Laptop for running older games

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Vooon, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Vooon

    Vooon Notebook Guru

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    1) What is your budget?
    As low as possible, but in the area $350-900 I guess. I don't have to buy a laptop, it would just be convenient.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen. I like 14".

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: ASUS, maybe Lenovo.
    b. Dislike: Not sure.
    I'd like something with a good reputation and solid build.
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Streaming sites like Netflix, gaming older games. The most demanding being Crusader Kings 2 from 2012. I'd like a laptop which is as quiet as possible when running games.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    At home.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Crusader kings 2, Civ 4 or 5, the very first Call of duty games (1 and 2), Valiant Hearts.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    3-5 hours running a movie on Netflix.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Nah, without seeing is fine.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    I currently have a ASUS N43SN from 2011, so anything will be an improvement. Something comfy for the eyes.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Reflections aren't really an issue, anything goes.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not that much, but no crazy colored led lights.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    Preferably 500 GB, but I could go down to 250 I guess, I have external HDs.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Sometime soon probably.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    I've always had my laptops around 8-10 years without any issues except failing batteries and damaged power cable.

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    Not paying extra.

    I have been considering a Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 14" FHD Matt (demo) which I recently discovered. I notice it only has integrated graphics, but not sure how much that matters in my case.
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Integrated Intel graphics should be just fine for you.

    Given you want the notebook to last a long time, business class is the way to go. Look at a refurbished Dell Latitude 5000 or 7000 series. I prefer the 7000 series because they have 3-year warranties. Avoid the ones with 1366x768 screens as they have poor image quality. Here's our guide to Outlet shopping.

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  3. Vooon

    Vooon Notebook Guru

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    Thanks! I'll check it out.

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