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Windows 7: Upgrading a laptop for gaming?

08 Jan 2013   #1
narkant

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + x86 [Laptop]
 
 
Upgrading a laptop for gaming?

hey all,

i just got a free laptop from a friend of mine, it's an "Acer Extensa 5513WLMI"

What i want to do with it is to upgrade it for gaming, so my question is would it be worth it to upgrade the laptop for some gaming, or just buy a new one xD ? and if its better to upgrade any ideas what would be good for it and at a low budget ?

Current Specs:

- 2Gb Ram
- Intel core 2 duo T5500 1.66ghz
- Intel Media Accelerator 950 [Gfx]
- 120 gb HDD

Acer Extensa 5513WLMI - Tech-specs <-- link for better specs.






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08 Jan 2013   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I would sell it and put the money towards a budget gaming PC. It takes a very specific laptop to play games on, and they are all VERY expensive. The few things you could upgrade on that aren't worth upgrading to be honest.
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08 Jan 2013   #3
narkant

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 + x86 [Laptop]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
I would sell it and put the money towards a budget gaming PC. It takes a very specific laptop to play games on, and they are all VERY expensive. The few things you could upgrade on that aren't worth upgrading to be honest.
ty for the reply

i did forget to mention, i didn't want it for really high-end games, or max graphics
just something that would play the like of guild wars 2 without lag, even on lowest settings.
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08 Jan 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I honestly don't think there is anything worth upgrading in that laptop. RAM will be so expensive for it, it would pay for half of a new laptop I'd imagine. Adding an SSD would help the laptop........wouldn't do much of anything for games though. The CPU and the Graphics for the most part aren't upgradable, and that's what you need upgraded to play games.
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09 Jan 2013   #5
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

too outdated. I mean it's hardware from before 2009. Any part you may find for it will be outrageously overpriced (IF you can find it at all).
Also being a laptop you cannot really update the most critical component for games (even crappy ones from 2000), the GPU. The IMA 950 is a piece of trash even for just running Win 7's Aero (the fancy user interface with transparency and stuff).

Sell it if you can, and if you are on a budget, invest in a desktop that has at least a Intel HD 4000 iGPU (it's in the processor, some i3 do have it, all 3rd gen i5 and i7 have it), so you don't have to buy a graphic card straight away to play GW2, not at max of course.
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