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Laptop for school, looking to run some games

#1Mastergamer1000Posted 6/17/2012 2:29:46 PM
I'm going to need a laptop for school in the fall, and i want to be able to run some games on it. I'm mainly looking to run skyrim on max settings (don't how realistic that is for a laptop) but as long as it looks better than on PS3, i'll be happy. I'd also like to run Diablo 3 on fairly high settings as well. everything else i guess will be fine if i can run those 2 fairly well. Not really sure about a budget, but cheap would be great, lol.
#2DragnfyrPosted 6/17/2012 3:05:47 PM(edited)
Screen size and battery life requirements?

Also short of getting a not very portable desktop replacement gaming laptop you won't be running Skyrim at max.
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#3MediaEngine_PRXPosted 6/17/2012 3:39:39 PM
At 1366x768 you can max Skyrim at 20+ FPS on a GT 540M or Radeon HD 6650M. For a smoother framerate you'll need a GT 555M or Radeon HD 6770M. For higher resolutions, you'll need a full on gaming laptop with a desktop-grade GPU.

Cheapest option (GT 540M or HD 6650M) will run about $500-650.
Next up (GT 555M or HD 6770M) will run about $800-950.
Desktop-grade is $1000+
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#4Mastergamer1000(Topic Creator)Posted 6/17/2012 4:09:39 PM
as far as screen size, something around 14 inches would be good i guess, i don't want it small, but i don't want something really big either. like i said in my initial post, as long as it looks as good or (preferably) better than on PS3, I'll be happy. Im more concerned about it running smoothly. battery life, at least 5 hours.
#5Fade2black001Posted 6/17/2012 4:17:58 PM
TC you're asking the impossible here... You will not find a laptop with the hardware to run skyrim and D3 on high settings and last for 5 hours. A latop with this kind of hardware even when basic app running (no games) might last 3-4 hours MAX MAYBE.
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#6DragnfyrPosted 6/17/2012 4:27:24 PM(edited)
From: MediaEngine_PRX | #003
At 1366x768 you can max Skyrim at 20+ FPS on a GT 540M or Radeon HD 6650M. For a smoother framerate you'll need a GT 555M or Radeon HD 6770M. For higher resolutions, you'll need a full on gaming laptop with a desktop-grade GPU.

Cheapest option (GT 540M or HD 6650M) will run about $500-650.
Next up (GT 555M or HD 6770M) will run about $800-950.
Desktop-grade is $1000+


The 6650M is barely getting 20FPS on high in the notebookcheck benchmarks for Skyrim. With a 6770M you may be able to 20+FPS on Ultra at 1366x768 but most people don't think of 20FPS as "maxing".
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#7NicoC96Posted 6/17/2012 4:28:13 PM
Wait for Trinity and get the best APU they got.
#8MediaEngine_PRXPosted 6/17/2012 5:02:32 PM(edited)
Dragnfyr posted...


The 6650M is barely getting 20FPS on high in the notebookcheck benchmarks for Skyrim. With a 6770M you may be able to 20+FPS on Ultra at 1366x768 but most people don't think of 20FPS as "maxing".


I always throw a few extra frames into those benchmarks, they're only a general reference and usually fall a few FPS below what the actual user will get with updated drivers and some minor system optimizations. As for the 6650M its benchmarked with a weak Llano or Phenom processor with no overclock, with an even moderately overclocked Llano you can score from a little to a lot higher in some games, especially Skyrim which is heavily CPU dependent on two threads, which Llano isn't very good at (at stock speeds).

btw I think we had a thread about the definition of maxing and came down to:

all game sliders and options at highest (except AA)
specify: resolution, AA level, and framerate.
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#9Grimlink132Posted 6/17/2012 5:03:06 PM
look into laptops with the new 6xxm series. the 640m is pretty decent at 768, and alright at 1080
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#10Mastergamer1000(Topic Creator)Posted 6/17/2012 10:40:26 PM
how would this do?

http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-x460dx291us-p-4008.html