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Hello everyone,

What i am looking for is a decent 15" laptop that can play games such as: Diablo III Starcraft II, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, World of Warcraft, Skyrim etc. ( NOT battlefield 3 )

I expect probably an I5 processor, with a minimum of a GT 630 gpu / equivalent.

I would really like a 1080p screen but i know that that is hard to fit into this budget.

In addition to raw specs any info on cooling / build quality is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

( P.S- if you are going to comment "Just build a desktop for 700!!" i already have one-- am just looking for a decent laptop to play games at my buddie's lan partys.
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1080p screen is not going to happen for under $700, period.

If all you want is a 540M or 630M, i5 is doable (probably SB.. IB is pushing it). You can get better graphics if you go with an AMD quad, though. Personally I wouldn't settle with a 630M, its a 40nm GPU and only ~15-20% faster than A10-4600M integrated.

CPU, upgrade to A8-4500M; graphics to 7730M.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/A3H21AV?HP-Pavilion-dv6z-7000-Entertainment-Notebook-PC
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678.0.html

Acer V3 with SB i5 and 630M is $630. http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V3-571G-6602-15-6-Inch-Midnight/dp/B0085H63TC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347397932&sr=8-2&keywords=acer+571g

There's also this Compal Force for $697 with an i5-2450M and Nvidia 640M, but it doesn't come with an OS. 640M is a bit faster than the 7730M (not by much), main bonus is the i5 has much higher single- and dual-threaded performance, which could help in some games, solid bang/buck.. I'd probably go with this one (if you can get an OS for free). http://www.xoticpc.com/force-qal15-compal-qal15-p-4807.html?wconfigure=yes
 
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post #4 of 13
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Thanks! i might just have to save more money because i really want a nice screen -.-' what do you think would be a good price point to settle for? I don't need the best of the best i've seen some 650m laptops with 1080p for around a grand... wonder if its worth waiting though
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

1080p screen is not going to happen for under $700, period.
You can tongue.gif

With enough searching you can get clearence model (Factory sealed and full warranty) Sony VAIO SE series laptops for around that much. i5-2410M, 4GB, 500GB, 1080p 15.5" and a HD6470M 512MB. They go even cheaper and better speced once the new models roll out.
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post #6 of 13
If you can wait, perhaps another sale like this will roll around on a Y580.

Specs:
15.6" 1080P Screen
3rd Gen i7
8 GB RAM
GTX 660M
Blu-ray


http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/79368/amazon.com-lenovo-ideapad-y580-laptop-core-i7-3610qm-2.3ghz-8gb-ddr3-750gb-hdd-15.6-1920x1080-lcd-2gb-geforce-gtx-660m-bluray-drive-wifi-n-6cell-win-7-prem
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Originally Posted by ivr56 View Post

You can tongue.gif
With enough searching you can get clearence model (Factory sealed and full warranty) Sony VAIO SE series laptops for around that much. i5-2410M, 4GB, 500GB, 1080p 15.5" and a HD6470M 512MB. They go even cheaper and better speced once the new models roll out.

There are laptops with integrated graphics faster than the 6470M. I mean.. if that's what you're into, fine, but it'll hardly game at 1366x768, and 1080p is out of the question except for old Source games and Minecraft.

Quote:
Originally Posted by blankenship701 View Post

Thanks! i might just have to save more money because i really want a nice screen -.-' what do you think would be a good price point to settle for? I don't need the best of the best i've seen some 650m laptops with 1080p for around a grand... wonder if its worth waiting though

$900ish. $700 is just way too low to get decent graphics and a 1080p panel.

Anyway, amigamerlin has a couple good suggestions as well.. dv6z w/ 7730M and 1080p screen for $700ish is a steal. If you want to game at native res on a 1080p.. then its back to the drawing board, 7730M could play older games at 1080p, but even my desktop 5770 struggles with maxing Skyrim at 1080p (it can do about 40 FPS with most things to high/ultra), and its a decent amount faster (more like a 650M, maybe 660M).
 
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post #8 of 13
I'd like to make the note that the 7730M is just slightly under where the GTX 460M was, so around a GT 555M. smile.gif

Definitely enough to make good use of 1080p and enough to play most games at medium settings.
     
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post #9 of 13
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Final Update:

Okay i found a wicked deal. I work at an electronics retailer and my manager marked down an Alienware M14x R1 from 679 ( clearance item ) down to 399 for me. It has an i5 2430, GT 555, 750gb HDD and 8GB of RAM. Only 720p screen though-- but hell for 399 i'll deal with it. Plan on throwing a crucial m4 / samsung 830 256GB SSD in it very soon.

Thanks for the replies though! I just got really lucky.
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Christ that's a hell of a deal. @_@

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