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So, for the longest time I've been a desktop pc gamer(not hardcore, i dont exactly know what all the specs mean.) but since I moved in with my gf she has to use my computer as HER computer for school work since she's now in college
i already have a laptop (inspiron.. eh..) and i have been looking for a nice, cheap-ish laptop (preferrable below 700.. got rent to pay :L)
I'm not looking to play SUPER graphic demanding games, just simple things like... minecraft, maybe dark souls and skyrim (my current computer can handle skyrim and dark souls on LOW settings, but not minecraft) here and there. I do however wish i could play Planetary Annihilation with no lag (but idk if thats me or the server since its new..)
anyway
also i'd like something that DOESNT weigh a ton, my current one weighs about 11 pounds i hate having to take it anywhere!
Here are a few I've found so far,
Feel free to give comments and suggestions on better ones, or "more bang for my buck"

Acer Aspire V5-572G-6679 15.6-inch Laptop (Polar Black)

Acer Aspire V3-551G-X419 15.6-Inch Laptop (Midnight Black)

ASUS K55A-DS51 15.6-Inch Laptop (Mocha)

Toshiba Satellite S55D-A5366 15.6-Inch Laptop

HP Pavilion G7-2243us laptop

Never really tried to look for "gaming" laptops before so this is all i could come up with.
I'd really like suggestions
Thanks in advance
Posted: December 2013 Permalink

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MapleFacez Level 140 Khaini Luminous 4
Be careful, the asus one is pretty nice, but some games dont work well with windows 8
Dec 09 2013
Be careful, the asus one is pretty nice, but some games dont work well with windows 8[/quote]

great... See this is my problem. I don't know what to look for.
Dec 09 2013
Quickjumper7 Level 23 Windia
The HP has the best specs, but... according to statistics, HP laptops are 10% more likely to fail over a 3 year period than Asus or Toshiba.

Also, several of these laptops have integrated graphics. That will be a problem if you decide to play a more graphics intensive game.
Dec 09 2013
The HP has the best specs, but... according to statistics, HP laptops are 10% more likely to fail over a 3 year period than Asus or Toshiba.

Also, several of these laptops have integrated graphics. That will be a problem if you decide to play a more graphics intensive game.[/quote]

Well do you have a suggestion for a better laptop? I mean.. I have a steady job so i can basically afford basically anything (im not paying for than $1300 though.. thats just ridiculous.. maybe im just old fashion and used to the old stuff but whatever) So if you can FIND something you deem worthy for around $800 then let me know
Dec 09 2013
Quickjumper7 Level 23 Windia
Well, Lenovo is having a sale on their Ideapads. The 15.6" is in the upper end of your budget, but the 14" is at $800. And you could try checking them out on newegg, there are some nice deals there.

14" - shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/
15.6" - shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/

But its your call. The Acers and the HP that you listed also have nice specs, and for a lower price. I'd definitely invest in a warranty, though.
Dec 09 2013
magisjay Level 16 Broa Wild Hunter 1
I've been using Windows 8 on my gaming PC for months now without any problems. I can play all Nexon games, BF4, AC4, Crysis, Bioshock, and others.
Dec 09 2013
I haven't look at laptops for a while (or the latest tech for that matter), but out of those you have listed, the two Acers are the only ones that have a dedicated GPU (V3 with the HD 7660G + 7670M, and V5 with the GT720M), whereas the rest has integrated graphics.

As long as you take care of your laptop, an HP shouldn't just fail within 3 years.

Quickly browsing through Newegg, here's three laptops I had found.

Best laptop in the ~$800 USD price point for gaming would likely be the Y510P for $850 at Newegg. It's rocking a dual 750M in SLI. www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313583

For under $800, the [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314182]Acer V5-552PG-X809[/url] with the HD 8750M and a 15.6" touchscreen or the [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313581]Lenovo IdeaPad Z710[/url] with an GT745M and a 17" 1080p screen. The Lenovo would offer a bit better gaming performance as well as offer you a larger workspace which allows you to see more on your screen, but it would also be heavier and less mobile due to the larger size.
Dec 09 2013
esteban Level 236 Scania Mechanic 4
My laptop was $800 at Best Buy.
Asus g46vw "republic of gamers" rog.asus.com/?s=g46vw for specs
and to see the design and awesomeness. www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/G46VW/

It has i5 Core @2.60GHZ processor, 8GB RAM, 700GB HDD, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660m GDDR5 GPU. It comes with dual interior fans, one to cool the CPU, one for the Graphics.

I can play minecraft, maplestory, and world of warcraft all at the same time. It starts to feel warm if I play WoW on highest graphics settings after an hour or so.
I've yet to hear the fans at all yet.
I play them all because I'm too lazy to boot them each from the start. Or when I have FM shop open.

Pros : all of the above + design and lightweight (3-4pounds) considering all it has for a mobile laptop.

Light up keyboard if it matters to you.

Tons of upgrades available : Solid State Drives, higher resolutions, i7 core, etc. Which all can reach $1300+ which IMO is ridiculous. Im poor so I went with the lowest and basic options.

Cons :
My version is a 14 inch screen, which for me I like only because I don't like that the bigger screens come with the full keyboard layout with number pad.
So basically I got the smaller one because of the keyboard layout.

The rubber like material gets dirty fast with finger prints, as well as the interior plastic.

All three USB ports are 3.0 which is good and bad.

No built-in CD drive. Because it's made for portability they took out the CD drive. Which is a good thing. Less moving parts, less maintenance.
If you really need a CD drive, you can buy portable ones off eBay for $15-$30

Interior battery (if you're a tech geek this matters) / Hard to access HDD.

If you want a bigger screen buy the other versions.
Dec 09 2013
BreakerZ Level 147 Bera Cannoneer 4
Alienware brah.
Dec 09 2013
Sleepyx714 Level 119 Bera Angelic Buster 4
[url=http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/]It's pricey but you'll definitely get your moneys worth with this.[/url]
Dec 09 2013
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