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What laptop is best for games?

by Socalman431 / April 1, 2016 8:56 AM PDT

I know there are laptops like Alienware and Asus gaming laptops but those are high in price. I'm looking for something between $500-$700. The game I am specifically wanting to play is Train Simulator 2016. I just want a laptop that I could comfortably play on with out many problems, if any at all and be able to still use Microsoft Word and interent without issue. So what laptop would be best for this kind of use?

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Top line question is not all you asked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 1, 2016 9:46 AM PDT

You'll have to try this the other way around. Give the forum say 2 or 3 of your final picks and let members give a nod to one or another.

I've yet to find a best model laptop for that price. A little too low IMO.

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Maybe I missed it but only one had a dedicated GPU
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2016 3:26 PM PDT
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GPU requirement for Train Simulator 2016
by spruce11 / April 8, 2016 2:51 PM PDT

Seems Train Simulator 2016 does not need too high-end GPU, here is the website for your reference.

My personal preference is to follow the main stream of the technology, say CPU and GPU spec here. So, GTX950M may be my lowest requirement to consider, and I might add up to one higher price level and wish for more stable and better performance. To be honest, you may play more power/CPU/GPU consuming games in the future, so maybe do not let the hardware become your limit?

In the link below, MSI and Dell will drag my attention in this case:

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The bigger the better
by lovespellsxp / April 9, 2016 5:43 AM PDT

for gaming its the pc with the biggest ram and processor - at the end of the day its about speed

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laptop for gaming?
by James Denison / April 9, 2016 5:56 AM PDT
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by James Denison / April 9, 2016 6:00 AM PDT
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Will need this, so you don't need to use laptop USB, to draw less power through laptop, but supply the USB power for the cooler pad.
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Doesn’t need really high-end laptop, yet ...
by Eve0621 / April 11, 2016 4:33 PM PDT

Yes, I agree with that if you just want to have some entertainment, such as playing Train Simulator 2016, it doesn’t need really high-end laptop. Yet, there are two points, first of all, sometimes the recommended requirements of laptops have not always enough for the game as we’ve used the laptop for a period of time. Therefore I suggest you could get a laptop above the recommended requirements which at least loaded with 8G Ram, GTX950 and core i5. Furthermore, it’s really hard to say that you may play other games in the near future; if in this case, why just choose a laptop (if affordable) that you could comfortably play on without any upgraded issues. Also I think in the below you can fine some great gaming machines.

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Go with i7 instead of i5
by spruce11 / April 18, 2016 6:20 PM PDT

Agreed with the idea of taking i7 instead of i5. One of the main purposes if for gaming after all.

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Bigger screen options
by spruce11 / April 13, 2016 4:47 PM PDT

when I saw "the bigger the better" from lovespellsxp's post, I thought of 18" gaming laptops. Although it's beyond your budget, there are MSI GT80 and Alienware 18. Just felt really great to game with a bigger screen...maybe try that out in some available retail stores.

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