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Need Help Buying a Laptop

by Ethanjoel98 / May 27, 2015 11:16 PM PDT

Hi, im looking for a laptop with a Maximum budget of £350. I would like to play games such as Minecraft on good settings not on Low. I also want to browse the web and other activities quickly without lag.

I have been looking at several laptops and I think i need 8gb of RAM, but im not sure of what Processor and Graphics Card.

Ive been Looking at AMD A10 and I5, but overall im not sure in terms of the Graphics etc...

I would greatly appreciate any help or suggestions of what to get or what things i should be looking for

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Rare. May have to check the refurb market.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2015 11:22 PM PDT

The i5 is nice but you'll need a GPU to get to where you want.

The AMD 10 is nice and you can find frame rates so I won't duplicate what you are asking for.

8GB RAM is where I'd go as less would be a drag on performance.
Bob

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by Ethanjoel98 / May 27, 2015 11:28 PM PDT

So youd recommed the A10? What Graphics Card would you recommend as i Dont know if the integrated graphics are good enough, also what do you mean about the find frame rates

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2015 11:34 PM PDT
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I can't give a nod here. There are no less than 5 versions of the A10 and i5 so I can't see if there are frame rate reports on the laptops you are looking at. But you can dig into that since you know the exact model.

I like to use notebookcheck for that and if I don't have a specific model in mind but I have the GPU models I can look into what the possible winner is with some googling.

Until you supply a pair of make and models, we can't see which would be better. But an i5 without a dedicated GPU would not make my list.
Bob

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by Ethanjoel98 / May 27, 2015 11:44 PM PDT
In reply to: No.

This is a laptop i was looking at:

SPECIFICATION
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-4210U Processor (1.7 GHz, 2.7 GHz with TurboBoost, 3 MB cache)
RAM 8 GB DDR3 (16 GB maximum installable RAM)
Graphics card AMD Radeon™ R7 M260 (2 GB)
Storage 1 TB HDD, 5400 rpm
SCREEN
Screen size 15.6"
Screen type TruBrite LED backlit
Resolution 1366 x 768

Also i was thinking of Hooking the laptop onto my monitor, will this affect things in terms of minecraft

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That will do Minecraft just fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2015 12:02 AM PDT
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While I would not set to to high settings it will do fine on Minecraft.

HOWEVER a gamer may be upset due to this:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-R7-M260.122208.0.html

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/radeon-m260-gaming-performance.207251/ shows it trades punches with another low end GPU so let's find some Minecraft on this GPU.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Radeon+m260&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=Radeon+m260+minecraft pegs it at 20 to 50+ FPS so it does run OK. Again, a GAMER may be upset but it does run fine.
Bob

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2015 12:04 AM PDT
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by Ethanjoel98 / May 28, 2015 12:09 AM PDT

Are there any other Laptops you recommend then, i want to be able to play the game on Medium settings at a good fps rate, i dont want to be lagging or using low settings. Also i may want to hookup my laptop to my monitor by hdmi. Will this affect Minecraft, performance or the frame rates

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2015 12:33 AM PDT
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I don't consider 30+ FPS to be low on this class of laptops. As to the monitor, since even high end laptops have been found to drop rates over that connection no one can answer until you try it on yours.

Research this too "HDMI INPUT LAG."

VGA doesn't suffer as much but that's fading away.
Bob

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by Ethanjoel98 / May 28, 2015 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: No.

My monitor is a Samsung Syncmaster LD220HD, I think it has a higher resolution than the laptop but cant find it in terms of input lag

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That higher resolution will cut into the frame rate.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 28, 2015 1:09 AM PDT
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It appears you have found a good laptop for the price. To push a higher resolution you'll have to invest more in the GPU area.

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by Ethanjoel98 / May 27, 2015 11:32 PM PDT

Also i thought the more RAM the better the Performance, theres not a big price difference soo..

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No. 8GB is the sweet spot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2015 11:55 PM PDT
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You won't see a frame rate increase by getting more.

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