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  Ozreth

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OP  6/20/13 3:16:58 PM#1
Looking for a friend but not sure what a good deal is. Just looking for some quick links and suggestions while I do my own searching. Thanks! 13" is preferred :)

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  Jorl

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6/20/13 3:17:44 PM#2

Laptops aren't designed for gaming.

How ever, Alien Ware do "gaming laptops" cost more though.

  Ozreth

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OP  6/20/13 3:22:28 PM#3
I knew that response, and similar ones, would be unavoidable haha. TESO is supposed to be playable on "any system built within the last 5 years" according to them. Not too big of a deal and we all know plenty of laptops out there will play it JUUSTT fine :)

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  SirFubar

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6/20/13 3:26:17 PM#4
If you can find a really good special on some laptops, sure. Else, you might want to spend around 1000$ (and even more) to get a laptop decent enough to play an MMO. For 700$ you might find one that might be able to run it, but not without any lag IMO.
  korent1991

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6/20/13 3:27:06 PM#5

you'll hardly find a 13'' laptop with performances good enough to run any of the new games...

15'' laptop with capabilities of gaming with medium settings is usually possible but I doubt you'll find it for around 700$... most laptops I found with good hardware were 950$ and above

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  RelGn

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6/20/13 3:28:44 PM#6
Originally posted by Jorl

Laptops aren't designed for gaming.

How ever, Alien Ware do "gaming laptops" cost more though.

+1

  Jorl

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6/20/13 3:29:23 PM#7

Yeah I can only say Alien ware here. Not many companies around that make gaming laptops in the UK. I made the mistake buying a laptop around 5 years ago. I am unable to upgrade and that is the issue with laptops. All I can recommend is a PC custom built. If you know any one who can build them I would. I built mine for £700 pounds, yes it may be bit more in $ Dollars but it can be upgraded and last good few years.

Keep searching though, you'll find what you're after, and good luck :)

  Demandman

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6/20/13 3:29:33 PM#8
My 1200$ laptop can't run much of significance...
  superslaya

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6/20/13 3:35:08 PM#9

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7JE6FS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I play Battlefield 3 with this at full graphics and it's smooth. I play Path of Exile with the same smoothness. Borderlands 2, The Witcher 2, League of Legends, and the list goes on.

  Quizzical

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6/20/13 4:40:24 PM#10

You're going to have to decide what your priorities are.  The only 13" or smaller laptop that is more or less viable for gaming that has ever been released is the Clevo W110ER, which now seems to be discontinued and I'm not sure if Clevo is going to release a successor.  But it was out of your budget, anyway.

On a $700 budget, you can't get a discrete card that is meaningfully faster than modern integrated graphics without making some severe sacrifices elsewhere.  So you might as well just go with integrated graphics, and this might be the best that you're going to get:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do#anchor-top

Make sure that you get an A10-5750M and 8 GB of memory.  A 1080p monitor only costs $40 extra, so I'd grab that, too.  It's only 4.68 pounds, which is very light for any 15" laptop, let alone one that is more or less viable for gaming.

  Cleffy

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6/20/13 5:15:37 PM#11

If you are getting it for TES:O, you should really wait until it gets closer to release.  When we know more about how the game plays its easier to make an informed decision on the right hardware to target it.  Also any laptop under $700 is going to be on an integrated chip.  The main reason to wait is because by the time TES:O releases, we will be close to the release of another generation of AMD chips.

  syntax42

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6/20/13 5:20:43 PM#12
Originally posted by Demandman
My 1200$ laptop can't run much of significance...

Either you're trying to crank maximum detail settings out of it and you're judging it based on what a desktop should do, or you didn't get a gaming graphics processor.  If you didn't buy the right laptop for gaming, that's an honest mistake which is easily explained by a lack of computer knowledge.  If you did buy a gaming laptop and are cursing it for not playing games at maximum detail settings, I feel bad for your misled expectations of the system.  My guess is you are running on Intel's integrated graphics and what you bought is really an overpriced "ultrabook" with a hybrid SSD hard drive.  

 

OP:  If you want a gaming laptop on a budget, AMD's A-core systems are probably the best you'll find.  If you have more to spend, a discrete nVidia or ATI card will outperform the A-core and deliver a solid gaming experience.  

I'll also second the advice to wait until the game is nearly released.  Better technology might be available and you'll have a better idea of what you need to run the game.

  Battlerock

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6/20/13 5:23:57 PM#13

I play on an Asus G75vx - payed less than $1k for it. It's the 17inch model - I bet you can get the 15inch model for around $700 - try to find one with a gtx670mx in it. Great card written with the new architecture and won't bust your wallet. I play bf3, gw2, skyrim,...... you name it, its playable at high settings. The exception is like lets say ps2 and there are a couple hundred people in the vicinity it can get a little sticky at times, but those occasions are far and few.

 

Asus is pleasantly quiet too unlike pretty much any other laptop - they have some kind of patented super cooling that beats any air cooled laptop hands down, I can barely hear my fans run. This is also because im using a gtx670mx instead a hotter gtx675mx or gtx680m

 

Good luck my friend.

  Quizzical

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6/20/13 5:26:19 PM#14
Originally posted by Cleffy

If you are getting it for TES:O, you should really wait until it gets closer to release.  When we know more about how the game plays its easier to make an informed decision on the right hardware to target it.  Also any laptop under $700 is going to be on an integrated chip.  The main reason to wait is because by the time TES:O releases, we will be close to the release of another generation of AMD chips.

That's a good point.  Kaveri is coming late this year, and should handily destroy anything you can get today on a $700 budget.  A lot depends on when you need the laptop.

  Studdley

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6/20/13 5:48:15 PM#15
 If you can spend a bit more ($1,000 - $1,100) it would go from "might" play it ok, to a nice laptop. I just picked up the Dell Inspiron 15Z last week and I'm happy with it. Great little laptop for work mainly, but does fine with anything I play on it. I'm even starting to like Windows 8 now that I'm over the whole "no start button" thing.
  Quizzical

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6/20/13 6:02:32 PM#16
Originally posted by Studdley
 If you can spend a bit more ($1,000 - $1,100) it would go from "might" play it ok, to a nice laptop. I just picked up the Dell Inspiron 15Z last week and I'm happy with it. Great little laptop for work mainly, but does fine with anything I play on it. I'm even starting to like Windows 8 now that I'm over the whole "no start button" thing.

If you have ideas about playing games on it, an Ultrabook is pretty much the worst thing you can get.

Dell does offer a version with a discrete graphics card, but it's the dumbest hardware configuration that I've seen in a while.  You pay extra for a ULV version of a processor to save power even though it means that you don't get that much CPU performance, and then you pair it with a power hog of a Fermi video card.

 

  Sho0terMcgavin

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6/20/13 6:23:40 PM#17
For anyone who thinks laptops can't be gaming computers lol.  Just google Sagers.  Good price, really good laptop.  My Sager out performs 90% of your desktops lol.

  Ridelynn

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6/20/13 10:03:50 PM#18


Originally posted by Sho0terMcgavin
For anyone who thinks laptops can't be gaming computers lol.  Just google Sagers.  Good price, really good laptop.  My Sager out performs 90% of your desktops lol.

Poor misguided laptop gamer.

It always makes me chuckle to see laptop gamers, with an external keyboard and mouse hooked up, with the laptop on a cooling pad with 18 fans blowing at max, tethered to the wall - and giggling because once in blue moon they can take it to the couch, set it up on a stainless steel lap pad (for fear of going sterile because of heat rejection to their crotch) and play hunched over trying to use the built-in trackpad. But otherwise, 99.8% of the time, could have used a desktop for the same purpose, spend half as much, have half as much noise, have some upgradeability, and generally much better reliability.

There are some legitimate people who can use a "gaming" laptop. There are not very many. They are expensive, hot, and fairly impractical all the way around. If you need one, you need it and there is no getting around it, but if you can at all avoid it, you would be very well served to avoid it.

  Tgiordano92

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6/20/13 10:10:28 PM#19

my $1600 laptop can max any game i throw at it...so you might be able to find a decent one for around $1k not sure about $700

 

Check out sagers

 

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  Sho0terMcgavin

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6/21/13 2:19:41 AM#20
Originally posted by Ridelynn

 


Originally posted by Sho0terMcgavin
For anyone who thinks laptops can't be gaming computers lol.  Just google Sagers.  Good price, really good laptop.  My Sager out performs 90% of your desktops lol.

 

Poor misguided laptop gamer.

It always makes me chuckle to see laptop gamers, with an external keyboard and mouse hooked up, with the laptop on a cooling pad with 18 fans blowing at max, tethered to the wall - and giggling because once in blue moon they can take it to the couch, set it up on a stainless steel lap pad (for fear of going sterile because of heat rejection to their crotch) and play hunched over trying to use the built-in trackpad. But otherwise, 99.8% of the time, could have used a desktop for the same purpose, spend half as much, have half as much noise, have some upgradeability, and generally much better reliability.

There are some legitimate people who can use a "gaming" laptop. There are not very many. They are expensive, hot, and fairly impractical all the way around. If you need one, you need it and there is no getting around it, but if you can at all avoid it, you would be very well served to avoid it.

You must of had some bad experiences with laptops.  I literally have never had any of the issue you are speaking of.   I run everything I play at the highest settings and my fans don't even need to come on.   I don't use an external keyboaard, but I do use a regular mouse.  I'm a disabled veteran, and sitting in a sit for longer then 10 mins gives me extreme pain.  So, I can only game on a bed or couch.  I never understand when someone asks something about a laptop, and there immediate answer is "get a desktop because blah blah blah".  Lol, he's aware, but wants a laptop. 

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