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05-10-2010, 06:56 PM
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Shopping for a laptop

Hey guys, so like always I like to start off my threads with a description. So I'm starting University this fall, and I need a laptop. This will be my first laptop ever, although I've been accustomed to them because my brother has had one forever. A little info on my desktop before we begin: it sucks, like major Windows XP, 1GB RAM, 3 GHz Pentium 4, 128 MB Radeon x300 ewwwww. So yeah, this is my opportunity to get something... decent. I want to keep the price range around 1000$? I could go 200$ more or less...

What I would like to do with it is:

- Gaming (definitely a must for me, since my desktop is useless... a few games I'd like to make sure works on my laptop: ME2, Dragon Age Origins, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 (although they haven't released the requirements yet))
- School work (Microsoft Office, Photoshop etc.)
- Multi-tasking (good processor so I can keep the computer running fast despite doing many things)

I was looking at Macs, but I wasn't sure how that would fit for my gaming needs. I would like something that does everything... I know I'm being picky, but knowing how crappy my desktop is, I really want this laptop to be good.

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- Gaming (definitely a must for me, since my desktop is useless... a few games I'd like to make sure works on my laptop: ME2, Dragon Age Origins, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 (although they haven't released the requirements yet))
I went that route.

What I got was an overheating, bulky laptop with pathetic battery life. And it still can't really play games too well.

Perhaps that's just my laptop (Dell M1530), but I'm just throwing that out there.

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You can't ask too much for gaming out of a laptop unless you want to spend 4k and carry around a 10 lb monstrosity.

Be realistic, buy a decent laptop and a xbox 360 or ps3.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362123,00.asp


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You can't ask too much for gaming out of a laptop unless you want to spend 4k and carry around a 10 lb monstrosity.

Be realistic, buy a decent laptop and a xbox 360 or ps3.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362123,00.asp
wow, I have been thinking of getting a new laptop for the school year coming up since mine is really starting to act up and that one you linked looks awesome. Although I was also thinking of a MAC

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If you're going to do a lot of online gaming there's one thing you need to keep an eye on:

Stay away from all laptops with Intel Video cards. The majority of the cheap to mid laptops sold at Best Buy, Office Depot, etc have these video cards. They are crap cards and not worth your time. The only types of games you can play on this card with High FPS is the Half-Life 1 games.

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Be realistic, buy a decent laptop and a xbox 360 or ps3.
That probably won't help for the Blizzard games though.

I would suggest a cheap laptop around 400 and a 800$ desktop over a 1200+ laptop. The desktop will outperform the 1000ish laptop and you could have a mobile unit for class or whatever. You can get a pretty nice desktop for 800$. Heck you could even get a netbook and put more money on the desktop.

Your desktop is dated, but what about your monitor? A good way to save $$$ is to stick with the old monitor.

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Yeah I talked about it with my friend and he told me to be ready to shell out 3000$+. He mentioned the battery life and the 10lbs weight problems too. I'm actually re-thinking it.

I think I'd rather get a good desktop (I'll build it, save myself 200-300$) and get a decent laptop for school (NO PORN).

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You can't ask too much for gaming out of a laptop unless you want to spend 4k and carry around a 10 lb monstrosity.

Be realistic, buy a decent laptop and a xbox 360 or ps3.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362123,00.asp
I have a PS3, but I wanted a system to play the PC only games... and non XBOX games, and also games such as Dragon Age (better on PC) and the Witcher (only PC).

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One last question, can a MacBook Pro run some of the games I mentioned?

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You aren't going to be doing any 'gaming' on a laptop, without some major tradeoffs.

A 'gaming' GPU will make the case big and bulky; I'm talking 6+ pounds. It's needs adequate cooling and that's about the only way to do it.

Battery life will suck. Maybe 3 hours.

Since it will be big, it's portability will be questionable.

I bought a 360 a couple years ago, as I thought that would be a replacement for a 'gaming' system, and still upgraded my desktop a couple months ago. For portability, I use my netbook.

I still have my laptop, but only use it for short trips, as while it still runs well, it's nearly 3 years old, and over 6 pounds (it's not a gaming laptop though). It runs everything else just fine (Photoshop CS3, Office 2007, Matlab 2007, Visual Studio 2008). It really doesn't take that much to run most SW, that aren't games or audio/video.

If I was looking for a new laptop, that's small and has a decent GPU, I do like the upcoming HP Envy 14. But I'm curious if they've fixed that awful trackpad, and what the battery life is like.

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I'm inclined to agree with the people who say you can't get a solid gaming laptop for 1000$, however adding in one of those cooling docks does substancially improve performance when gaming. (And if I recall, they're cheap too)

However if you want to game, it's either get a desktop for 500-1000$ (500 is pretty low for a gaming rig though) or get an overpowered laptop for 2000$+

If you want to scrape by with lowered graphics, a cooling unit and a 800-1000$ laptop, you probably could, but I doubt an optimal gaming experience would be the case if you did.

However blizzard games are known for being playable by toaster So in the case of sc2/d3, you are in luck. I have the sc2 beta and it runs like a dream on my crappy p4 3.0ghz desktop with lower end graphics card.

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When I go to University I'm buying a top of the line gaming desktop and a bare-bones laptop. It will probably work out to be cheaper and more convenient.

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wow, I have been thinking of getting a new laptop for the school year coming up since mine is really starting to act up and that one you linked looks awesome. Although I was also thinking of a MAC
Yup it is pretty sweet.

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As we're somewhat on the topic:
How's this for gaming?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...&skuId=9697488

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+V...&skuId=9705382


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Hey guys, so like always I like to start off my threads with a description. So I'm starting University this fall, and I need a laptop. This will be my first laptop ever, although I've been accustomed to them because my brother has had one forever. A little info on my desktop before we begin: it sucks, like major Windows XP, 1GB RAM, 3 GHz Pentium 4, 128 MB Radeon x300 ewwwww. So yeah, this is my opportunity to get something... decent. I want to keep the price range around 1000$? I could go 200$ more or less...

What I would like to do with it is:

- Gaming (definitely a must for me, since my desktop is useless... a few games I'd like to make sure works on my laptop: ME2, Dragon Age Origins, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 (although they haven't released the requirements yet))
- School work (Microsoft Office, Photoshop etc.)
- Multi-tasking (good processor so I can keep the computer running fast despite doing many things)

I was looking at Macs, but I wasn't sure how that would fit for my gaming needs. I would like something that does everything... I know I'm being picky, but knowing how crappy my desktop is, I really want this laptop to be good.
Sir, I have the PERFECT LAPTOP FOR YOU.

Cost is 1,000. But it is well worth it.

You can go to Best Buy and get it too. It's the Asus "Republic of Gamers" (Think its the G 60 model)

It's got everything you need. Trust me. I bought it for the reasons you are asking for.

-It's got the updated Microsoft works (it's even got Microsofts versions on inDesign for page layout and such)
-It's got the HD and Processor required to not only play D3 and SC2, but run it with EASE
-Multi-tasking? Tch. It does it with ease. I've got torrent running while on D2, while having the internet and a media player open and at that point, Im not even CLOSE to using half my CPU usage. The processor is effing unreal.

IF you need help finding it, shoot me a PM. I'll direct you to it

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