Can you guys help me?
My girlfriend is going to buy a new laptop and she really wants to be able to game on it.
1200 euros is pretty much our spending limit.
Anyone got any ideas?
Generally speaking you can't really build a laptop. There's not enough that's standardized, and there's not enough manufacturers willing to sell to consumers. If it's not feasible to build a desktop for her, I would just buy a laptop. For 1200 euros you should probably be able to get something decent. You want a laptop with an i5 or i7 with a dedicated graphics card. Target something like a 750M or above (or the equivalent AMD card). Add on to that at least 4 GB of RAM with 8 preferred.
Yeah I know that and with "building" I meant like a manufacturer that lets you choose some parts.
This one looked pretty good, with the i7 and the hd8970m.
If you guys know some other manufacturers like this, would be a great help!
I think Dell give you that option. Don't know if they've changed over the years though
They don't do that anymore.
Okay, I checked, and they still do for Alienware
I'm guessing the XPS is no longer their gaming laptop?
[QUOTE=Adam.GameDev;43514121]Okay, I checked, and they still do for Alienware
I'm guessing the XPS is no longer their gaming laptop?[/QUOTE]
If you REALLY want a laptop for gaming instead of a desktop, buy an Asus ROG series.
What kind of games will you be playing?
I bought a gaming laptop, and while I don't regret it, I certainly don't recommend it. Specifically, I bought a G53-SX A1. After having had it for three years, I have some advice:
* Don't expect to be able to game on the go. When it's new, you might be able to squeeze a little over an hour out of the battery, but after a year or two you'll be lucky to get 45 minutes.
* Most of these machines are not built to be rugged. In my owning of one, I had to have the power jack replaced twice and replace the keyboard once. It starts to fall apart after a year: the rubberized feet fall off, the seams become loose, etc.
* It will get hot. Very hot. And you will be uncomfortable having it on your lap while gaming(At least I was).
* It is heavy, and bulky. When you first get it you won't really notice it. But after lugging it around to various places, it will become more noticeable.
Now, on to why I wouldn't quite [I]not[/I] recommend it. Though you won't be able to use it on the go for very long, it is nice to be able to bring a capable machine around with you anywhere you go (if there's an outlet available). Bringing your own computer to friends houses and on vacation is really great. But if I were faced with the same decision I made back in 2011, I would definitely choose to built a solid gaming desktop, and a compact-ish laptop to go along with it.
[QUOTE=Original User;43517031]If you REALLY want a laptop for gaming instead of a desktop, buy an Asus ROG series.
What kind of games will you be playing?[/QUOTE]
Actually I really would not recommend ROG's at all. Both me and my close friend got nearly identical laptops. And in similar time frames, faced the same issues. The only difference was that his had a chronic overheating problem, and my keyboard loved to lose keys all the time. I don't know what else to suggest, just not ASUS.
Clevo notebooks are the best bang for buck (available at many etailers such as sager) but battery life isn't great and I've seem better in terms of build quality.
Is building a desktop for gaming and buying a regular laptop not an option?
Gaming laptops are less than ideal since they're heavy, expensive, and have terrible battery life. Unless she wants to drag it along her to play BF4 everywhere, she'd be much better off getting a laptop with good battery life for portability and a powerful desktop for gaming.
Well the thing is she wants to be able to play with me at my place, she can't really drag her desktop around every day..
[QUOTE=kirederf7;43546366]Well the thing is she wants to be able to play with me at my place, she can't really drag her desktop around every day..[/QUOTE]
Build her a M-ITX computer, you can actually make pretty compact computers now.
But, if you are dead set on a laptop get her a Lenovo Y510P, they are one of the best price/performance ratio laptops you can get, and come in many variations and prices.
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