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Have a budget of around 600-700 that I might be stretched to 800 but not sure.

Trying to get something setup so I can play some games and do some photo work when I'm away from home or when I just don't feel like getting to the computer.

Would also be nice if it could be used through the TV with an HDMI cable for some movie. easily upgradable hard drives would be nice though as would having either bluray or if nothing else the option to swap out the stock player to put a bluray player in there. But none of those are a deal breaker just something that would be nice.

So far I've found a couple laptops here but unsure which one to get or if there are other options out there. It just seems that is my problem currently is there are too many options.

The couple I've atl east looked at include

http://www.staples.com/Samsung-Series-3-NP350E7C-A01US-173-Laptop/product_985039

either the G780 or Z580. though with a quad would be nice like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312432

Maybe this bye acer? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-215-615&Tpk=N82E16834215615 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-215-660&Tpk=N82E16834215660

Other one I kind of noticed was this. http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/246985/Toshiba-Satellite-S855-S5378-Laptop-Computer/

If you have your own suggestions feel free to help out.



Also is it worthwhile getting a laptop that has a small SSD like 24 or 32GB with a larger main hard drive? I know I've seen them just don't remember where or how much.
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1st three are good choices, but would avoid the Satellite if you don't want to play at the lowest settings (depending on game) since it only has the integrated GPU.
Check out this Toshiba for 800$.
Or the HP G6t for 650$ with a decent GPU.
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how much worse is the HD 4000 vs the 3870?
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Originally Posted by rx7speed View Post

Have a budget of around 600-700 that I might be stretched to 800 but not sure.

Trying to get something setup so I can play some games and do some photo work when I'm away from home or when I just don't feel like getting to the computer.

Would also be nice if it could be used through the TV with an HDMI cable for some movie. easily upgradable hard drives would be nice though as would having either bluray or if nothing else the option to swap out the stock player to put a bluray player in there. But none of those are a deal breaker just something that would be nice.

So far I've found a couple laptops here but unsure which one to get or if there are other options out there. It just seems that is my problem currently is there are too many options.

The couple I've atl east looked at include

http://www.staples.com/Samsung-Series-3-NP350E7C-A01US-173-Laptop/product_985039

either the G780 or Z580. though with a quad would be nice like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312432

Maybe this bye acer? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-215-615&Tpk=N82E16834215615 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-215-660&Tpk=N82E16834215660

Other one I kind of noticed was this. http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/246985/Toshiba-Satellite-S855-S5378-Laptop-Computer/

If you have your own suggestions feel free to help out.



Also is it worthwhile getting a laptop that has a small SSD like 24 or 32GB with a larger main hard drive? I know I've seen them just don't remember where or how much.

Well, you have to be specific of what kind of games, so we can understand what you need easier.
     
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how much worse is the HD 4000 vs the 3870?

HD 4000 = Most recent games on 800x600 No AA or anything fancy.
I actually played bf3 on HD 2500 on those settings, was getting around 25FPS..... It is not much fun
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how much worse is the HD 4000 vs the 3870?

If you remember the Nvidia 7800GTX from around seven years ago, that's about where the HD4000 is, except it supports Dx10 & Dx11.
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Well, you have to be specific of what kind of games, so we can understand what you need easier.

I don't have specific games that I play. There is a list of close to over 100 games that I play off and on between oldies up to some newer games. While I admit I would like some game playability on this laptop I don't need it to play top notch settings or anything. This isn't to replace my computer but rather to compliment when I'm not around it or don't want to go to it. Chances are though if I'm at home and want to fire up a game and do a good session that I'm going to flip to the computer anyway. But if I'm out and about some place else and want to put a game up I don't want to just not be able to do so either.

Was trying to get a machine with 8GB ram and 1TB of Hard drive. I can drop those requirements as long as I can easily add more ram and swap out or add another hard drive if it helps out with getting a dedicated graphics at least comparable to my 3870. Still would love to try to keep the quad cores and hopefully a 17"+ monitor in my price range though if need be can move to a 15" I would just rather not.

In case you can't tell I don't have a lot of specs set in stone I'm just trying to get the best of what I can fit in my budget.
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I don't have specific games that I play. There is a list of close to over 100 games that I play off and on between oldies up to some newer games. While I admit I would like some game playability on this laptop I don't need it to play top notch settings or anything. This isn't to replace my computer but rather to compliment when I'm not around it or don't want to go to it. Chances are though if I'm at home and want to fire up a game and do a good session that I'm going to flip to the computer anyway. But if I'm out and about some place else and want to put a game up I don't want to just not be able to do so either.

Was trying to get a machine with 8GB ram and 1TB of Hard drive. I can drop those requirements as long as I can easily add more ram and swap out or add another hard drive if it helps out with getting a dedicated graphics at least comparable to my 3870. Still would love to try to keep the quad cores and hopefully a 17"+ monitor in my price range though if need be can move to a 15" I would just rather not.

In case you can't tell I don't have a lot of specs set in stone I'm just trying to get the best of what I can fit in my budget.

I mean is it a light gaming like WoW, Guilds War 2, RTS, RPG, MMORPG and etc or it is a hard-core gaming like BF3, BF4, Crysis 3 and etc.
     
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It's really a mix of what games I play. Not much of a MMORPG fan but I do like single player RPG's like oblivion and such. Play other games like LA noire, fallout, sniper elite, red orchesta, the total war series, arma, football manager, and quite a few others. I know I listed mainly shooters though those I believe are the most demanding things I play I believe.

If this was a computer it would be easy as can be but for some reason laptops just throw me for a loop. With the harder to upgrade piece mixed with companies seeming to sell the same computer with the same specs under 3 different prices but five different model numbers just doesn't work with my brain right now.
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