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#1 Jul 25 2011 at 2:22 AM Rating: Decent
I am having some difficulty deciding on a midrange gaming laptop for around $600. I have a moderate understanding of gaming desktops but never considered buying a laptop until recently. Laptop GPUs are obviously different and a little confusing. Any tips as to which ones I should be looking for that are around the price I want to spend? Should you always go for dedicated cards? Lastly, if you reply with any laptops on the market I should consider that would be great!
#2 Jul 25 2011 at 7:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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Tto be perfectly honest, $600 is low to find a gaming class laptop. Your midrange gaming laptops start at the $800 range and go up from there.

As for video cards, Avoid the integrated intel video cards like the plague. You want a dedicated Nvidia or ATI cardd, with as much video ram as you can find. Play around with this link: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html to see what is out there. Uncheck "professional and CAD video cards" and set it to "notebook only". that will give you a better idea of where a given video card falls on the list.

Somethng like this might be a good place to start:
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/vostro-3750/pd?oc=bqct72a&variant=2:I52410~3:4GB1D~6:GT525DC~8:32072K~10:WLED~11:W7HP61E~16:8XDVDRP&model_id=vostro-3750
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#3 Jul 25 2011 at 8:36 AM Rating: Decent
There's no doubt about it, it is hard finding a decent gaming rig for around $600. I've taken a look at different sites like the one you mentioned and sites like newegg and so far it looks like I should be looking for AMD radeon 6570M or 6650M or the GT 540M for the price range I am at. Does that sound about right? Obviously there are limited laptops that offer that GPU (almost only ACER) and the price is around the $750 range.
#4 Jul 25 2011 at 3:56 PM Rating: Good
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I picked up a Toshiba Satellite E205 for about 700$ a while back. It came with some sort of Intel/NETGEAR box that lets me mirror my screen wirelessly to my T.V. Anyways, it is fairly decent for the cost. Intel i5 2.53 GHz, Nvidia GeForce card of some sort, 4G of DDR3 RAM which is expandable to 8G, and a 500g hard drive. The screen is a little small at 14" but it is suitable for any games I play. It is also WiMax ready and a fully back lit keyboard which is sorta cool.

I can't find the exact link to what I got, but this is a similar package deal, albeit more expensive.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%238482%3B+i5+Processor+/+14%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+-+Champagne+-+E305-S1990X/9999161300050032.p?id=pcmprd161200050032&skuId=9999161300050032&st=toshiba%20satellite&lp=1&cp=1
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