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Windows 7: new gaming netbook (with eGPU) suggestions


13 Aug 2013   #1

 
new gaming netbook (with eGPU) suggestions

Hi,

I'm going to buy a new netbook/small laptop because my Acer Aspire One A150 is becoming really slow, and I can't play any decent game with the single-core Atom N270 and the GMA 945 iGPU.

I need a netbook which will run games like CoD Black Ops II smoothly. I don't care about screen resolution (it could be very low, for example 1024x600), I only need a small netbook or notebook capable of run 3D modern games.

Any suggestion?
If it's possible, It would be fine for me to run an eGPU (external graphics card) with a netbook...


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13 Aug 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Combining an underpowered notebook with a decent external GPU will only yield in poor performance, not to mention the bottleneck caused by a slower notebook CPU. That would be a total waste of performance and money, keep in mind that the GPU isn't the sole factor to be considered in gaming. Moreover I doubt that you'll ever find a small notebook with an unoccupied mPCIe slot.

Honestly speaking you'll be better off with a midrange laptop sporting dedicated graphics from AMD or Nvidia. Some of those Dell Inspiron 15 series feature the 7730/7670M which is good enough if you're looking into casual gaming at decent levels.
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13 Aug 2013   #3

 

As i said, i need a small notebook... I already have an unused GPU and PSU to make an eGPU... Are the new Atom dual core-four threaded CPUs decent?
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13 Aug 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Netbooks are underpowered for gaming. It's highly unlikely you will find a small notebook with a powerful enough system to support even an externally powered external GPU. Even if you did, the USB would throttle the eGPU. It would be much better to find a midsized laptop that is already designed for gaming. It would be more convenient to lug around and use than a smaller one and eGPU.
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13 Aug 2013   #5

 

USB? You can't Connect an eGPU to an USB port. I have a limited budget, i already have a good GPU to use as eGPU, all i need is a notebook or netbook with a core i3-core i5 CPU (or core i7) with a mPCI slot..
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13 Aug 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NikDorado View Post
As i said, i need a small notebook... I already have an unused GPU and PSU to make an eGPU... Are the new Atom dual core-four threaded CPUs decent?
Any Intel Atom processor is way too garbage for any type of gaming, just forget it. None of them will deliver the adequate level of performance required to run games.

As I said earlier pairing a low end processor with any midrange-high end GPU will only cause bottlenecks and make the whole thing utterly pointless. You'd be better off with a decent laptop with dedicated graphics.

Budget 'small laptop' isn't something that rhymes with gaming.
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13 Aug 2013   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NikDorado View Post
USB? You can't Connect an eGPU to an USB port. I have a limited budget, i already have a good GPU to use as eGPU, all i need is a notebook or netbook with a core i3-core i5 CPU (or core i7) with a mPCI slot..
Good luck finding one with a mPCI slot.
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13 Aug 2013   #8

 

It seems I should get a laptop :/ I can't find a decent notebook with an mPCI slot...

So let's find it! The only things I care of my new laptop are 3:

- as small as possible (I don't care about screen resolution)
- it must have a dedicated GPU (i prever Nvidia to AMD)
- it must have an Intel CPU (i hate AMD CPUs)

My max budget is 1000$ (about 800€)

(Is the GTX 660m a decent GPU?)
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13 Aug 2013   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

The MSI GX703BE-023UK is obviously the best out of those three primarily due to its superior GPU but the GE60-i560M247 with the GTX660M should also do the trick, besides it might be the best option if price is really something that matters here. It should be able to run any game at moderate graphics level.

You can compare both HD8970M and GTX660M
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Rad...M.90656.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.71859.0.html
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