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Hello I am new here and have a LOVE for PC games but my budget is not so loving. I am looking to spend $500-$700 on a new laptop at the end of Febuary or mid March. I know prices change month to month so I will narrow it down the end of Febuary. Thought this would be a good place to get some ideas on what to go with Amd or Intel. Dual or Quad. Nvida or Ati. My current laptop I got over 2 years ago from aldi for $480 +tax. Funny place to get a laptop but it was the best deal at the time

http://www.aldifoods.com/us/html/off...8_ENU_HTML.htm
P6611 Medion.

I still use it for some games, it dont run newer first person shooters but it plays WOW and most others fine. Im also thinking of getting a new home pc instead of buying a laptop. my home pc is

Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
3.2 P4 Prescott
4x512 Corsair 3200LL w/Led
Radeon HD 4670 1GB
3/4TB WD SATA
650W power supply

That is what I use for LFD2, Starcraft 2, COD and others
A new laptop would be great for school and home I think and I have seen some I7 laptops for around $650-$750 on dealnews.com but the video card is kinda lame so another question what kind of video card is top rated within my price
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i think you would be better off getting a new home PC.

Gaming and laptop dont usualy mix wall especially if your on a budget.

last time i tried that it was the worst investment i ever made.
    
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My sig is a laptop that i got off newegg for $700. It's great. I play all kinds of games on it; even gta IV while at work!

The one from aldi that you linked is very bad, here is a decent laptop: Laptop
Edited by Syjeklye - 1/16/11 at 11:36am
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CoD on a P4, sounds fun.

I'd recommend a middle of the road i3 rig under that budget. You can't play games on laptops regardless of what people tell you, it just doesn't work.

Build a PC.
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IMHO never use a laptop for gaming ..I had a desktop with quad core 965BEc3 ,gtx 460 cyclone ,4gb mem etc...I sold it to buy a laptop..then I bought dell 15r with 5470 graphics ... the performance difference was very very huge....then I sold that laptop and bought a low budget system,..you can see the specs below...will buy a solid six/eight core based set up next year..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152219
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CoD on a P4, sounds fun.

I'd recommend a middle of the road i3 rig under that budget. You can't play games on laptops regardless of what people tell you, it just doesn't work.

Build a PC.
This is just false. My PC was down for a day because I tore it apart to clean it and just didn't have time to put it back together.

Problem: I had a raid to do on wow; and me being a healer, it is important for me to be there.

Solution: Hooked my 24" monitor, full size keyboard and mouse up to my laptop and raided perfectly fine. 60 fps in blackwing descent and we almost got Nefarian down that night.

If you buy the right laptop that suits the games you play, you'll be fine. Total price for my laptop was like $730 after shipping. You can do it; you just have to get the right laptop like I did.

Tip: the Radeon HD 5650 and HD 5730 are the exact same card. The 5730 is just an overclocked version of the 5650. So don't spend an extra $100 on a video card that is minimally factory overclocked, cause you can just end up overclocking it yourself.
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I bought dell 15r with 5470 graphics
There's your problem...

http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mob...0.23698.0.html

That is a "class 3" mobil graphics card; and a bad one at that. Compare it to the one in my sig:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Mob...0.23697.0.html

i have 320 stream processors on your card...
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Both of these use the geforce 325m gt; which is awful for games. That gets a full 1000 points less in 3dmark than my card at stock speeds.
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Wow doesn't take much. The games he wants to play are more demanding.
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This is just false. My PC was down for a day because I tore it apart to clean it and just didn't have time to put it back together.

Problem: I had a raid to do on wow; and me being a healer, it is important for me to be there.

Solution: Hooked my 24" monitor, full size keyboard and mouse up to my laptop and raided perfectly fine. 60 fps in blackwing descent and we almost got Nefarian down that night.

If you buy the right laptop that suits the games you play, you'll be fine. Total price for my laptop was like $730 after shipping. You can do it; you just have to get the right laptop like I did.

Tip: the Radeon HD 5650 and HD 5730 are the exact same card. The 5730 is just an overclocked version of the 5650. So don't spend an extra $100 on a video card that is minimally factory overclocked, cause you can just end up
I tired playing ScII two on a 5650 and my laptop overheated. Had the right cooler and laptop stool too. He needs atleast a class one.
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CoD on a P4, sounds fun.

I'd recommend a middle of the road i3 rig under that budget. You can't play games on laptops regardless of what people tell you, it just doesn't work.

Build a PC.
Not true. It can be done, just not with all the eye candy settings. My current sig rig is a 2 year old Asus mid-range notebook, and it's able to run every game I've tried up to Mass Effect level graphics. It's not as pretty or as smooth as my old rig, but it's perfectly playable, even at higher resolutions (1920x1080). Granted, I'm not running Crysis on this thing, but it's sufficient for most of my games.

You will, however, get more power per $ if you build a desktop rig. I bought this notebook for my wife when she was in school, and I had to trade power for portability. Mobile graphics chips are not the same as the discrete counterparts. My 9650M GT (it's a 9600M GT without the solder bump issues) is nowhere near as powerful as an actual 9600 GT. The 9600 has 64 shaders, while the 9650M only has 32, and the clocks and memory bandwidth are much lower as well. Aside from that, overclocking a notebook is almost always more trouble than it is worth.
 
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