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So university looms, forget the course or university I'm going to I'm after certain specs for an absolute max of £600.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/1086061.htm

Good for the price? I want a dedicated graphics card but of course for the budget I'm on nothing like a GTX 670 would be in the specs.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/ran...piren1592.html

More expensive and no OS but I don't really like windows 8 anyway.

Any suggestions for a 'budget gaming' laptop would be appreciated.

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So university looms, forget the course or university I'm going to I'm after certain specs for an absolute max of £600.

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/1086061.htm

Good for the price? I want a dedicated graphics card but of course for the budget I'm on nothing like a GTX 670 would be in the specs.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/ran...piren1592.html

More expensive and no OS but I don't really like windows 8 anyway.

Any suggestions for a 'budget gaming' laptop would be appreciated.

Thanks
GTX670 is for desktops.................also i'm guessing you want to play games? if so which ones and settings?
any preferences? as gaming orientated laptops are heavier.
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GTX670 is for desktops.................also i'm guessing you want to play games? if so which ones and settings?
any preferences? as gaming orientated laptops are heavier.
That shows how much I know :rofl:

Yeah to an extent, most of the steam games. Dishonored, eso, watchdogs etc...

Weight isn't an issue or charge battery life.

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http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...&puid=fc31196c

i7 u version for better battery life
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http://outlet.euro.dell.com/Online/S...&puid=fc31196c

i7 u version for better battery life
Cheers for that.

The inspiron 15 series looks decent if I was to buy brand new though I've read the reviews and they're not all happy.

Lenovo G505s? http://www.ebuyer.com/614844-lenovo-...aptop-59408360
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That shows how much I know :rofl:

Yeah to an extent, most of the steam games. Dishonored, eso, watchdogs etc...

Weight isn't an issue or charge battery life.

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The novatech you suggested earlier is pretty good, coupled with the hybrid hdd and the gt745m so it should perform pretty decent for the gaming you want to do.

You could also configure some laptops from pcspecialist

Like the one below and get windows 7 instead of 8 included in the price. Change to the i5, 8gb ram and the gt850m and its about £581
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/

Probably want to upgrade the ram yourself on this http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1635713.html

Or get the 8gb version http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1631682.html



http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/SVF15...5_1586370.html

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59395...0_1536137.html

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/N550L...H_1470431.html
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(Original post by Iqbal007)
The novatech you suggested earlier is pretty good, coupled with the hybrid hdd and the gt745m so it should perform pretty decent for the gaming you want to do.

You could also configure some laptops from pcspecialist

Like the one below and get windows 7 instead of 8 included in the price. Change to the i5, 8gb ram and the gt850m and its about £581
https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/

Probably want to upgrade the ram yourself on this http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1635713.html

Or get the 8gb version http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/CB-CZ...0_1631682.html



http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/SVF15...5_1586370.html

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59395...0_1536137.html

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/N550L...H_1470431.html
Thanks a lot for the links, I'll have a look and compare them. I doubt I'll find anything cheap on HUKD when it comes to good laptop specs.


GT 745m vs GT 840m. Who wins? The 745 I believe?
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Thanks a lot for the links, I'll have a look and compare them. I doubt I'll find anything cheap on HUKD when it comes to good laptop specs.


GT 745m vs GT 840m. Who wins? The 745 I believe?
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.90244.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....105681.0.html

A pretty limited sample size, but things look a lot better for the 840M. For example looking at BF4, the 740M is getting 45fps on low settings with a quad core Haswell i7, while the 840M is getting 40fps on medium with a low power variant i5 and 47fps with a full power (but still dual core) one.
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http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...M.90244.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....105681.0.html

A pretty limited sample size, but things look a lot better for the 840M. For example looking at BF4, the 740M is getting 45fps on low settings with a quad core Haswell i7, while the 840M is getting 40fps on medium with a low power variant i5 and 47fps with a full power (but still dual core) one.
Cheers for that, yeah the 840M beats it. Though I'm not one for mindless shooter games a good fps helps. I'll be keeping an eye out for deals and prices. Hoping to buy in the next few weeks.

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Thanks a lot for the links, I'll have a look and compare them. I doubt I'll find anything cheap on HUKD when it comes to good laptop specs.


GT 745m vs GT 840m. Who wins? The 745 I believe?
did you look at the pcspecialist one with the gt850m?
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did you look at the pcspecialist one with the gt850m?
Yeah had a look, the 850 trumps the 840 so that's good I'd add that in. Though I'm tempted to get a seagate hybrid is it worth it or is the sata fine?

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http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
upgrade to I5 4210M, 8GB of RAM, and gtx 850M.
add a 7200RPM harddrive, and if you can afford it some extra thermal paste.
the gtx 850M upgrade is completely free.
If you want to save some more money, if you have a spare operating system disk, you can take off the OS and get an I7 and an upgraded wireless card (connects to your internet) or even have a 1080p screen.
the gtx 850M has the same capabilities of the gtx 765M.
Game benchmarks can be found here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....107795.0.html
however please note that 720p (your max screen resolution) comes under the "high" settings on those benchmarks, not ultra.
this will play watchdogs at 720p max @ 51.2fps. That's just for example.
titanfall and battlefield 4 get between 58-64 fps at their max settings at 720p
Guaranteed best bang for the buck in Britain at this price range.
Hope this helps.
(I'm on the Toms hardware forum a lot)
Edit: (have actually read everything above now) the hybrid drive will do so little that it's not worth it all, if you've got a few pounds to spare, I would suggest adding extra thermal paste (£9), the silver warranty (£5) and an upgraded intel wireless card "ac 7260" (about £15-20) all are well worthwhile upgrades
if you've still got spare cash, add an a small SSD for the OS and your favourite games.
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Yeah had a look, the 850 trumps the 840 so that's good I'd add that in. Though I'm tempted to get a seagate hybrid is it worth it or is the sata fine?

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Its faster a bit, but I dunno to be honest.
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http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/cosmosII/
upgrade to I5 4210M, 8GB of RAM, and gtx 850M.
add a 7200RPM harddrive, and if you can afford it some extra thermal paste.
the gtx 850M upgrade is completely free.
If you want to save some more money, if you have a spare operating system disk, you can take off the OS and get an I7 and an upgraded wireless card (connects to your internet) or even have a 1080p screen.
the gtx 850M has the same capabilities of the gtx 765M.
Game benchmarks can be found here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-....107795.0.html
however please note that 720p (your max screen resolution) comes under the "high" settings on those benchmarks, not ultra.
this will play watchdogs at 720p max @ 51.2fps. That's just for example.
titanfall and battlefield 4 get between 58-64 fps at their max settings at 720p
Guaranteed best bang for the buck in Britain at this price range.
Hope this helps.
(I'm on the Toms hardware forum a lot)
Edit: (have actually read everything above now) the hybrid drive will do so little that it's not worth it all, if you've got a few pounds to spare, I would suggest adding extra thermal paste (£9), the silver warranty (£5) and an upgraded intel wireless card "ac 7260" (about £15-20) all are well worthwhile upgrades
if you've still got spare cash, add an a small SSD for the OS and your favourite games.
Cheers for that, that graphics card is definitely a beast and would keep me sorted for years to come. Would keeping the standard sata hdd be a major nono or would it be fine?

Time to start saving those pennies!
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Cheers for that, that graphics card is definitely a beast and would keep me sorted for years to come. Would keeping the standard sata hdd be a major nono or would it be fine?

Time to start saving those pennies!
well I personally don't feel like a 5400rpm HDD makes too much of a difference, but I've never experienced an SSD XD . it honestly depends how much you care about waiting times, 7200rpm reduced it a bit, SSD's cut it potentially into a quarter.

Do you already have an Operating system / are you proficient in Linux?
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well I personally don't feel like a 5400rpm HDD makes too much of a difference, but I've never experienced an SSD XD . it honestly depends how much you care about waiting times, 7200rpm reduced it a bit, SSD's cut it potentially into a quarter.

Do you already have an Operating system / are you proficient in Linux?
Yeah I've seen the effects of the SSD's, if I've got the cash I'll get a 250 one and put the os on that.

Not proficient in Linux. Wish I had a spare OS cd lying around.

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Yeah I've seen the effects of the SSD's, if I've got the cash I'll get a 250 one and put the os on that.

Not proficient in Linux. Wish I had a spare OS cd lying around.

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at the most you'll only need 120GB, then just make sure you keep rotating your game library around. But if you want a 240, then get a samsung, the Kingston ones aren't too great.

Well some people do. Any chance you can ask around? if you're in education or work you might be able to wangle a copy out of the library or resources? Because if you can then you can get a fair few worthwhile extras.
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at the most you'll only need 120GB, then just make sure you keep rotating your game library around. But if you want a 240, then get a samsung, the Kingston ones aren't too great.

Well some people do. Any chance you can ask around? if you're in education or work you might be able to wangle a copy out of the library or resources? Because if you can then you can get a fair few worthwhile extras.
Ah I see yeah I've heard of the samsung evo ones being quite good.

Possible uni student, I'll see what I can do you're definitely right though get rid of that £80 and a nice ssd can come in

Thanks a lot, I'll be getting a laptop 99% from pcspecialist just depends on the exact specs now.

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glad to help. Though for £700 you can get an easy chromebook for like £150 then build your own desktop with monitor for about £550. Very easily. I've been thinking of doing precisely the same thing - though it's a bit more challenging, it does yield much better gaming fps.
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