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Gaming Laptop under $500

by CaptainCoJo / August 3, 2015 11:11 AM PDT

Hey guys, I have a gaming desktop but I was looking for something a little more mobile for times when I just don't wanna get outta bed. So I signed up here and decided to make a post. I just need something that can play basic mmo's like Guild Wars 2 and Blade & Soul when it comes out.

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Me too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2015 12:09 PM PDT

The gamers loathe such low end models. Try shopping for say the refurb 8GB RAM AMD A10 models to get in that low price realm.

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Article that might help
by randylahey51 / June 19, 2016 2:21 AM PDT

I was in your shoes and needed a laptop that would run Dota and CS:go. You might not be able to run current generation games at a good setting but last gen games like guild wars 2 or TF2 are doable with a 500 laptop. I picked up the Asus from this article and so far im liking it.

Article link:

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Not a gamer in that list?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 19, 2016 9:20 AM PDT
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by randylahey51 / June 23, 2016 8:07 PM PDT

Sorry I meant Acer**********************. The 940m absolutely smashes any integrated card and the asus on that list.

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It's a poor gamer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2016 8:15 PM PDT
In reply to: acer

Google notebookcheck 940m to see the poor results.

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GTA V running on the 940mx
by randylahey51 / June 24, 2016 12:39 PM PDT
In reply to: It's a poor gamer.
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You might can think about...
by ANIHUANG / June 19, 2016 6:07 PM PDT

As your budget, you can under look for at low specs.
I will say Asus X550ZA, which I'm thinking it is not a real gaming laptop.

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Also curious
by makeamericagreatagain1 / June 24, 2016 12:46 PM PDT

I'm also in the market for a cheap gaming laptop

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See the prior replies.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2016 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Also curious

You may have to settle for entry level gaming. There's a link in this thread but I've had folk try it and complain to me so for gamers I'll stick to the more common i5 and 960m class laptops.

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solution for tight budgets
by bloodyheart92 / June 24, 2016 11:54 PM PDT
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Outdated? I see the article date of 2014
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 25, 2016 10:29 AM PDT

Times have changed, models gone.

Any update?

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no dedicated gaming line under $500
by spruce11 / July 1, 2016 2:26 AM PDT

laptops under $500 may be called gaming laptops anymore. yes, they will use the i7 CPU, but then you'd comply with GPU, which should be more important than CPU when gaming.
one other thing is when you look for the laptop with the purpose of gaming, pay some attention on its thermal cooling system. A good cooling system will help you get better gaming performance. The list is as below:

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