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Gaming laptop for under $600

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by llmercll, Oct 17, 2009.

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  1. llmercll

    llmercll Notebook Evangelist

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    I'm wondering if there's a laptop out there, for around $500 (changed my mind, ignore thread title), that will play most modern games.

    My asus g1s has broken and i need something similar in quality to it. it had a 8600gt GPU and a core2 duo, but if asus repair costs are going to be around 400-500 im hoping I can find a notebook just as good as the g1s for around that price (being that the g1s is over 2 years old now)

    Hope there's something out there

    I'm in the USA, btw
     
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    Suggest spend another $90 and get a very gaming unit:

    15.6" US$690 Asus G50VT-X5 P7450-2.13 4GB 320GB 9800M 1366x768 VHP
     
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  3. llmercll

    llmercll Notebook Evangelist

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    That looks pretty awesome, but how many do they have? not many I'd assume if it's refurbished, unless they get a steady supply of them =p

    anyway, that's pretty great, besides it being refurbished with a weak 90 day warranty. Any other types like this, or even with less power as long as it can play modern games for the price in the 600 area would be very welcome =)
     
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    US$100 Mackcam 3yr global warranty (war1009) will get it sorted. Lots of stock. You're not going to get a unit with 3dmark06 > 8k for anything close to that total cost of US$790.
     
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    llmercll Notebook Evangelist

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    Well it's def something I'll think about.

    I'm getting my g1s diagnosed right now. say the repair costs would be $400-500. What do you think I should do then? If it's anything lower than that I'll just get it repaired, since I (don't think) I can get a notebook that compares to the g1s' power for under $400. But if it's up there in that price zone of 500$ it seems terrible for me to spend it just on repairs.

    I'm sure nowadays I can find a computer for around $500 that can perform as well as the g1s does, no? (after thinking about it im looking for a g1s equivalent notebook for around $500)
     
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    llmercll Notebook Evangelist

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    Bump, would really appreciate some fasts replies

    What about some of these?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152127
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834147987
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114700

    I pretty much searched newegg for laptops WITHOUT the intel onboard memory. But i don't know how these cards stack up to an 8600gtm, as i don't know of anywhere with laptop vga benchmarks. You guys think these laptops can play modern games on low/med settings?
     
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    Serg Nowhere - Everywhere

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    The HP has the best graphics of them all, but dont expect high-end gaming. Nowhere near the 8600M GT you had.

    Perhaps a Lenovo Y550 refurbished with a GT130M can be had for that price, the GT130M is the overclocked version of the 9600M GT, which is the better version of the older 8600M GT.

    Dont worry about it being refurb, Lenovo's refurbs are in mint condition, only that they may or may not have seen any usage. But they are reseted.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Get the Asus G50vt-X5. The video card is five times better than the 8600m and its easily the best buy for under 700.
     
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    llmercll Notebook Evangelist

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    After looking closely it seems like the x5 has an inferior processor to the g1s...whats up with that? Everything else is substantially better...video card is liike 4x better, twice as much ram, 7200rpm hdd....but the processor is worse?

    im comparing the t7500 (rank 33) to the p7450 (rank 37) here

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

    I thought the P's were better. Now my question is, will the processor be a bottleneck for that laptop in any way? how does the x5 handle big games like crysis and the newer games? I'd like to think this a substantial upgrade from the g1s, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    sporx Notebook Consultant

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    processors almost never the bottleneck for gaming, u need the gpu power. doubt ud be able to tell the difference between the two processors
     
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    Well thats good to hear. i made a comparison screen for easy viewing

    http://i38.tinypic.com/11t9ych.jpg

    It looks like the p7450 outperforms the t7500 for the most part I wonder why the t75 is ranked 4 spots higher

    http://i35.tinypic.com/34xn6lz.jpg

    The 9800 has much higher scores, but what kind of real life results can i expect from it compared to the g1s' 8600? with the g1s i had to play many newer games on low, and crysis played on low at barely 30fps. on the 9800 how about things like resident evil 5 and GTA4? I'm just curious what these numbers mean in actual gaming. will i be able to play all games on medium with a decent resolution perhaps?

    Also, are there some other options for the 700/800 price range? or does nothing else compare to the x5 =p
     
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    15.6" US$690^1 Asus G50VT-X5 P7450-2.13 4GB 320GB 9800M 1366x768 VHP
    15.6" US$750 Lenovo Y550 T6600-2.2 4GB 320GB GT130M 1366x768 VHP
    15.6" US$850 Asus N51Vf-X2 P8600-2.4 4GB 500GB GT130M 1366x768 VHP
    16.0" US$870 HP HDX16T T6600-2.2 4GB 320GB 9600MGT 1920x1080 VHP Bluray 3.21/6cell
    17.1" US$935^1 Asus G71GX-RX05 P8700-2.53 6GB 500GB GTX260M 1440x900 VHP 4kg/8cell
    16.0" US$1000 Asus G60XV P7450-2.13 4GB 320GB GTX260M 1366x768 W7


    ^1 add US$100 3yr Mackcam warranty (war1009)
     
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    thebest Notebook Consultant

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    Should I ever be worried if a laptop is refurbished/reconditioned? I've heard mostly good things, but are there any problems that can crop up? If my current auction goes well, I may just jump on this one. $200 mark-down plus taxes I avoid!

    EDIT: Is the refurbed G51VX listed under your link eligible for a free Win7 upgrade????
     
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    Well you probably shouldnt be too worried. The seller is top rated and generally refurb items usually dont have any defects because(hopefully) their tested. Plus your saving 270 dollars including tax! As for the Win 7 upgrade, your gonna have to ask the seller your self. I might be getting one of this too!
     
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    He's not accepting questions....:confused:
     
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