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Opinion needed : Are these laptop's decent budget gaming laptops?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
August 1, 2012 12:13:05 PM


I'm looking for some advice on whether either of these laptops would be a decent gaming laptop on a budget.

I'd be mainly looking at playing Diablo 3, SW:TOR maybe Skyrim/Fallout 3 and similar so nothing too demanding.


One has a quad core AMD processor (AMD 3240m) and the other an Intel (i3-2350m)

The AMD comes with a 1gb HD7670M GPU while the Intel is coupled with a GT630M

Any opinions would be helpful :) 
August 1, 2012 6:15:27 PM

Quite a few views and no answers yet...can anyone offer some advice?

August 1, 2012 6:33:04 PM

They aren't very good spec wise, they could probably run the games you listed to some degree (diablo would probably run fine, but skyrim/fallout are very demanding games at higher settings).

If you are budget limited, I would be surprised if you could get much better than what you found. I think the AMD based laptop would be a better value, but they are probably close, and I could easily be wrong.
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August 1, 2012 6:36:58 PM

similar price = similar performance
HD7670M is about 5-10% faster on some games and benchmarks
August 1, 2012 6:39:48 PM

If by gaming you mean solitaire, I would go with the i3.
If by gaming you don't mean solitaire...I would still go with the i3.
August 1, 2012 7:19:37 PM

The GPU is going to be the limiting factor.
August 1, 2012 8:17:20 PM

If those are your only two choices go with the i3. However, to get Skyrim to look anything like it is supposed to save your money and get something better or wait for a sale...or both
a b D Laptop
August 1, 2012 8:33:23 PM

gaming laptop=oxymoron
a b D Laptop
a b 4 Gaming
a b À AMD
August 1, 2012 8:45:25 PM

ram1009 said:
gaming laptop=oxymoron

its only an oxymoron when the budget is under 1000$. after that, its decent albeit, more expensive than its desktop counterpart for the same performance.
August 1, 2012 8:52:38 PM

Too true! - you can get 1080p gameplay with all candy on using a 'laptop' (680m sli clevo, etc), but it's gonna cost you $2000 and up, and, you're not gonna call it a 'laptop' for long ;) 

Of course, you can reduce the budget and get 'acceptable' lower quality gameplay.