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How's this laptop for gaming?

#1SkimGuyPosted 8/15/2013 2:39:07 PM
It's been a while since I've been in the laptop loop, how's this for gaming - I won't be doing anything too intensive and I'm mainly considering it for the screen / other specs as well as the price. Keep it mind this is in Canadian $ so we don't get imba deals like our friends south of the border.

It's a one day deal so I need to decide quick. If you can't see the link, it's basically

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition
15.6 inch Laptop
19201080 res
i7-3632QM
AMD 7730M GPU
8GB RAM
32GB SSD mSata Cache + 1 TB HDD
Backlit Eng Keys
For $800

http://configure.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=ni15ra5t_ft_007e&model_id=inspiron-15r-se-7520&c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1
#2ThePCElitistPosted 8/15/2013 2:42:21 PM(edited)
Been thinking about this one for a bit. The GPU is lower mid range but from what I've seen it plays games on medium settings fairly well. But for $40 less lenovo has a better laptop with a GT 750m in it and a better CPU.
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#3SkimGuy(Topic Creator)Posted 8/15/2013 3:07:42 PM
Dang, link? I want to keep the 1920x1080p if possible
#4ThePCElitistPosted 8/15/2013 3:41:01 PM
SkimGuy posted...
Dang, link? I want to keep the 1920x1080p if possible


That resolution bumps the price up to around $979 instead of $769 lol
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#5cancerstormPosted 8/15/2013 5:43:57 PM
i got that model for $700 on ebay and from a canadian seller. gaming performance is decent. i got it for the 1080p screen for movies and overall it feels well-built. nice and quiet during low load times and the msata boots the computer up in 10s
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#6PyrotechnixxxPosted 8/15/2013 5:45:26 PM
I was going to recommend the lenovo y510p, but I don't know if the deals on it are available in CA.
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#7ThePCElitistPosted 8/15/2013 5:45:39 PM
cancerstorm posted...
i got that model for $700 on ebay and from a canadian seller. gaming performance is decent. i got it for the 1080p screen for movies and overall it feels well-built. nice and quiet during low load times and the msata boots the computer up in 10s


For the price it's not a terrible laptop if you want it for that 1920x1080 resolution. But don't expect it to max out games and according to benchmarks it plays games best at 720p but is fine at 1080p for most games.
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#8GreenMage7Posted 8/15/2013 5:51:04 PM(edited)
Gaming is such a broad term. You could mean League of Legends or you could mean Sleeping Dogs with the High Res texture pack. If you have a desktop, I would recommend getting a laptop that has the OS on an SSD and one with a newer level of integrated graphics to save power. Just make sure it has faster RAM. You'll be able to play games at lower settings, while having a fast and accessible laptop on the go. Dedicated cards eat power and make the computer uncomfortably hot. If you don't have a desktop, it gets a little foggier depending on what you want to play. Anything specific in mind?
#9ThePCElitistPosted 8/15/2013 5:53:10 PM
GreenMage7 posted...
Gaming is such a broad term. You could mean League of Legends or you could mean Sleeping Dogs with the High Res texture pack. If you have a desktop, I would recommend getting a laptop that has the OS on an SSD and one with a newer level of integrated graphics to save power. Just make sure it has faster RAM. You'll be able to play games at lower settings, while having a fast and accessible laptop on the go. Dedicated cards eat power and make the computer uncomfortably hot. If you don't have a desktop, it gets a little foggier depending on what you want to play. Anything specific in mind?


Just to add that the HD 7730m uses only 35 watts.
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#10GreenMage7Posted 8/15/2013 6:04:52 PM
ThePCElitist posted...
GreenMage7 posted...
Gaming is such a broad term. You could mean League of Legends or you could mean Sleeping Dogs with the High Res texture pack. If you have a desktop, I would recommend getting a laptop that has the OS on an SSD and one with a newer level of integrated graphics to save power. Just make sure it has faster RAM. You'll be able to play games at lower settings, while having a fast and accessible laptop on the go. Dedicated cards eat power and make the computer uncomfortably hot. If you don't have a desktop, it gets a little foggier depending on what you want to play. Anything specific in mind?


Just to add that the HD 7730m uses only 35 watts.


That's not that bad so the main concern would be the heat. Haswell and the new APUs are pretty powerful though. I wonder how much actual difference in performance that would make, the only game that Intel HD 5000 and the 7730m have in common on Notebook check is Diablo 3 and there is about an 8 fps difference (44 and 52).

The linked laptop in the OP seems like a decent value though.