need help with gaming laptop

  Keenan66 21:43 PM 17 May 11

Just wanted to know if this would be a good laptop for games for my son . Don't know alot about laptop The price is £699... Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor - 2.0 GHz (up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost) - 6 MB L3 cach- 6 GB DDR3 RAM - Intel® HD Graphics 3000 - 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive - 2 x USB 2.0 1 x USB 3.0 1 x HDMI 1 x VGA 1 x HDMI (digital video/audio) 1 x VGA (analogue video) screen size 15.6" -

  Divided_Loyalties 22:32 PM 28 May 11

Not the best to answer this (hence why I'm scanning beginner forum), but as no one has. Everything looks good except the graphics card which is integrated with the processor. I found this doesn't work as well for gaming as it causes issues when the processor is working hard and trying to do decent graphics.

That said mine is not as good (cheaper and a year old) but I still think get a discrete graphics card.

Quick scan of ebuyer came up with the below for £630. Not sure how the processor compares and the screens smaller. Its more for comparison as it was the first on the list. Samsung SF310 LaptopIntel Core i5-480M 2.66GHz 4GB RAM + 320GB HDD 13.3" HD LED NVIDIA GeForce 310M Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Lastly without expert knowledge shopping for a discrete/integrated card is pretty hard as they are often not very clear in the description


  wee eddie 10:42 AM 29 May 11

It used to be said that gaming and laptops do not go together. However this is no longer true.

What is true is that inexpensive Laptops can rarely compete with Desktops when it comes to Gaming. The reason being the difficulty to be found in including sufficient processing power to run the Game's Graphics.

Read through the Reviews, on this site, and the word 'disappointing' is frequently used in conjunction with Gaming, on machines under £900.00. This does not mean that the cheaper ones cannot run games, just that there will be lower Frame Rates and much of the fine tuning needs to be turned off, or down, to play.


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