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Help me choose a laptop?

#1Shadow1pscPosted 11/8/2012 2:40:37 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm looking to buy a new laptop, something mid-range that's going to do some mid-range gaming. Nothing cutting edge, but I'll probably play DotA 2, LoL, Diablo 3, Starcraft II, The Old Republic, and hopefully Final Fantasy XIV. I like the 15.4" screen, and my current laptop is that, so I stuck to that size, wanting 4+gb of ram stock (generally standard these days) and a dedicated GPU. I'm aware of i5 Ivy Bridge chips being good, but how does the AMD A10 stack up? I have no brand preference in laptops really, so a quick search in newegg returned 4 good candidates in the same price range -

Sony - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834127831
MSi - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152378
Samsung - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131393
Acer - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215661

Size/portability/sound aren't concerns. I am leaning towards the Samsung or the Acer, but what do you guys think?

thanks in advance!
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#2Davel23Posted 11/8/2012 2:46:04 PM
That's an imperative, not an interrogative.
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#3Shadow1psc(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2012 2:55:36 PM
So without getting into any kind of branding war, it looks like it comes down to that Samsung vs. the Acer;

The Samsung has the A10+1gb 7670m
The Acer has the i5-3120m and a dedicated 2gb 640m (and a bigger screen)

I've heard some programs can have a hard time knowing when to activate the 640m, not that that's too big of an annoyance. So it comes down to the graphics performance of the AMD platform vs. the 2gb 640m?
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#4SS4RickyPosted 11/8/2012 3:00:24 PM(edited)
I'd go for samsung. The AMD-A series are great for low-mid range gaming and are easy to overclock as well. I wanna say that you'd need at least a nvidia 650m to compete with that.

Edit: 2 gigs is worthless on a low end video card. It's good if you wanna hook up multiple screens for multitasking or something, but if you wanna max out AA using a 640 it's going to be a disaster. I think the only thing the acer has on samsung is better resolution, and i'm sure you'll have to lower that to 1366x768 if you wanna play anything with a decent framerate.
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#5Shadow1psc(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2012 3:03:12 PM
I figured that trying to play at native res on the acer vs. samsung would come down to that 640 being 2gb vs. 1gb, but if the 2gb dedicated 640 won't handle 1600x900 well, and it just comes back down to me using 1366x768 anyway, I might as well stick with a native 15.4" eh?
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#6PyrotechnixxxPosted 11/8/2012 3:15:05 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215392

Did you see that one? $100 promotional gift card comes with it.
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#7Shadow1psc(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2012 3:18:13 PM
That's actually the first one I saw. The SSD was a cool idea, but it'd only fit the OS. I'm not too sure about that CPU for actual performance, and it's still less video memory than the Acer. I'm not really strapped for cash, I could even go up to $1,000, it just looked like the best bang for my buck was around that range, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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#8PyrotechnixxxPosted 11/8/2012 3:22:17 PM
$1000? You missed a great deal on Lenovos last week. :/

You're right though, wasn't paying attention, it does have a weaker CPU. Between the Samsung and Acer, I'd go with the Acer. I'm fond of the Trinity platform, but I think you'll get better performance from the i5.
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#9Shadow1psc(Topic Creator)Posted 11/8/2012 3:24:27 PM
In all fairness, I wouldn't make a purchase until after black friday - I'm just trying to get a ballpark estimate for a mid range performance laptop, then I can gauge those black friday sales on what I'd pay for those specs.So for instance, if $800 gets me 20-30% more performance, I'd like to see those specs at that price. If jumping from $800 to $1000 is a 10% performance increase, probably not worth it, as tends to happens with laptops.
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#10PyrotechnixxxPosted 11/8/2012 3:27:21 PM
Just throwing a few of these out here, they all have i7s:

Acer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215615
Lenovo (pricey, but has a GTX 660M) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834310660
MSI i7, GT 645M: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152377
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