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Just bought a new laptop for gaming, disappointed. Alternative or upgrade?

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I just bought a new laptop. I was really in a hurry 'cause I've been laptop-less for 3 months so I only did a few research

I went ahead and bought an Acer 5750


Key Features
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor 2.0GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.9GHz
15.6” HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display
Windows® 7 Home Premium
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010
4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel Memory
640GB SATA Hard Drive
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
Built-in 1.3 Megapixel HD Webcam
Dolby® Advanced Audio® v2 audio enhancement
High-Definition Audio Support
3- USB 2.0 Ports
1- HDMI™ Port with HDCP Support
Multi-Gesture Touchpad
Dedicated Numeric Keypad
Media Control Function Keys
6-cell Li-ion Battery
5.74 lbs. | 2.6 kg (system unit only)

hoping to get a possible upgrade from my old laptop which was an HP dv7 4285dx with an i5 2.4ghz and 2.8 turbo boost.

Sadly I was disappointed my older laptop performed better than this, thinking that this was an i7, that it would be at least be a slight upgrade, but running Starcraft 2 on low without other programs was still laggy. And multi tasking was so so much slower. Did I make a mistake or do I just need to upgrade the ram to 8gigs?
post #2 of 44
you need a graphics card to game.doh.gif
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post #3 of 44
Your Graphics Card is not viable for modern computer games. Anything with Nvidia or Radeon next to the name of the Graphics card should be enough to run most games.
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post #4 of 44
That laptop has integrated graphics... Of course you can't game on that thing, there is no dedicated graphics card.

And RAM won't change anything in your situation. You need a laptop with a dedicated graphics card.
post #5 of 44
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Hm, I think I can still return this because it's still quite brand new. Any suggestions? I bought this for $729 all in all so around that budget.
post #6 of 44
you wold be better off with and apu for gaming or get an i5 with like a gt550
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post #7 of 44
look for and asus with an amd a6 or a8 and dual graphics that would be your best bet in your price range.
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can you buy from newegg?
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post #10 of 44

Both look pretty mediocre for gaming. A6 integrated is decent. Nvidia 610M is maybe as fast, maybe slower than A6 integrated; really nothing special. Around $800 you could get a Lenovo Y470p/Y570 with 7690M or 555M respectively. Or you could get an Acer 3830TG for around $700.

Refurb, $630, much faster than the options you're considering. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2022102&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE
 
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