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Buying a laptop for school with gaming in mind. need advice!

#1chidori411Posted 8/17/2013 6:27:28 PM
Recently changed out my Desktop for a Digital Storm vanquish and i love it. I need to get a laptop for school coming up and I want to get a gamer's laptop. I know i could get digital storm, but I also want to look at other models.
Ibuypower Valkyrie looks good, and the Digital storm looks good as well. I have no idea however in comparing/optimizing them. Anyone here want to help me out?
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#2DragnfyrPosted 8/17/2013 6:29:46 PM
You bought a gaming desktop but want a gaming laptop as well? When exactly are you going to game on your laptop?
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#3PathlessBulletPosted 8/17/2013 6:30:39 PM
Do you REALLY need a laptop for school? REALLY!?
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#4TimePharaohPosted 8/17/2013 6:39:02 PM
lolgamerslaptop
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#5chidori411(Topic Creator)Posted 8/17/2013 10:29:53 PM
Well, my desktop is for my house (replacing a 7 year old desktop), and i need a laptop for when i go to school.. because i will be away from home, and need a computer? Also, im not looking to break benchmarks or anything, but just play my favorite games that will be coming out or the ones that are already out.
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#6_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 8/17/2013 10:57:58 PM
Start with your budget. For around $1000 you can get laptops that will run everything on at least medium settings at 900p or 1080p. For closer to $1500 you will get closer to maxing games out at 1080p.

I'd recommend looking at the lenovo y500, 15 and 17in Sagers, and the Alienware m14 or m17 depending on size and budget.

Cards you should consider in order of performance (Weakest to strongest, the weakest will give you medium settings at 900p)

650m
750m SLI
765m
670mx
770m
7970m
680m
780m

Gaming will suffer going for a laptop rather than a desktop. It's just the nature of the beast. The strongest gaming video card (The 780m) is around the same performance as a 660ti (Which is a far cry from the desktop 780. If you do need the portability, gaming laptops are a fantastic option but usually you are better off building a desktop and getting a cheap laptop or tablet.

I personally go to lan parties frequently so I have an Alienware laptop with a 7970m. Runs everything maxed out at 1080p (With varying levels of AA) but when I am in my dorm room and want to game on my 2560x1440 display I have the desktop I built with a GTX 780. Price was similar and the performance difference is vast.
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#7OldSorrowPosted 8/17/2013 11:07:14 PM(edited)
No such thing as gamers laptop

TimePharaoh posted...
lolgamerslaptop

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#8ATARIJAWAPosted 8/17/2013 11:21:39 PM
OldSorrow posted...
No such thing as gamers laptop

TimePharaoh posted...
lolgamerslaptop


They exist but you're going to pay way more for them. There's plenty of laptops that can max anything out there.
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#9TimePharaohPosted 8/17/2013 11:29:27 PM
ATARIJAWA posted...
OldSorrow posted...
No such thing as gamers laptop

TimePharaoh posted...
lolgamerslaptop


They exist but you're going to pay way more for them. There's plenty of laptops that can max anything out there.


Laptop that games=/=gaming laptop. By design they're entirely counter-intuitive for gaming, which dumb people don't understand for some reason. Probably because they're dumb people.
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#10ATARIJAWAPosted 8/17/2013 11:44:01 PM
No the ones that are over 2 grand are designed for gaming in mind. It's the people that buy the $600.00 Staples or Best Buy special who expect to run Crysis 3 at 1080p that piss me off. I'm one of the few that actually does need a high end gaming laptop due to being able to play both at work and on the road. Doesn't make me a dumb person because it suits my needs. My laptop was almost 3 grand. Guess what. I wrote it off my taxes as a business expense. For the average person, you're right gaming laptops or laptops capable of gaming are a stupid idea. But there's plenty of people in their twenties or 30's who can afford it and it's not a bad solution for them. Laptops are perfectly capable of gaming (High end ones like mine can even take desktop graphics cards through an adapter, a 670 in my case, though I leave it at home usually), if you're willing to spend the money on one that can do it.
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