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Windows 7: A lasting gaming laptop rig?

18 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
A lasting gaming laptop rig?

It seems the 11" Acer I have (in front of me) is falling apart and I sort of wanted a new one anyway (for gaming and probably taking class notes @ school)
  • Budget: ~1000 American Dollars
  • Resolution: Up to HD (if it doesn't make the system get very hot)
  • Games / Settings Desired: DOS era on - probably high enough settings (may connect to HDTV) - though not enough to make it get extremely hot (~70 C?)
  • When I will buy?: Hopefully by start of college again
- Hardware
  • USB 2/3 ports (though what laptop doesn't come with USB ports now?)
  • HDD: Half a terabyte (I'd think)
  • Has a HDMI port
  • Card reader (convenience)
  • Dual or quad core
  • As long a battery life as possible
  • Support for wireless N
- Software
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (I doubt I need professional or ultimate)
  • Microsoft Office
- Game software
  • Elder Scrolls (Morrowind -> Skyrim)
  • Portal 1 & 2
  • Batman: Arkham series
  • Quake, DOOM & Wolfenstein (all)
  • Commander Keen (all)
  • Bioshock 1 & 2
  • L.A Noire (if possible)
  • Bejeweled & Peggle (all)
  • anything else that interests me off steam
- Other thoughts
  • Don't care weather AMD or Intel (CPU) or AMD or Nvidia (GPU)
  • - If Intel don't care if Sandy or Ivy bridge,
  • - Don't really care weather i3 or i5
  • Unlikely but if possible UEFI (can laptops even show BIOS?)
  • Screen size: 15+ (though probably not more than 20 inches)
  • Decent sized keyboard (lest keyboard key feel)

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18 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 ultimate x64

You can go for i5, Gigabit mobo, 8GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, ATI 6770HD, coolermaster elite430 cabinet, coolermaster 550W PSU. Monitor atleast 22 inch and microsoft KB and mouse.
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18 May 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Are you sure you want a laptop for gaming. With a desktop you have a lot more options.

In any case - I would go fo an i7, a decent graphics card and a HD screen. An eSata port is also convenient. Sony has some laptops like that in 16".
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18 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I already have a thread here (and dozens of other sites as well, google a good long lasting gaming and multipurpose rig?) about a desktop. Laptop would more be for when I am someplace away from the desktop (or for example the rare power outage) and may need to or want to pass time.
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18 May 2012   #5

Win7 Home Premium 64x

Check my specs and then look at other Asus laptops. I have been very happy with mine. plays GTA4, Crisis, etc. Doesn't get hot if not pressed. blows out hot air and stays at around 75-80C when gaming intensive.

It has a smaller HDD, but has an extra internal bay for 2nd HDD. (putting an SSD in mine tonight (If I get time))

Only thing is has a very short battery life and is heavy. not really good for toting all over campus, but excellent for gaming.

More info:

has HDMI out. Can do HD on external monitor, 1386X720? something on regular monitor.

Easy to clean out dust. has a soft-overclock to take 2.13Ghz to 2.3Ghz (has only coreDuo CPU though)

Processor and GPU can be swapped out if needed, heatsink is removable for easy cleaning.

Has fast-boot options, Backlit keyboard, has webcam and mic built in, also Has Mic-in and headphone jack, has numberpad

I bought mine 1.5 years ago and its still great. I dont know if you can find new, but I know they are around refurbished
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18 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

"Lasting" on a laptop will be far less than what a desktop can offer, in terms of gaming. If it was me, I'd price them out, but I'd be willing to bet for the cost of a good gaming laptop, you could get a gaming desktop and a small, portable laptop for when you are on the go. Given your low budget (low in the gaming laptop world), you'll be able to get a quick laptop, but probably not one that will last for gaming. Plan on $1500 to $2000 for a real "gaming" laptop.
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18 May 2012   #7

Win7 Home Premium 64x

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18 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

The video board in that Sony isn't that great, and I usually try to talk people out of Sony Vaios anytime I can.
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18 May 2012   #9

Win7 Home Premium 64x

lol. understood Deacon. I have not used a vaio, so I can't comment.

I am just trying to help
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18 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

For the price, everything else in the laptop is perfect for a gaming system. That processor would scream. I've just had some bad experiences with Sony and their support, not to mention very high failure rates.
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