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Looking for decent gaming laptop under $800; is this a good fit?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
June 16, 2012 12:28:22 PM

I've been looking around for a desktop replacement that will allow me to play games such as Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 3, WoW on mediumish settings. One of my primary concerns is longevity; I'd like to get something that will be able to run new titles for at least the next two years. After playing around on the HP custom-build site for a while I ended up with the following:

-2nd generation Intel(R) Dual Core(TM) i5-2520M (2.5GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
-1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7690M GDDR5 Discrete Graphics(TM) [HDMI, VGA]
-8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
-750GB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
-15.6" High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366x768)
-Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

with a total price of $760. Is this overkill for the kind of use I'm looking for, or is it about right? Will an i5 processor be able to handle newer games or should I go with an i7? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

a b D Laptop
June 16, 2012 12:43:57 PM

I'm not to up to date on laptop cards but it seems that card does have issues with hp not updating drivers

But those are youtube comments and should be taken as such.

As to you question, will it play bioshock/mass effect/wow on medium, yes, very well I might add. I was playing wow on high @ 1920 x 1080 on a 5670.
a c 406 D Laptop
June 16, 2012 10:33:59 PM

You will be fine with an i5 CPU. Most games will only use 2 cores. BF3 is one of the few games that can take advantage of more than 2 cores. If you do heavy multi-tasking, then getting a quad core would make sense. For example, I some times play games and encode videos at the same time on my desktop which has a quad core Q9450. I would never do that on my laptop which only has an i5-2410m.
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June 17, 2012 8:33:56 AM

After searching around a bit more I'm debating between the Lenovo Ideapad Y570($750):

-2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM Processor( 2.2GHz 1333MHz 6MB)
-NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB
-8.0GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
-500GB 7200rpm

and the Lenovo Ideapad Z570($600):

-2nd generation Intel Core i5-2450M Processor( 2.50GHz 1333MHz 3MB)
-NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1GB
-8.0GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
-750GB 5400rpm

Hard drive size isn't of great concern to me, I don't have large music/video collections or anything like that. Is it worth the extra $150 for the better video card and faster rpm hard drive in the y570?

Thank you for replying, I'm a bit clueless about this kind of thing so I appreciate your help.
a b D Laptop
February 24, 2013 3:07:32 PM

buy the first one with 555m and i7