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Help buying a new laptop

By Necrosjef ยท 4 replies
Mar 18, 2011
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  1. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,670   +416

    What use do you require from the laptop?
    General use/applications?

    For gaming I'd suggest a second generation i5 or greater processor, more games are taking advantages of 2+ cores nowadays.

    Watch out when considering laptop graphics as often the same model number with a M or "Mobile" tagged on the end isn't the equivalent in performance to the desktop part of the same model number.

    I often recommend http://www.notebookcheck.net/ for checking mobile processors and mobile graphics performance. Have a lot of reviews and links to reviews of specific laptops too.
  2. Necrosjef

    Necrosjef Topic Starter


    Found this item on ebay and it seems to be considerably cheaper than the same item on OCUK.

    Would this be a good purchase?

    I generally use my PC for playing starcraft 2 and civilization 5, nothing too onerous. Of course I'd like to play all games on max but I'd be unhappy to spend more than 1000 UK pounds on a laptop.
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,670   +416

    I play SC2 on a laptop with a i5 520M on Mobile Intel HM55 Express chipset with an ATI HD5650 Mobility 1Gb. I don't play it at max settings but do have it on high and it's perfectly playable.

    MSI GX660R-474UK from Comet

    Out of stock unfortunately but not priced much higher. I'd shop around a little more before jumping on the ebay listed one.

    Also the second generation iCore laptops are just arriving so should result in lower pricing on the older ones, and some pretty powerful new offerings. Maybe worth waiting a little and keeping your eyes open.
  4. Necrosjef

    Necrosjef Topic Starter

    Thanks for the info mate. Think I will probably get something from ebay, used ebay quite alot in the past for pcs and never had any issues.

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