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    I'm well aware that there are millions of these threads, but I thought I'd offer some info about what I'm looking for and see what people can suggest.
    I'd say my budget is around £600 maybe a little higher, generally it'll just be browsing the web, microsoft office for uni work but I'm a casual gamer and would love something that can run GTA V when it finally comes out on PC, if it does!
    I appreciate for that money I won't get something that runs it on max settings with zero lag, but something that will be able to play it at a good level would be great. Basically a decent graphics card is important.
    In terms of other things, screen size I'd say I'm looking at 14-16 inches.
    I'm not too fussed in terms of what make it is, I've had decent experiences with HP and Toshiba laptops and have been looking at Dell but the prices scare me a little... Could I go down the refurbished route? Dell also have an outlet site I see, seem to be a lot cheaper on there for some decent specs.
    Feel free to ask further questions, all info is welcome!
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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    I'm well aware that there are millions of these threads, but I thought I'd offer some info about what I'm looking for and see what people can suggest.
    I'd say my budget is around £600 maybe a little higher, generally it'll just be browsing the web, microsoft office for uni work but I'm a casual gamer and would love something that can run GTA V when it finally comes out on PC, if it does!
    I appreciate for that money I won't get something that runs it on max settings with zero lag, but something that will be able to play it at a good level would be great. Basically a decent graphics card is important.
    In terms of other things, screen size I'd say I'm looking at 14-16 inches.
    I'm not too fussed in terms of what make it is, I've had decent experiences with HP and Toshiba laptops and have been looking at Dell but the prices scare me a little... Could I go down the refurbished route? Dell also have an outlet site I see, seem to be a lot cheaper on there for some decent specs.
    Feel free to ask further questions, all info is welcome!
    GTA V is a serious push, if its anything like GTA IV, its going to be a pain to play, at £600 you can get at most a gt635m, spend a bit more and a gt740m. And even then don't expect the best graphic settings.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    GTA V is a serious push, if its anything like GTA IV, its going to be a pain to play, at £600 you can get at most a gt635m, spend a bit more and a gt740m. And even then don't expect the best graphic settings.
    hmm fair enough, yeah I don't expect the best settings at all just something that's playable. I can't even find decent specs with a gt635m for less than £800 right now! Might have to stretch my budget a little higher.
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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    hmm fair enough, yeah I don't expect the best settings at all just something that's playable. I can't even find decent specs with a gt635m for less than £800 right now! Might have to stretch my budget a little higher.
    Under your budget are these.........so youtube the graphics card like this "gt635 GTA IV" or whatever to get gameplay, but expect it to be harder to play then the gta 4 unless they bothered to optimised the game for pc this time properly. Also you may want to push for an i7, as I noticed GTA 4 on my pc to be very needy on everything.

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_Z580_1336880.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Toshi...X_1347357.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenov...h_1357423.html
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Under your budget are these.........so youtube the graphics card like this "gt635 GTA IV" or whatever to get gameplay, but expect it to be harder to play then the gta 4 unless they bothered to optimised the game for pc this time properly. Also you may want to push for an i7, as I noticed GTA 4 on my pc to be very needy on everything.

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenovo_Z580_1336880.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Toshi...X_1347357.html

    http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Lenov...h_1357423.html
    thanks very much I'll have a look! Yeah, I have i7 on my desktop and a pretty old graphics card (can't remember the model numbe but it's a GTX 1.8gb, got it around 3 years ago with a Dell XPS) and GTA IV actually runs really nicely... Or it did a few years ago!
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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    thanks very much I'll have a look! Yeah, I have i7 on my desktop and a pretty old graphics card (can't remember the model numbe but it's a GTX 1.8gb, got it around 3 years ago with a Dell XPS) and GTA IV actually runs really nicely... Or it did a few years ago!
    Sounds like a higher end gpu, I can run on ultra, etc but its a killer of ram and the cpu........GTA 4 on PC was terrible cos they didn't even bother to properly change the coding over to pc usage, you can google the issues. Hence why I'm worried about GTA 5 being a similar case.
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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    hmm fair enough, yeah I don't expect the best settings at all just something that's playable. I can't even find decent specs with a gt635m for less than £800 right now! Might have to stretch my budget a little higher.
    You should be looking for at least a GT640M, it is a significant step up from the 635. You can get plenty of those within your budget.
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    This is probably going to sound like an advert for Lenovo but hey, I love the thing and I've had it through sixth and my first year of degree, and it still runs perfect, so here goes:

    I can highly recommend the Lenovo laptops - they have pretty high spec for affordable prices, and I can run Black Ops 2 at full graphics perfectly smooth on my stock configuration Y570 with 8GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GT555M 2GB Graphics Card and Intel i7 2.2Ghz processor. I wasn't able to run GTA4 but I believe that's because of terribly bad coding - it would be smooth for 5 seconds, then freeze for a second, then smooth again, then freeze again. Changing graphics settings made no difference. Hopefully GTA 5 will be better coded.

    The hard drive it comes with is a 500GB Western Digital (ugh!) but I swapped that out for Seagate 750GB once it had failed (inevitable with WD I know) and keep most of my data on a Seagate 3TB external drive (doable since the Y570 has four USB ports, two of which are 3.0).

    The wireless adapter is decent, but nowhere near perfect - expect occasional drop outs and "limited connections" to your router, which can b a problem if you stream things like netflix, or watch webinars, so - like me - you may wish to opt in favour of wired rather than wireless connections.

    All in all I recommend it, and it's a steal - I'm not sure if the 570 is still in production, however there are later models that are still very affordable.

    I'd recommend you take a look!
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    I have a brand new Lenovo IdeaPad that has Windows 8 and is a touchscreen as well. Absolutely fantastic. I have had a Dell and HP in the past and would not recommend a Dell.


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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    I can highly recommend the Lenovo laptops - they have pretty high spec for affordable prices, and I can run Black Ops 2 at full graphics perfectly smooth on my stock configuration Y570 with 8GB RAM, [B]NVidia GeForce GT555M 2GB Graphics Card and Intel i7 2.2Ghz processor. I wasn't able to run GTA4 but I believe that's because of terribly bad coding - it would be smooth for 5 seconds, then freeze for a second, then smooth again, then freeze again. Changing graphics settings made no difference. Hopefully GTA 5 will be better coded!
    Lenovo laptops: Agree, they are robust, reliable, and awesome in almost every way. Also on one right now, and its a beast.

    About the GT555M - its a rebranded GT635M. Your graphics card is perfectly capable of playing GTA IV at AT LEAST medium settings with smooth frame rates. You must have not configured your laptop properly, or your system is getting too slow. If you search on YouTube, there are tonnes of people with your specs who can easily and comfortably play the game.
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    if I were to stretch my budget, is this decent for £999? A hell of a lot of money for me but I want something that's not gonna be outdated in 1-2 years, I've had such bad experiences with laptops costing 500-600 that I'm tempted to go higher.

    http://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-idea...-black/p625306
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    This is probably going to sound like an advert for Lenovo but hey, I love the thing and I've had it through sixth and my first year of degree, and it still runs perfect, so here goes:

    I can highly recommend the Lenovo laptops - they have pretty high spec for affordable prices, and I can run Black Ops 2 at full graphics perfectly smooth on my stock configuration Y570 with 8GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GT555M 2GB Graphics Card and Intel i7 2.2Ghz processor. I wasn't able to run GTA4 but I believe that's because of terribly bad coding - it would be smooth for 5 seconds, then freeze for a second, then smooth again, then freeze again. Changing graphics settings made no difference. Hopefully GTA 5 will be better coded.

    The hard drive it comes with is a 500GB Western Digital (ugh!) but I swapped that out for Seagate 750GB once it had failed (inevitable with WD I know) and keep most of my data on a Seagate 3TB external drive (doable since the Y570 has four USB ports, two of which are 3.0).

    The wireless adapter is decent, but nowhere near perfect - expect occasional drop outs and "limited connections" to your router, which can b a problem if you stream things like netflix, or watch webinars, so - like me - you may wish to opt in favour of wired rather than wireless connections.

    All in all I recommend it, and it's a steal - I'm not sure if the 570 is still in production, however there are later models that are still very affordable.

    I'd recommend you take a look!
    oops I was meant to quote you with the laptop I posted just above this comment, I hadn't considered Lenovo's but I'll have a look!
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    I'm kinda looking for a laptop too seeing as my desktop failed on me :/ I have this problem of the CPU usage being almost 100% and I'm barely running any program's!

    I'm looking for a laptop that doesn't overheat too fast, and I'd probably be using a bit of photoshop on it cause I wanna get used to graphics design and all school work, maybe a little bit of gaming if I don't get the new ps4 or Xbox one! Just an all rounder really

    If there's any advice I'd appreciate it!


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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    if I were to stretch my budget, is this decent for £999? A hell of a lot of money for me but I want something that's not gonna be outdated in 1-2 years, I've had such bad experiences with laptops costing 500-600 that I'm tempted to go higher.

    http://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-idea...-black/p625306

    The full HD display is a good benefit, but I'd avoid using Windows 8 - see if you can still get a machine with 7 on it. I've heard of lots of problems with compatibility using 8.

    The rest of the specs look beast! The big ones are the large 1TB stock drive and 16GB ram (remember this is virtually useless though if your programs aren't 64 bit ready). One thing to note on this one however is

    a) the battery life - 5 hours is the marketing value, which means 5 hours of using virtually no processing power, in a nice cool room so the fan doesn't have to whiz up, not writing or reading any data so the drive heads can be parked, no audio and screen on dimmest setting. This probably equates down to 2-3 hours if you're actually using it. Even less if you're gaming, doing video or audio editing etc.

    and

    b) The display is a gloss finish, which means if it's a sunny day and you're near a window, then good ****ing luck seeing what's on the screen!


    Perhaps you can find a similar spec machine with Windows 7 (and maybe a 1366x768 anti-glare display, which still at 15.6" pretty damn sharp) for less money, which might actually be worth more to you in the long run.
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    (Original post by hellomoto170)
    if I were to stretch my budget, is this decent for £999? A hell of a lot of money for me but I want something that's not gonna be outdated in 1-2 years, I've had such bad experiences with laptops costing 500-600 that I'm tempted to go higher.

    http://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-idea...-black/p625306
    Hope you didn't get that.......yes its a excellent laptop, but for gaming, you can pick up far better specs, especially in terms of the gpu
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Hope you didn't get that.......yes its a excellent laptop, but for gaming, you can pick up far better specs, especially in terms of the gpu
    A GT 750M is pretty damn good, hardly anybody needs better than that, even for GTA IV.

    (A 750M is better than even a GTX660M, which is itself extremely powerful.)
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    (Original post by Sgt.Incontro)
    A GT 750M is pretty damn good, hardly anybody needs better than that, even for GTA IV.

    (A 750M is better than even a GTX660M, which is itself extremely powerful.)
    At £1000, you can pick up a much better gpu, with far better general specs of a laptop.

    Also be aware that GTA IV is so badly optimised for pc that it won't great on graphic settings.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    At £1000, you can pick up a much better gpu, with far better general specs of a laptop.

    Also be aware that GTA IV is so badly optimised for pc that it won't great on graphic settings.
    Well I am personally not aware of any better (main brand) laptops you can get for under £1000. Link?

    GTA IV isn't that bad, and as I said, the GTX 660M is still extremely powerful. Note that I can easily play GTA IV at 1080p, all settings maxed out (Ultra), at 60Hz with 30fps+.
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    (Original post by Sgt.Incontro)
    Well I am personally not aware of any better (main brand) laptops you can get for under £1000. Link?

    GTA IV isn't that bad, and as I said, the GTX 660M is still extremely powerful. Note that I can easily play GTA IV at 1080p, all settings maxed out (Ultra), at 60Hz with 30fps+.
    pcspecialist.............. 15.6" Optimus V with a gtx765m
    ASUS G750, etc
 
 
 
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