Budget laptop for games?

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  • twelveways 8 Jan 2013 11:15:18 3,854 posts
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    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a new laptop, ideally something that would be able to handle Skyrim. I don't want a desktop as I travel a lot but I also dont want to spend thousands on an Alienware or similar machine.

    Any suggestions or am I living in a dreamworld?

    Thanks
  • ZuluHero 8 Jan 2013 11:23:18 4,023 posts
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    Sorry to hijack but my brother is also looking for a workstation laptop, something capable of running 3D studio Max and other graphical programs. With this in mind he'll need something that doesn't throttle the CPU when its temp goes up.

    He's looking at some Dell (the XPS 15 or something, but the CPU throttles to around 1.2ghz under heavy load)

    The Lenovo Thinkpad W530 with the Quadro card, which is better for 3D applications, such as Maya seems like a better choice, though I've heard something bad about the main boards in that particular model which may cause permanent damage to the machine.

    Anyone have any experience in workstation laptops that can offer good recommendations? Thanks!
  • northernlights 8 Jan 2013 11:29:36 648 posts
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    Laptops in general are not really meant for games. The ones that are capable of running games like Skyrim or Battlefield start at around £800. Alienware laptops tend to be overpriced and you can get similar specs notebooks for around £600. The thing you need is a discrete graphics card i.e separate card that handles graphics.

    A desktop of similar price would wipe the floor with a laptop and last alot longer. I think unless you are willing to spend £800 you might wanna re think and consider PS Vita etc if u want portable gaming
  • RunningMan 8 Jan 2013 11:33:33 2,386 posts
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    reviewed ok. I want one but cannot vouch for it.
  • northernlights 8 Jan 2013 11:40:50 648 posts
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    Yeah that looks quite nice. Piss poor webcam and battery life though.
  • twelveways 8 Jan 2013 11:42:53 3,854 posts
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    I considered the Vita but I need a new laptop too and don't really want to buy two things but I guess if the price of a gaming laptop is similar to a vita and a general laptop then I may reconsider...

    The inferno that was linked looks quite good I think, I dont know too much about graphics cards (its been over 5 years since I built a computer) though...
  • RunningMan 8 Jan 2013 11:51:01 2,386 posts
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    The new 650 M will run most things you throw at it. Problem is that it can overclock itself and mainly cocks it up. Had one in a samsung laptop and would run most things on high and ultra for 15 minutes until it started to throttle due to heat issues. The new dells seem to also have this problem. Best off reading the reviews at notebookcheck.net.
  • monkman76 8 Jan 2013 11:51:02 3,977 posts
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    People always say don't use laptops for gaming, but I have a bog-standard first-gen i3 Dell laptop with a Radeon graphics card that can play pretty much any modern game on medium settings. That cost me £450 over 2 years ago, so I'm quite sure you could get something very capable for around the £600 mark these days. Just don't expect it to run at 1080p/60fps - which of course the Vita doesn't get near either.
  • THFourteen 8 Jan 2013 12:20:00 32,872 posts
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    I read somewhere that the new intel processors with the integrated HD4000 can play skyrim reasonably in low settings.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4000-Benchmarked.73567.0.html

    bear in mind skyrim is a pretty low req game, i wouldnt try battlefield on it.

    I have a laptop on which i do most of my pc gaming because i can use it on the sofa next to the mrs instead of in the study. it did cost over £900 though.
  • bbvDJC 27 Jun 2013 16:41:55 1,690 posts
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    High jacking this thread as my laptop has just died.

    Looking for a new one but I don't really have a clue about computers or parts etc.

    Just need one that will run well for work and play WoW, Skyrim, etc reasonable well.

    I saw about the nvidia 650M is pretty good, should I go for something with that in??
  • Bremenacht 27 Jun 2013 23:38:28 17,613 posts
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    Don't think you're gonna find a budget laptop with a 650M in it.

    In any case, go here, pick out the games you want to play and the GPUs you're thinking of, and it'll give you a good idea of what will work at different resolutions.

    A bit more nosing about will find you laptops with your preferred GPU, and then you can look up prices..
  • bbvDJC 28 Jun 2013 13:07:14 1,690 posts
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    http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/genesisIV/

    How's this one for price?
  • THFourteen 28 Jun 2013 13:19:46 32,872 posts
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    I have a laptop with the 640LE in it, which i overclocked to around 640 speeds.

    It definitely handles most games on it at reasonable setttings. Been playing guild wars 2 on it.
  • OptimusPube 28 Jun 2013 13:30:45 2,909 posts
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    I have a laptop with a 330m in it and it runs Skyrim, Batman AC, Sniper Elite v2, it struggles with games such as Arma 2 though.

    I've seen i5 laptops with 6gig ram 500 gig HDD going new for 400 quid, not sure what GPU it has but I'm sure it wont be a shit one, I'm sure it was a Samsung as well.

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  • Moot_Point 28 Jun 2013 14:15:42 3,917 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    I read somewhere that the new intel processors with the integrated HD4000 can play skyrim reasonably in low settings.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-HD-Graphics-4000-Benchmarked.73567.0.html

    bear in mind skyrim is a pretty low req game, i wouldnt try battlefield on it.

    I have a laptop on which i do most of my pc gaming because i can use it on the sofa next to the mrs instead of in the study. it did cost over £900 though.
    E-peen away please!

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  • THFourteen 28 Jun 2013 14:51:33 32,872 posts
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    Yeah but the laptop was overpriced, you could easily get a thicker heavier one for a lower price. Plus that was a year ago, you could probably get the same for 500
  • TheHammerite 28 Jun 2013 15:27:50 1,512 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    Hi,

    I'm looking to buy a new laptop, ideally something that would be able to handle Skyrim. I don't want a desktop as I travel a lot but I also dont want to spend thousands on an Alienware or similar machine.

    Any suggestions or am I living in a dreamworld?

    Thanks

    You don't need a 800 quid laptop to run Skyrim. Skyrim ran fine on my 400 quid laptop.
  • THFourteen 28 Jun 2013 15:37:05 32,872 posts
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    Pssst that was 6 months ago, i hope he bought a laptop since then
  • Lamb 28 Jun 2013 15:49:29 472 posts
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    Well I have been keeping an eye on the laptop market as my current laptop is getting on in age though I recommend desktop over laptop for any sort of gaming, so would not get a new one for that reason. The new haswell cpus and the new nvidia gpus are probably the best option looking forward.

    How well popular games run on each mobile gpu.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

    Not a budget laptop but maybe more of an option.

    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ConfigureSystem.asp?SystemID=1610


    Or save some money and get a 720 or/and PS4. Lots of great options. :)
  • Moot_Point 28 Jun 2013 15:57:42 3,917 posts
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    Why not save your money and invest in a modular computer? The future, surely??

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  • RunningMan 28 Jun 2013 16:02:45 2,386 posts
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    I'd look at this. A 7670M will run most games decently.

    Edited by RunningMan at 16:02:54 28-06-2013
  • THFourteen 28 Jun 2013 16:12:30 32,872 posts
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    Moot_Point wrote:
    Why not save your money and invest in a modular computer? The future, surely??
    I have both a desktop and a laptop. I spend more time gaming on the laptop even though i have to dial the settings down to medium or even low on some FPS's. Its just more convenient not to shut myself away in the study on my own.
  • Moot_Point 28 Jun 2013 16:19:54 3,917 posts
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    @THFourteen I have been keeping an eye on the tech, since the rumors of the steambox. The tech itself is still rather pricey, but I am sure that will change.

    I would rather have a modular over a laptop, anyday!

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  • Lamb 28 Jun 2013 16:45:45 472 posts
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    Or get a Wii-U. Its pretty modular for co-op or pvp in same living room with two screens one being your telly and the other being the Wii-U gamepad tablet you cant really go wrong. :)
  • TheHammerite 29 Jun 2013 01:17:56 1,512 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    Pssst that was 6 months ago, i hope he bought a laptop since then
    Let's hope so!!
  • sid92 31 Aug 2013 19:19:44 589 posts
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    I am looking for a good budget gaming laptop for games like football manager (mainly) dark souls skyrim and im looking to pay around £600 tops, any ideas guys? links would be good
  • RunningMan 31 Aug 2013 19:51:45 2,386 posts
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    Check my link above
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