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Looking for an affordable Gaming Laptop (within $500)

by technical difficulties / February 4, 2014 10:29 AM PST

My old laptop (Sony Vaio E Series Notebook VPC17EBFX) currently is in repair, and the price for hardware replacement comes out just below $500, so I was thinking I could just try to find a laptop around that price, and if I can't, I'll just pay for the replacement.

Regarding how well it needs to be to play games, most of the games on my PC are old anyways, but I would like it to be good enough to be able to play shadow warrior which requires these system specs (since I've been having trouble playing it on my laptop, even at the lowest settings):

OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bits

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 8200 / AMD Phenom X4 9950

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4890 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better

DirectX: Version 9.0c

Hard Drive: 8 GB available space

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Pass.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2014 2:17 PM PST

If you find a laptop with a C2Q I'd not consider that.

However in that price range for gaming we shop for the usual. That is the AMD A10 based laptops. The office has one and it games.
Bob

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Odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2014 1:49 PM PST

I thought I mentioned the A10. The i3 is certainly not going to work out.

How about that AMD A10 at Woot today?
Bob

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AMD A10-Series Laptops
by Warsam71 / February 6, 2014 9:03 AM PST

Hi technical difficulties (everyone),

Sorry am I little late...

Here is the link to our official site. You'll find lots of laptops close to the price range you've mentioned above:
http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Search?SearchFacets=category%3ANotebook%3Bnotebook_cpuprocessor%3AAMD%20Quad-Core%20A10-Series%20APU&SortBy=priceLowToHigh

All of these feature A10-Series APUs. I can tell you they will meet, and probably exceed your system requirements as the GPUs inside the APUs are Radeon Graphics - the tech used for both gaming and media. I hope the above helps you Happy

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Those laptops seem good and all...........
by technical difficulties / February 6, 2014 12:47 PM PST
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But most of them are above my price. That, plus the ones that are within my range either don't have the best reviews or are only available online (which doesn't work for me since i want to get this computer within this week). Doesn't seem like there are many AMD A10 based laptops that are below $500. What's the second best AMD processor? I imagine I'll probably find more laptops within my price range.

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At 485 how about?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2014 1:34 PM PST
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Other options
by Warsam71 / February 7, 2014 1:56 AM PST
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At the office, home.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2014 2:04 AM PST
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At the office we have both a8 and a10 laptops. The A4 was not cutting it so it went to a needy student. The A6 was a little laggy during demos so it went to some office worker. That left us with the A8 and A10. The A10 is still king on the 3D demo here for Trinity APUs.
Bob

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