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I need some help. I build my pc with advice from this site but I am at a loss when it comes to laptops.

I am currently using an HP dm4 1160-us which was fine for a note taker and almost passible for watching videos but it just isnt cutting it for.much else. I am going to be away from my desktop more than I will be around it so I want to be able to play a few games, namely guild wars 2 and diablo 3, on the go.

Battery life isnt important, plugs are readily available, so no worries about that. My question: is a mobile a8 or i5 going to give me better performance on these games? I dont plan to run too high res or other settings, just enough to get it going. I prefer a 14 inch but 15.6 would be my top limit.

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Get the i3/i5/i7 with descrete graphics.It makes a big difference if you plan to game.
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Get the i3/i5/i7 with descrete graphics.It makes a big difference if you plan to game.

This is definitely the best advice I can hope to repeat. An i5 from just about any gen is going to be better than any A8 out there for a laptop. Current i5s are crazy quick and offer very reasonable performance for the dollar. smile.gif

What's the budget you've got?
     
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This is definitely the best advice I can hope to repeat. An i5 from just about any gen is going to be better than any A8 out there for a laptop. Current i5s are crazy quick and offer very reasonable performance for the dollar. smile.gif

What's the budget you've got?

Looking at around 850-900, so I have some wiggle room. Ive since done a lot of research and it looks like if I want to do any kind of gaming I am not going to be satisfied with integrated graphics.

I have looked at the lenovo y510p, but I really dont like the red keyboard and the lap burner sli setup. Looking more at a 750m or 840m paired with an i5 4200u. Do you have an opinion on the 4200u and something like the i7 MQ line? I know the MQ is substantially faster, but I dont know if that will make a big difference with gaming as much as the gpu when it comes to mobile.

I put together a toshiba and an hp with similar specs (i5 4200u, 750m, 6gb ram, etc) both for about 740 but Im a bit iffy on the brands. I hear toshiba has bad customer service and poor displays while hp has a gambit of opinions on it. I figure they sold so many that there are a ton of both good and bad stories about reliability.

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I have the Y410p, and it is a great laptop, it doesn't have a sli option, and the red back light on they keyboard can be dimmed, or turned of leaving you with a normal keyboard.
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Check your PMs DCSRM, I found something on ebay [with link] you might be interested in.

EDIT: In case anyone was wondering, now that the bidding has ended ...here's the link I gave TC

TC said he was interested, so hopefully he won the bidding.
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I have the Lenovo Y410p and I have to say this thing.....is a monster for a laptop. I love it, really powerful and plays everything that I have thrown at it so far (including BF3, LoL, Diablo 3, Batman Arkam Origins, Company of Heros 2, etc) I havent found anything that has slowed it down. Solid machine and just well built.

I would recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a little beast........the only bad thing about it is Lenovo decided to build a fantastic laptop but put a really cheap touch pad on it...it works but.....its not the best. Only complaint. Otherwise...It cost me 860 shipped (they were running a sale) and I got the i7 in it, with a 1tb hard drive.
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Looking at around 850-900, so I have some wiggle room. Ive since done a lot of research and it looks like if I want to do any kind of gaming I am not going to be satisfied with integrated graphics.

I have looked at the lenovo y510p, but I really dont like the red keyboard and the lap burner sli setup. Looking more at a 750m or 840m paired with an i5 4200u. Do you have an opinion on the 4200u and something like the i7 MQ line? I know the MQ is substantially faster, but I dont know if that will make a big difference with gaming as much as the gpu when it comes to mobile.

I put together a toshiba and an hp with similar specs (i5 4200u, 750m, 6gb ram, etc) both for about 740 but Im a bit iffy on the brands. I hear toshiba has bad customer service and poor displays while hp has a gambit of opinions on it. I figure they sold so many that there are a ton of both good and bad stories about reliability.

Anywho, thanks for the response, + rep!

For that budget, it is no doubt that you should get either Y410p or Y510p as a gaming laptop.
Most gaming laptops are usually at least a grand for a good one unless you can manage to find one that is on sale then you are golden.
     
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