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Zetsuma

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PC Laptop/Desktop
« on: Feb 18, 2013, 11:30 AM »
Yo. So my lady friend is planning on buying a laptop, and wanted one that was able to play games on the highest setting. She her budget is $1500 (but preferably way less), and while ideally she wants a laptop, she is half-open to getting a desktop.

I don't know too much about computet hardware, so I was looking for some input, or even links to computers that would fit the bill. If you ask me techy questions you will likely get, "UHHH, I dunno."

Thanks dudes.



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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #1 on: Feb 18, 2013, 11:34 AM »
go for broke... Alienware lawl


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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #2 on: Feb 18, 2013, 01:24 PM »
If she wants to play the best games graphically speaking you are going to need a desktop, even the best laptops arent going to be able to handle the best games on the highest settings. I paid 1400 for my laptop and it cant barely handle SWTOR on the lowest setting.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #3 on: Feb 18, 2013, 01:37 PM »
Yeah. I have been teling her a desktop would be the best bet, but she realleh wants to be mobile. Any idea what the absolute best specs she'd be able to get for that price? If they are way worse than the desktop I'm sure she'd take a closer look at the desktop option.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #4 on: Feb 18, 2013, 01:47 PM »
The problem with "gaming" laptops is they generate a fuck ton of heat, have shit battery life and significantly worse GPUs.  Better to buy a nice desktop and a super comfortable chair for the same money or less.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #5 on: Feb 19, 2013, 11:57 AM »
You aren't spending less than 2 grand for high settings. Mayyyybe 1900.

Xoticpc.com is where my friends have gotten laptops and I recommend using.

Like mini me said. Lots of heat. Weigh more. Low battery. All cons.

We can talk in mumble about it if you want this week. 

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #6 on: Feb 19, 2013, 12:48 PM »
Yeah there is no point in being mobile if you are going to have to be plugged into an outlet somewhere. You really arent mobile on a laptop if you are gaming because most games eat resources and battery for dinner. Laptops arent meant for gaming.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #7 on: Feb 19, 2013, 12:48 PM »
I built my Desktop around Nov. 2011 on the "budget skinny" specifically for SWTOR back at launch... it was a serious budget build, since funds were tight, and I had to build two of them, since my wife plays also:

AMD Athlon II X2 270 (Dual-Core 3.4ghz)
8GB (2x4) G.Skill RipJaw DDR3 1600
XFX Radeon HD-6670 (1GB) Graphics Card
BioStar A880G+ 880G AMD mobo
Corsair CX430 PSU

Cost me less than $300 to put it together, using my old case and peripherals... It has run SWTOR at 1600*900 with most of the eye candy maxed with little to no issues. (I get lag at times, but nothing too terrible... and I can't complain for the $ i spent.) It's not a system worth bragging over, but it more than adequately gets the job done...

Then in the spring-ish of 2012, I bought a laptop for school, and did my best to make sure it would likely run SWTOR in some fashion, even if I had to nuke some of the graphics settings... I ended up spending just shy of $600 on an HP Pavilion dv6.

AMD A8-3520M APU (Quad-Core 1.6Ghz)
AMD Radeon 6620G graphics (integrated with the APU)
6GB DDR3 (1x2 & 1x4)
(15.6" display - 1366*768 native)

I have to set a lot of the eye candy to Low or Medium, and Shadows are definitely a no-no... but I found a decent sweet spot for the settings that give me a good visual gameplay experience with minimal lag (except the damned turrets at the beginning of Eternity Vault... grrr) and I can play at native resolution with high 20s to low 30s FPS.

For "gaming" laptops (which mine is certainly NOT) the comments on heat are well-founded. Even if they have the specs, and run things on high graphics settings with good FPS, they generate a ton of heat, which doesn't escape the system very efficiently, and you will either see thermal shutdowns during gameplay, OR the constant use of the system, being so hot for so long over time, will eventually start to cause stability degradation. You end up with a shortened lifespan on the system.

I'd highly recommend going the desktop route, and if she HAS to have a laptop, I'd find something that will run the game at reasonable settings/performance that doesn't break the bank, because if you're pushing it all the time, you're gonna find yourself replacing it sooner than you'd like.

just my 2cents.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #8 on: Feb 19, 2013, 12:55 PM »
I'm going to have to agree with Prof. Pants and company on this one Zet. The desktop route is the way to go as far as gaming. There really is no substitute. If she'd like to remain mobile, I'd recommend ebaying an iPad 2 for like 100 bucks. Replaced my school laptop with that about a year ago and made a lot more sense.

About the only laptop I'd trust would be the razed blade, and I think that's out of the price range listed.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #9 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:00 PM »
Correction. Looks like iPads are still going for about 300. Still. A used one in great condition does everything I need for school.

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:04 PM »
If she'd like to remain mobile, I'd recommend ebaying an iPad 2 for like 100 bucks. Replaced my school laptop with that about a year ago and made a lot more sense.

This is really great advice.  With things like google drive and docs as well as apps like Pocket you can easilly use your desktop for "serious work" and gaming while utilizing your ipad for light mobile access, media and presentations.

Damn you cates, now i think i want to get a tablet.

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #11 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:17 PM »
I'm by no means an apple fanboy, but I really can't praise the iPad enough. It's lite, thin, has a great resolution, loaded with apps. You can Bluetooth in a wireless keyboard for note taking. And it runs Netflix between classes. Also, has a really solid battery life. Takes me about 6 hours of watching movies or Netflix to kill it.

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Zetsuma

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #12 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:20 PM »
Yeah, I think I convinced her to get a desktop. She actually has an Ipad as well, so that works.

And thanks for the great input so far!

So. What is the best way to get a great desktop for as cheap as possible?

Zetsuma

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #13 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:31 PM »
Let's say the budget for the desktop is $1000.

Thanks again

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Re: PC Laptop/Desktop
« Reply #14 on: Feb 19, 2013, 01:33 PM »
Best and most optimal is to buy the parts and build it yourself. If you dont want to go that route there are plenty of websites that will let you pick the parts and they will build it for you. The last option I'd go is to buy an already made all in one system from Dell or HP(again this should be your last option). There are plenty of Youtube videos on how to put your machine together and how to make sure you dont short anything out. I'd also shop around for the parts and always make sure all your parts you select are compatible if you decide to go that route.

 

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