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Right now I have an older Toshiba Athlon X2 2.1ghz QL w/ radeon 3100 graphics laptop. It is a L505D Series and it could do almost everything that I wanted up until recently. I do mostly web browsing, and a little bit of gaming. I recently started playing SWTOR and my Toshiba won't load it. Well it loads it but when I get to the character selection screen it freezes. I have browsed the other threads but wanted to know if anyone had other suggestions.

My girlfriend has a Toshiba that has a Intel P6200 and has intel HD 3000 graphics, she won't let me test SWTOR on it, but how does a Intel HD 3000 graphic compare to radeon 3100? Her laptop is about 2years newer then mine, so I would think its better.

Any suggestions on a decent laptop, my price range is anywhere from $500-$700/800?
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Intel's 3000 series of integrated graphics is very basic. It'll load up CoD4 (I have the previous generation i5 in my laptop, which has Intel's 3000 graphics), but only gets about 20fps. I don't think it'll hold up to SWTOR.

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Hmmm so what should I look for in a laptop that would play SWTOR on medium graphics? I don't need high graphics or even shadows. Just want something that will play it while I am on the road.
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Intel's 3000 series of integrated graphics is very basic. It'll load up CoD4 (I have the previous generation i5 in my laptop, which has Intel's 3000 graphics), but only gets about 20fps. I don't think it'll hold up to SWTOR.

You're right that it sucks for gaming. Anyways are you talking about current-gen i5 or previous-gen i5? I know for a fact previous-gen i5 has GMA HD, not HD 3000. The 1st-gen i5's have Intel GMA HD, which was rebranded to HD 2000 in Sandy Bridge laptops. HD 3000 has almost double the performance. Now the HD 2000 is only in SB Celerons and Pentiums, all SB Core i have HD 3000. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphics-Media-Accelerator-HD.23065.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-3000.37948.0.html

For a $500 laptop, you want something with an A8-3500M. For $600, nothing interesting comes up, except perhaps something with 6630M + A6 or A8. $700, I'd go with a Lenovo Ideapad Y470 or Y570. I'd check Slickdeals for cheap A6/A8 laptops, and http://lenovo.com for the Ideapads.

EDIT: A8 only does 30FPS on low for SWTOR. You'll need an A6/A8 with discrete graphics, a Nvidia 540M, or AMD 6630M or faster.
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