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Hello, I am stuck and I was wondering if someone could help me out and tell me what I should do in my situation. So pretty much I have $250 dollars saved up and I have two options, sell my macbook and buy a new gaming laptop or keep my macbook and spend the money on upgrading my graphics card on my current gaming computer. My parents are divorced and I am going to be jumping around from house to house back and fourth and I do not want to have to bring my whole computer set up with me including my speakers, monitor keyboard and mouse but at the same time I would like to upgrade my graphics card in my current gaming computer so what should I do?
any advice would be very appreciated! and if you have some suggestions on the gaming laptop please let me know... my budget would be around $1000
post #2 of 24
Welcome to OCN! Sorry to hear about the divorce. So here's my recommendation. Since you know you are going back between parents houses, get you a gaming laptop. Yep, go ahead and sell the mac and put that money towards your new laptop. The first recommendation is get one where the video card is a mxm type card.
Plus you are in luck. I just got done reading this article last week.
Me personally I like dell alienware.
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http://www.bestgaminglaptop.net/articles-guides/top-10-gaming-laptops/
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By now most manufacturers have transitioned to the new Intel Ivy Bridge processors in new gaming laptops. However, many are still sticking to Nvidia’s old Fermi-based graphics cards with new names, including the high-end GeForce GTX 675M, which is identical to the GTX 580M and the GTX 670M, which is essentially the same GPU as the GTX 570M. The ones that are part of the latest generation of 28nm mobile graphics cards (Nvidia’s Kepler and AMD’s GCN) are primarily the GeForce GT 650M, GTX 660M and most importantly the AMD Radeon HD 7970M–currently the fastest mobile GPU on the market. Nvidia’s fastest part is still the GTX 675M/580M.

The Ivy Bridge processors are also an improvement, but mostly in the integrated graphics part, which is not relevant for gaming laptops. They are nevertheless more power efficient and come with higher clock frequencies while the power consumption (TDP) remains the same. The CPUs that apply here are primarily the Core i7-3610QM, i7-3720QM, i7-3820QM, i7-3612QM (35W) and finally the Extreme Edition Core i7-3920XM.
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Sad to hear mate. Could you post the spec of the PC you are looking to upgrade?
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Thanks for the reply, very helpful. I was looking at this laptop right here, I can get it for $1000 with a coupon, do you think it will be able to play battlefield 3? I do not really care about the graphics to be honest.

http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/A6U45AV?HP-ENVY-17t-3200-Notebook-PC
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i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz || XFX 6950 2GB Dual Fan || Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD || ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard || 8GB G.SKILL SNIPER RAM 1600Mhz || 750GB 7200RPM Hitachi Hard Drive || Antec Earthwatts 650W 80 Plus Power Supply || NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case in White || Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler || ASUS 24X DVD-RW ||
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i5 2500k @ 3.3GHz || XFX 6950 2GB Dual Fan || Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD || ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard || 8GB G.SKILL SNIPER RAM 1600Mhz || 750GB 7200RPM Hitachi Hard Drive || Antec Earthwatts 650W 80 Plus Power Supply || NZXT Phantom Full Tower Case in White || Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler || ASUS 24X DVD-RW ||

That doesnt look like a bad system at all. Do you think If you got a screen/keyboard/mouse/speakers at each house and a rugged case you could move the tower each time. IMO I dont think a gaming laptop is worth it.
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post #7 of 24
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Yes that is what I was thinking..... thanks for the help... and what do you think of the gaming laptop that I posted? good or bad? I can get it for 1000 with a coupon
post #8 of 24
I say that selling the desktop and snagging a laptop with a 7970M is your best bet. You can probably make an easy grand off the desktop and a laptop with the 7970M and a SSD will run you like... $1,700. That'd essentially take out the whole space issue and you wouldn't lose any gaming power.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html?wconfigure=yes

7970M, Copper Heatsink upgrade and a 128GB M4 SSD + 500GB HDD is golden for around $1800. Use the $50 off dealio at the top. biggrin.gif
   
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post #9 of 24
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Ehh.. I think I will stick with my desktop... I have to many peripherals and other things.
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I say that selling the desktop and snagging a laptop with a 7970M is your best bet. You can probably make an easy grand off the desktop and a laptop with the 7970M and a SSD will run you like... $1,700. That'd essentially take out the whole space issue and you wouldn't lose any gaming power.
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html?wconfigure=yes
7970M, Copper Heatsink upgrade and a 128GB M4 SSD + 500GB HDD is golden for around $1800. Use the $50 off dealio at the top. biggrin.gif


Everything that this guy said ^^
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