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Old 01-23-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Ok so this thread is to see who can find the best laptop for video/gaming for under 500$.
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Won't be playing games with that price
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:52 AM   #3
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haha already gave up on that price myself. i went up alil
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Is used okay? If so you can get something okay for lighter gaming. Just don't expect to run farcry 3 or something on it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:26 AM   #5
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Oh i wen't ahead and boosted it up to 500$ ive been looking at this so far.
Newegg.com - lenovo IdeaPad G580 (59352749) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000
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I just changed it for you Guillermo Staggs..
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Anything with Intel graphics is not really going to be playing many games. Anything at $500 is not really going to be playing many games either... My brother paid $1000 for his i7 Lenovo laptop and it still doesn't run games great... If you want to play games, get the correct computer system, a desktop. Only reason my brother bought a laptop is because he joined the Air Force and a desktop is just not an option. Compared to his old desktop, the ability for his laptop to play games is pitiful.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:55 PM   #8
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Anything with Intel graphics is not really going to be playing many games. Anything at $500 is not really going to be playing many games either... My brother paid $1000 for his i7 Lenovo laptop and it still doesn't run games great... If you want to play games, get the correct computer system, a desktop. Only reason my brother bought a laptop is because he joined the Air Force and a desktop is just not an option. Compared to his old desktop, the ability for his laptop to play games is pitiful.
Anything new for $500 isn't going to be playing many games. For some reason, last year's high end laptops tend to sell for something like 1/2-1/3 of their original cost used on ebay. I just watched an asus g73 go for like $450 the other day, and that's definitely a pretty decent gamer as far as laptops go.
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Ye get a desktop.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:22 AM   #10
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Oh im not talking about hardcore gaming more like light stuff
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My G7 has Intel HD3000 and the graphics are good for some lite gaming.
But laptops are not really meant for gaming. Yet people continue buying them and getting seriously disappointed when they can't play even WoW. If you want to game on a laptop warm up the VISA card cause you're gonna put out some money to play.
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Personaly I wouldn't go for one of these. We have them at work (just the make not this high a model) and have a lot of issues with them
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Oh im not talking about hardcore gaming more like light stuff
You never answered my question. Is used okay? Do you have a problem with bidding on items on ebay? If so, go on ebay and look at ASUS G-series laptops (just search "ASUS G" and refine the search so it's just showing computers, not accessories). They generally come with pretty good dedicated GPUs, and they sell cheap after newer models are released. You'll definitely get a whole lot more for your money if you go this route.
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Oh sorry about that ill take a look into that. Personally i don't mind used
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something like this?
Asus G73JW 17 3" Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 1 73 GHz 8 GB DDR RAM 2 x 500 | eBay
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Yep. That's a really good laptop. Watch several and get an idea of what they usually end up selling for. People tend to wait and bid right at the last second, so it's good to know in advance what to expect.
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Ahh thanks.
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By the way when comparing specs between the G73 models, make sure you look up the actual CPU used in the model, not just the frequency. Asus switched to the newer sandy bridge architecture partway through.

If you want to be able to compare CPUs, use the search function on this site to get benchmark scores. You can also search here for video card benchmarks. These don't really tell you how they're going to perform in the real world, but it's very useful for getting an idea of how different models compare with each other.
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o thats what ive been using mainly.

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Unfortunetely it can't tell me what my current cpu is im guessing its waaay old since this desktop is 7 years old
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz
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o thats what ive been using mainly.
Excellent. A lot of times newer users tend to post here repeatedly asking which CPU is better out of a certain group, and someone here just looks them up there and posts the result here. It's a lot simpler to just give instructions on how to do it yourself...


By the way, I had a few G73s in my ebay watch history. The auctions all ended somewhere between $400 and $600. Just to give you something of an idea of what to expect. It seems like the ending prices aren't very steady, even between identical models. Just be patient and you'll get a deal.


EDIT: Yeah, athlon 64 is way old now. These i7s will all be significantly faster.
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