Is this a good gaming laptop?

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Oct 18, 2010

Is this a good gaming laptop? by Delta517 at 5:42 PM (2,615 Views / 0 Likes) 30 replies

  1. Delta517
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    So I want to buy a laptop and I want to be able to play some games for it. [​IMG]
    So I was wondering which of these laptops could play games like TF2, CS:S, L4D, Minecraft ( [​IMG] ), Fallout 3 best? [​IMG]

    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    I found a picture about a test who ran Half-life 2 Lost Coast:
    [​IMG]
    (Higher FPS is better)



    So I'll leave it to the experts. Which of these are best to gaming? [​IMG]
     


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    Knowing your price range would help tremendously as far as recommendations go.
    Well, the second has a stronger graphics card, but either of these two laptops, I believe,
    would be able to run the games you've listed fairly well. They're not exactly demanding games.
     
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    Both of those Laptops are around £600.
    Your not going to get anything that can perform at more than 2 FPS on that budget, Lol.
    Unless you really Need a Laptop, build your own Tower.
    It's easier to put together than lego and it's rather fun working out what can get you the best bang for your buck.
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    Scratch that, I didn't look at the games. Those laptops should be fine, Remember that it's the graphics card that takes most of the strain.
    But if you want something fairly future proof, follow my advice above, I'm sure us 'tempers will help you.
     
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    At best, no.

    However the 330M will play them fine.
     
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    Laptops are not really meant for gaming unless you spend will over $1000 for one. That's saying anywhere from 2000 to 5000 for one. You could probably play FO3 on those but maybe not max settings. I'm looking to spend some of an inheritance check I'm getting next month on a gaming laptop and im looking at around 4000 for what I want. Cause if I want a gaming laptop I want it to be able to play games. Then again those games are not current titles so you could get away with it for those games and stuff around that time. But if you want to play anything newer you gonna most likely play it on crappy low settings.
     
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    When I said gaming laptop I didn't really mean true gaming (everything on max and stuff like that [​IMG] ).
    I also have a good desktop computer that plays most new games on max settings. I just wanted a laptop I can take over to friends and play with them. Its so much easier than draging my desktop computer the whole time. [​IMG]

    I think I'll go with the Samsung R580 though. [​IMG]
     
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    In other words, laptops are not really meant for gaming unless they are gaming laptops. Somehow, that feels like it should be common sense.

    Mid-ranged consumer laptops (£400-600, or ~$800) will, at best, have a nVidia 330M, or an ATI HD5470. In the upper consumer (£700-1000) range you can start finding HD5650 and HD5850 and maybe Core i7 too. If you're willing to spend over £1200, you run into the enthusiast, specialist and gaming range with twin graphics in SLI or CrossFire or things like that which should theoretically play all the games on high settings.

    In essence, don't try playing games on low range laptops or CULV laptops (ones with the 8+ hours battery life stickers). Mid-ranged laptops can play games, but usually on low settings. Upper range laptops can play games at full speed with medium graphics (even my 4 year old media laptop costing £700 still plays most games just fine). Gaming laptops can play with settings cranked up. The more you pay for your laptop, the better it will be (except for specialist laptops, which have some gimmick or other that makes them more expensive, like the VAIO tablet series, and only appeal to a niche market).

    Little fact I read this morning: Laptops now outsell desktops!
     
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    Lol, I found another one. [​IMG] Is this one better than the others? [​IMG]

    HP Pavilion dv6-3011so:

    AMD Turion II Dual Core P520
    RAM 4GB 1333MHz
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
     
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    It's better than the others, yes.
     
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    I have Aspire 5738DZG and TF2 runs great and so is L4D and Fallout 3 ran on High-medium settings(had to do some trial and error) without any slowdowns, so if its in your price range get it.
    Although prepare for it to be hot(you won't get burns or something like that [​IMG] ) while playing.
     
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    If you really want my opinion, ALL acer's no matter what, suck.
    They break 1 month after you buy them -.-
    I had an old cheap $hit Asus before my acer. The Asus didn't have a graphics card and had the weakest processor in the world and only had 8 GB storage, 4 taken by Windows itself. I used the last 4 gigs to install counter-strike and it played with lag. But it played. And I kept that lappy for 2 years in perfect condition.

    My acer Aspire 5536G is well, really bad. My sound card broke magically on its own in the first month. Right now, 9 months later after I bought it, the fan stops working. When I turn it on, it immediately reaches 60 + degrees celcius in like 5 minutes. Then it starts lagging and freezing Sofa King much, then eventually it burns and turns off unexpectedly and launches that Windows recovery start-up crap next time I open the laptop.

    My entire family uses acer. My entire family complains. Even my acer MONITOR is horrible. My relative's acer (forgot which model, it cost $2100 and was AMAZING when we opened it) now can't handle Google Chrome browsing properly.

    Acer=Cheap.
    HP=My future spouse.
     
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    5650 is a considerably stronger card, the AMD Turion II Dual Core P520 is a 2.3 Ghz dual-core processor which is more than enough for the games you wanted, it's placed as an entry level multimedia CPU. Resolution is probably 1366x768, which, with this graphics card pretty much assures that you get decent frame-rates. Definitely more likely than the other two of running Fallout 3, though, probably not at max settings, I'd guess medium.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mobility-...50.23697.0.html
     
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    I've heard just as many people say the reverse as this. My experience is that many HP laptops have design flaws, especially when it comes to heat (although the DV6 and up series are better designed), whilst the Aspire 5740 we have works better than I expected it to, nearly a year after buying it.

    When it comes to ATI, HD 52xx is integrated, 54xx is low-range, 56xx is mid-range, and 58xx is high-range (with 59xx being dual-GPU). It's harder to place nVidia since the 320M and 330M are both low range and they don't often use any mid-range or high-range GPUs in laptops (that I've seen).
     
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    Brand doesn't matter as much as people want you to think it does.

    People generally blame brand for three things.[*]How well the computer runs.

    Dell and HP and Apple and other companies don't "build" machines, they "assemble" them. They take core parts (like the processor / ram / graphics card / harddrive) from other companies that make them, put it all together (with their own cases and accessories) and sell the completed package to you. If you ever take a computer apart, you'll notice that the company names on the parts vary widely. There's a few companies that make ram, a few that make processors, a few that make harddrives, and so on and so forth.

    So, for example, there's nothing that makes an HP processor better than a Dell processor... because there's no such thing. Dell and HP can both be using the same processors in their machines. So you can buy a Dell that kicks an HP's ass, and then turn around and buy an HP better than that Dell.

    A big part of how well a computer runs is the software installed on it (specifically the drivers and programs like that). Most computer issues are software, have nothing to do with the brand itself, and can be permanently fixed with a little bit of effort.

    So if you want a faster computer, you should make sure to pick one with the right parts, and maintain it properly.

    [*]How well the computer is physically built.

    You get what you pay for. If you buy a company's lowest-end model and find that the case is made out of cheap plastic, it's because you paid for cheap plastic. If you buy a higher-end model and get a sturdy metal case, that's because some of the extra price went towards a metal case. You'll pay more for a computer that's built with better parts and more care, because it costs more for the better parts, and it costs more to have workers spend more time on it. Every computer manufacturer makes multiple lines of computers, and generally the "it fell apart" complaints are from people that bought the cheapest one.

    So if you want a more sturdy computer, don't buy the cheapest models.

    [*]Tech support.

    As said above, you get what you pay for. The standard tech support is the foreign people because they are cheap. If you buy the better warranty/support package, then you're paying for the better support people. You have a better chance of getting somebody that knows what they're talking about and who can speak english (or your native language), because they cost more to hire.

    So if you want better tech support, you should get the upgraded warranty/support.EDIT: Damn formatting.
     
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    Buold your own and ask on the forum for help:
    http://pcspecialist.co.uk/

    Ps., I built a £700 pound Laptop there with a Full HD Screen(1920x1080), an i7(1.6Ghz), 4GB Ram(2x2 1333Mhz), an ATI HD 5650 Graphics Card with a Dedicated 1Gb Memeory.

    That spec can play near enough any game out now on very high specs.
    Came with No OS however, so a bit more if you needed one.
     
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    I call BS. The Mobility Radeon HD 5650 scores 609 on passmark, whereas a desktop card like the Radeon HD 5870 you'd want to get to play the latest games on high scores 2629 in the same benchmark.
     
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    I prefer the nvidia cards [​IMG] much better performance.
     
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    I call BS, back it up with a list of facts and sources.
     
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    OBJECTION!!!
    ATI cards have always been good to me.
    Where my Nvidia one overheated and the fan melted! [​IMG]
     
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    Holy **** your graphics cards would destroy mine and I can run half life 2 on full settings. (64 mb dedicated graphics only here, 4gb DDR3 and 2.2ghz duo)
    Great processor too I would go with the first one.
     

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