So, my girlfriend needs me to get her a laptop mainly for gaming and design software for her school, our budget is about 500-600 dollars she wants an screen 15" inches or bigger , best if its bigger but we wouldn't mind 15 also for some reason she prefers acers, but as long as it is good brand wouldn't matter. any suggestions on what i could get?
thanks in advance
I would look at something featuring an AMD apu. Generally speaking you will have to give up something on the CPU power but gain a bit in the "gaming" section. The integrated graphics on Intel CPU's are not all that good for gaming. But above all try to find anything with a discrete GPU. I can find them in my country here for under 600 but im from holland so that won't help i guess.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... linked above will be able to handle most games just fine. With drivers maturing for asymmetrical crossfire the trinity a8's 7640g + 7670m working together should net you better results than the gt 640m when the games allow it. And the 7670m is more than capable of handling them alone when needed.
On a side note though, you will want to use the money you save by not hitting your max budget of 600 and picking up 8 gigs of 1600 MHz ram as the trinity architecture is very demanding on memory bandwidth. If you did that you would see good improvements on overall performance and it will only cost like 30-40 for the memory upgrade.