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#1 VeryCheapGame   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   37 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 02:21 AM

I wanna get a cheap gaming laptop but I have never played a real video game on a computer before so I have zero knowledge when it comes to picking the right computer.

I don't mind if it looks like crap as long it's play at a moderate performance.

I'm aiming at <$600, but I could push at <$700 max.

#2 bob101910   Cammy's Cat CAGiversary!   4291 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 19 August 2011 - 05:46 AM

I've just been through this recently. for laptops that cheap, it probably won't be that good for gaming. You'd be better off getting a desktop for that price depending on what games you plan to play.

How soon are you getting one? Whenever Best Buy gets the one I bought shipped to store, I'll let you know how Lord of the Rings Online plays. I might have some other games I can test. It is in your price range, but I've been told it sucks for gaming. Might be the "best" for your price range though.

#3 chickenbutt   Nope CAGiversary!   2167 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:00 AM

Yea. I don't think you can get a good gaming laptop for that much. You're better off getting a desktop. Even a cheap desktop could run most games fine.

#4 chickenbutt   Nope CAGiversary!   2167 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:27 AM

I guess it depends on what kind of games you're going to be playing.

#5 Sinfulfate   The Podfather CAGiversary!   1221 Posts   Joined 10.0 Years Ago  

Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:32 AM

Yea I understand that a desktop is more suitable for gaming but since school season is just around the corner I figured I might as well get a new laptop.

Does anyone have a opinion on this one? It just looks like a steal at $500. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834215120


I wouldn't say that's a steal. It has a low level graphics card and a weak processor. Also there is really no point in having a big 17" laptop if it doesn't have a high end graphics card to complement the big screen.

What type of games do you plan on playing and do you want to play them at max settings?

#6 soulvengeance   Beating dead horses CAGiversary!   4229 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:07 AM

In that price range, only the M11x is worthwhile, or maybe one of the ROG Asus on clearance if you can find one.

#7 ooPooPaaCaaC   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   5 Posts   Joined 9.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:14 AM

I got the perfect choice in that price range: Gateway 7811-fx.

This computer is about 3 years old but came fully loaded with a good 1080p screen and graphics card. By no means is it light as it is a 17in laptop that weighs roughly 10 lbs. Basically, it will still be on par or outperform any of the smaller gaming laptops (e.g. Alienware m11x) or higher multimedia laptops (HP Envy, etc...). It definately outperforms the m11x, even though it is a couple years old. To be honest, the Gateway 7811-fx is pretty much the laptop that started the whole "gaming laptop" division with its first iterations. Since then the "gaming" laptop category has gotten more robust and pricey as well.

But there is some added risk, as they do not sell these new anymore. You will have to find it used or possibly refurbished. The going price of these machines is $600 or less. I've even seen them sell for around $400 at times. Search on google and go to a laptop forum called "Notebook Review Forum". Occassionally, these laptop geeks will sell their old rig and usually in prestine condition. Some buying recommendation is always make sure to purchase from the original owner and one that comes from a smoke free home. Also it would help if the owner did the occasional cleaning maintenance as well.

What can you expect in terms of gaming performance? Well it will be able to play all games from medium to high performance. Of course this is based on namely the year it came out, and newer games will obviously need lower adjustments settings to get a smoother play.

If you are keeping tabs with the new Dota 2 game, you will meet the required settings to be able to play it. Don't expect to push the game graphics to the max as you will need a more expensive and up to date machine. But it will definately be playable.

The only game I found unbearable to play on this machine on any settings was the recent Witcher 2 game. Otherwise, you should be good to go. Hope this helps.

And if you could somehow save another $600 dollars in the future (adding your purchasing power to about $1200), then the best laptop for the money is Sager/Clevo.

Lastly, if you do decide to go with the Gateway 7811-fx route. Try sticking to that model as it includes the better higher resolution 1900 x 1200 screens. The later released model 7805-u came with a crapper screen to save on cost.

Edited by ooPooPaaCaaC, 19 August 2011 - 07:26 AM.


#8 Just Some Guy   Spare Some Change CAGiversary!   2419 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:16 AM

Yea I understand that a desktop is more suitable for gaming but since school season is just around the corner I figured I might as well get a new laptop.

Does anyone have a opinion on this one? It just looks like a steal at $500. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16834215120


You won't be able to play demanding games on that unless you don't mind some games running slowly even on the lowest settings, however others game might run better apparently. I just checked out this page http://www.notebookc...0M.43075.0.html and some older games work ok, but the demanding ones like Battlefield and Starcraft will have to played on the lowest settings to run smoothly, I'd probably just get a cheap laptop meant for school and a gaming desktop but then again that might be an expensive investment.

#9 mkelehan   Xbox Live Arcade Fiend CAGiversary!   2469 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:25 PM

Basically, if you want to play games, you'll want a desktop. If portability is also a concern, you'd be better off getting a low-end laptop and a high-end desktop than you would getting just the high-end laptop. The price will actually end up a little cheaper if you get both, and most importantly, you can upgrade the desktop later.

#10 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4026 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 05:13 PM

+1 on the desktop. need to let us know what games are u trying to play on the labtop.

#11 chickenbutt   Nope CAGiversary!   2167 Posts   Joined 10.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:08 PM

As long as it can play some games I'm fine. I knew it wouldn't be able to play games like starcraft.

The plan atm is probably just get that laptop and upgrade my current computer. Thanks for the input. If you guys have anymore suggestion I wouldn't mind hearing it.


You should still be able to play Starcraft 2 on a pretty old computer. I don't see anything wrong with playing a game like Starcraft on the lowest setting. My friend does that since he has an old computer.

#12 mission42   To start, press any key CAGiversary!   1561 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:33 PM

Starcraft isn't very demanding, you can play that on most any laptop you'd be buying now-a-days.

#13 Admiral Moo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   530 Posts   Joined 12.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:54 PM

http://www.amazon.co...13587891&sr=1-1

Comes with a free 360 if you are a member of Amazon Prime Student (have a .edu e-mail).

Can also sign up for the Amazon credit card and use a promo code BTS20OFF to get 20% taken off. Sell the 360 and it is fairly cheap. Still missing a true graphics card, but it should play MMORPGs, Sims, and older games.

#14 Bretts31344   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   815 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:54 PM

Asus K53TA - $450

I own this laptop and it plays most games fine. The asymmetric crossfire is slightly screwy right now, but I think a couple more driver releases from AMD should fix it. A desktop is much better suited than laptops for games, but this is probably the best CHEAP gaming laptop for less than $500 unless you find a clearance one or a really good sale somewhere.

Edit: Any of the new APU laptops from AMD are going to play a lot of less demanding games on medium/high, and even most newer games on low/medium settings.

#15 ZombieToast   He wears a disguise to look like human guys. CAGiversary!   3075 Posts   Joined 8.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:50 PM

+1 on the desktop. need to let us know what games are u trying to play on the labtop.

You always say "labtop"...are you a scientist?

#16 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4026 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:24 PM

You always say "labtop"...are you a scientist?


haha. Guess some people call it notebooks

#17 mkelehan   Xbox Live Arcade Fiend CAGiversary!   2469 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 05:06 PM

haha. Guess some people call it notebooks


Or laptop. With a P. Because it rests on your lap. I've never heard "labtop" before.

#18 Survivalism   CAG's Lance Boyle CAGiversary!   3125 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 05:29 PM

Or laptop. With a P. Because it rests on your lap. I've never heard "labtop" before.


I've heard it. And it makes me rage.

#19 mkelehan   Xbox Live Arcade Fiend CAGiversary!   2469 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 05:34 PM

Asus K53TA - $450

I own this laptop and it plays most games fine. The asymmetric crossfire is slightly screwy right now, but I think a couple more driver releases from AMD should fix it. A desktop is much better suited than laptops for games, but this is probably the best CHEAP gaming laptop for less than $500 unless you find a clearance one or a really good sale somewhere.

Edit: Any of the new APU laptops from AMD are going to play a lot of less demanding games on medium/high, and even most newer games on low/medium settings.


Whoa, that looks kind of GREAT. It looks like the first cheap gaming laptop, uh, ever. I might have to sell my laptop and get one myself.

#20 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4026 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:37 PM

Whoa, that looks kind of GREAT. It looks like the first cheap gaming laptop, uh, ever. I might have to sell my laptop and get one myself.


if u get it, u may run into screen banding, but asus release a updted bios to fix it. http://forum.noteboo...en-banding.html

This is a alright deal if u are looking for a cheap new notebook. Its a bit big. This may run a bit hot too, but should be able to play most games.

#21 mkelehan   Xbox Live Arcade Fiend CAGiversary!   2469 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:12 AM

if u get it, u may run into screen banding, but asus release a updted bios to fix it. http://forum.noteboo...en-banding.html

This is a alright deal if u are looking for a cheap new notebook. Its a bit big. This may run a bit hot too, but should be able to play most games.


I've decided to get it. I read up on the banding, and it looks like that BIOS update fixes it, and the CPU is easily undervolted and overclocked. Customer reviews say it runs pretty cool, and it doesn't look like it'll be any bigger or heavier than my current laptop. I'm selling my current laptop for $300, and it has literally half the Windows Experience Index, so I'm excited.

#22 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   4026 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:35 AM

I've decided to get it. I read up on the banding, and it looks like that BIOS update fixes it, and the CPU is easily undervolted and overclocked. Customer reviews say it runs pretty cool, and it doesn't look like it'll be any bigger or heavier than my current laptop. I'm selling my current laptop for $300, and it has literally half the Windows Experience Index, so I'm excited.


Nice. May I ask, where u selling your laptop at? Isnt it risky?