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 Post subject: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:08 am 
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As much as I would rather build a desktop gaming pc I do not have the space for it. I like my living space but it is limited. I don't want to spend over 1400$ on a laptop if I can help it but would like to be able to play games like Skyrim on it.

I've been looking at configs for the Clevo W350ETQ from AVADirect.com and Xoticpc.com. My config has been around 1250-1350$.

i7-3630QM (2.4GHz - 3.4GHz, 6MB IntelĀ® Smart Cache, 45W Max TD
16 gig of RAM
the hybrid 750gib 8gig SSD drive

What do you guys think? This is primarily for gaming on a budget in a limited space with some portability. Are those two vendors decent? Having not bought a new pc in a few years I'm sort of behind the times. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:47 am 
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What's the GPU? Because that's the most important component.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:54 am 
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LatiosXT wrote:
What's the GPU? Because that's the most important component.


GTX 660M 2,048MB

Or the 670M but configs with it are about 100-200$ more exp.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:01 pm 
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeF ... 859.0.html: Looks like it'll handle Skyrim nicely on high. But only at 720p or so.

I'd shop around for laptops that have it and see if you can find something better. You can also lower the CPU to a Core i5, because most games don't need the performance of an i7. So yes, base everything around this GPU.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:04 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-660M.71859.0.html: Looks like it'll handle Skyrim nicely on high. But only at 720p or so.

I'd shop around for laptops that have it and see if you can find something better. You can also lower the CPU to a Core i5, because most games don't need the performance of an i7. So yes, base everything around this GPU.


Thanks. It's been a while since I shopped for any computer hardware.


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:19 pm 
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Should I worry about things like SSD drives and such? Probably jump my price way up there. I found a few with the 670M but it doesn't seem to be a significantly better performer than the 660M


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 Post subject: Re: Budget Gaming Laptop
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:26 pm 
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Regarding SSDs, compare what you get and the cost to upgrade versus what you can buy on Newegg. Just remember, you can get really good 128GB SSDs for about $110 on average. But this also depends on how user serviceable the laptop is.


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