Buying a laptop (in Off-topic)

Phoenix [The Forgehood] July 27 2011 10:30 PM EDT

I need one that's under 800, but is good enough for gaming/other not-as-intensive things. More memory and etc. would be nice. :)

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 27 2011 11:11 PM EDT

Demigod July 27 2011 11:41 PM EDT

Don't click the link, MP. He's just trying to convert you to one of his Reddit minions. They're like Scientologists.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 28 2011 12:15 AM EDT

How intense gaming? This should handle most of what you need, others could probably make slightly better suggestions, and I've never used MSi before.

A Lesser AR of 15 [Red Permanent Assurance] July 28 2011 1:08 AM EDT

I don't trust MSI anymore.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 28 2011 1:55 PM EDT

Gun's is pretty good, Acer is a good brand, mine has 2G more of RAM though. I've also had good luck with NVIDIA cards, never used an AMD card, so can't speak on that. Sickone would probably know more.

Elf X.7plus35k July 28 2011 2:06 PM EDT

Titan,there's nothing wrong with Nvidia cards; I've used them for years! Much like any other computer component it has just as much potential to break over time. ^_^

However Imo laptops aren't made for intense gaming and those that can handle some it also depends what kind of gaming you are doing! High end intense games tend to make laptops over heat, seen it happen quite a few times!

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 28 2011 3:30 PM EDT

I've also had good luck with NVIDIA cards

You might want to reread what I wrote, I think NVIDIA is awesome :)

Yeah, laptops aren't amazing for gaming, but the one I listed could handle SC2 on medium, and WoW on probably the same. That's the only PC games I've ever played.

Phoenix [The Forgehood] July 28 2011 5:25 PM EDT

Got one; thanks to all. :)

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 28 2011 5:39 PM EDT

Can I ask what you settled on if you don't mind?

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 28 2011 8:59 PM EDT

Yeah, what did you get...

Phoenix [The Forgehood] July 29 2011 1:12 AM EDT

Because life's funny like that. -shrugs-
But still, thanks.

Eliteofdelete [Battle Royale] July 29 2011 3:24 AM EDT

Hope you are not planning on running any fancy games on it because that card sucks :P

Demigod July 29 2011 7:35 AM EDT

Chip, not card. And as far as graphics chips go, it doesn't appear bad. But in my two minutes of searching, I didn't see a games benchmark for it (chips don't usually get that kind benchmark lovin' anyway).

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] July 29 2011 7:57 AM EDT

Doesn't seem awful for the price really..

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 29 2011 9:06 AM EDT

throw an SSD in that and you're good(ish)

Demigod July 29 2011 9:11 AM EDT

Throw an SSD on there and your price will jump. Cheap 120 gig SSDs run, what, $100?

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] July 29 2011 9:29 AM EDT

and worth every penny... there is no single component that has as much effect on your day to day operation

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] July 29 2011 9:52 AM EDT

Yeah, SSDs are pretty boss. I'm backing nov on this, worth the money.

Demigod July 29 2011 10:22 AM EDT

I'm sure they kick ass, but the numbers just don't add up for this budget. The laptop was $480. The cheapest 120 gig SSD on Newegg is $180 (I only did one search). That's 37.5% of the laptop's cost added back on top. Plus, he'd drop from 500 gigs down to 120.

If we were talking about a desktop, I'd say jump on it, as you can put the OS on the SSD and keep the 500 gig as a slave. But on a mid-range lappie, the cost doesn't warrant the switch.

My 2 cents, anyway. And will someone please add "SSD" to the dictionary?

enderalpha July 29 2011 10:48 AM EDT

dude shop alien ware

Quyen July 29 2011 12:50 PM EDT

1. Alien ware Laptop is already Unique and hard to acquire
2. Alien ware is probably over 800$ he looked.
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