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What's a good gaming laptop?:

 26 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 5:55:41 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Mostly Team Fortress 2. I'll get other games, too, but I'm not sure what. Not the big stuff like Crysis, though.
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Team Fortress 2 will definitely run fine with an affordable laptop. Just know what the graphics card is, that's the main thing. You want a

NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M / GT630M (latter is a renamed version, maybe more power efficient but performs the same) or AMD Radeon HD 7670M

Or something close or better. Look at that site's FPS counts for games.

Processor wise, get an i3/i5/i7. 2.0ghz or better.

RAM: 4GB or better.

That's basically what you need to look for. Ask me if you need advice.

edited 14th Nov '12 6:03:24 PM by occono

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 28 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:03:07 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
What about some other games (a few indie games, Left 4 Dead)?
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Indie games will typically run on anything, the 2D ones. Left 4 Dead, same as Team Fortress 2.
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 30 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:05:35 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Okay, list some games that would lag horribly on an average gaming laptop.
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It'd be much easier to read these

http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-540M.41715.0.html

http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7670M.69483.0.html

Go to to the bottom.

edited 14th Nov '12 6:13:23 PM by occono

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 32 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:19:36 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Okay, so would Alienware be overkill?
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I don't know, if you're happy with 360/PS3 level graphics or slightly better, and casual internet browsing, yes Alienware is overkill I guess.

edited 14th Nov '12 6:41:24 PM by occono

Dumbo
Alienware is expensive, and from what I've heard their computers don't deserve their reputation. If you're looking to play games with cutting edge graphics on your laptop for the next five years you're out of luck, since a gaming computer needs physical updates every three years to keep up with graphical trends. If you want to play games released around now for the same amount of time on lower graphics settings, that should be fine. Get an HP; it's what I use and it can manage FO:NV, DXHR and The Witcher 2 on medium.

edited 14th Nov '12 6:43:00 PM by Watashiwa

 35 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:42:48 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
By "Low Graphical Settings", do you mean 360-level? 'Coz I'm down with that.
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Don't look to be maxing out Witcher 2 any time soon, but medium is well within reach if you can pay $600.

 37 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:45:32 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
I don't want Witcher. I'm really used to 360 graphics, so whatever is fine.

Now, what computer can run it?
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[up][up][up] Yes, exactly. "Low" graphics are usually Xbox 360 graphics. You could get medium with the cards I listed at 768p.

Also, 360/PS3 are still where most games are developed in mind for, and no successors are confirmed yet, so you won't be unable to play most new games for some time.

edited 14th Nov '12 6:47:09 PM by occono

Dumbo
[up][up]I don't comparatively shop for laptops, so I can't tell you specific models. Generally though you're going to want something with a real graphics card and a real processor. Intel i5 is a good target for processors, though I'll leave graphical processing unit discussions to people who actually have knowledge about these matters.

What are you looking to play? Anything specifically?

 40 I Love Dogs, Wed, 14th Nov '12 6:54:29 PM from Lunn Guyland Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Team Fortress 2 is a must. That is really the only constant at this point.
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Most anything with an actual graphics card and processor could manage those at this point. The real trick is not letting the system overheat. Which it will, even on Cthulhu Saves the World. True story. [tdown]

-Nudge-
you can make a computer buying the components yourself (I reccomend newegg) that will play team fortress 2 quite well for around 600 dollars, easy. some of the core components you'll need:

  • The processor, also known as CPU.
  • The video graphics card.
  • The power supply which can support all your devices, also known as a PSU.
  • The motherboard to hook it all together.
  • The RAM cards to increase performance.
  • The case to put everything inside.
  • The builders version of windows.

this Isnt all of them though, however they are mostly ordered for importance in quality when it comes to gaming.

(when I say 600 dollars, I mean that computer will play pretty much any game out on the market right now, especially team fortress 2)

edited 14th Nov '12 7:16:02 PM by Dynamod

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 43 Kostya, Wed, 14th Nov '12 7:17:37 PM from Everywhere
[up][up] How often do people build their own laptops though?

Also, I can't help but feel that 1920x1080 is somewhat pointless on a laptop, since your screen isn't going to be all that large anyway.

 45 Yomegami, Wed, 14th Nov '12 8:25:29 PM from out of nowhere Relationship Status: In denial
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My current computer is a gaming laptop - a MSI 683US, to be specific. It wasn't overly expensive (a little over 1000, if I remember correctly), and it's capable of running StarCraft II on Ultra without skipping a beat. It's a bit of a dirt magnet and the touch pad is a little too sensitive, but overall I'm pretty content with it. Then again, I'm not that difficult to please, so you might be a little different.

Just thought I'd make a suggestion here.
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 46 Recon 5, Wed, 14th Nov '12 9:41:20 PM from Southeast Asia
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you can make a computer buying the components yourself (I reccomend newegg) that will play team fortress 2 quite well for around 600 dollars, easy. some of the core components you'll need:

Make one that also fits in a knapsack?

you can make a computer buying the components yourself (I reccomend newegg) that will play team fortress 2 quite well for around 600 dollars, easy. some of the core components you'll need:

*Sigh*

Laptop. You can't build a gaming laptop very easily....

Anyway, the site Kostya linked to is okay but Notebookcheck is more useful. CYRI goes by listed requirements and just says pass or fail whereas Noteboookcheck actually does tests and lists FPS counts for various settings.

The MSI Laptop I imagine would be too expensive and overkill. Try Dell maybe, they have various options.

edited 15th Nov '12 4:17:39 AM by occono

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 48 Ninjaxenomorph, Thu, 15th Nov '12 6:09:58 AM from Texas, Texas Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Do we have a tech topic here? I have some similar questions regarding computers and stuff.
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 49 onyhow, Thu, 15th Nov '12 6:50:04 AM from Thaddis Sabbah, still fighting Vaygrs Relationship Status: Singularity
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edited 15th Nov '12 6:50:36 AM by onyhow

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