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What will I want for a semi-gaming laptop?


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#1 JimmyKarter

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:46 AM

1. I'm going to college

2. I'd like to game a bit

 

 

Those are basically the two things I have to say. Point number 1 REALLY doesn't matter, but I'm just saying that so no one suggests a 25 kilogram gaming laptop. (I really never understood the point of laptops "specialized" for college.)

 

I'm looking for a mid/high end gaming laptop. I say gaming, as in, the purpose is for gaming. I know there are 1,000 dollar laptops around, but those are a bit crazy. I think 800 would be a bit too much for a laptop. I hope there is something nice in the 500-700 dollar range I can purchase.

 

Is that realistic?

 

I'd like to play most games up to the 2014 range without problem. I don't need ultra-high-HD graphics, if I can do well with medium on everything, I'm perfectly content. The laptop right now i'm using- can't even play Arma on the lowest settings possible. I think.....? That's just how it feels, anyways.

 

For instance, any laptop that can handle Bioshock: Infinite on normal/high or above is basically good?

 

Just to be sure that I'm not completely miscalculating everything, such as expectations for games, here is my current laptop. It basically can't play anything on medium without going to 20 FPS during fights.

64x, windows 8, AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon HD, 1.5 Ghz (quad core)

GPU: AMD radeon 6620G

 

So it doesn't work so well for newer games. In my opinion. For instance I generally can't mod skyrim the way I would REALLY want, with the better graphics and all.

 

Does anyone have a price range, or suggestion of types I can browse? 


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Posted 13 August 2015 - 07:05 AM

Notebookcheck has a listing of various TOP 10's on their site.  The list is on the Right when you scroll down a bit.



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Posted 13 August 2015 - 10:44 AM

It will be pretty tough to find a laptop that will play anything in the 2014 era for less than 700. Even 700 is stretching it a bit. There is a Lenovo Y4080 series starting out at $650, all variations of them come with a AMD Radeon R9 M275 (<- this link is a link to notebook check for that card). That card struggles to even play some 2013 games on low-medium settings, and unfortunately will get outdated very quickly. You may want to up your budget to more around the $1,000 range. You'll get more of a selection and better GPUs in that range. The Lenovo Y50 models would probably be a better option. Or one with similar specs.


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:00 PM

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