New Laptop?

Posted by: Mary

New Laptop? - 01/21/13 03:03 PM

I have to buy myself a laptop, but since this is my first time getting a laptop rather than desktop, I don't know where to start. I know you recommend eCollege for desktops, but is there a reputable place (or places) where I can find, or can build, a decent laptop for myself?

I will want to play some games on it, but only casual or adventure games, nothing else.

It would be great if I could get some suggestions on how and where to start.

Posted by: Jenny100

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 04:19 PM

"Only casual or adventure games" still requires more of a video card than most laptops are equipped with, so be careful what you buy. Be sure not to buy a laptop with Intel graphics. You can't expect to add a video card to a laptop. I'd also recommend avoiding "Optimus graphics," since apparently it doesn't work with detecting the video requirements of all adventure games.

I'm not sure what's on the market right now. Inland knows more about using laptops for gaming than I do, as do some of our Gameboomers members.

Can you give us your budget?

Are you hoping to buy one from a Best Buy or Staples or other local shop or are you OK with buying online.

How large a laptop do you want? 17"? 15"? smaller? larger?

Here's one that was recommended for gaming over at Notebookreview, but it may be more than you need

You can check their other threads where people ask about gaming laptops and see if you can find one in your price range.
Posted by: Mary

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 04:42 PM

Thanks for your input, Jenny.

I don't know how much laptops go for, so I'll have to look around a bit to see what's out there.

I don't have a problem buying a computer online: I've always bought my Dell desktops online, picking out what I wanted in them.

Since I'll be sharing this laptop with my husband, I'll run your questions by him and get his opinion on screen size.

I knew that I wouldn't be able to add a video card to a laptop and although I've heard of "optimus graphics", I don't know much about that. I'll go do some research on that.

Just realized: Am I going to have to get Win8? I love my Win7 and would like to stay with it, if possible.
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 05:01 PM

Some laptops support a downgrade to Windows 7 and some do not. From what I've been seeing, most do not.

Although I agree with you sticking with Windows 7 if at all possible, if it isn't, don't be too intimidated by Windows 8. I've already started a Windows 8 and Gaming thread here.

I'm not at all familiar with the CyberPower custom built laptops, but this is a very good one for $899 and it lets you choose which operating system you want. It has a 15.6" screen. You could very easily knock $95 off the price by selecting the Core i5 processor instead of the Core i7 and dropping the RAM to 8 GB instead of 16 GB. That would still be well within what you want to use it for.

Xplorer X6-9120 Gaming Notebook
Posted by: Mary

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 05:14 PM

I'm going to use this computer for everyday use, not just gaming. I would have to add Microsoft Office, with Excel, etc, which is what I usually have to do when I buy a computer, but does this notebook have things in it that a hardcore gamer would want, but that I wouldn't need?
I'm just curious, since it's described as a "gaming" notebook.
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 06:45 PM

but does this notebook have things in it that a hardcore gamer would want, but that I wouldn't need?
I'm just curious, since it's described as a "gaming" notebook.

Other than the 16 GB of RAM, not really.

You will need a video card for gaming. The Geforce GT 640M that comes with this one isn't the fastest card out there, but should be fine for adventure games. Just for comparison, the Alienware 17x comes with a minimum of a GT 660M, and even the 14x comes with a minimum of a GT 650M. So I'd say the 640M would be about right for what you're asking it to do.

An action gamer might go for a faster hard drive, even if it was a smaller hard drive. It's up to you if you want a smaller drive. If you save home movies on your computer, you may want to keep the default 750GB drive.

Or were you talking about software? I don't see any extra software listed for the laptop.
Posted by: Mary

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 07:28 PM

No, Jenny, I was talking about hardware, not software.

I don't foresee me saving any home movies; the most I do is save photos, so I don't think I need anything "special" in the hard drive.

Well, at least I have a reference point when I go looking at other laptops.
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: New Laptop? - 01/21/13 07:32 PM

You have to keep going all the way to the end or click on the software tab... they have Office 2010 Home and Student (Word, Excel, Power Point and One Note) for $105. Office 2010 Home and Business (the other programs + Outlook) for $150 and the full Office 2010 Suite for $299.

As Jenny says, that GT 640M isn't the fastest, but it will suit your needs just fine. So will the Core i5 processor. 16 GB of RAM is massive overkill for what you want to do with this laptop, so dropping it to 8 GB is still a lot of RAM.

Now, if you were going to be playing hard core action and FPS games, I'd get an even better video card and even up the Core i7 processor to a faster one!

That link was just an example of something you could customize and still get Windows 7. Look around at Dell and HP or wherever and see what they have that can compare.
Posted by: Haroula

Re: New Laptop? - 01/22/13 01:03 PM

Hi,any suggestions for a 17 screen lap top
for adventure games about 1000eur.?
I found this:

43,8cm (17.3") Full HD Display enspiegelt (1920x1080)
- Intel Core i7 3632QM 2.20GHz (Intel Turbo Boost bis 3.20GHz)
- 6 GB DDR3-RAM 1333MHz
- 750 GB SATA Festplatte 5400 U/min
- 2048 MB AMD Radeon HD 7650M

Thanks in advance wave
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: New Laptop? - 01/22/13 01:23 PM

As long as it's for adventure gaming, I like it!
Posted by: Mary

Re: New Laptop? - 01/28/13 03:28 PM

I've settled on getting a 17" laptop and found the following ASUS and would like opinions on it:

ASUS G75VW-TS71 Gaming Notebook - 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz, 12GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray Player/DVDRW, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, 17.3" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


I'm having a difficult time finding one with Windows7, so my choices are limited. I found this one on TigerDirect.
Posted by: Draclvr

Re: New Laptop? - 01/28/13 03:35 PM

Sounds like an excellent deal to me. I looked at the same notebook at Newegg, only with a 1.5 TB hard drive, for $1,560. There were only 2 reviews, but they were both 5-eggs.
Posted by: InlandAZ

Re: New Laptop? - 01/28/13 03:44 PM

The folks at notbook review seemed to like it as well - you shouldn't have any issues with adventure games.