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Im wondering if I can buy a gaming laptop that can play BF3, Metro 2033 and other complex games on low/medium settings. It would be very grateful for someone to help me.

Max Price
$500, prefer $400

Location
US

Size
Does not matter, but I would like at least 13"

Resoultion

Does not matter

AMD or Intel
Does not matter

NVIDIA or AMD
Does not matter

Battery life

4-5 hours and I would like it to have a replaceable battery

Used or New
Whichever one lets me game better

P.S.
Why is AMD CPU GHz so low? Does that mean its slower? Even with the dedicated GPU.
AMD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246328
Intel - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246484
Edited by MoMann - 6/12/12 at 4:07pm
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You'll have a hard time finding one. At that price, the games will barely run on low.

Here's one that might be suitable, but don't expect high FPS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246484
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Wait for trinity based laptops...

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You'll have a hard time finding one. At that price, the games will barely run on low.
Here's one that might be suitable, but don't expect high FPS.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246484
Could you look at the bottom on my OP im really curious about that. I wondering what the difference between AMD CPU being at 1.5GHz and Intel being at 2.5GHz. Even though the AMD laptop has a Raedon GPU. Which one is better?
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Could you look at the bottom on my OP im really curious about that. I wondering what the difference between AMD CPU being at 1.5GHz and Intel being at 2.5GHz. Even though the AMD laptop has a Raedon GPU. Which one is better?

CPU speed doesn't matter for gaming. Benchmarks do.

Check the BF3 benchmark on low. The laptop used a 1.6-2.4(?) AMD APU (I forget max single-core turbo, feel free to find it on AMD's site/wherever). Intel HD 4000 graphics are 29% behind the 6650M, and HD 4000 is 50-60% faster than Intel HD 3000. If you like slideshows, go with Intel HD 3000. If you want to game.. the Lenovo with A6 and 6650M is a great choice.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6650M.43962.0.html

edit: HD 3000 benchmarks. Note that the i5 gets about 20 FPS on low for Metro 2033, vs. the A6/6650M getting 62 FPS on low. http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-3000.37948.0.html

One last point, HD 3000 image quality is noticeably worse than AMD's during gaming. HD 4000 fixes this a lot, but even it's still behind AMD/Nvidia. Can't find the link right now, but if you google for "Anandtech HD 3000 image quality" you'll probably find the image quality test (its not pretty).
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The Intel one is dual core, the AMD is quad-core. The AMD system would probably be better for gaming since it has a getter GPU, which is usually the limiting factor to games.
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What would the Intel one be better for?

And where you reccomend buying a used laptop from?
Edited by MoMann - 6/12/12 at 4:11pm
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What would the Intel one be better for?

Consider, what do you want your laptop to do? Intel might be better for video encoding, maybe for running a simulation that takes hours, maybe Photoshop, idk. If you don't do much/anything that will hammer the CPU close to 100% for an extended time, a faster CPU than the A6 won't really help.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html
Ctrl-F for both CPU's, check the box next to each then go back to the top of the page and hit "Restrict". Good head-to-head CPU benchmark comparison. i5 is a decent amount "faster". Not that the A6 CPU is slow.
 
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What about my second question because I do not mind getting something used.
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if you dont mind used this is a beast of a laptop with 5 hr battery life if not Oc'd 6720g (crossfires 6650m with intel 3000) can be Oc'd to 2.0 ghz from 1.4 for a steady 67 c, this can run every game on Med and High if you dont mind 30 fps. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230216

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