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Really need help, terrible with understanding pc gaming!!!

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April 10, 2012 6:01:12 AM

1. What is your budget?
$1500-2000
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
13.3 – 15.6
3. What screen resolution do you want?
Doesn't matter
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Programming, able to play diablo 3 (this is a must), I would really like it to be an ultrabook If I can get ultrabook with diablo 3 running that would be great!
5. How much battery life do you need?
5-7 hours
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low, Medium or High)?
Yes, Low or Medium is fine. I really just want to play games like diablo 3 nothing else as challenging as that.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
I do want a hdmi port and I do like to do a little photoshop, but this is not a priority, I can do this on campus
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
256 gb minimum, really want an ssd
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
N/A
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
Probably at least 4 years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need?
don’t need one at all
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
any brand, I was thinking about going with a mac, I know nothing about how gaming on macs works but if I could handle a diablo 3 on a mba that would be amazing
13. What country do you live in?
US
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
If there is anyway possible I could handle diablo 3 with an ultrabook that would be great, willing to wait for ivy bridge, but who really knows how long that is going to be.
a b D Laptop
April 13, 2012 12:34:24 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Tom's Guide to section Laptops & Notebooks by Pyree
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 12:44:58 AM

It's not an ultrabook but it's a 13" notebook with a dedicated GPU:
Sony Vaio S 13" notebook $830
Core i5 2430M 2.40GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 1600x900 LCD w/ Radeon HD 6630M

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a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 12:54:49 AM

How soon do you need your notebook?
Only 2 weeks and a couple days left till Ivy Bridge starts shipping.
April 13, 2012 1:13:22 AM

Well I am willing to wait, as of now my laptop is slowly kicking the bucket. I am willing to wait for ivy bridge but afterwords I am still going to have to wait for the release of the ultrabooks, I dont know how long that will take though of course.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 1:22:26 AM

You could order that Sager NP6110 as early as 22 Apr I believe.
I'm not sure at what level you'll want Diablo 3 to run. Will Low Graphics settings be OK for you?
April 13, 2012 1:30:34 AM

Yeah low will be fine, my main use for this laptop will be for programming and school work. I'm not to concerned with graphics that much as long as there is not any lag. I would rather the screen to be 13.3 and above though (sorry if i didn't specify that before hand). That sager did look very good though only because it had a discrete graphics card if I am not mistaken.
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 1:42:39 AM

You're not mistaken. That's a pretty powerful graphics card for a 11" chassis. But it's a 4lb chassis so it can have a bit of extra cooling capacity compared to others it's size.

That Sony S should get Diablo 3 on Medium graphics. And the extra resolution 1600x900 is always a bonus.
April 13, 2012 1:54:11 AM

This is a video of hp spectre gaming, obviously not amazingly but still handling it i guess my real question is can it handle a game like diablo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15FPl0NPPQA

Here are laptops Im considering: hp spectre, dell xps 13, macbook pro, macbook air, samsung series 9.
They all have pretty similar processing power.
I guess my question really is can i handle diablo 3 with the current processors or do I really need to wait for ivy bridge and intel hd 4000.
Sorry for jumping around on you but I really have little idea what im doing
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 2:00:56 AM

You have the system requirements for Diablo 3 handy?
About what level of graphics card does it need for the graphics quality you want to run?
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 2:11:12 AM

Have you heard any rumors that it runs about like StarCraft 2?
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 2:13:26 AM

It's the graphics card Recommended System Requirements we need.
All the other stuff is well covered. And we need to convert the Desktop graphics cards into laptop performance match
April 13, 2012 2:22:42 AM

I would wait until 1-2 weeks for ivy bridge to get released
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 2:27:00 AM

It's pretty heavy in the Recommended Graphics...... Desktop video cards like Geforce 260 and Radeon 4870.
I'll match those up with laptop cards and give you some idea of what type of graphics cards to look for.

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a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 2:52:29 AM
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If you look in the right hand column just next to the review article
you see a big long vertical list of graphics card arranged in order of performance.
There are a few desktop card in there as well, for comparison.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M.715...

Look for Radeon HD 4850 in that list......it's a desktop card pretty close to the Recommended 4870
a c 572 D Laptop
April 13, 2012 1:34:30 PM

@ Fred1rst;
Nice find. But I'd worry that any ULV CPU might not be a good match for Diablo3 type gaming.

That link to the Gigabyte Ultrabooks is interesting too. I'd forgot about that article. GT 640M graphics in an Ultrabook.
http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/6/2848518/gigabyte-u2442...
April 13, 2012 3:24:16 PM

Best answer selected by Flafla327.
April 13, 2012 3:25:13 PM

WR2 said:
If you look in the right hand column just next to the review article
you see a big long vertical list of graphics card arranged in order of performance.
There are a few desktop card in there as well, for comparison.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M.715...

Look for Radeon HD 4850 in that list......it's a desktop card pretty close to the Recommended 4870


Thank you so much, always read through these forms never decided to actually use them, thanks WR2 helped a whole bunch!
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