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Wanna buy a laptop, what should my budget be?

#1Aadrian1234Posted 6/2/2012 8:56:03 AM
I am thinking about getting a laptop, and I want to have a good gaming laptop. I'm not going to be playing games like battlefield and Skyrim, I use my ps3 for those games. I want to be able to play games like minecraft, terraria and other Indie games, and free to play games team fortress 2. And it must be able to run steam and skype in the background, and a good battery life. I'm thinking $400-$500 would be a good range
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#2_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/2/2012 9:38:20 AM
If that's all you want, wait for ivybridge to become more widely used by laptops (next couple of months) and don't worry about a discrete GPU. Intel hd 4000 will be plenty for what you want.
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#3_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/2/2012 9:42:12 AM
And I should stress that do not need a gaming laptop by any means. None of what you posted would require a gaming laptop. Battery life and gaming laptop is not synonymous, if those are the only games you want to play, stay away from gaming laptops.
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#4Aadrian1234(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 10:30:33 AM
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
And I should stress that do not need a gaming laptop by any means. None of what you posted would require a gaming laptop. Battery life and gaming laptop is not synonymous, if those are the only games you want to play, stay away from gaming laptops.


Ok, I'll check best buy again when I can, I saw a good ASUS laptop for about $300. I'll see if I can find the system requirements for the games and see if the laptop can handle the games and applications I want to use. I just don't want to get a laptop that suffers from bad frame rates while playing games
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#5_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/2/2012 10:42:40 AM
Well here is the thing. The games you listed, are games that almost any computer will play at good frames. You don't need a gaming computer. Any computer with hd 4000 will do, hell even the 3000 may do you well. Just don't expect to play newer games.
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#6DragnfyrPosted 6/2/2012 11:14:56 AM
The Intel HD 3000 and 4000 can play basically any game on the market right. Just at low-med settings and 720p.
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#7_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/2/2012 11:52:45 AM(edited)
Dragnfyr posted...
The Intel HD 3000 and 4000 can play basically any game on the market right. Just at low-med settings and 720p.


That's like saying you can watch movies on an iPod nano and write papers on an iPhone. Yes that's true, they will technically run lowbut please. Gaming with 720p, low settings and a sub 20fps experience is not gaming. It's wishing you had a gaming rig. You are not going to be playing battlefield 3, Metro 2033, crysis 2, just cause 2, skyrim, gta 4, or basically any other games in that caliber on an intel graphics chip.
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#8DragnfyrPosted 6/2/2012 12:21:38 PM
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
The Intel HD 3000 and 4000 can play basically any game on the market right. Just at low-med settings and 720p.


That's like saying you can watch movies on an iPod nano and write papers on an iPhone. Yes that's true, they will technically run lowbut please. Gaming with 720p, low settings and a sub 20fps experience is not gaming. It's wishing you had a gaming rig. You are not going to be playing battlefield 3, Metro 2033, crysis 2, just cause 2, skyrim, gta 4, or basically any other games in that caliber on an intel graphics chip.


Just cause 2 and Skyrim both run at 30-40FPS at medium settings which is pretty good. Crysis 2 will run at low-med. BF3 and Metro are exceptions. Few games are that demanding.
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#9_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 6/2/2012 12:28:07 PM
Dragnfyr posted...
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
The Intel HD 3000 and 4000 can play basically any game on the market right. Just at low-med settings and 720p.


That's like saying you can watch movies on an iPod nano and write papers on an iPhone. Yes that's true, they will technically run lowbut please. Gaming with 720p, low settings and a sub 20fps experience is not gaming. It's wishing you had a gaming rig. You are not going to be playing battlefield 3, Metro 2033, crysis 2, just cause 2, skyrim, gta 4, or basically any other games in that caliber on an intel graphics chip.


Just cause 2 and Skyrim both run at 30-40FPS at medium settings which is pretty good. Crysis 2 will run at low-med. BF3 and Metro are exceptions. Few games are that demanding.


If we are talking about hd3000 then no. Completely untrue statement. HD 4000? Doubtful.
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#10DragnfyrPosted 6/2/2012 12:52:18 PM
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Dragnfyr posted...
The Intel HD 3000 and 4000 can play basically any game on the market right. Just at low-med settings and 720p.


That's like saying you can watch movies on an iPod nano and write papers on an iPhone. Yes that's true, they will technically run lowbut please. Gaming with 720p, low settings and a sub 20fps experience is not gaming. It's wishing you had a gaming rig. You are not going to be playing battlefield 3, Metro 2033, crysis 2, just cause 2, skyrim, gta 4, or basically any other games in that caliber on an intel graphics chip.


Just cause 2 and Skyrim both run at 30-40FPS at medium settings which is pretty good. Crysis 2 will run at low-med. BF3 and Metro are exceptions. Few games are that demanding.


If we are talking about hd3000 then no. Completely untrue statement. HD 4000? Doubtful.


Look at some benchmarks. Anandtech has a pretty comprehensive review of the HD 3000 and 4000.
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