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You see, I have Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, and I was planning to use it for video games development and maybe light gaming during college.

Technically, it is a community college.
When you found out that you didn't have time to game, you felt like it is worthless to have it.

What do you guys do if it happens to you?
FYI my dad got it for me, and I can't get a new PC every year.
     
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My dad got me a laptop during my high school sophomore year that he though I could use in the college.

It was a 17", 6.5 lb laptop, with around 3 hours of battery life. Not the most ideal college laptop...

I also later learned that the i7 720qm (1.6 GHz) CPU was outmatched by a cheaper and cooler high end i5 in almost all performance tasks except for 8 threaded ones. Keep in mind that this laptop was used between 2010 to now, and many software during that time period weren't known for being heavily threaded.

The CPU would often bottleneck the Radeon 5730m GPU. In TF2, on certain maps with the same player count, it would drop from 100 FPS to 20-30 FPS.
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Originally Posted by A Bad Day View Post

My dad got me a laptop during my high school sophomore year that he though I could use in the college.

It was a 17", 6.5 lb laptop, with around 3 hours of battery life. Not the most ideal college laptop...

I also later learned that the i7 720qm (1.6 GHz) CPU was outmatched by a cheaper and cooler high end i5 in almost all performance tasks except for 8 threaded ones. Keep in mind that this laptop was used between 2010 to now, and many software during that time period weren't known for being heavily threaded.

The CPU would often bottleneck the Radeon 5730m GPU. In TF2, on certain maps with the same player count, it would drop from 100 FPS to 20-30 FPS.

The i7-720QM doesn't bottleneck the 5730M. rolleyes.gif I know this because it doesn't bottleneck the 6990M. tongue.gif
     
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You see, I have Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, and I was planning to use it for video games development and maybe light gaming during college.

Technically, it is a community college.
When you found out that you didn't have time to game, you felt like it is worthless to have it.

What do you guys do if it happens to you?
FYI my dad got it for me, and I can't get a new PC every year.

I actually had a Lenovo Y580 on order around Thanksgiving time. Ended up cancelling the order because it wouldn't arrive by Christmas. If I hadn't cancelled, I probably would have regretted the purchase. Thin and light really is more my style. Was planning to buy a Transformer Book with the funds, alas, the money has been eaten up by Disney tickets now.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post

The i7-720QM doesn't bottleneck the 5730M. rolleyes.gif I know this because it doesn't bottleneck the 6990M. tongue.gif

Well, then I just happen to be playing a CPU-intensive game...

EDIT: I can actually underclock my 5730m from 650 mhz to 550 mhz, and still get the same performance...
Edited by A Bad Day - 5/24/13 at 5:14pm
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I got a y580 because the thin laptops were the same price as it and I decided I would just go for more performance instead. I didn't think I would use it to play much games because I have a capable desktop but I actually am very happy I got it. I take it with me whenever I go to my parents and use it for startcraft 2, bioshock infiinite, farcry 3, etc. My friends use it to play games with me when they come over while I play on the desktop. You should be happy that your parents actually bought you such a nice laptop, the thin ones are neat looking and all but you may find it convenient to have a laptop that can house a big hard drive and an ssd.

BTW: when I bought it it estimated like a month shipping time. Got here in four days, go figure.
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I won a ASUS G53 Laptop. I can clearly see for my need i will never game in a Laptop unless i dont have a Desktop no matter how powerful it is. The only use i get out of it i when i connected it to my peripheral when my PC is under maintenance.
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ooooh don't get me started with regretting buying a laptop mad.gif Got a HP laptop with a i5 dual core @ 2.3Ghz 4Gb Ram .... that all ready sucks and a super crappy Radeon 4000m series card. the screen is 17" but is 1600x900 so not veryyy clear and gaming at the res is okay as long as its minecraft and thats about it, unless you want to play on worst settings with a max of 35 fps and average 20fps . and at 1080p lol only minecraft and that is IT. Only thing I actually like about it is that it has a big battery that acts as a stand and the laptop has two HDD slots so I have an SSD and a 500GB drive in there. But really wish i went with something other than crappy HP, I didn't know nearly as much about computers then, so i blame that on me tongue.gif
   
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I won a ASUS G53 Laptop. I can clearly see for my need i will never game in a Laptop unless i dont have a Desktop no matter how powerful it is. The only use i get out of it i when i connected it to my peripheral when my PC is under maintenance.

If I have the time to play games in college, I'll be interested in buying that laptop.
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I got a y580 because the thin laptops were the same price as it and I decided I would just go for more performance instead. I didn't think I would use it to play much games because I have a capable desktop but I actually am very happy I got it. I take it with me whenever I go to my parents and use it for startcraft 2, bioshock infiinite, farcry 3, etc. My friends use it to play games with me when they come over while I play on the desktop. You should be happy that your parents actually bought you such a nice laptop, the thin ones are neat looking and all but you may find it convenient to have a laptop that can house a big hard drive and an ssd.

BTW: when I bought it it estimated like a month shipping time. Got here in four days, go figure.

That might be true that I should be happy that my dad got it for me however it all matter if I can use it in the college in the first place.
I've been to a college visit, and well, it depend on the teachers/professors if THEY allowed YOU to use laptops in the school.
I'm pretty sure you don't want to be the only guy having a clicking nose everything you type, right?

Not to mention, it's a community college which is two year rather four year college, but I might hold on to it for now and see. If I don't see any point of using it, I might as well give it to my little brother to replace his desktop because his desktop sucks compare to this laptop.

FYI I do have a gaming desktop.
     
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