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I'm finding myself away from my desktop more and more lately with my job and when my girlfriend wants me to stay over but I want to continue to work on side PC projects and finish work. My current rig plays everything I like maxed out and I don't really need that but a laptop wit SSD and 8gb of ram is a must, i don't really understand how mobile gpu's work I'd like to play Rift at high settings and BF4 at medium to high settings if possible.

Thanks!
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I'm finding myself away from my desktop more and more lately with my job and when my girlfriend wants me to stay over but I want to continue to work on side PC projects and finish work. My current rig plays everything I like maxed out and I don't really need that but a laptop wit SSD and 8gb of ram is a must, i don't really understand how mobile gpu's work I'd like to play Rift at high settings and BF4 at medium to high settings if possible.

Thanks!

@ 1080p that might be a little difficult where bf4 is concerned for that price.

This might do the trick, but I'm not sure of anything that is actually less than 1300 that will deliver the perfomance. I know its higher but i figured at only 99 higher I would bring it up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=p34g&N=-1&isNodeId=1
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At this point, if you hold out 3 weeks, you can probably get a laptop with a GTX 850m in it and that will play BF4 pretty good.
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does every laptop with a dedicated gpu have bad battery life.. like I would POSSIBLY play games on the laptop but it seems like any with a gpu have terrible life.. most likely I would be using it entirely for studying purposes and taking notes when im not home.
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does every laptop with a dedicated gpu have bad battery life.. like I would POSSIBLY play games on the laptop but it seems like any with a gpu have terrible life.. most likely I would be using it entirely for studying purposes and taking notes when im not home.

This is because a discrete GPU is another piece of silicon that is consuming power. Even with NVIDIA's Optimus or AMD's Enduro technology the discrete GPU can not be turned off completely.

Every watt-hour counts when it comes to battery life as battery technology has not advanced much in the past decade when it comes to laptops. That is why Intel is turning their processors into SoCs (like moving the voltage regulator onto the processor die with Haswell).

My advice is to look for a laptop with at least ~70Whr battery or more. Typical laptop batteries only average around 50Whr, which is not good enough for a discrete GPU. Also, some high end laptops have IGZO displays that consume less power than typical laptop displays.
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does every laptop with a dedicated gpu have bad battery life.. like I would POSSIBLY play games on the laptop but it seems like any with a gpu have terrible life.. most likely I would be using it entirely for studying purposes and taking notes when im not home.

MBPr 15", Haswell Dell XPS 15 and Razer Blades are among some that can hit 5-6+ hours with the dGPU disabled and only Intel HD running for office/web work.
My friend has a MSI Stealth, the Slim 17"er he hits 4-5 with his GPU disabled for class use.

They are out their. Just sadly costing more then 1300 in a lot of cases
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Also, for $1300 you are looking at laptops that have low-end discrete GPUs at best, unless you get a good deal on an used or refurbished laptop. By low-end I mean NVIDIA 630m/730m, which is still pretty good, but requires some compromises when it comes to graphic fidelity, resolution and average FPS.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-730M.84681.0.html

Finally, mobile GPUs have a higher degree of performance variability compared to desktop GPUs when it comes to any one specific model of GPU, like say the 730M mentioned above. This is due to factors like type of memory used (whether DDR3, GDDR3, GDDR5), heat sink-fan performance, BIOS limitations, etc. Like desktop GPUs, the manufacturer's implementation of a given GPU model affects overall GPU performance tremendously.
    
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Im surprised no one mentioned the y410p/y510p yet, there pretty cheap off of the 'egg


However they are refreshing GPU's soon on the mobile sector so it might pay more dividends to see what they offer
    
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What do you guys think of this asus x550la dh71

I would spec it out with a 128gb SSD from either samsung or plextor and bump the ram to 12gb. Do you think this is plenty enough to have a snappy laptop? I want a laptop but if its sluggish at all I almost don't want to use it. I hate using computers without SSD's since my desktop had gotten one.

gonna scrap the whole discrete gpu thing, even with one it would have such little battery life to not be worth it for me
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Im surprised no one mentioned the y410p/y510p yet, there pretty cheap off of the 'egg


However they are refreshing GPU's soon on the mobile sector so it might pay more dividends to see what they offer

THIS^ Grab a y510p and then you can just throw an mSATA SSD in it. That's what I did with my y580. Have a 256GB Crucial m4 mSATA in it alongside the stock 1TB samsung drive and it works quite well. Or you could just replace the 2.5" stock HDD in it with a SSD.
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