Suggestions for a descent laptop

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#1 Posted by kingkarl123 (186 posts) -

I want to get myself a 'new' laptop and i would like some suggestions from you guys. My budget is around £350 and i don't mind is the laptop is new or used, from ebay or amazon etc.

I woulld like a 17-18 inch HD screen mainly for watching films but i would also like to be able to do some casual gaming. I wont be playing cod etc on my laptop as i have a PS3 for that. But i do like stratedgy/simulation games so i would like to be able to play the new Sims or Command and conquer on at least medium settings. I would also like to play Eve online. I have a Dell inspiron N5010, so you have something to go from.

So any advice/suggestions woulld be fantastic, i just don't want to be spending £350 ona laptop to find out i've bought a load of crap :P

#2 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -

I'll be honest here, you're not going to get much for £350.

Can you raise it to £400 at least?

#3 Posted by kingkarl123 (186 posts) -

£400 then

#4 Posted by the_bi99man (11047 posts) -

£400 then

kingkarl123

What does that translate to in US$ these days?

Basically, if you want to be able to do at least some gaming, just avoid anything with integrated graphics (Intel HD graphics). Get something with a dedicated video card, even if it's a low end one. That might put you over budget, though, unless 400 pounds is ALOT more dollars than I think it is. If you can't get something with a dedicated video card, make sure it's got the Intel HD4000 graphics. But don't expect to run most recent games at any more than bare minimum, and 720p or less resolution.

For reference, my Dell Studio XPS 17 laptop cost me just a hair over $1000, in 2009. It's got a Radeon HD4670 1gb. I haven't encountered any games that I straight up can't run, but I do have to settle for pretty much minimum settings, 720p, and framerates in the 20s-30s for most games from the last couple years.

#5 Posted by kingkarl123 (186 posts) -
£400 is $634.56. Well like i said i'm not interested in playing Hardcore games such as Cod or any shooter in fact. I've been bidding on this laptop http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261155918618?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649
#6 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Make sure the descent is slow when you put them on a table.
#7 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
£400 is $634.56. Well like i said i'm not interested in playing Hardcore games such as Cod or any shooter in fact. I've been bidding on this laptop http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261155918618?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649kingkarl123
I thought it was good, until I saw the unreliable wifi, and battery replacement comment.
#8 Posted by SciFiCat (1750 posts) -
Here you can find a huge list of Laptop comparison and their best relation of power/price: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Rating-price-value.2676.0.html
#9 Posted by kingkarl123 (186 posts) -
That's for that SciFiCat. i'm going to have a look through that in a sec. But first of all tell me what you think of this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acer-Aspire-8920G-Intel-Core-2-Duo-320GB-HDD-3GB-RAM-18-4Inch-Laptop-27715-/261157824242?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item3cce3826f2
#10 Posted by MonsieurX (29708 posts) -
C2D cpu,,meh