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post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Derko1 View Post

Well... the first one that was suggested. By adding a few options. I saw that were pretty much necessary, I was at around $768. Then I figure that $250 is not going to be that huge a difference, for the performance increase that you can get. It seems like it's way more cost effective. Plus it will be much more future proof. Seeing how my wife has had the laptop that died for 7 years, it seems like it may be a better option.
Makes sense? No?

makes sense, but it really depends.
If you really need it for low profile gaming, then I say - buy a 500$ laptop then another one in 3 years.
Many laptops won't hold 7 years (although it really depends how you take care of them).

The only thing that is missing in a 500$ laptop is a good screen and that's the only good reason I can see for spending another 200-300$ in your case
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The only thing that is missing in a 500$ laptop is a good screen and that's the only good reason I can see for spending another 200-300$ in your case

Actually, if you go through the process of adding it to your cart... the one that they advertise actually does not have any of the stuff on there. It comes with integrated graphics and is an additional $50 to add the 7670. Then it also only comes with a 5400RPM HDD 320 gigs... and only 4gigs of ram, not dual channel. So by adding those few things like the better option for the proc, then it comes out to the $700 and change I mentioned.

I went with the $1k HP in the end... because I liked their payment options better. Instead of pulling $1k out of my bank account in one shot... I'll be able to pay the original $500 I wanted to spend and then have $500 remaining to pay within a few months and with no interest.

Thanks for the help guys!
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post #13 of 18
I got a Gateway A8-3500 laptop early this year for $550. Spent another $25 to up the ram to 8gb. 17" LED, blu-ray, 500gb hd.

It games fairly well. Civ 5 kicks it in the jimmy though unless I play in DX9 mode or lower the settings. Overclocking helps quite a bit but it gets HOT. Fallout New Vegas is playable at medium settings. Diablo 3 on medium.

The AMD APU's are the best bang for your buck for budget gaming and you have tons of options around or under $500.


I wanted a 15" but they were sold out during the sale. 17" is nice on a table/desk but is kind of big to haul around. Lighter than my 7 year old Acer though.

EDIT - how about this for $499?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215663&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL110112&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL110112-_-EMC-110112-Index-_-LaptopsNotebooks-_-34215663-L015B

Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M(1.90GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 7670M

Windows 8 but what you gonna do...
Edited by burticus - 11/1/12 at 10:14am
    
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post #14 of 18
My only concern would be that those Acer Aspires have crap cooling.

I'm a fan of those ATI/AMD APU's though but they tend to run pretty hot in laptop configurations.
Edited by chriscosta77 - 11/2/12 at 10:34am
post #15 of 18
Sager NP3265

Will be quite decent and shouldn't have big cooling issues. Not the best looking but a good performer.
Edit: You'll have to pay for the OS tho.
Edited by Tokkan - 11/2/12 at 10:56am
post #16 of 18
Well I just picked a used Asus G73JH for $500, it has decent specs
http://rog.asus.com/notebook/17-inch/g73jh/

For around $750 used you could get the G74SX
http://rog.asus.com/notebook/17-inch/g74sx/
post #17 of 18
I wouldn't buy anything less than the G75. tongue.gif The G74 and G73 are either too old and are prone to fail soon or just too huge with sub-par cooling. The G74 is HUGE. It makes my M17x look small.
     
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post #18 of 18
The problem with the HP is that it adds a GPU, but at the same time stays in the same form-factor as the non dedicated GPUs.

That = heat issues beyond the APU from the 500 laptop.
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