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M11x R3 (i7-2617M / GT540M) still capable for gaming at 1366x768?

#1CardigansFanPosted 12/30/2013 3:38:54 PM
I'm getting antsy for a gaming computer (since I don't have a computer at all now), and I'm considering getting a used M11x R3 off eBay for $700-800. There's not much available nowadays in that same size (I certainly don't want anything 15" or bigger), at least with comparable performance, and a laptop would be infinitely more convenient in my current living situation (and probably for a while). A desktop just doesn't really work period, so desktop + cheap laptop (or keeping my Chromebook) isn't an option.

Anyway, I figure if I sell my 3DS/stuff and Chromebook (neither of which I really use now, and even less if I got the laptop), the difference wouldn't be too much. The next laptop I'd be interested in would be the Gigabyte P34G, but it throttles badly on battery and doesn't have good battery life even then - and it's at least $600 more expensive, which would take a little bit to accumulate. The Clevo W110ER is hard to come by, and apparently suffers from various hardware issues (and doesn't come with a backlit keyboard either).

I mean, I had an M11x R1 that I liked, so I don't mind the screen/keyboard/etc. I'm just worried that I won't be able to at least run some newer games with its specs, and ideally I'd like to keep the laptop at least through 2014.
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#2AboveAllFearPosted 12/30/2013 3:41:07 PM
Yeah a 540m isn't going to get you playing anything above low. Even then, frame-rates will be pretty bad.
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#3JonWood007Posted 12/30/2013 3:43:40 PM
Probably not when it comes to next gen games or crysis 3.
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#4CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 12/30/2013 3:46:08 PM
Well crap. What about Call of Duty Black Ops 2, or Battlefield 3? I'm assuming those would fall into higher-end games?
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 12/30/2013 3:50:36 PM
I'd spend a bit more and get this, 13.3" and a 765m

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7330-clevo-w230st-p-6163.html
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#6Xemnas999Posted 12/30/2013 3:50:59 PM
CardigansFan posted...
Well crap. What about Call of Duty Black Ops 2, or Battlefield 3? I'm assuming those would fall into higher-end games?


Well I have a laptop with a 540M, so I can tell you straight out that you'll be playing BO2 at the lowest settings, but it's very playable at 1366x768 at those settings, I would get ~45-60 fps depending on the map.

Most other games run rather poorly, FarCry 3 will run at about 25 fps on the lowest possible settings for example.
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#7CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 12/30/2013 3:59:05 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
I'd spend a bit more and get this, 13.3" and a 765m

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7330-clevo-w230st-p-6163.html


I looked into that before, at might just do that after selling a few more things. My only thing is, that $1000 will quickly jump up to $1200+ between wanting to upgrade the processor to the i7-4700 as well as throwing in a SSD. But then again, not much else in similar size/specs for that price.


Xemnas999 posted...
Well I have a laptop with a 540M, so I can tell you straight out that you'll be playing BO2 at the lowest settings, but it's very playable at 1366x768 at those settings, I would get ~45-60 fps depending on the map.

Most other games run rather poorly, FarCry 3 will run at about 25 fps on the lowest possible settings for example.


I guess I'll skip it then, thanks.
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#8_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 12/30/2013 4:04:10 PM
PhilOnDez posted...
I'd spend a bit more and get this, 13.3" and a 765m

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7330-clevo-w230st-p-6163.html


Around this price, the TC can get the brand m14 from Alienware with the same specs if he wants.

But yeah, TC, stay away from the m11x. It was never that good of a laptop. It was their lowest end machine and was dropped for a reason. It fit in nowhere. It was very heavy for an 11inch notebook and performed nowhere near anything else. Even the Macbooks at the time destroyed them in performance.
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#9CardigansFan(Topic Creator)Posted 12/30/2013 4:13:09 PM(edited)
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Around this price, the TC can get the brand m14 from Alienware with the same specs if he wants.


Not really, after having just looked into it - same config (1080p, GTX675M, with either CPU), a M14x is about $400 more. It's also over a pound and a half heaver. The extras - optical drive and OS - are useless to me.

And yeah. Definitely skipping the M11x then.
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#10_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 12/30/2013 4:24:47 PM(edited)
CardigansFan posted...
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Around this price, the TC can get the brand m14 from Alienware with the same specs if he wants.


Not really, after having just looked into it - same config (1080p, GTX675M, with either CPU), a M14x is about $400 more. It's also over a pound and a half heaver. The extras - optical drive and OS - are useless to me.

And yeah. Definitely skipping the M11x then.


My mistake. I definitely remember last years m14x being comparable to last years Sagers. If you are a student, Dell gives fantastic student discounts. I managed ~25% off my m17x. Otherwise, Sager is a good brand. I just lean towards Alienware due to their in home support.
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