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« on: August 17, 2013, 05:25:00 PM »

I have pretty much had crappy laptops all my life.  (except for one exceptional work laptop)

I have heard that integrated graphics are either a no-no support wise or just not enough bang for higher end games to work.  is this still true?



What is considered a high end gaming laptop these days? ($2000+ ?) Any recommendations ?



What is considered a mid range gaming laptop?  ($1000+ ?) Any recommendations ?



What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?



the money in parenth's are just guesses - if the real mid range price is 800+ feel free to set me straight - thanks for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2013, 04:32:54 PM »

Has anyone here had experience with fangbooks at cyberpower?

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/FANGBOOK_Evo_HX7-100
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2013, 08:34:58 PM »

I and a friend have both gotten new Lenovo Y-series laptops recently. Hard to beat components (8 Gig Ram, 2 Gig Nvidia graphics card, new Intel chip) for under $1000. I bought a bunch of games in the Steam sale and have been able to play all of them, although Tomb Raider runs a bit choppy with the higher settings enabled.
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2013, 02:05:26 PM »

Last time I was looking for a notebook, I found that Sager had a good line up. I didn't end up buying from them, but I found them quite useful for comparison.  They are well rated.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 10:13:07 PM »

I use an MSI GT70 and I *love* it.   I've not had a single problem with the device, and it's OMG fast.  HDMI out means it plugs into the Onkyo and I can use the big TV in the front room as a monitor.  I highly recommend them. 

To answer your questions:

I have heard that integrated graphics are either a no-no support wise or just not enough bang for higher end games to work.  is this still true?
Not entirely so.  Most gaming laptops have the i7 integrated graphics support for 'normal use' (giving you 4+ hours of life on the battery for non-gaming) and then use a separate mobile version of a GeForce card for gaming (that'll eat your battery like candy)  Look more at the RAM vs. the RAM on the integrated card. 

What is considered a high end gaming laptop these days? ($2000+ ?) Any recommendations ? 
About 2k.   MSI. 

What is considered a mid range gaming laptop?  ($1000+ ?) Any recommendations ?

About 1500.

What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?
About 1000. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 10:05:55 PM »

I have the Alienware 14 gaming laptop. It is one of the few laptops available with an IPS screen, and it is absolutely stunning. I've been able to play every game I've thrown at it in 1080p with high or ultra details in every occasion. So far I've tested:

Xcom
Civ V
Tomb Raider
Batman:AC
Assassin's Creed 3
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Battlefield 3
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 05:01:13 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 22, 2013, 10:05:55 PM

I have the Alienware 14 gaming laptop. It is one of the few laptops available with an IPS screen, and it is absolutely stunning. I've been able to play every game I've thrown at it in 1080p with high or ultra details in every occasion. So far I've tested:

Xcom
Civ V
Tomb Raider
Batman:AC
Assassin's Creed 3
Deus Ex Human Revolution
Battlefield 3

I'd be interested in the 3DMark score on that.  There is a free demo version on Steam...
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2013, 07:15:03 AM »

My brother just got a new gaming laptop last week and loves it. He got an Asus G75, came with a haswell i7, 12gb ram and nVidia 760 all for just $1200.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 04:55:21 AM »

Unless you ABSOLUTELY have to have a laptop, get a desktop for gaming.  Even the best gaming laptop runs hotter than a desktop and will choke on games eventually.  You'll outgrow a laptop far faster than a desktop gaming.

Also you can probably get a good desktop and a decent non-gaming laptop for the price of a gaming laptop.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2014, 05:19:26 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 19, 2013, 10:13:07 PM

I use an MSI GT70 and I *love* it.   I've not had a single problem with the device, and it's OMG fast.  HDMI out means it plugs into the Onkyo and I can use the big TV in the front room as a monitor.  I highly recommend them. 

To answer your questions:

I have heard that integrated graphics are either a no-no support wise or just not enough bang for higher end games to work.  is this still true?
Not entirely so.  Most gaming laptops have the i7 integrated graphics support for 'normal use' (giving you 4+ hours of life on the battery for non-gaming) and then use a separate mobile version of a GeForce card for gaming (that'll eat your battery like candy)  Look more at the RAM vs. the RAM on the integrated card. 

What is considered a high end gaming laptop these days? ($2000+ ?) Any recommendations ? 
About 2k.   MSI. 

What is considered a mid range gaming laptop?  ($1000+ ?) Any recommendations ?

About 1500.

What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?
About 1000. 

Thanks for those price responses... I had hoped to find something well under 1000 on cyber Monday, but have not had any good luck.  If anyone sees any good deals on a semidecent gaming laptop, please post a link
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2014, 09:45:42 PM »

Newegg shell shocker: Lenovo gaming laptop for 870...
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2014, 02:30:13 PM »

My bro got this one recently and loves it. At $1499 I think its a good deal.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz)
16GB Memory 1TB HDD
17.3" 1920 x 1080
Windows 8.1 64-Bit

http://www.neweggbusiness.com/product/product.aspx?item=9b-34-232-202
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2016, 12:30:31 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on August 19, 2013, 10:13:07 PM

I use an MSI GT70 and I *love* it.   I've not had a single problem with the device, and it's OMG fast.  HDMI out means it plugs into the Onkyo and I can use the big TV in the front room as a monitor.  I highly recommend them. 

What is considered a low-end gaming laptop?  ($500+ ?) Any recommendations ?
About 1000. 
Thanks to knightshade and others that responded to my earnest request for info!

After a couple of years of searching and waiting for the price to drop closer to the 500 range... i gave up and ordered the following before christmas (on sale in the 750 ballpark)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015PYYDMQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

Processors    core i5 6300hq 2.3 GHz
Memory    8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Storage    256 GB
Graphics Coprocessor    NV GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5

i am hoping that the higher memory graphics card (4 instead of 2) gives me a longer life (giving up a newer i7 core processor was a good/bad idea?)

the other downside is that it is a dell... had some bad experience in the past with plastic hinges (5 or 10 years ago), and while these are better I can see the hinges giving way sometime down the road.

its nice to play newer games while i am roadwarrioring - loving the solid state drive - but worried about space (trying to figure out if i can put bigger steam games on a seperate thumb drive, while keeping others on the local drive)

thanks again for the feedback!
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