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Need a laptop with good GPU, OR...

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Tautology, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. Tautology

    Tautology Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all, my PC recently broke and my laptop is on its last legs. I work away from home sometimes and do a lot of my work on the laptop at the moment all my PC was ever used for was some battlefield 3 really. So I'm in the market for a new laptop.

    <span style="color:#646060">What is your budget?</span>
    £500-900

    <span style="color:#646060">What country will you be buying this in?</span>
    UK

    <span style="color:#646060">What size notebook do you prefer?</span>
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)
    Desktop Replacement (17-inch + screen)


    <span style="color:#646060">What brands do you like or dislike?</span>
    Dislike: Mac

    <span style="color:#646060">Would you consider a refurbished laptop?</span>
    Yes

    <span style="color:#646060">What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?</span>
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming

    Mostly extremely gigantic excel files. Watching / streaming movies and occasional few hours of gaming (Battlefield 3)

    <span style="color:#646060">What games will you be playing?</span>
    Battlefield 3, Diablo 3.

    <span style="color:#646060">Where will you be using this laptop?</span>
    Will be used different places and Will stay on desk

    <span style="color:#646060">How many hours of battery life do you need?</span>
    2

    <span style="color:#646060">Will you be buying online or in store?</span>
    online or in store

    <span style="color:#646060">Which OS do you prefer?</span>
    Windows 7

    <span style="color:#646060">List the screen resolutions that interest you:</span>
    Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)


    <span style="color:#646060">Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?</span>
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    <span style="color:#646060">Is the laptops design important to you?</span>
    No

    <span style="color:#646060">Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?</span>
    Around 03/30/2012

    <span style="color:#646060">How long do you want this laptop to last?</span>
    1 1/2 years

    <span style="color:#646060">How much storage capacity do you need?</span>
    250 GB

    <span style="color:#646060">Are you interested in SSD for storage?</span>
    Maybe

    <span style="color:#646060">Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?</span>
    No



    Now I'm not sure but I figure for my budget I will be hard pressed to get something that can run battlefield 3 (even on low settings) though I'm not massively familiar with laptops as I am with desktops. So if my budget can't reach a BF3 ready machine what are peoples thoughts on trying to build a eGPU (or external card) utilising the PSU and GPU from my now broken PC.

    All the best,

    Ben.
     
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    Caladdon Notebook Evangelist

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    Your options would include the Dell XPS 17 with the GT555m which should allow gaming at low to medium settings for BF3. You can get 10% off using the coupon 0C03P209L07JS$ . A sample config would look something like this

    2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM processor (2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
    Microsoft Operating System English Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
    Memory 8192MB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [2x4096]
    Keyboard Backlit UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard
    Video Card 3GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M Graphics Card
    Hard Drive 1TB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Dual HDD - (2x500GB)
    Optical Devices DVD+/-RW (DVD, CD read and write)
    Wireless Networking Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 (2x2 b/g/n+ Bluetooth Combo Card)
    Cables UK 250V Power Cord
    Shipping Documents English Documentation
    Gedis Bundle Reference N02X7M06
    Service Standard Service - 1 year of Collect & Return 10 day coverage included with your PC
    Extended Service 1Yr Next Day Hardware Support
    Integrated Mobile Broadband Mobile Broadband Not Included
    Digital Photography Adobe® Photoshop® Elements + Premiere® Elements Bundle
    Order Information XPS L702x Order - UK
    Primary Battery 9-cell 90Whr Lithium Ion battery
    Carrying Cases No Carrying Case
    Dell System Media Kit XPS L702x Resource DVD
    Color Choice Silver Anodized Aluminum Cover
    Accidental Damage Support No Accidental Damage Protection
    Online Backup DataSafe Online Backup 2GB - 1 year licence
    TV Tuner TvTuner Not Included
    LCD 44 cm(17.3") FHD WLED AG (1920x1080) with 2.0 Mega Pixel Integrated Camera
    DataSafe Datasafe Local 2.3 Basic
    Microsoft Application Software Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
    Protect your new PC McAfee® SecurityCenter 15 Month Subscription
    Power Supply 150W AC Adaptor
    Operating System Recovery Options OS Windows® Recovery Media Not included
    TOTAL :£836.09 inclusive of all taxes

    You could also look at a custom Clevo laptop from PCSPECIALIST - Laptop-computers, Laptops, Custom Laptops, Gaming Laptops, Buy Laptop . You could salvage the copy of windows 7 from your PC and install it on the laptop. The build quality is good and the performance to price ratio is one of the best. They builders have a good reputation on this forum. Look for at least a GT555m on the Optimus II for decent gaming performance. A sample config would look like something like this

    Optimus II: 15.6" Glossy Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-2670QM (2.20GHz) 6MB
    8GB SAMSUNG 1333MHz SODIMM DDR3 MEMORY (2 x 4GB)
    nVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M - 2GB DDR3 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
    250GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD2500BEKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)
    8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
    Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
    GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® ADVANCED-N 6230 (300Mbps) + BLUETOOTH
    2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
    NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
    3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
    1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
    Standard Build - Approximately 5 to 7 working days
    £706 inc VAT and Delivery.

    If you can wait for about a month or a little longer, you should be able to get your hands on the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia/AMD. They will be introducing their latest generation hardware some time at the end of April.
     
  4. Tautology

    Tautology Notebook Enthusiast

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    Idiot101, that was to the original respondent.

    On the geforce website it says "Look for notebooks with a GT560 GPU or higher"
     
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    Portugeeza1 Notebook Consultant

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    I'd say go with the medion with the 570m thats a good bang for the £
    the medion is based on msi laptops you can not go far wrong.
     
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    Should I keep looking about or are these about the best deals I could find?
     
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    Medion X6819 and X6817 are possibly the best price for the hardware .
    But just you should know that Medion are not famous for their support , not so good monitors , loud , X6819 I think on battery drops GPU to minimum -not sure you could play realy intensive games .
    As well I heard somewhere that you need to send the machine back to Germany if any concerns and you will pay for this .

    About the new laptops - probably you have to wait till summer .

    Have a good luck !
     
  11. Deks

    Deks Notebook Virtuoso

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    Go with the more powerful Medion.
    The reviews on them seem to be quite favorable.
    And as for the price... you probably won't be able to find a cheaper laptop with those specs in UK right now.
     
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    If you are open to an eGPU that would mean most of your gaming would be done in one place(i understand that you'll be moving your laptop around but will you be gaming everywhere you take you laptop? If not i think you can even get a decent laptop + desktop combo for yourself in the same budget.
    But if you want a laptop only then that MSi with the GTX570m is a good option.
     
  13. Tautology

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    Yeah I imagine I will do a lot of the gaming from a set location. I'm open to eGPU's I'm just put off by the technicalness of the thread. Is there an easy way to do it without DIY mods? And how much would I need to spend on the laptop to go with the eGPU parts?
     
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    Is the VIDock essentially an expensive version of a pre-packaged eGPU mount?
     
  15. otak

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    Yes and eGPU mount has some extras mainly for connectivity . But you will need for both of them usualy external monitor ( although is possible with SOME laptops with some loss of FPS to get internal projection of the view - if I understand it correctly ) - and that is main limitation .
     
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    Internal projection isn't a problem when my PC broke it left with it a 21 inch LCD monitor not 6 months old I can deal with that. I assume some heavy form of laptop cooling would be needed to keep temperatures down aswell. Have you ever attempted one?
     
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    I haven't tried it yet , but I think that the external graphic will maybe will take most of the pressure and heating but I haven't tried it .
    What happened with your project ?
    Did you find anything else?
     

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