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Please, don't flame. I've spent about 10 minutes attempting to dissuade friend from buying an Apple laptop, but his girlfriend wants one that looks stylish and he wants one that can play games. She's helping pick despite him paying it all out of his pocket (it was her idea to get it ). He's willing to spend $1500-1700 and would like a dual boot for some things (Office 2010, Skype, Ventrilo, etc.)

I'm about to cruise around Ben's Bargains, Slickdeals, etc for deals but wanted your input as well.

He's mostly into World of Warcraft, Black Cops , and NBA 2K11.

Also, preferably Intel and GeForce (I don't think Apple even sells AMD/Radeon...but have to make sure).

EDIT Edited title to say "stylish" because that's somehow near the top of the priorities for a computer my friend is buying at his girlfriend's insistence.
Edited by floatingDivs - 5/1/11 at 7:59am
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It's just.. not going to work. Trust me. You're looking for a product that doesn't exist.
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It's just.. not going to work. Trust me. You're looking for a product that doesn't exist.
I'm fairly certain you can get those i5/i7 setups with a high-end graphics card.

EDIT "They" (he) doesn't need Windows 7. He's already got a CD lying around in "their" (his) apartment.
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  • With the exception of Steam, games aren't natively developed for OSX
  • It's a laptop, it's bound to have a terrible onboard GPU, regardless of the fact that Apple laptops aren't designed for gaming or heavy GPU usage

Honestly I'm not trying to be ignorant, I'm just saying that when you're after buying a gaming laptop you're already in quite a small market in comparison to gaming desktops, restricting that selection to laptops developed by Apple literally narrows your choice down to single figures, if anything at all.
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Wait, this isn't a troll thread?

Get an HP Envy.
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  • With the exception of Steam, games aren't natively developed for OSX
  • It's a laptop, it's bound to have a terrible onboard GPU, regardless of the fact that Apple laptops aren't designed for gaming or heavy GPU usage
He can use Windows 7 for games...that's no biggie. I'm fairly certain you can get a gaming setup in an Apple laptop, but I'm not very well-versed as to what parts and what not.

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Wait, this isn't a troll thread?

Get an HP Envy.
Quite the contrary.

Look, I hate Apple as much as anyone, but I want to help the guy out. He wants gaming, she wants something stylish. I'm the guy that picks a part and prays she likes it enough to keep it over a stylish, gaming-incompatible laptop.

EDIT: Needs to be an Apple *sigh* The girl is basically bleeding him dry and what not, but I'm going to abide by his wishes. Apple laptop that's considered "stylish".

* have no doubt they'll break up soon and wouldn't be surprised if she tries to take Apple laptop with her
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EDIT: Needs to be an Apple *sigh* The girl is basically bleeding him dry and what not, but I'm going to abide by his wishes. Apple laptop that's considered "stylish".

* have no doubt they'll break up soon and wouldn't be surprised if she tries to take Apple laptop with her
Don't all apple laptops look the same? Just get a Macbook Pro with the best specs.

But am I to understand this guy's girlfriend is making him get a mac?

If this was my GF, I would break up with her right now.
Edited by james_ant - 5/1/11 at 8:19am
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Don't all apple laptops look the same? Just get a Macbook Pro with the best specs.

But am I to understand this guy's girlfriend is making him get a mac?
The guy is computer competent. He knows what constitutes a good PC. He can't build his own, but he knows enough to hold a discussion with.

EDIT He's buying an Apple because his girl wants one.

Also, I'm looking through Apple's laptop selection (MacBook pro) and you can't pick out a different GPU? The only laptop that's affordable enough ($1100) to possibly add a GPU are the two 13" ones...but they don't let you change GPU! If I bought one of them, could I add a GPU to it? They come with integrated graphics.
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There are two main GPUs for gaming in laptops, your best bet is try and find a macbook with one of these

ATI Radeon HD Mobility 5870
GeForce GTX 460M

I believe the 460M is the better of the two chips, but newer, so harder to find.
A PC laptop with one of those in brand new is about 1~1.2K$

I assume an Apple with similar gear would be 2~3K$

I stand corrected: the 5870 scores better in some benchmarks, but the 460M has more memory.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...ist.844.0.html

A good comparison of all Mobile GPUS
Edited by RagingCain - 5/1/11 at 8:24am
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The guy is computer competent. He knows what constitutes a good PC. He can't build his own, but he knows enough to hold a discussion with.

EDIT He's buying an Apple because his girl wants one.

Also, I'm looking through Apple's laptop selection (MacBook pro) and you can't pick out a different GPU? The only laptop that's affordable enough ($1100) to possibly add a GPU are the two 13" ones...but they don't let you change GPU! If I bought one of them, could I add a GPU to it? They come with integrated graphics.
Ya, just looked. If you want a GPU its 1850$ for a AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5, 2250$ for a AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5. Then you add your tax and your looking at a price tag close to 3 grand for a macbook pro with a decent GPU.

I highly suggest the HP Envy, even a Dell Studio XPS 16 looks very stylish.

EDIT: So ya if your looking to help your friend out, I suggest you encourage him to put his woman back in her place. Or tell him to get used to not playing games.

EDIT 2: No you cant add a mobile GPU to it after you bought it.
Edited by james_ant - 5/1/11 at 8:31am
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