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I game on my desktop, but would like to game on a laptop as well for when I'm at work or staying somewhere else. So I could care less if I have to lose out on some eye candy or whatever. I just want a laptop that is capable of gaming for a year or so. Gaming will not be the main focus of the laptop, but it must be able to play any game at least on low settings. Keep in mind the res. is only 1366x768

So this is what I found: Dell 15R i3-370, 4gb ddr3, 500 gb hdd, amd hd550v for $430 shipped

There is also the same 15R, but with the Athlon II P320 and a better video card, amd 5650. It would be about $50 cheaper, but I think I'd prefer a faster processor. Let me know if I'm wrong.

Here's what I'm considering:
post #2 of 11
Uhhhh... What games?
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BFBC2, COD:BO, NFS:HP, basically I want it to be able to play anything and everything and hopefully at least medium settings w/o aa at the native resolution
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Used Gateway FX /thread

Seriously though, those can be found for $500 with 1200p screens, and a 9800M
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Used Gateway FX /thread

Seriously though, those can be found for $500 with 1200p screens, and a 9800M
That's a 20% increase in price plus they're huge. I sold my G73 because it was too big and too much for what I needed. I have a desktop so I want something portable and cheap.

That being said I'd buy one if I could find one.
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I dont thnik the first ones enough... Maybe neither the second. You'll definetly struggle with some games at medium.
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That's a 20% increase in price plus they're huge. I sold my G73 because it was too big and too much for what I needed. I have a desktop so I want something portable and cheap.

That being said I'd buy one if I could find one.
Why not sell the desktop and just get a really nice laptop? Ever think of that one?

There's no such thing as a "budget gaming laptop" in my experience. o.O
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Why not sell the desktop and just get a really nice laptop? Ever think of that one?

There's no such thing as a "budget gaming laptop" in my experience. o.O
The point is that I want to keep my desktop as my gaming rig and just have a laptop to take when on the go. I don't need it to game at 1080p or run at 75 fps. I just want something to play games at a playable frame rate at 720p. From what I've been reading both of the two laptops I'm looking at should be better at gaming than any of the M11X's event he R2's so why wouldn't be a viable solution for what I want?
post #9 of 11
These 2 links will help you compare the 2. The one has a significantly better cpu while the other has a significantly better gpu. Its really what you would prefer, I would just go with the i3 and deal with low settings on games

5650

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If you want a machine to play games on, none of the ones you are looking at will suffice for what you're used to playing on. I take my laptop everywhere I go.
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