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Purchase template: need advice on laptops for light gaming


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#1 ben.mm

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:52 AM

My budget for the new computer is: $500-700 AUS dollers (about 500-750 US doller)

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?
so i moved to australia for a bit and i need this computer for general purpose multimedia, some gaming and internet use


What software do you intend on using on the computer?
windows 8, things like skype and firefox lol (obvious) photoshop, rosetta stone erm think thats probably it


Do you play games? If so, what type of games?
First person shooters like call of duty, Civ V, newest Sim city, sims, most games
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it?

as its a casual computer no i usually close applications unless i am downloading something on itunes or internet

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?

yes

 

 

riiite so i have a list of computers - wasnt sure if this was the right forum or gaming was but i will put it here first.

i am just going to list some specs of some computers i found for a good price (i thought so anyway)

i need this computer for general use, if it can play games as good as Civ V or Sim cityor COD (fairly new games)

 

#1 - Samsung NP355V5C-S04AU 15" Notebook    -    $700

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/samsung-np355v5c-s04au-15-notebook/680365

 

15" Screen 

AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz CPU

4GB RAM

500GB HDD

DVD Super Multi

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n

AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics with 1GB Dedicated Graphics

1366 x 768 Resolution

 

            #2  Asus S400CA-CA008H 14" Touch Notebook $690

           http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/asus-s400ca-ca008h-14-touch-notebook-windows-8/675892

 

14" 1366 x 768 resolution Touchscreen

3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz CPU

4GB RAM

320GB HDD + 24GB SSD

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Webcam

 

           #3 Acer Aspire V5-431P-997B4G50Mass 14" Touch notebook - $600

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/acer-aspire-v5-431p-997b4g50mass-14-touch-notebook/678782

 

14" HD 1366 x 768 resolution Acer CineCrystal LED screen supporting 10 finger touch

Intel Pentium 997 Dual 1.6GHz Processor   <--- not sure about dual core (bit old school?)

4GB RAM

500GB HDD

Intel HD Graphics 4000

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

Multicard ReaderDVD Super Multi Plus DriveOptimized Dolby Advanced Audio v2 audio enhancement

 

            #4 Toshiba L850/00R 15.6" Notebook - £600

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/toshiba-l850-00r-15-6-notebook-windows-8/675876

 

15.6" 1366 x 768 Screen

3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3110M 2.40GHz CPU

4GB RAM

1TB HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000

Media Card Reader          

DVD +/- & CD Player         <-- that confused me - wasnt sure what that meant

 

           #5 Acer E1-571-33114G50MNKS 15" Notebook   $537

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/acer-e1-571-33114g50mnks-15-notebook-windows-8/675871

 

15.6" 1366 x 768 Screen

3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz CPU

4GB RAM

500GB HDD

Intel HD Graphics

Media Card Reader

DVD +/- & CD Player

Webcam

 

            #6 Tooshiba C850/09L 15.6" Notebook $548

http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/toshiba-c850-09l-15-6-notebook/680404

 

15.6" Screen

3rd Generation Intel Pentium B960 2.2 GHz CPU

4GB RAM

640GB HDD

Intel HD Graphics

1366 x 768 Resolution

 

 

SO IN TOTAL I HAVE 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU !!! :)

1) what is the difference between Intel graphics HD 3000, Intel graphics Hd 4000 and the AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics with 1GB Dedicated Graphics

 

2) are there any that stand out as a buy/dont buy choice

 

3) what proccesor would you reccomend (im guessing you woul say the i5) the reason i ask is because laptop #1 has an AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz CPU and i was just wondering how that would compare to an I5 or a dual core or quad core or whatever !?!?

 

ok so thats all of them i know its a lot of information to get through but even if someone could help me eliminate some..?? thanks in advance if you choose to tackle this :)



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:08 AM

1. Both Intel HD 3000 and 4000 are integrated graphics, so it is basically on the CPU itself whereas the AMD uses a dedicated graphics card which is a lot better then the HD 3000 and HD 4000.

 

2.  Nearly all of the laptops don't have a dedicated graphics card except for the Samsung.

 

3. An i3 would be more common at this price point and the i5 is a lot faster then the A6-4400M.

 

I suggest not buying from JBHIFI as there prices are more expensive compared to other retailers. If you pay an extra $100, you could this laptop which has an i7 and pretty awesome graphics card for this price which is super rare to find and it's a ripping deal! The offer ends midnight 25/3/13.


Edited by killerx525, 25 March 2013 - 03:52 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:20 AM

Oh wow ! That's killed me :( don't get paid for at least 2 weeks lol very sad face that looks pretty cool - I am new to Australia - having lived in England my whole life I have no idea any aid retailers - thank you for advice on cpus and dedicated g cards very helpful

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

That's alright mate, there is other retail stores that sell laptops like DickSmith, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys etc. Which state are you from, it would help me find specific deals in your state?  

 

Best Laptops i could find from these stores:

Dick Smith

Harvey Norman

The Good Guys This laptop is essentially like the Samsung model at JBHIFI but this one is the i5 model and it's cheaper.


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:20 AM

im currently in Tasmania - until september then traveling around east coast- but im a back packer/hostel goer



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:33 AM

There is only 1 Good Guys store in Tasmania but your best bet is to purchase it online.


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:48 AM

yeh i was looking at the good guys one, the only problem is there is a lack of specs on there - like to know exactly what im getting



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:21 AM

http://www.samsung.com/au/consumer/pc-peripherals/notebook-pc/everyday/NP350V5C-S06AU-spec


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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