think before I purchase it. Thanks!
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April 5, 2012 4:46:21 PM

i assume its for laptop, the hdd?. how much do you plan to spend
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April 5, 2012 4:49:01 PM

Yes it is for the laptop, 5400 rpm is to slow for me (7200 rpm has spoiled me lol)

What ever it cost to buy a good, reliable hdd. Obviously the cheaper the better but I would rather pay a little extra to get a good one than one that is going to give me headaches or go out in a year.
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April 5, 2012 4:54:54 PM

Why not get an SSD instead? Several times faster than a hard drive and will prolong your battery life. Keep your big data on the 5400 RPM drive, put the OS and a couple games on the SSD. A 120GB SSD isn't a lot more expensive than a 500GB 2.5" 7200 RPM drive, and if you think a 7200 RPM drive spoiled you...
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April 5, 2012 5:04:06 PM

Less heat, yes. You can partition the SSD, but have you considered running Linux under VMWare Player? I have 6 distributions virtualized and running on a Win 7 laptop and they run pretty well.
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April 5, 2012 5:06:30 PM

I might would consider that but I use Linux as my primary OS. I only boot into Windows for gaming and for certain programs that are Windows only.

500 GB 7200 HDD (Newegg)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

128 GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think I am going to have to go with a 7200 rpm hdd. There is a pretty decent price difference and I can not go any smaller than 128 GB. Maybe in a year or so the price of SSDs will go down more.
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April 5, 2012 5:15:45 PM

Newegg has a wide range of SSDs that are cheaper than the one you listed from Amazon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

If you watch Newegg's promotions, you can get them cheaper still. The difference in performance between an SSD and HDD is like night and day, and is well worth the extra $40 if the space isn't an issue.

If you can keep the 5400 RPM drive and run the SSD alongside, I'd say that would give you the best bang for your buck by far. Random access on a modern SSD is more than a thousand times faster than the best HDD ever made, on top of providing 4x the sequential throughput of a good 10k RPM drive.

Paying 50% more for 10,000% more performance was an easy decision for me, since I already have plenty of big drives for mass storage.
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April 5, 2012 5:22:29 PM

I am not so interested in the performance gains (I obviously am some) but I want as little heat as possible. I will probably stick to the 5400 rpm for now and make a decision later. During a promotion what price do you think I could get a 128 SSD for around 100-110$ I do not require to much space and I will sell the 7500 5400 RPM hdd after I get the SSD so 20$ either way is not a big deal to me

But what do you think about the computer? The HP I had, had the exact same specs except it had a 7200 rpm hdd. (had to return it due to it shipping with a bad pixel on the screen and they wanted 90$ to repair it or exchange it so I just got a refund) I am willing to spend up to 900$ on a laptop but honestly I can not find a laptop that can beat the gpu in the 750$ one for less than 1000$
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April 5, 2012 5:43:23 PM

How are you comparing video cards? The 7690 is just a rebranded 6750, it's not really a Southern Islands card, despite the product number.
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April 5, 2012 6:01:03 PM

Under Linux do you use the GUI or CLI mostly?
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April 6, 2012 6:08:35 PM

GUI, I am a gnome 2 refugee. Ive actually switched back to Ubuntu because Unity is my 2nd favorite environment. I want other distros to adopt Unity so I can switch to a better Distro.... lol
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April 6, 2012 7:07:21 PM

Im sorry i now see the laptop you are talking about and I havent seen anything that can beat that except for maybe an msi
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April 6, 2012 7:31:38 PM

I paid $750 for an HP laptop with an i5 and a 7690. I'm really pleased with it, the Blu Ray and 1080 screen is nice, I'm able to play Skyrim on High settigns at 1080, so the gaming performance is adequate for when I'm away from home. The problem is with HP drivers on the switchable graphics. I had to go into the BIOS and set the graphics to fixed mode since it kept trying to play games with the integrated Intel graphics, I had to download Catalyst 12.2 since the custom HP drivers don't have the right OpenGL support for some games. 12.2 makes your machine think you have a 6770m though, since the 7xxx aren't officially supported yet. And the worst part, I am still getting constant FC on SWTOR no matter what I try, and its basically a GPU/GPU driver compatibility issue that wont get updated until who knows when. Thats the main game I play when I'm on business travel, and why I wanted a laptop with a somewhat decent GPU.

But on other games, like Skyrim and Mass Effect 2 that I've tried myself, the performance is more than satisfactory, and shows that once the drivers get sorted, it is a pretty capable GPU, especially for the price.
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April 6, 2012 7:37:42 PM

I can beat the s*t out of this laptop for this kind of money.
Just tell me where it lives...
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April 6, 2012 8:11:20 PM

Quote:
I can beat the s*t out of this laptop for this kind of money.
Just tell me where it lives...



LOL somewhere in China
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April 6, 2012 8:14:44 PM

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I paid $750 for an HP laptop with an i5 and a 7690. I'm really pleased with it, the Blu Ray and 1080 screen is nice, I'm able to play Skyrim on High settigns at 1080, so the gaming performance is adequate for when I'm away from home. The problem is with HP drivers on the switchable graphics. I had to go into the BIOS and set the graphics to fixed mode since it kept trying to play games with the integrated Intel graphics, I had to download Catalyst 12.2 since the custom HP drivers don't have the right OpenGL support for some games. 12.2 makes your machine think you have a 6770m though, since the 7xxx aren't officially supported yet. And the worst part, I am still getting constant FC on SWTOR no matter what I try, and its basically a GPU/GPU driver compatibility issue that wont get updated until who knows when. Thats the main game I play when I'm on business travel, and why I wanted a laptop with a somewhat decent GPU.

But on other games, like Skyrim and Mass Effect 2 that I've tried myself, the performance is more than satisfactory, and shows that once the drivers get sorted, it is a pretty capable GPU, especially for the price.


I recently had an issue with HP
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/77403-35-best-gaming-...

I think they have very quality products but bad support... I know the issue I had was a fluke but I think they should have handled it better.
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April 6, 2012 8:20:31 PM

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Just so you know the laptop in the link came with i5. The $990 model came with i7 a 7200 rpm drive and 8 gb of ram and is a better value. Here are some other laptops to check out
http://www.provantage.com/msi-fr720-002us~7MST9152.htm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6834215266
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6834215261



On the MSI the dedicated graphics isnt listed or am I just missing it?
and the 630m cant touch the 7690m correct?

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-630M.637...


http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7690M.67737....
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April 6, 2012 8:35:24 PM

Y470Ps are great buys for what they have. Personally, give it a month and you'll regret buying it because the Ivy Bridge CPUs and Kepler GPUs are slated to be in the Y480, which will smoke the Y470P at the same price.

The Y480 is said to have the 650M which is new Kepler hardware, and it annihilates the 7690.
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April 6, 2012 9:15:02 PM

I do agree with nbelote that if you can wait ivy bridge is slated to come out April 23rd (dont quote me though) however I don't know too much about Kepler I dont think that the 650m will be in the same price range as laptops with a 7690 but if so then definitely wait. My 2 cents.
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April 6, 2012 9:20:02 PM

It is not going to be in the same price range I doubt. That is why the y470 is so cheap right now they are getting ready to replace it with the y480 which will be atleast 900$ with similar specs. Probably more around 950$


This is the only price I can find so far for 1000$
http://www.laptopreviews.com/lenovo-y480-and-y580-detai...

If I was going to pay 1000$ I would get this
http://www.xoticpc.com/force-16f2012-msi-16f2-p-3376.ht...

It would smoke anything Lenovo makes.
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April 6, 2012 9:27:23 PM

I would buy what you have there because the laptop you linked that was a grand dis not have a 650m but a 630m. A laptop with the 650m would probably be around $1,200. The 650m would kill the 7690 but you would be paying about $400 more.
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April 6, 2012 9:40:12 PM

I know. I am just happy paying 820$ after tax for a 7690m with a quad i7. A 7690m overclocked can run BF3 on ultra I (Tested it on the HP before I sent it back) and that is the highest benchmark I care to meet. I did not test how many FPS it had but it played without any lag so I have no complaints.
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