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Gaming Laptops

Postby Sly » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:48 am

As a graduation present to myself, I wanted to drop $1200 and build myself a gaming desktop computer. However, with the job I hope to be taking here soon, it would prove impractical as I would spend 80% of my time traveling. I want to get myself a powerful gaming laptop, but I will have to choose carefully. There's a lot that boast prowess, but cost more than something else reviewed to actually have gaming prowess.

I've been going through PC Gamer for reviews, but I figured I'd ask here anyway. Does anyone have advice on choosing a gaming laptop on a budget under $2,000? (I'm sorry but there's no way I can drop 5 grand on the alienware 12lb powerhouse)

I don't need top of the line detailing. I don't do PVP at all whatsoever either so I'm not worried about FPS in comparison to other people though I do play some casual MMOs like mabi and vanilla wow on a private server. I just need it to be able to play the games smoothly with no lag. Games I'm used to playing on a laptop, in fact that's all I've had for the past several years and I've made do, except now I own a lot of games on steam that my laptop can't handle, like dead island, bioshock infinite, Metro 2033, AC 3, Dishonored, LA Noire (shitty game), Spec Ops the line, Saints Row 4 (it can just barely handle SR3) and so on down the list. And yet it can handle skyrim and WoW JUST FINE >__>;;

*shrug* I have a friend warning me about overheating issues. I dunno about that, my laptop isn't so great right now and it's never had overheating issues.
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Tuor » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:49 am

You have time to play video games? :p
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Sly » Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:52 am

Tuor wrote:You have time to play video games? :p


xDD Not often really, but occasionally I will stay up late regardless of what time I have to get up. Over Christmas break all I did was mass gaming, and I expect once I'm graduated here : ) I can get back into gaming. I usually find time to spend an hour or two in skyrim about once or twice a week, and then I regret it when I'm stupidly tired and work a double shift day feeling miserable.

One time I had to work a close-open, and I stayed up the whole entire night playing Skyrim because I had just gotten it and was addicted to it. Ohhh my manager grilled me so bad xD and all of my coworkers made fun of me. I have like 190hrs clocked into skyrim. I've beaten both expansions and luled around in hearthfire. All I have left is the civil war questline annnd dark brotherhood. I think after I beat those I'll finally be done with skyrim and I'll go back and play Oblivion now that I own it.

Since I was sick yesterday I actually called out of work and was playing 1954 Alcatraz since the dev has all their games on sale. I thought indie games were fairly undemanding, but my laptop struggled to handle Magicka, and I really want to play more of that despite how hard it is.
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Wulfespinndel » Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:26 am

Your laptop can play Skyrim just fine despite not being able to play the other games you listed? That's great actually; I'm still stuck playing Morrowind on my laptop, trying to make my game look as good as possible without having to suffer any frame rate drops, so no Morrowind Graphics Extender Vurt's trees for me. :(

I also had no idea you travel so often. What do you do?
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Sly » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:22 am

Wulfespinndel wrote:Your laptop can play Skyrim just fine despite not being able to play the other games you listed? That's great actually; I'm still stuck playing Morrowind on my laptop, trying to make my game look as good as possible without having to suffer any frame rate drops, so no Morrowind Graphics Extender Vurt's trees for me. :(

I also had no idea you travel so often. What do you do?


Not traveling yet. I'm applying for a job that will be nothing but traveling. My internship boss used to work for a lot of TV truck companies. It's all traveling around the country with giant remote broadcast trucks. I would be an engineer there. I'm actually gonna put my application for like...four different companies this week. He knows people at all four of them, so his recommendation letter will carry a lot of weight. He's also going to be making some phone calls for me after I put in my paperwork.

You spend a ton of time on the road going wherever the truck goes. And these companies own everything. They do everything from sports, to town hall meetings, to presidential inaugurations, to live concerts and etc. Anything that could require a remote broadcast trucks. They also own some studios that do shows and movies. I hope I get a job at

.o. yeah, I thought it was weird that it could handle skyrim and not everything else. But my laptop literally just shut down when I booted up dead island. I think at the end of the day, it really comes down to what shaders the game incorporates. Dead island and Metro2033 are very unique in their graphics, in the same way bioshock was unique. Skyrim is such an open world that for playability I think they allowed graphics to be turned down even further. I have a lot of mods on my Skyrim and it still runs just fine. I never had lag and the frame rate isn't the greatest, but it's easily playable.

PC gamer has a lot of good recommendations, and I liked that 3 of them were under $1200, which is about what I was going to spend on a gaming desktop that I was going to build. Surely the gaming desktop would be more powerful, but I'm okay with less so long as everything runs okay. I have a pretty decent headset right now, and I also have a wireless xbox controller for my PC. It's just hard to pick one when all of the specs are pretty similar. No matter what I get, I'm going to get a external fan board for it.
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Sentios » Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:41 pm

The problem with all gaming laptops is heat dissipation and cost. You can get yourself a reasonably powerful laptop for decent money so long as you avoid things which call themselves 'gaming' for in general but there's no guarantee it will play even 2 year old games maxed out.

Also 'lag' isn't usually related to your hardware but your internet connection, if you're staying at a lot of hotels then good luck with that. Especially if you attempt to use wireless internet.

If your new machine has windows 8 (ewww) then you almost certainly want a touch screen and that will up the cost a little.

Here's a good starting point for you, you can play around with the features you want and get an idea what that will cost you. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... IsNodeId=1

I'd personally recommend an SSD, smaller capacity but much faster and reliable than a traditional HDD. My preference is also with nvidia graphics cards but it's up to you really. Optical drives are also something to consider, any more you might not ever use one so it's just a waste of space for many people.
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Tron » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:13 pm

Well, i've heard that the Razor laptop is perfect for gaming, it's probably not what you're looking for but here's the link just in case:

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-blade/

It looks pretty good and the graphics are great, one of my friends has one so i can tell you that by experience. :)
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Rough Giraffe » Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:30 pm

To me, laptops generally shouldn't be used for gaming; they use specialized parts that are difficult or impossible to upgrade or replace; in a few years if you want a better graphics or processor, you're generally shit out of luck.

I've put together specs for gaming desktops for under $900 before; however, that didn't include a monitor, or peripherals (keyboard, speakers, etc.) because I already had them. If you want to PM me for details, I can provide.

ED: As a note, it is possible for me to make a slim form-factor computer that you could pack up and take with you; maybe even in your suitcase if I can find a monitor with a detatchable stand.
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Sentios » Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:51 pm

Rough Giraffe wrote:I've put together specs for gaming desktops for under $900 before


http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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Re: Gaming Laptops

Postby Rough Giraffe » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:56 pm

A good reference, to be sure.
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