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Looking for a mid range laptop that can cope with moderate gaming

Hi, I have jus been robbed and had my 2 laptops stolen, so I unfortunately find myself in the market for a new one. Am looking for a mid range laptop that can deal with some moderate gaming (nothing like crysis on high, but maybe some older and less taxing fps games).
The deal from tesco's on the acer laptop last week looked ideal but didnt need one then, but wondering if anyone has any recommendations.
MY budget could go up to 600 quid max but would prefer around the 500 mark if at all possible also it must match the following requirements
Dedicated graphics is a must (preferably as good as possible)
intel core duo chip preferable
blueray would be nice but not essential
good quality screen a must
operating system any

Any help at all will be much appreciated, thanks

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Original Poster

Sorry forgot to add I did find this samsung ebuyer.com/pro…331 which looks ok, anyone had any experience with this laptop, Is this a reasonable deal?

might be an idea if you tell us which games you want to play? any in particular?
because then you know which minimum specs you're going to need........

Original Poster

Bit of spore, battlefield 2, x3, cod waw ( if possible not really essential)
Really have no idea on how mobile gpu's are nowadays, last one I had was a x800 radeon mobility which wasn't that bad. But I imagine a mid range card now should easily able to cope with most the above. But tbh the faster the card the better. Hope that helps.

Be careful. To play you need a seperate graphics card without it "you won't play".

Original Poster

amazon.co.uk/Asp…1_0

Found the above laptop which to me seems a pretty good price, and the graphics card appears to be reasonable. whats the general consensus? cos got to say having been looking at laptops for close to 5 hours im slowly going insane!!!!!!!!!!

Damn!!!! Jus noticed delivery time 1-2 months

But found this on play: play.com/PC/…tml

Graphics are ok according to : forum.notebookreview.com/sho…231 (which i have found very helpful

jus unsure bout amd chip, if anyone can beat this please let me know

peachy997;5162837

Really have no idea on how mobile gpu's are nowadays, last one I had was … Really have no idea on how mobile gpu's are nowadays, last one I had was a x800 radeon mobility which wasn't that bad. But I imagine a mid range card now should easily able to cope with most the above. But tbh the faster the card the better. Hope that helps.



They're generally one step down from their similarly labled desktop counterparts, although they are helped by the fact that cheap laptops are generally low resolution (the play one is 1280x800 for example).

The best gaming laptop according to me for less than £450 is available at currys, pcworld, dixons. the link is
currys.co.uk/mar…id=
just wait a couple of days for some money-off vouchers and buy it.

Original Poster

I actually looked at this earlier, as you posted it in another thread, but felt the gpu wasnt strong enough and the hd was also on the small size.

Also I am willing to spend up to 600quid so really wanna find the best spec in the 500-600 quid region,

ps endlesswaves how do you know the resolution of the play.com acer aspire? Is it down to screen type or the gpu? (not criticizing would jus like to know as i do want as good as resolution as possible and would like to know what specifications i should be looking at?) thanks

peachy997;5166894

ps endlesswaves how do you know the resolution of the play.com acer … ps endlesswaves how do you know the resolution of the play.com acer aspire? Is it down to screen type or the gpu? (not criticizing would jus like to know as i do want as good as resolution as possible and would like to know what specifications i should be looking at?) thanks



Neither, it's listed right in the specs. It's the WXGA bit, which usually refers to 1280x800.

The Crystalbright screen type refers to the Glossy coating of the screen, which is a love it or hate it thing that's rather common on 'home' laptops. It can improve the picture quality (although that's generally a weak area for laptops) since it doesn't scatter the light coming from the screen but it does make the screen very reflective so it can be hard to use when there are any bright light sources (or bright patches of sunlight) behind you.

The best resolution is the one that suits you, A higher resolution will make things smaller and text harder to read, but will give you more space and may look a bit better in games. A lower resolution will be easier to read and easier for the graphics card to draw but will feel more cramped when not gaming.

1280x800 at 17" is the lowest you're going to find, and will have the same size as a desktop monitor (of any resolution, since they go up in size at the same time as resolution which counters the effects).

LCDs are generally pretty poor at using other resolutions, so if you can it's best to get a screen with a resolution that suits you, although if your main concern is as powerful a graphics card as possible you may not get much of a choice.

I am a warcraft player and im getting this ...for the money its a great little setup

simplyacer.com/Ace…tml

I know that its £50 over your budget but you get a full hd screen and its 18.4 inch and its free next day delivery ...

Original Poster

had a look at that and am v tempted but 18.4 is jus too large, but thank you for the suggestion.

Endlesswave thanks for the explaination, it was v helpful.

Think im gonna go with this one after a lot of searching
play.com/PC/…tml
the spec seems v good and think it should easily deal with what i throw at it.

If anyone can suggest anything better please do, thanks

Only other one with your price range and type of wants in mind is this one

simplyacer.com/Ace…tml

Original Poster

yeah its practically the same as the one I was looking at but smaller hard disk

Does any one know how the Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 matches up vs amd turion rm-72, is there a large gap in performance?

Original Poster

In the end i went for this comet.co.uk/sho…ion
which is a slight improvement on the laptop in this thread : hotukdeals.com/ite…60/
But also added a 2gb usb drive for £7.99 to take the total over £600 and then used the discount cose:SAVE50 to save 50 quid and get the laptop and drive for £557 total which I think is pretty good considering the heat the other comet thread has. Also when i picked it up they made a mistake and gave me a 4GB Integral usb drive, which was a bit of a bonus!!!

But thank you all for your help and input
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