Right now I'm at school and I can't really afford to spend a lot on a leisure activity like gaming, however I still want to be able to play games when I have time which at the moment I seem to have (plus it's kind of an ironic incentive to make me work really hard and effectively so as to get my hw and studies done so I have time to relax instead of procrastinating).
That being said right now I have a decent HP Pavilion laptop with the following specs.
- i7-5500U - 2.4Ghz
- Intel HD5500 IGPU
- 6GB DDR3
- 750 GB HDD
- Windows 10 64bit
Summary: This computer, (while having a 5th gen i7) is only a dual core with hyper-threading. With the igpu the HD5500, it is only able to play source games easily, but anything outside of that, I can't even expect to play on the lowest unless I don't mind playing games at 18-23fps with the lowest settings...which I dislike completely. HD5500 = Nvidia 8600GTS from 2007 or roughly based on my experiment at home. Also this is my school computer and I do not want to burn it out as I recognize my Pavilion, like many others have serious heat problems under load. It's a fantastic work station and has the potential to be a decent gaming system IF it had a discrete gpu like the gtx960m (which I've seen it paired with on higher-end laptops and play phenomenally well).
- I found a Dell Optiplex 755 bundle with a monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers for $85! with the specs.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 - 2.66Ghz
- 2GB DDR2
- 160GB HDD
- Windows XP Pro (i assume with 64bit)
- R7 250
- 2GB RAM
Summary: I figured that since I don't have a desktop with me and I'm not going to fly home and figure out how to ship my gaming desktop from home, I could easily afford a bundle and just add a few small things to improve it's potential without breaking the bank or over doing the specs. The computer bundle I could easily leave the ram and sell it for $80ish OBO to someone at school before I go home and keep the R7 250 for myself (since I like collecting gpus anyway haha). The question I have is whether or not the computer will actually play games reasonably well on 720p at medium graphics? I don't expect to play games at 60fps, but 40fps is decent to me and just being able to at least run modern games will be fine because ultimately when I come back home for the summers I already have a desktop I can release all hell on and max everything so it doesn't matter.
Edited by brandontech4294, 20 October 2015 - 12:49 AM.