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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
As for the RAM, remember that W7 requires atleast 1.5GB just to run it's operating system
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No it doesn't. I've used Win7 with 512MB RAM.

That's a little on the low side considering a fresh install will sit in about 600-700MB and it only goes up from there. 1GB is the absolute bare minimum I'd try running it in with 2GB being better, but the more the merrier.

I'm using an acer laptop right now, and it has been running well for the past five years.

That far back they actually were quite dodgy. I have one from around that time, maybe a year or two older and it makes me glad I never recommended them to anybody. They do seem to have lifted their game in recent years though.

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
That's a little on the low side considering a fresh install will sit in about 600-700MB and it only goes up from there. 1GB is the absolute bare minimum I'd try running it in with 2GB being better, but the more the merrier.
The point is, required and recommended are different. Dragonsniper was speaking of required, and even in that case saying 1.5GB is required is a bit too much. Win7 runs surprisingly well on 512MB.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
There's this, which all around has way better specs that that Fujitsu at the same price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115869

What. The. [insert long swear here]. On the local market this costs ~2600$!!!

And even looking at other english-speaking sites the price is similar, ~1200$ for instance.

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I forgot to ask, what country are you in? newegg doesn't ship internationally so you might need someone on hlp you trust well enough who lives in America to act as a middle man.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Definitely not America. I'm living in the far far faaaaar little pothole known as Hungary (you know, that country with the media law :P).
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I prefer Asus laptops myself. They've got a good rep among gamers. Best Buy in the USA has models around the $1100 range
that have decent specs. There are other places to get newer models, but they tend to cost a little more.

Example of a Asus specs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220861
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220921

Unless you really need the screen real estate, a 15 inch screen I have found to be ideal for travel
and it puts less load on the GPU.

I use a far older C2D G50VT-X5 model, but they've been pretty consistent over the years.

My best recommendation would be to get on these forums and 1st ask in the what system should I buy thread,
then camp the section of choice for the brands you're interested in and read up on what other people have had to say
on a particular model.  http://forum.notebookreview.com/what-notebook-should-i-buy/

Worst case scenario, I could ship it long as you take care of things. There's custom laptop builders out there too that'll ship
internationally.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2011, 03:39:12 pm by JGZinv »
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
If you decide to ship it, beware of foreign keyboard layouts.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
That's a little on the low side considering a fresh install will sit in about 600-700MB and it only goes up from there. 1GB is the absolute bare minimum I'd try running it in with 2GB being better, but the more the merrier.
The point is, required and recommended are different. Dragonsniper was speaking of required, and even in that case saying 1.5GB is required is a bit too much. Win7 runs surprisingly well on 512MB.
The main issue is that he's using it for gaming. 2GB just isn't enough with Win7.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
For gaming laptops, the Asus G series mentioned earlier is a good bet, and MSI's lineup is also supposed to be well built and packs in strong GPUs for the money. Several boutique builders such as XoticPC also sell customized Sagers with high end GPUs. See this list to check how the laptop video cards compare, as the names are confusing and have little in common with the desktop cards.

Also, wait a few weeks until all the companies update their lineups with the Sandy Bridge CPUs. Those just came out and there are only a few SB laptops out there at the moment. As for the memory, just about anything over $700 or so will come with at least 4GB these days.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
A couple friends of mine game on this;

http://www.amazon.com/G73JW-XA1-Republic-Gamers-17-3-Inch-Gaming/dp/B0044BCZ0E/ref=dp_cp_ob_pc_title_0

Well, not that specifically, they have a Radeon chip in theirs, but they do excellent and can run all the best games out there.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I've used XoticPC and one of the others (can't recall the name) previously for purchasing some high end laptops.
To be honest, after everything said and done... the price doesn't make it worth it. There's not a discernible
enough difference to say a $4000 laptop is better than my year later $500 laptop.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Found the laptop they use, specifically. It's huge but it looks great and runs games extremely well - it's better than my current desktop.

http://www.amazon.com/G73JH-X5-Republic-Gamers-17-3-Inch-Gaming/dp/B004CYEY9I/ref=pd_cp_pc_1

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Just keep in mind.... when comparing all these "cool deals" ... that if you go with the laptop that has the "best specs for the lowest price" you will pretty much always get to enjoy these features as well:

- garbage build quality
- overheating issues
- fan noise rivaling the vacuum cleaner.

Enjoy your new Laptop, ...  try to wear headphones at full volume, ignore the smell of burning plastic ... and just reboot like a man everytime it crashes or freezes ;)


Seriously... don't buy Laptops just going by "specs"...  and if at all possible test them in person before you buy.
The amount of misdesigned garbage on the laptop market... even from "decent brands" really is unbelievable.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
As for the RAM, remember that W7 requires atleast 1.5GB just to run it's operating system
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No it doesn't. I've used Win7 with 512MB RAM.
Ok... :wtf: I've never had my RAM use less than 1.2GB on my machine. Well, assume between 512Mb and 2Gb, but the more, the better.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Just keep in mind.... when comparing all these "cool deals" ... that if you go with the laptop that has the "best specs for the lowest price" you will pretty much always get to enjoy these features as well:

- garbage build quality
- overheating issues
- fan noise rivaling the vacuum cleaner.

Enjoy your new Laptop, ...  try to wear headphones at full volume, ignore the smell of burning plastic ... and just reboot like a man everytime it crashes or freezes ;)


Seriously... don't buy Laptops just going by "specs"...  and if at all possible test them in person before you buy.
The amount of misdesigned garbage on the laptop market... even from "decent brands" really is unbelievable.



Asus has had a few models that have had heat issues. But they are also the first to typically offer a new chipset line.
Within a revision or bios update they typically have it fixed. Not every laptop manufacturer produces junk day in and day out.
If you're going to run down to Staples and grab yourself an off the rack HP, expect to get HP's well known build quality.

Either way, it's best to do your research on a particular model you have your heart set on before taking the plunge.
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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Her laptop's quieter than my little Lenovo 15" (which is a few years it's senior, granted).

As for build quality, nothing particularly stuck out at me whenever I used it. I know she carries it with her all over the place.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
I've had friends cycling through Asus, HP, Dell, and Toshiba, and all have run into serious heating/noise problems.

My VAIO on the other hand, though ridiculously overpriced (I didn't pay for it), has a GPU overclocked by 45%, and has never run into any noise/stability/heat issues.

So yeah, Sony makes seriously overpriced hardware, but they must have done something right, at least for my model.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
So then it's probably not overpriced? :p I still love my Lenovo Y530 though, it's been all over the world with me and it's still spittin' a mean game.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
Ok... :wtf: I've never had my RAM use less than 1.2GB on my machine. Well, assume between 512Mb and 2Gb, but the more, the better.
I actually once tested how much RAM Win7 actually needs to operate. It went as low as 128MB RAM, I fired up a few basic apps including Adobe Reader which worked too, it wasn't exactly fast though. With 96MB RAM Win7 refused to even try to boot and instead greeted me with a message saying there is no enough RAM to boot. Sure, officially Microsoft's minimum requirements say 1GB and it's probably true for any decent performance with some apps open and in use.

Today anything less than 4GB RAM for gaming purposes is silly.

 

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Re: "Kindasortof" gaming laptop for $1500 - How are these specs?
So then it's probably not overpriced? :p I still love my Lenovo Y530 though, it's been all over the world with me and it's still spittin' a mean game.

Those non-ThinkPad Lenovos are probably among the most underrated machines out there IMO. They're reasonably priced, have decent specs and the build quality isn't half-bad either. Get the right deal and you can have an i5, 4GB RAM and a decent sized HDD for under a grand. The catch, though, is they mostly have Intel integrated graphics which makes them unsuitable in this case, but for a large chunk of the market, they're brilliant.

My sister has an older model, a 3000 C200, that she paid about AUD$735 (sticker price was 899, but she got employee discount on it) for about 4 years ago and it's been a great little machine for her. Initial spec wasn't great: 1.6GHz Celeron M, 512MB RAM and a 60GB HDD, but it was par for the course at the time and almost enough for what she needed. It's still going strong, though I've since upgraded it with a 2GHz C2D, 4GB (though due to chipset/BIOS limitations, only 3GB is visible to the OS) RAM and a 250GB HDD which made it more than a match for anything in the same price bracket prior to the arrival of i3/i5 models.

As for the RAM, remember that W7 requires atleast 1.5GB just to run it's operating system
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No it doesn't. I've used Win7 with 512MB RAM.
Ok... :wtf: I've never had my RAM use less than 1.2GB on my machine. Well, assume between 512Mb and 2Gb, but the more, the better.

I think there's also some kind of pre-caching and allocation voodoo going on in the background that self-adjusts based on how much RAM the system has as well. Vista had something similar, but it had a tendency to go overboard leading to higher than expected memory use. I hardly ever see it drop below 1GB on my 4GB systems either, but on 2GB machines or below it sits around 600-700MB...
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