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Computer buying, help!

Post by Raiden on Wed 29 Sep 2010, 3:04 am

Alright hers the deal, ive saved up a bit of money and i want to buy myself a new computer as a bit of a treat to myself but more so because my current laptop is over 10 years old and keeps freezing Razz So i would love some help on opinions for good gaming laptops around around 1-2 grand! all opinions welcome, and im not 100% set on a laptop but i would prefer it... ive looked at alienware mostly so far but i dont know if id be willing to spend so much just for the brand!

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Post by Aneurysm on Wed 29 Sep 2010, 1:18 pm

The word "Gaming" and "Laptop" unfortunately do not go hand in hand. You have to make a decision, is it more important to have a computer with mobility OR have a computer that handles higher graphical demands like running games, streaming videos, running other 2 and 3d applications ?

It's not to say that no laptop can handle any game, it's just that desk top computers do the job a lot better, and usually for a lot cheaper. Finally with a desktop pc you also have more screen space which is once again greater for gaming.

So in summary

Laptops -

- Portable
- Less gaming capable
- More expensive

Desktop PC -
- Not Portable
- More gaming capable
- Cheaper

I see from your profile that you are from Ireland, I can't say I am an expert on where to buy over in your part of the world. However I did live in London for a while a few years back, and at that time I found overclockers to be very helpful and competitive with pricing, so perhaps that would be a good place to start in terms of looking at pricing. I would also recommend building it yourself if you end up going for a desktop. These days, building a PC is remarkably easy, can be learnt with very little assistance, and you once again save a lot of money because you are not paying for a bundled package. If you are unsure on how to build one, there is loads and loads of tutorials and information on the net on how to build a PC. Alternatively, if you have a friend who knows how, ask them to show you. That is how I learnt, I had a friend show me once many years ago and I have been building them ever since.

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Post by Raiden on Wed 29 Sep 2010, 8:06 pm

Cheers for the help man and ye i know laptops arent the best for gaming but the problem is that i have the WORST internet connection ever and would like the option to go else where to use it! Razz As for building my own i was very tempted to do so and i had 2 friends who have built there own and who would help me, saying its easy, that its just like a jigsaw puzzle and anyone can do it! But the problem is that living in Ireland im very limited by places to buy parts, especially any decent parts.... i guess ill keep looking around for somewhere better to buy parts in ireland or a good deal on a laptop! thanks again Smile

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Post by Tushaar on Thu 30 Sep 2010, 3:43 am

I recommend a laptop, my laptop didn't cost much, only 1000$ but it plays games really good, Crysis on medium if i remember correctly. Buying a desktop just to play games on top graphics is useless, in the end the mobility of laptop is more important.
Just take a laptop which has:

-4 G of ram
- dual core ofcourse for 64 bit windows (will test it out in near days, had to be twice the performance of 32 bit)
- about 250 - 320 gigs - more is pointless it will become too slow and less is well... unless you have a portable HDD Razz
- Graphics card, i have a Nvidia 8600M GT, and i bought the laptop 2 years ago, so there should be more powerful ones in the laptop by now =) And the drivers aren't a problem, there is a new one almost every week on laptopvideo2go.com

I have played em all, AC 2, Bioshock 2, Crysis, Oblivion without problems

Thought now i have a faulty HDD, i managed to save 27 gb out of 320 Razz Will have to buy a new harddrive soon ))
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