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I told myself when Diablo III finally is about to be released, I'll buy a new laptop in celebration. Hopefully, that time will soon be upon us, so I'm starting my research for one.

I'm telling myself about $600 should be plenty for what I'm looking for, though I can usually find some sort of cashback/coupons to squeeze a few extra bucks into my budget.

What I'm really wondering is what I should be looking for? A8? second gen i5? i7? and what about GPU's? 520M or something better?

I imagine I'll ocassionaly be hooking it up to one of my 22" monitors (potentially even some of my 26"ers at 19x12) so hopefully the GPU would be able to push to that. Diablo III won't be the most graphically intense game out there, but I'd still like to run it at its highest settings without any issues.

I think I'd like to stick to a ~15" screen, though I could be convinced of a 17" smile.gif

I have more hardrive space on servers than I know what to do with, so I really don't care about storage capacity.

Also I'm interested in getting some feedback on brand selection as well. I've heard good things on Sager, though I don't know if I could fit one into that $600 target.

Thanks!
Edited by kdbolt70 - 1/18/12 at 11:03am
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post #2 of 23
$600 won't get you a Sager (maybe used on ebay, but doubt it). You can get a used/refurbished ASUS A53SV for $600 which is a really good deal.

Here is a recertified HP that has a killer GPU. But it is an HP...and it is re-certified so I dunno. Also it is slightly above your price range. But those 2 should play any game out there. The HP, once you overclock the CPU, would be faster in games.
   
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post #3 of 23
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Thanks for the feedback. If sager was worth the extra ~$125, I'd have no problem spending that, so I wouldn't say it's out of sight as of yet.

I currently have three dell and two HP laptops sitting in my 'graveyard' at home, so I think I'm going to avoid those brands for a while smile.gif I do like ASUS, so that is definitely an option.

Are there any thoughts on the A8 vs the i5 processors for laptop gaming? Also, any thoughts on what would be the minimum graphics card(s) I should target?


Edit: Found this XPS 17 which looked like a decent deal for $699:

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit, English
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
640GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M 1GB graphics with Optimus
17.3" HD+ (900p) LED Display with 2.0MP HD Webcam
8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
No Mobile Broad Band Selected
56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
XPS 17 (L702X) English FastTrack
Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Standard Keyboard - English
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Elemental Silver Aluminum
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post #4 of 23
That dell is a nice deal if you want a 17". I personally would an i5 over any AMD.
   
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post #5 of 23
In that price range, you're probably better getting an APU. Its hard to find a laptop with a 2nd Gen i5, with a good enough GPU to game on, in that price range. I paid $650CAD for my ASUS K53SV & it has a Core i5-2410m and a GT540, but I got it on sale.
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For right around $700 you can get a Lenovo Ideapad Y570 with an i3 for $650 or i5 for $720. Nvidia 555M, 15", seems like a good fit. i5 is of course ~20% faster (on 2 cores) or ~30% faster for single-threaded. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=F41BC8E1656C5F85171FBDB172571912&action=init

Though, since Diablo 3 probably won't be released soon, if you can wait until April you could pick up an Ivy Bridge laptop, maybe with a midrange Nvidia 600-series GPU for $700-800 (meaning at least as fast as 555M, maybe closer to 560M).
 
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So, would you guys think for a laptop of both gaming and everyday use, an i5 + 540M or i3 + 555M would be the better target? I realized you can probably find both all over the map in terms of pricing, but just in terms of targeting bottlenecks and trying to get the best bang for your buck, what are your thoughts?

Also, has anyone bought a refurb from ebay, something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Ideapad-Y570-Blu-Ray-i5-2410M-2-9GHz-4GB-750GB-GeForce-555M-1GB-BT-/270888683629?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3f1239486d

Thoughts?


Also found this on lenovo's site for $698:

System components
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2430M Processor ( 2.40GHz 1333MHz 3MB )
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB
4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
15.6" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
Integrated 2.0MP Camera
Industry Standard Touchpad
500GB 7200
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Intel 1000 BGN Wireless
Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
HDMI (Out)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wildcard36qs View Post

Well you see my sig laptop, so I say go for it!
http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops.html?cat=37 Grab a great deal while you can.
http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/0855xf2.html
http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/086224u.html
http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/085523u.html

Yeah, I'm definitely honing in on some of those. The only thing that sucks is they don't have any refurb 570's in stock. I'm also a little concerned with the resolution on the 15.4"...
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post #10 of 23
The res is fine. I mean you are gaming on it. Higher res means it wont perform as well. Or you will have to lower the res and that usually looks crappier. If you want the best bang for buck gaming laptop those are it.

*edit* I mean best bang for buck + quality. HP you can probably find something more powerful GPU wise but...stay away.
   
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