#1 Posted by sgtbaker (15 posts) -

Hey guys,

I've been looking days on end for the ideal laptop to fulfill my needs, however I still can't

seem to find that laptop.

When I mean mid-price I mean a laptop no more than $1,150. I know its more edged towards the upper mid-range but whatever.

What I want exactly? So I want to be able to play games like Crysis, Battlefield 2, CoD (newer versions). Mostly modern FPSs. I could list more genres like MMORPGs but I believe FPS games are the most demanding in comparison to the former. I also want to be able to play these at at least medium high quality.

Please, I know there are many gamers who despise laptops out there but I'm going to college soon and do not want to buy a desktop, I know as a fact that that is the better option. But I don't want to be that much of a gamer, its not really about looking like one gamer or another, its just not practical to buy a desktop now.

So yea, it would be great if this laptop would also slightly be portable and have a decent design, having decent multimedia features as well as being able to run Photoshop nicely or certain, high-end music editing/creation software.

I'm hoping I can get good advice and hope that my journey for laptop searching ends here.

Thanks in advance ;)

#2 Edited by Stepside (506 posts) -
#3 Edited by sgtbaker (15 posts) -

@Stepside: Appreciate the choice, I think I fell in love with the specs, but the laptop itself is not portable enough and is too chunky :( And the weight.... Another thing, its wi-fi range is really weak...which could personally pose a really problem.

#4 Posted by monstersnsoup (80 posts) -
#5 Posted by believer258 (11066 posts) -

@sgtbaker said:

@Stepside: Appreciate the choice, I think I fell in love with the specs, but the laptop itself is not portable enough and is too chunky :( And the weight.... Another thing, its wi-fi range is really weak...which could personally pose a really problem.

Well, at least you didn't say "I want a gaming laptop that can play things on Ultra for $700."

Compromises have to be made for a gaming laptop and weight is generally one of them. You might find one that's lighter but I'd bet that it's also weaker. Honestly, I think you might be better off building an $800 machine and getting a netbook or an iPad or something to take to class. On that note, I might just be old fashioned but the few times I carried my laptop to class, I found it utterly useless. I am far faster and much less distracted with pen and paper, and now that I'm a Junior I see almost no one taking their computers out during class for Facebook notes. It's pretty much a Freshman thing that dwindles away before long.

#6 Posted by tripclaw_forced_to_rename__why (6 posts) -
#7 Posted by sgtbaker (15 posts) -

@believer258: Yea well I'm not that naive :P I'm not asking for a specialised gaming laptop here, the laptop doesn't even have to be classed as a gaming laptop. I just want a decent, portable, sleek one which is capable of playing modern FPSs at medium/high quality - And not going bellow 50/40 frames when in medium quality (no I don't wan't lower my settings even more than that.

And I honestly don't plan on buying an iPad or such, no offense. So ultimately, I understand that the smaller it gets, the lower the performance it would be....

And

#8 Posted by believer258 (11066 posts) -

@sgtbaker said:

@believer258: Yea well I'm not that naive :P I'm not asking for a specialised gaming laptop here, the laptop doesn't even have to be classed as a gaming laptop. I just want a decent, portable, sleek one which is capable of playing modern FPSs at medium/high quality - And not going bellow 50/40 frames when in medium quality (no I don't wan't lower my settings even more than that.

And I honestly don't plan on buying an iPad or such, no offense. So ultimately, I understand that the smaller it gets, the lower the performance it would be....

And

No offense taken on the iPad thing, it was just a suggestion.

Anyway, I would still say that this 's choice is the best choice in the thread so far. I wouldn't touch an HP with a thirty foot pole, I work in my college's IT Help Desk and I've had to declare more HP's physically broken than you can shake a stick at. In your post you sounded like you just wrote off what I said, but be warned: HP's don't seem to be too well made in my experience.

#9 Edited by sgtbaker (15 posts) -

Hmm, I've had a hp compaq nc6220 since 2004 and it still is fully functional to this day xD

Felt like saying that haha.

No, but I see where you're coming from, I would understand why you would think that. And I agree that 's idea is a good one but it would be too impractical for multiple reason's. If I really can't find a laptop, I shall consider it.

How about a Dell XPS 13 maybe? Hmm, the only drawback is it's graphics card. Intel Graphics...I have a question, how do you know which laptops can be changed to completely different graphic cards? What I mean by that is that not all graphic cards are compatible with all laptops right? So can't I ask the pc workshop to install a better graphics card?

I know I would be destroying the warranty and all, but that's not the issue.

I would be able to simply get a better graphics card for a specific laptop (with decent specs of course), remove the current one and install the new graphics card. I'm assuming its not that simple but is compatibility the only issue here?