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Hello Guys!

Sorry for posting this, I know it gets asked pretty much all the time but I'd appreciate all the help I can get.

I'm currently looking to buy a new laptop and want to find the best deal I possibly can!

I currently have an Acer Aspire E1-571 with Windows 8.1, 500GB HD, Quad i5-3210, 8GB RAM, CPU 2.50 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Basically it sucks, it runs wow fine but overheats now and then (I have to clean the fans regularly and use my cooling pad to prevent this)

The casing has also broke due to me dropping it, so I'm in desperate need for a new one, I could just buy the casing or a new one at £270 but I'd rather upgrade.

This is how it looks if you care smile.gif

The screen: As you can see, one of the wires is completely cut in half, the over is what is holding it together, the clip has totally snapped off, there's a cut on the shell and screen were it's rubbed.

https://gyazo.com/b12bf32fb7011bf26f748c7653bdb2d7

The battery port: As you can see it's falling off and is moving up more as the other side fails to support the broken side.

https://gyazo.com/d4fc97caa50139ccd714bb8d1abd6099

The other side clip falling off:
https://gyazo.com/8925ca4c6f1a98512f9a8f7c38d90083

Ideally I'm looking for something which can run WoW without overheating, so a decent fan would be nice and can handle raiding, it might be too much to ask for running on the highest specs, with my budget, while raiding but it's worth a try. Just something were the graphics stand out and it's fast enough to run high end games.

I have posted on other forums and have been recommended this: http://bit.ly/1RUSuzp

Ideally I don't want to spend anymore than £800 what so ever as it's out of my budget however the above I was playing around with it and it's an extra 57 to upgrade to i7 and 45 for 16gb.
Do you think an extra 102 is worth it for performance?

If you guys could find any better deals or think that is worth the price then please post! I am in deperate need for a new laptop and really need some assurance before spending so much money on one!

Thanks for reading!
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Checkit - https://www.reviewsprod.com/top-10-best-gaming-laptop-under-900-dollars/
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Your laptop was a pretty well speced machine, just wasn't designed for gaming. Trying to get a machine to run games that wasn't built to do so just doesn't work.

That recommendation looks fine. I don't know about the currency conversion to know if it is a good value. Essentially, it has a 960m GPU, which is entry level. It will be just fine for play WoW and most AAA games at lower settings.

If you wanted something faster, look for a 970m or maybe and older, 780m, or I think they made 800 series mobile too, bit I can't remember right now.

The only mobile gaming laptops I have used and are familiar with is MSI, Lenovo usually has some good stuff, and Alienware of course.
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Hey Wizard, thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I suck with the whole spec parts so I have no clue which to go for.

Hey Depauville, thanks for the reply!
Indeed it does the job and is really fast, it's a shame I dropped it really and it's going to give out anytime soon.

It ran games perfectly to be honest, even on high settings on WoW it can manage, I wouldn't test Ultra for obvious reasons. Sometimes it overheats however so I have to use lower settings when raiding and regularly clean the fans and use my cooling pad to stop it from doing so.

As I said to Wizard, I'm experienced when on a laptop and have good knowledge just when it comes to graphics cards and other specs I suck to be honest.

If it would only play them at low settings then I don't think I'll spend £735 on it if I can play it on my laptop which costs around £270 now for a brand new one on the same settings!

Alienware is too out of my budget to be honest, there cheapest on is close to 1,000!
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So I take it your not opposed to buying used? If so, and with a budget of 800,i don't see any issue of getting a gaming capable laptop

That would be easy actually.

The only factor to consider is shipping and duties pending your location.

I wouldn't buy a half broken laptop, did that with my last one and it's barely working these days. Buy something to last, and pending what you decide, something you can upgrade as you go
    
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