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Anyone suggest a better value entry-mid-range gaming laptop? GTX950M Asus i5 128GB SSD £579.99 at ebuyer

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Having just returned a great value but faulty Lenovo i5 with R7 M360 gfx, this is looking like the best bang for buck laptop I can find for basic gaming - anyone have a better idea? Like the fact it'… Read More
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Having just returned a great value but faulty Lenovo i5 with R7 M360 gfx, this is looking like the best bang for buck laptop I can find for basic gaming - anyone have a better idea? Like the fact it's Asus as they have a good reliability track record compared to most.
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#1
as a rule I'd say 860m or 960m as a minimum for gaming. try eBay for refurbs or dell out let
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Genuinely if you're voting cold, please give me a better solution - I've not bought it yet, and looking for a good value basic gaming laptop.
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longback2
as a rule I'd say 860m or 960m as a minimum for gaming. try eBay for refurbs or dell out let
The R7 M360 was fine for Max Payne 3 at 1080p which was what I'd been waiting to play for ages, so this should be more than adequate...
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cold

its not FREE
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Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!
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Rimi
Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!

Seconding that, sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it, a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops, if it needs more than that get a desktop.
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CampGareth
Rimi
Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!
Seconding that, sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it, a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops, if it needs more than that get a desktop.
Yes but if you don't mind playing games a few years old, and don't have space for a flipping great tower anywhere convenient? What then?

Edited By: jazzuk777 on Oct 06, 2016 12:52: typo
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For people saying laptops suck for gaming, you should try the new gtx 10xx series laptops. Sure it's expensive af right now but something to look forward to.
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Robot714

The graphics card on this Asus is better though (and the CPU?) I think? People seem to prefer an SSD these days too, although obviously less space.

I'm put off mostly by the general reliability track record for Lenovo and the fact I just returned a Lenovo from new as it kept crashing even with a full reset/drivers update etc.
#11
jazzuk777
CampGareth
Rimi
Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!
Seconding that, sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it, a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops, if it needs more than that get a desktop.
Yes but if you don't mind playing games a few years old, and don't have space for a flipping great tower anywhere convenient? What then?


use steam stream

300 quid gets you a refusbished i5 desktop and a gtx 750ti

then buy a 2nd hand laptop with built in video compression ie modern intel atom at least

then use steam stream

that is what i do!
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jazzuk777
CampGareth
Rimi
Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!
Seconding that, sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it, a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops, if it needs more than that get a desktop.
Yes but if you don't mind playing games a few years old, and don't have space for a flipping great tower anywhere convenient? What then?

If you don't mind playing games a few years old then integrated graphics, seriously, I've been playing Elite Dangerous on my HD 520, 720p lowest is 35-45fps so I lock it to 30 and have fun.

Where are you putting your 15" laptop? Do you live on trains/planes? If you're putting it on a desk, tadaaa, put the desktop there. They can even be pretty small these days, like as big as a games console if you need something to compare to.

If you do live on trains/planes then chances are you can afford something better than midrange.

Anyway we know nothing about your situation so tell us, because I was a student until recently and while my laptop moved every day it always returned to my desk at home where it then got moved off the desk because, well, it's a desk, that's where my desktop computer lives.

Edited By: CampGareth on Oct 06, 2016 13:01
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jazzuk777
Robot714
The graphics card on this Asus is better though (and the CPU?) I think? People seem to prefer an SSD these days too, although obviously less space.
I'm put off mostly by the general reliability track record for Lenovo and the fact I just returned a Lenovo from new as it kept crashing even with a full reset/drivers update etc.
950M in asus has only 2GB DDR3, according to this comparison R9 M380 vs GTX 950M, M380 is slightly better. And the cpu should be good enough for games that M380 can handle.

Edited By: Robot714 on Oct 06, 2016 13:23
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Robot714
jazzuk777
Robot714
The graphics card on this Asus is better though (and the CPU?) I think? People seem to prefer an SSD these days too, although obviously less space.
I'm put off mostly by the general reliability track record for Lenovo and the fact I just returned a Lenovo from new as it kept crashing even with a full reset/drivers update etc.
950M in asus has only 2GB DDR3, according to this comparison R9 M380 vs GTX 950M, M380 is slightly better. And the cpu should be good enough for games that M380 can handle.
Hmm thanks interesting - here is the gpuboss for the actual card in the Lenovo - looks like it might be a bit closer if the 3dMark score is a good indicator? Still useful - I'll do some research on other laptops with the M380/M385X as I'd prefer not a Lenovo for reasons stated above.
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CampGareth
jazzuk777
CampGareth
Rimi
Laptops aren't good for gaming. Would never play on laptop...
Buy normal PC Rig, put big screen on and enjoy!
Seconding that, sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it, a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops, if it needs more than that get a desktop.
Yes but if you don't mind playing games a few years old, and don't have space for a flipping great tower anywhere convenient? What then?
If you don't mind playing games a few years old then integrated graphics, seriously, I've been playing Elite Dangerous on my HD 520, 720p lowest is 35-45fps so I lock it to 30 and have fun.

Where are you putting your 15" laptop? Do you live on trains/planes? If you're putting it on a desk, tadaaa, put the desktop there. They can even be pretty small these days, like as big as a games console if you need something to compare to.

If you do live on trains/planes then chances are you can afford something better than midrange.

Anyway we know nothing about your situation so tell us, because I was a student until recently and while my laptop moved every day it always returned to my desk at home where it then got moved off the desk because, well, it's a desk, that's where my desktop computer lives.
I'm upgrading from a knackered i5 with Intel HD graphics that wouldn't handle Max Payne 3 which I wanted to play (and LA Noire but I gave in and got it for PS3 instead). No burning need to play latest and greatest, but the only place for a tower is the attic, so would much rather a modest but capable laptop along the lines of this or similar, will be used mainly as a normal browse/emaily laptop etc. - for gaming it's used on the dining table, and most of rest of time on the sofa (spend lion's share using for research/HUKD/email/facebook/ etc/) with occasional gaming....of course if Half Life 3 ever appeared, I might change my mind!

Edited By: jazzuk777 on Oct 06, 2016 17:55
#16
Robot714
Just noticed this is £10 cheaper direct from Laptopoutlet than Amazon - not sure about them as a Vendor - anyone have any opinions/experience?
#17
CampGareth
..., sunk a lot of money into "gaming" laptops over the years, some of them impressively specced with dual graphics cards and whatnot. Eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it...

Could you explain how, why? Considering that not everyone is in the same situation or wants the same things.

CampGareth
a dedicated GPU makes a laptop worse in other ways so integrated graphics for laptops.

Again how? Also how those that factor in with laptops that have both integrated and dedicated graphics processors?

I'm asking this because I have a gaming laptop, ACER VN7-792G, I bought it Oct 2015 from USA. It's been fantastic, has both a dedicated and integrated graphics card. Not had any problems with it. Plays my games on full HD high quality. Cost $1000 then.

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