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3 years ago#1
it's for a friend, i can't talk him into a desktop :/

i know it probably won't be great, and he doesn't even know what games he wants to be able to run or what settings to run them on, but figured I'd ask for suggestions on what $500 laptop has the "best" specs for gaming.

Right now, at best his current laptop can barely run Payday 2 on lowest settings at 800x600 resolution, so anything better than that would be good heh.
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3 years ago#2
Can't tell if serious -.-
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3 years ago#3
For $500-700 you're not gonna find anything worth the salt. Expect to pay at least twice that or talk him into building a SteamBox so he still has portability. A Mini-ITX build in the smallest slim case you can find will do the trick, and if you have any basic fab skills you can even build the monitor (and keyboard) into the case.
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3 years ago#4
Not gonna happen for that price. You friend will need to spend at least double.
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3 years ago#5
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3 years ago#6
yer not going to happen. most laptops at that price point are only good for word and web browsing and thats about it. Hell it would probably lag terribly just trying to play minecraft.
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3 years ago#8
It doesn't exist.
3 years ago#9

If he can wait a month or so, let the GT 830m/840m to come out. March is usually a good month for decent cheap laptops.
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3 years ago#10
You need to talk him into a desktop so atleast if he goes cheap he can "Upgrade" later down the line unless his job keeps him on the road then he has no choice on a desktop.

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