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laptop for gaming? no, not a dedicated gaming laptop.

#1PIITB415Posted 6/4/2014 12:06:15 PM
I have my rig for that. However, I have a lot of wait time for my job and was thinking of getting something that could run games like eve online, l4d, or others. My only concern would be steady fps as graphics wouldn't be an issue. Anything out there like that?
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#2daemon_danPosted 6/4/2014 12:06:54 PM
Budget?
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#3PIITB415(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2014 12:16:12 PM
daemon_dan posted...
Budget?


I'm not sure yet. Cheaper would be nice, but I would also spend a little more to get more. Lets say $700. Is that decent? Not sure what the lap top market is.
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#4daemon_danPosted 6/4/2014 12:21:39 PM
PIITB415 posted...
daemon_dan posted...
Budget?


I'm not sure yet. Cheaper would be nice, but I would also spend a little more to get more. Lets say $700. Is that decent? Not sure what the lap top market is.


About the lowest I'd go if you wanna play EVE (even on low settings to maintain a decent FPS you'll need a decent CPU right?) I'd go no less than 850 or 900 for the single graphics card version of the Lenovo Y510p (15 inch at 900) or Y410p (14 inch for 850). At checkout, in the accessories section, you can add on the removable graphics for only 100 dollars. Which will bring the graphics processing considerably better than their newer models for cheaper. And at the price point probably the best you'll find.
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#5PIITB415(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2014 12:53:04 PM
Apparently lenovo make eve look like this so its a no go
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#6SilentHawk29Posted 6/4/2014 1:20:33 PM
Check xoticpc, build a sager or msi in the price range you want
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#7JKatarnPosted 6/4/2014 2:01:07 PM
You're going to have to pay probably close to $1200 to get a laptop on par with an $750-800 average gaming desktop as far as performance is concerned.
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#8TheEntitledOnePosted 6/4/2014 2:04:09 PM
Modern Intel integrated graphics can 'play games'. No, not all of them, and not particularly well, but it can work. You'd want to stick to older games. Not sure if hd 4000 could handle eve well, though.
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#9Roris0APosted 6/4/2014 2:17:18 PM(edited)
Be sure to also check out http://laptopvideo2go.com/

It's for community supported drivers that make the gpu driver compatible to its mobile counterpart. These are not neccessary as laptop manufacturers do a better job nowadays of supporting their mobile drivers but it can help to make the most of your laptop in the long run.

Overall, I've found that budget laptop gaming ain't that bad if you can sacrifice graphics. Just make sure you're getting a lot of ram and like others have said ideally a replaceable gpu for the long term.

EDIT: When I think about it more, be very specific about what types of games you will play and just look up some benchmarks for both generic integrated graphic chipsets which have gotten better. And cheaper lower end real mobile gpus. The only other must is to make sure you have a decent amount of ram as we into the new generation when there's always a jump in ram usage.
#10ThePonyColliePosted 6/4/2014 2:30:33 PM(edited)
Phraoah of laptops is on his way...
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