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Gaming laptop

Discussion in 'Laptops & Tablets' started by ashatron, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. ashatron

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Sep 2009

    Posts: 646

    Location: Sheffield

    Hi all,

    My old ROCK laptop (CTX t2700, Gefore Go 7900 GTX, 2.33 dual core, 4 gig ram) screen just died (well it remains backlit but shows nothing) so a new one might be in order! Ive done some research and seen a few nice deals like these -

    Advent 7555 GX £700
    Intel Quad-Core Processor Q9000 (2.0GHz, 1066MHz, 6 MB Cache), 4GB DDR2, 320 GB HDD, 17" Screen 1440x900
    ATI Radeon HD4850 Graphics (which i read is very powerful)
    pros - very fast, great gpu
    cons - big screen + heavy​

    Acer Aspire 5740G Core i3 Laptop £589
    Screen size - 15.6 in - 1366 x 768, Processor - Intel Core i3 I3-330M - 2.13 GHz, RAM - 4 GB, Hard Drive - 500 GB,ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650.
    cons - GPU not as powerful as the HD4850​

    Im wanting to spend around £700, but im open to suggestions. The problem is that advent 7555 is a 17" laptop, and im really after a 15" one. My current laptop is 17" and it is just an effort to carry.

    Do you lot know of any 15" gaming laptops which carry the HD 4850 GPU or one which is around the same level of performance? i understand the Radeon HD 5650 is very good, but the 4850 is a fair bit better.

    Any help welcome, any brand reputation information welcome and any other models you think i might like, please let me know, thanks :)
     
  2. west-wot

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Nov 2009

    Posts: 156

    i personally like this laptop - im using this currently and although i aint a mad gammer it does play need for speed shift well

    TOSHIBA Satellite L505-144

    Processor Intel® Core™ i5-430M Processor
    - 2.26 GHz
    - 4.8 GT/s DMI
    - 3 MB L3 Cache
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
    RAM 4GB
    Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4570 - 512MB dedicated memory
    Screen type Widescreen LCD
    Screen resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
    Screen size 15.6"
    Hard drive 320GB SATA
    Optical disk drive DVD Rewriter
    Memory card reader 4-in-1 media card reader
    USB 3 x USB 2.0 ports
    FireWire No
    Modem/Ethernet RJ-45 Ethernet port
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n WLAN
    Bluetooth No
    Video interface HDMI, VGA
    TV output HDMI, VGA
    Webcam 0.3mp integrated webcam
    Battery Lithium-ion battery
    Accessories included Power cable, AC adapter, battery, documentation
    Software included Microsoft Office 60 day trial
    Microsoft Works
    McAfee Internet Security 30 day trial
    Toshiba LifeSpace
    Size 383 x 259 x 35.5 - 39.25 mm (W x D x H)
    Weight 2.72 Kg
     
  3. Si105

    Hitman

    Joined: 24 Apr 2010

    Posts: 915

    How about this Dell Studio 17
    Intel® Core™ i5-430M (2.26Ghz, 4Threads, turbo boost up to 2.53 GHz, 3MB cache)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) LED with TL
    1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 Graphics Card
    4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
    500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
    1 year of coverage included with your PC
    McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription for £700

    or

    This for £800 (worth the extra)

    Intel® Core™ i5-520M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz, 3MB cache)
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    17.3” High Definition+ (1600x900) LED with TL
    1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 Graphics Card
    4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
    500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD) with DVD Burn software
    1 year of coverage included with your PC
    McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription
     
  4. ashatron

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Sep 2009

    Posts: 646

    Location: Sheffield

    Thanks for the recommendations all, ill look into it :)
     
  5. [email protected]

    Hitman

    Joined: 6 Apr 2004

    Posts: 539

    I have the Acer you refer to above. At the 1366x768 resolution this laptop performs superbly imo, my mate is now buying one after seeing mine in action, I currently play Mass Effect 2 and World of Warcraft. The GPU is not quite as good as the Advent but the screen resolution is slightly less on the Acer.
     
  6. iv-tecman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 8,387

    Recently picked up a mid range Dell Studio 17 –

    Base Intel® Core™ i5-540M (2.53Ghz, 4 Thread, turbo boost up to 3.06 GHz, 3MB cache)
    Microsoft Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit- English
    Memory 4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x2048]
    Video Card 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 Graphics Card
    Hard Drive 500GB (7,200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
    Optical Devices Blu-Ray ROM Drive (read/write CD/DVD & read Blu-Ray Disc)
    Wireless Networking Dell Wireless 1397 Mini Card (802.11 b/g)
    Standard Warranty 1 year Collect & Return Hardware Support included with your PC
    Services and Support 1 year of coverage included with your PC
    Primary Battery Primary 9-cell 85 WHr Lithium Ion battery
    Dell System Media Kit Studio 1749 Resource DVD (Diagnostic & Drivers)
    Camera 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
    Colour Choice Black chainlink
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Support
    LCD 17.3" Full High Definition (1920x1080) LED with TL
    Operating System Recovery Options OS Media MUI Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT) Resource DVD

    Played Half Life 2 1080p max details no problems, played Batman Arkham 1080p average 35fps max details and had to knock it down to 720p to play COD World at War but still decent performance…

    Look at this thread for plenty of info on the Dell studio 17

    http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18148580

    Overall decent laptop but has a few issues which I think you should look into. Dell do have discounts kicking around the net, search for them as they do knock the base price down quite a bit…..
     
  7. ashatron

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Sep 2009

    Posts: 646

    Location: Sheffield

    Aweosme thanks for the more info [email protected] and iv-tecman!
    really appreciate it :)
     
  8. DAnDan

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Feb 2008

    Posts: 4,468

    As far as I know, out of the bunch above, the 5650 or the 4850 are by far the best graphics cards (not sure which out of the two), and should make the most difference in performance for the laptop, so I'd go for one of those, depending on which laptop you can find with the rest of the specs the best.

    Edit - Also it may be worth checking out the dell outlet, I picked up a good laptop off there for £700 a few years back that should have been over £1300 as it has a minor blemish on the screen. But for £600 I can deal with that as it's hardly noticable!
     
  9. iv-tecman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 12 May 2005

    Posts: 8,387

    The 5650 in the Dell isn't clocked to the full potential, or so I'm told... Its still quite powerful though..

    As for Dell outlet. Good call, however also look on quidco etc... I got mine brand new with all the extras for sub £800. I paid additional to Dell for a rucksack carry case and an external mouse and headset.... Watch Dell and their prices, I nearly got caught out with an external HDD, was £20 cheaper elsewhere, but Logictech products by Dell are about the same prices as most retailers...

    Dell carry cases are good, I got a Dell Targus branded rucksack for £45 and its fantastic, lots of room..