Questions regarding a mid-range gaming laptop

Discussion in 'Laptops & Notebooks' started by Computerduck, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Computerduck

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm looking for a new laptop that is portable enough for everyday use yet has enough oomph to play a game or two during my downtime. I'd like to be able to play new games on medium settings. I haven't kept up with new developments in computer hardware for years now, but after some basic research, here's what I'm looking at:

    Dell XPS 15

    Intel i5-2410M 2.3Ghz (2.9ghz with Turbo Boost)
    6GB DDR3
    500GB 7200RPM SATA drive
    Nvidia Geforce GT 525M 1GB graphics card
    15.6” 720p screen (1366x768) with 2.0MP HD Webcam
    8x CD/DVD Burner
    9-cell battery (upgraded from the standard 6-cell)

    Subtotal: $769.29 (I get a military discount).

    Just a few questions:

    1) Will this laptop handle modern games on medium settings? I'd love to be able to play Skyrim when it's released.
    2) Do you have any alternatives to suggest? Neither HP Envy nor Asus seem to have anything for a comparable price.
    3) Dell is offering an upgrade to the Geforce GT 540M 2GB graphics card for $99. Is it worth the extra cost?
    4) What sort of warranties / protections would you recommend buying? I've only ever built machines from scratch; I've never had to buy customer support before and it seems like a racket to me.
    5) Is it worth it to spring for a 1080p screen? Only $150 extra.
     
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    As a gaming rig it's pretty lame - 540M gives some 10-15% boost which is recommendable. But my nearly 2 years old Asus is still faster and I find it barely sufficient.
     
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    Okay, any suggestions on what I can get to fit the bill? I'm willing to spend up to $1k
     
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    Asus N43SN is a nice small 14" laptop. MSI GT683 is 15.6" and quite powerful.
     

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    Either I just found the deal of all deals or I'm missing something important here. Check out this build from Cyberpower.com

    Xplorer X6-9200 Gaming Notebook
    Screen: 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 Display w/ Built-in 1.3MP Webcam
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Mobile Processor 2.20 GHz 6M Intel Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.10 GHz
    Motherboard: Intel HM65 Chipset Mainboard
    Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3-1333 SODIMM Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 2GB PCIe Video
    Freebies: FREE Just Cause 2 Game Coupon
    Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM SATA300 Hard Drive [+5]
    Optical Drive: 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive (NB-353-DVDRW)

    All for $900. Is anyone here familiar with this vendor? Are they legit?
     
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    UPDATE: The Better Business Bureau has them listed as an A- company. I found a bunch of complaints from around 2007/2008, but it seems the company has since gotten its act together.
     
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    I bought an HP Dv6-6140us laptop at Staples for $599 and it plays any game out there at at least medium settings. It has one of the new AMD APU's, the A8-3500M which has discrete class integrated graphics known as HD 6620G. The graphics are equivalent to a discrete HD 5650 in performance but have the enhancements of the 6000 series. 512mb of the 6GB of DDR3-1333 RAM are dedicated to the graphics and it can use an additional 2.5 GB if it needs to. I think it would fit your requirements very nicely. I love it myself. I have played DiRT3 and Dead Island in DX 11 without a single hitch so far. Canyourunit says it can play anything currently out there.
     
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