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#1 Stryking

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 02:13 PM

My budget for the new computer is: Under $580 (Canadian Dollars!)

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)?  Light Gaming

What software do you intend on using on the computer? games with infrequent music/video encoding

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? anywhere from indie to AAA titles. No need to be super pretty though

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? Usually I'll have some sort of VOIP program running, a game, IRC client, Music Player and browser

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? HDD is irrelevant here

Will you be overclocking? No

Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? Canada

How many monitors are you planning to use? The one provided with the laptop

Do you need peripherals? OS? No. Any version of Windows post-Vista

Any particular reason why you are upgrading? My Samsung ****top bit the bucket (thank god)

 

 

Please note I'm looking for a laptop with good build quality! Manufacturers recommended to me so far are Asus, MSI and Lenovo. I'm open to ideas though.

 

I want at least 6 gigs of RAM. If there's less it needs to be compatible with the two sitcks of 4GB that came with my Samsung NP355V5C

 

Screen should be 15.6 inches with a 720p resolution



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Posted 22 December 2014 - 06:02 PM

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 10:06 PM

Just a thought ....  (original) RAM from a 2012 system night not be a strong criteria for a new system? 



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Posted 24 December 2014 - 04:07 PM

Just a thought ....  (original) RAM from a 2012 system night not be a strong criteria for a new system? 

 

I don't quite understand what you mean... I'm just going to assume that you think that it's unreasonable for my criteria to include compatibility with the RAM from a laptop made 2 years ago.

 

It's expanding the laptops I can consider, not shrinking it. If you read it again you'll see that the only reason it would need to be compatible with said RAM is if it ships with under 6 gigs. By putting this exception in I'm opening the gates to some laptops that ship with 4 gigs of RAM instead of the minimum 6 I want.



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Posted 25 December 2014 - 04:38 PM

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Posted 25 December 2014 - 11:15 PM

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Posted 26 December 2014 - 03:07 PM

I wonder if this is even worth the effort  :smash:



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

So 580 Canadian dollars is about 500 bucks US dollars. If you are wanting to do any type of gaming at all, you are going to need to spend a bit more than that. Anything for 500 bucks is going to have an integrated chip in it which will not do any gaming (unless you get the new iris pro 5200 intel chip, only laptop I know of that has it is this one and its $1000). I am a pretty big fan of lenovo, I have a Ideapad y580 and it is a solid machine. Bought it two years ago for school and for some gaming, again I spent over $1000 on it though.

Here is the Lenovo y40 lineup. The cheapest one in that bunch is $670. It will play some games. The GPU chip it has in it is stated to be upper mid-range.

 

I actually take back what I said, here is a Lenovo Z series laptop for 500 bucks that has an entry-level GPU chip in it. It is capable of playing recent games, but on very low settings.


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 02:10 PM

So 580 Canadian dollars is about 500 bucks US dollars. If you are wanting to do any type of gaming at all, you are going to need to spend a bit more than that. Anything for 500 bucks is going to have an integrated chip in it which will not do any gaming (unless you get the new iris pro 5200 intel chip, only laptop I know of that has it is this one and its $1000). I am a pretty big fan of lenovo, I have a Ideapad y580 and it is a solid machine. Bought it two years ago for school and for some gaming, again I spent over $1000 on it though.

Here is the Lenovo y40 lineup. The cheapest one in that bunch is $670. It will play some games. The GPU chip it has in it is stated to be upper mid-range.

 

I actually take back what I said, here is a Lenovo Z series laptop for 500 bucks that has an entry-level GPU chip in it. It is capable of playing recent games, but on very low settings.

 

I understand that anything in that price range will have difficulties running modern games. However, if you look at the laptop I initially linked you'll see that it's integrated chip actually has very similar scores to the 820M.

 

If this is my only option I'll be sticking to what I've already found. It has more RAM, my preferred screen size and the two CPU's appear to be similar. If there was a 15.6 inch model I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

 

Thanks for your help though :)



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 06:47 AM

I apologize I did not see a link to a PC in your initial post.

 

Looking back I still don't see a link for a laptop that you were looking at. Perhaps you forgot to include it?


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 06:51 PM

I apologize I did not see a link to a PC in your initial post.

 

Looking back I still don't see a link for a laptop that you were looking at. Perhaps you forgot to include it?

 

Well that's super embarrassing...  http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8463127&CatId=4935



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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:18 PM

So the card in that laptop is a very low end integrated chip. You can run some games on low settings but thats about it. Older games you probably can run, maybe not on high but it may handle it decent enough.

Here is the notebook check on that chip
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-8650G.87916.0.html

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:30 PM

So the card in that laptop is a very low end integrated chip. You can run some games on low settings but thats about it. Older games you probably can run, maybe not on high but it may handle it decent enough.

Here is the notebook check on that chip
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-8650G.87916.0.html

 

Since this is apparently a pretty bleepty chip, which integrated ones outperform it (paired with a decent CPU and not including Iris). I want to maximize my gaming performance on my low budget.



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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:48 PM


So the card in that laptop is a very low end integrated chip. You can run some games on low settings but thats about it. Older games you probably can run, maybe not on high but it may handle it decent enough.

Here is the notebook check on that chip
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-8650G.87916.0.html

 
Since this is apparently a pretty bleepty chip, which integrated ones outperform it (paired with a decent CPU and not including Iris). I want to maximize my gaming performance on my low budget.

Your probably not going to get much better than that one. I would look at the Lenovo Z series that I linked above. They have dedicated GPUs and will outperform the integrated, all for around the same price as well.

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