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Gf wants a laptop

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#1 Scleo138


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:45 AM

My girlfriend is looking for a new laptop. She really is just going to stream and browse but would also like to play the Sims 2. For right now she wants the cheapest one that could get her through but is also not difficult or too pricey to upgrade in the near future. I've tried Google with my questions. I would like suggestions on which would be the best option. And one specific question. If we go with one and I decide to upgrade her graphics card do I need to upgrade anything else for it to be effective.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:13 AM

Just a thought...it appears that she needs a low-performance laptop for general use and web surfing. My suggestion is to peruse Amazon and Newegg.com, there are dozens to pick from.


also not difficult or too pricey to upgrade in the near future

First thing to bear in mind is that laptops or notebooks are, essentially, disposable computers. About the only thing that you can "upgrade" in the future is to increase the memory. To replace anything else is not easy, and unless you are somewhat experienced in dis-assembling a laptop, you will have to go to a shop, and even then it gets "iffy". Increasingly, laptops are becoming "all-in-one" machines and doing repairs & upgrades will vary from one model to another, IF they can even be done. Parts are extremely proprietary and manufactured by 3rd party jobbers from Asia and the Pacific rim countries, and after one year most of these manufactureres do not carry replacement part inventory, and NO upgradeable parts.  What you will spend in attempting to upgrade most likely will cost as much as purchasing a new laptop, literally. 

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#3 alexoler


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:25 PM

I feel like a chromebook would be the best for her look for 200-300$ Chromebooks

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 02:19 PM

surfing the web and playing games won't really require much horse power in a system. Any modern computer with an entry level graphics card can run it so any laptop with an Intel processor (dual core and above) would be fine. Try looking up Chromebooks and 13-14 inch laptops by Lenovo and Dell. 

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 05:14 PM

playing games won't really require much horse power in a system.

Highly dependent on the game in question. A game like Solitaire and similar will not require much in graphics power. Modern games like the latest and greatest Call of Duty game will require more than integrate graphics that will come with most low to medium cost laptops.

Now, Sims 2 that the original poster mentioned is more towards the Solitaire end of the spectrum.

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