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PostLaptop by Roosell

I know barely anything about computers as it is, and even less about laptops. Considering picking up a mid-range laptop for portable gaming. Essentially want to be able to run the games we all play on decent settings - namely LFD2, Diablo 3 and Smite.

Mid-range price point, so something around £600-800 mark would be fine - definitely don't want to spend more than a grand unless it can last me for 3-4 years. Could also be talked into a cheaper laptop if it could run said games on Medium settings at least.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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PostRe: Laptop by Trevor Hanley

PCspecialiast did moobs one and I also got a cheap shitty one from them for work. But both seem decent value for money & they've got really good customer service.

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PostRe: Laptop by Deadpunk

I can give you some pointers at least. Diablo 3 will be the most hardware intensive of those games, and there is a handy benchmark of laptop graphics cards for D3 here. The TLDR of that link is that for playable D3 performance you will want a GT 640M as a bare minimum. The good news is that your budget comfortably meets that requirement. PCSpecialist seems like a good bet as they have good customisation options. Both the more boutique and the bigger name offerings will get you very little bang for your buck.

With customisation in mind, the main question to ask if whether you want an SSD or mechanical drive. If you don't plan on having a huge amount installed then I really recommend going for an SSD.

This can be had with a 240GB Kingston SSD in place of the main mechanical HDD for £840. I know that's a bit over your range but if you want to game at native resolution then there really isn't anything that I could recommend cutting.

One last recommendation: get a cooling stand. I have recently had to disassemble my Dad's laptop and clean it out to get it to stop overheating and you do not want it to get to that stage. Laptops draw air from underneath and then chuck it out the side so anything that gives you some clearance is useful.
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» Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:48 pm «Top

PostRe: Laptop by Roosell

I found some PCSpecialist stuff on my research today - couldn't tell if it was genuinely good or micky-mouse so good to know it's legit.

Cooling stand is a good shout.

Might posts some builds here in the coming days, or pick your brain over the weekend.
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» Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:51 am «Top

PostRe: Laptop by Deadpunk

Hmmm, I think I have found something better:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-Y510p-15 ... 575&sr=1-3

Only has SSD caching rather than an actual SSD but otherwise looks like it might be more suitable.
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PostRe: Laptop by Runner

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PostRe: Laptop by StuntKid


HOLY FUCK THAT'S CHEAP!
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» Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:40 pm «Top

PostRe: Laptop by Roosell

Deadpunk wrote:Hmmm, I think I have found something better:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-Y510p-15 ... 575&sr=1-3

Only has SSD caching rather than an actual SSD but otherwise looks like it might be more suitable.


Ooh I was looking at that the other day as it was well reviewed but could only find for £1000. Hmmmm.... quite tempting.
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» Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:21 pm «Top

PostRe: Laptop by RubberJonny

Deadpunk wrote:I really recommend going for an SSD.
An SSD with an external HDD (always recommend the Passport) seems like the best option to me. Though hybrid drives are great if you need speed and storage in one package.
Deadpunk wrote:One last recommendation: get a cooling stand.
This. Honestly, it is almost as integral as the laptop itself.

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» Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:10 pm «Top

PostRe: Laptop by Roosell

Thanks everyone. I wound up going for the following. Compromised on a 7200rpm drive instead of an SSD as I still need a good amount of storage space. I can always buy a new drive in the future if I feel I want to change it, but can't really afford a huge SSD now.


Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Mobile Processor i5-4200M (2.50GHz) 3MB
Memory (RAM)
8GB SAMSUNG 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (1 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - 1st Hard Disk
750GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD7500BPKX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® N-7260 (300Mbps, 802.11BGN) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
Optimus Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (5,200 mAh/76.96WH)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
DVD Recovery Media
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard Language
BACKLIT OPTIMUS UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 10 to 12 working days
Quantity
1
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