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Gaming Laptop for a Friend

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My friend is trying to get rid of his notebook.

He is willing to spend $700 max +taxes for a new notebook.

What one do you recommend for gaming?
Edited by 8-Ball - 4/11/12 at 3:05pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220707R
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Pretty much you could go 1 of 2 ways - AMD APU with 6750M (possibly 6770M), or Intel i3/i5 and 540M, maybe 550M.The 6750M is clearly faster than the 540M, the 550M might tie the 6750M.

I'd go with this, base config AMD A6 quad + 7690M = $625. http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=High+performance&series_name=dv6zqe_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/High_performance/dv6zqe_series

Or this, base config i3 + 7690M = $680. http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=High+performance&series_name=dv6t_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/High_performance/dv6t_series

Either would have the same gaming performance, in general. The i3 is about 40% faster for single-threaded, but the A6 is faster for multi-threaded; AND you can overclock the A6 by about 40% (can't OC the i3's, or any non-Extreme Intel mobile CPU). The AMD dual-graphics are kind of sketchy, doesn't give a huge boost (sometimes, no boost) and you have microstuttering, but the good thing is AMD's integrated is good enough to play the occasional old game on, while Intel integrated just doesn't have good texture quality, it's 30% slower, and it's not even good for playing video at 24FPS (long story -short version, Intel's HD 3000 drops 1 frame every 40 seconds at 24FPS).
 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i3-2310M Intel HD 3000 8GB DDR3 Samsung 830 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
640GB Hitachi HDD Windows 7 13.3" LCD Magnesium Alloy, 3.2lbs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H MSI Hawk R5770 3x2GB G.Skill DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 250 GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 20X DVD-R/RW Thermaltake MaxOrb 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Noctua NF-B9-1600 Windows 7 Pro 64-bit BenQ E2420HD, 24" 1920x1080 TT Purepower 500W 
Case
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i3-2310M Intel HD 3000 8GB DDR3 Samsung 830 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
640GB Hitachi HDD Windows 7 13.3" LCD Magnesium Alloy, 3.2lbs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-UD2H MSI Hawk R5770 3x2GB G.Skill DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 250 GB WD Caviar Black Samsung 20X DVD-R/RW Thermaltake MaxOrb 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Noctua NF-B9-1600 Windows 7 Pro 64-bit BenQ E2420HD, 24" 1920x1080 TT Purepower 500W 
Case
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Look in the deals section. You can get a Asus G73 for $699.00. Won't beat it at that price.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1240543/td-asus-g73jh-bst7-refurbished-6gb-ram-5870m-699



They won't last for long.
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