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#1134435 - 12/07/17 10:49 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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I recently got my grandson his college laptop with a 500GB SSD and a reasonable stand alone video card for abou5 $900. That's probably the range you would be looking at.
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#1134440 - 12/07/17 11:29 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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Originally Posted By: lspace
Thank you Jenny. Obduction was the game I was looking at to try and figure out what specs would be best.

There was a detailed description of Obduction's requirements back in 2016. The old link at obduction.com no longer works, but the article can still be read at the web archive ***here***.

Here's a quote from the article
Originally Posted By: Mike Dogherra of Cyan
The one area that makes a huge difference with the game, and isn’t necessarily reflected in the system specs is hard drive/ system storage speed. We do a *lot* of streaming from the drive during gameplay, and slower drives have a terrible time keeping up. A generic traditional mechanical hard drive is going to see a lot of hitching and pausing during the game while it loads in. Outside of a video card, upgrading your drive to a solid-state drive if you haven’t yet will make a huge impact in how smooth of an experience you’ll have with the game, along with being a very nice and very noticeable upgrade for your machine in general.


If you are interested in Obduction, also check out Quern and Xing (also puzzle/adventure games with high requirements)

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#1134445 - 12/08/17 01:35 AM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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Quern and Xing are on my Steam wishlist and I did check out their specs. Definitely need a new pc. Thanks for the link.

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#1134516 - 12/08/17 04:40 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
I recently got my grandson his college laptop with a 500GB SSD and a reasonable stand alone video card for about $900. That's probably the range you would be looking at.

Do you remember what model that was?
What video card it had?

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#1134519 - 12/08/17 05:56 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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It was this one... It isn't that much of a video card, but we were trying to avoid getting him anything too powerful as this was his "going off to college" laptop and we figured he might spend more time doing his retro gaming than studying!

Quote:
Lenovo Flex 4 15.6" Signature Edition 2-in-1 Full HD IPS Touchscreen Notebook Computer, Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon R7 M460, Windows 10


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MD0X2MB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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#1134520 - 12/08/17 06:16 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: Draclvr]
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Some very mixed reviews there -- most either very good or very bad.

One other thing to consider is the size of the screen.
For gaming maybe you want larger than a 15.6" screen.

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#1134541 - 12/08/17 11:26 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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Definitely a thought about the screen size for gaming. This was supposed to be a college computer, so it was just the right combination for him. The kid is already 6'5" tall with the accompanying hand size, so one of the smaller 13 or 14 inch screens and key boards was not an option for him. Since he does lug it around campus in a backpack, weight was also a consideration. Also be sure to look at how long the battery will last if you plan on using it off power.

He's been using it for about 4 months now and absolutely loves it - says it is the right combination of everything he needs. He's pretty tech savvy. His desktop was was a Christmas present 5 years ago which he and I built together.
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#1134553 - 12/09/17 08:26 AM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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I watch these threads as I am very interested in eventually getting a gaming laptop. Most important to me is the video card, Ram and speed of the computer..... I have an older Del XPS 17 inch... but the weight of it and how hot it got made me get an additional cooling pad for it this makes me want to consider giving up screen size unless they have gotten the heat factor under control... Just a comment.
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#1134628 - 12/09/17 07:54 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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I'm leaning toward this one. https://caen-store.acer.com/laptops/gaming/nitro-5-gaming-laptop-an515-51-705q
It's on the Canadian Acer store website but Winfrey I'm sure you could find it on their US site. The only thing holding me back is price as it is considerably over my budget.

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#1134690 - 12/10/17 05:36 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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My concern with that one, lspace, is the very small 256 GB SSD since you will be using it for gaming. You will need to manage your space carefully. The video card is the low end of the spectrum, but would probably play most newer adventure games.

I just got this sale price on the same Nitro 5 laptop, but with a 1 TB HDD and a Core i5 this morning. Maybe you will find a sale like that in Canada!

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...EB5aHRpLm5ldA==
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#1134798 - 12/11/17 04:29 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: Draclvr]
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I do have a couple of concerns about your Nitro 5. The 8 GB ram worries me as some of the new games are recommending 16 GB however if it's upgradeable then no worries. The other thing I'm wondering about is storage speed. The Nitro 5 is rpm and I would like ssd as it is faster. Do you have any issues with the rpm being slow?

I guess being on a budget I will have to compromise and I will need to choose wisely as I don't want to end up with a pc that's out of date a year or two from now. In Canada our pc's are so expensive.....in some cases almost double in price as the same US one.

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#1134800 - 12/11/17 04:40 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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I noticed that. I am still using 8 GB of RAM in my desktop for high end shooters and RPGs. I'm sure I will run into one that needs more soon though.

The storage speed is definitely something to consider... The SSDs are super fast and a few games recommend them to avoid lag times. But they are also much more expensive. Most HDDs in laptops are 5600 RPM which is pretty slow. Most HDDs in desktops are at least 7600 RPMs. It's just another reason why a laptop is not a very good option for gaming unless you can afford a really good one.

When I hit the lottery I would like to put a 2 TB SSD in my desktop! But until then I will use my 10,000 RPM Velociraptor hard drive.
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#1134801 - 12/11/17 04:51 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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As I don't play shooters or rpg........only adventure games I should be ok with 8 GB ram so long as it can be upgraded. I will keep looking until I find that magic combination of the specs I want and the price I am willing to pay. I foresee upping the budget so it may have to wait until after Xmas.

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#1134805 - 12/11/17 05:25 PM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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Good luck and maybe there will be some good after Christmas sales!
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#1136556 - 12/27/17 10:00 AM Re: Getting back to gaming [Re: lspace]
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lspace, I thought of you when I got this in my email from Newegg this morning...

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a...EB5aHRpLm5ldA==
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