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I want to get a laptop for gaming but I know next to nothing about what that stuff. I'm going to be using for gaming of course and general stuff like storing music, internet browsing and typing up homework. Would you guys recommend something for me that's under $2000?

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Does it have to be a laptop? For $2000, you can build yourself one hell of a beast desktop and putting it together wouldn't be that hard either if you can read and follow directions. Well I don't use laptop much aside from school work and casual games like LoL. But here's a list I found online, some of em have good specs for under $2000.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2020688,00.asp

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Quote from Lnc411
Does it have to be a laptop? For $2000, you can build yourself one hell of a beast desktop and putting it together wouldn't be that hard either if you can read and follow directions. Well I don't use laptop much aside from school work and casual games like LoL. But here's a list I found online, some ...

second this you can make a BadAss pc desktop with that budget biggrin

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yeah, laptops are really not the way to go for gaming.

"gamer" laptop usually are rather large and have terrible battery life, it will cost you nearly twice as much for the same performance, if that



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ah and 1 thing sucks about laptop is they not durable enough for long hour gaming ex:5 hour ++ per day
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It would be for the best to build a PC, indeed, and have a notebook for the excel shit etc.
As much money spent and more bang for your buck, plus fixing a PC is way easier than
fixing a gaming laptop as you can upgrade or replace parts easily, it has more ports for let's say,
HDMI, USB, audio etc and comes with a PS/2, the old keyboard connector, which is supreme to USB, as you can hit more keys at the same time, which happens a lot in games, you won't get that beeping sound and so on. If it really has to be a laptop, though I don't see why, it's still heavy as fuck for a laptop after all, then I have some experience with ASUS and MSI laptops, some BSOD and weird coloured screen at times, generates a lot of heat, so you need an additional stand with fans in it, plus it will be elevated when you do that, so might tire your wrists when you play for hours. Most hyped would be Alienware stuff, but that shit costs a lot and is harder to come by. If you don't need to take your gaming gear with you every second week or so, you should get a PC and a cheap notebook. That way you can use both at the same time too, which is a plus when you play some really heavy games and gotta read guides or something.

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depends on the level of gaming your talking about. How intense are the games? Are they graphically demanding games? Are they online games such as Combat Arms, Vindictus, etc?

I have an Acer Aspire V3-571G which has an i5-3210M CPU (2.50GHz), 8gb RAM, 500gb Harddrive and nvidia Geforce GT 630M (1gb dedicated memory), and I'm really happy with it. I use it mainly for my uni work, and also playing some light games. Can run Vindictus on high settings without lag, Combat arms, and Hitman: Absolution. Also it only cost me £550 (or 881.3750 US dollars). You might be able to use this to gauge what kind of laptop you want and how much it will cost.

I recommend you use;

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/ for checking what level of CPU the laptop has

and

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/ for checking the Graphics card.

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If I could build a desktop I most certainly would. But did you guys miss the part where I said I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about that technical stuff. The only thing I ever use a computer to do is internet stuff, downloading music and homework. I can't even use Photoshop. I know nothing about what's going on inside my computer.

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gaming laptop=bad/not as good as a desktop (from experience lol) but that's just my opinion.
It would be best if you can have someone to build a desktop and you can spend that money to buy the parts to the desktop.

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gaming laptop = work laptop that has enough juice for gaming... what you don't need a laptop capable of moving 3D animations for work?

go for a Desktop

You can make a Desktop capable of running most games on the market at High settings with a budget of $1000

$2000 is to buy the edge technology, but why buy that when in less than a year those same parts will cost 50% less?

seems like a retard move

Go for a decent gaming rig and upgrade it every 3 years

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If you want a decent gaming laptop, try to find one with a good graphics card and a decent amount of ram (at least 4 GB) and you should be fine. Here's a list of some gpu benchmarks. Try to aim for high-middle-ish of the lot. Processor isn't too big of a deal for gaming purposes. If it's i5 or better, it should be fine. Also ensure you have a decent method of cooling the laptop in case the ventilation isn't that good. A desktop will be a lot better than a laptop for the same price though.

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There are a lot of stores that'll build a PC according to given specifications. So I recommend visiting such a store before the final decision. But I agree with the guys above the PC is easier to maintain and it is upgradeable.
These sites have some decent suggestions:
http://dietheight.blogspot.com/2012/07/build-your-own-computer-b est.html
http://www.squidoo.com/best-gaming-desktop-pc


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Quote from secretdesires
If I could build a desktop I most certainly would. But did you guys miss the part where I said I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about that technical stuff.

You don't really need to know about the technical stuff, since most PC shops do it for you once you name all the parts required, some even have bundle promos when you don't really want to think about individual parts you want and just say you want a gaming PC within a specified budget. $1000 would already get you a decent gaming PC.

Only get a laptop if you need it everywhere and not just at home or the office. In that case, MSI has a pretty decent lineup.

http://www.msi.com/product/nb/#/?sk=Gaming%20Series

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MSI is pretty good on their gaming laptop line. I have a GX660R from MSI and I have been playing a fair bit of games on it. I think the new line is called GT70 or something. One thing to watch out for is the screen size. A 17 inches laptop tends to remove the 'mobility' out of your laptop while the texts on a 15' inches laptop with a 1080p resolution is very small.

Gaming laptops are also very heavy even with a limited battery life. I thine mine is close to 6-7lb but the battery lasts about 2hours (only 50min now after over 2 years) when you are not running games. The battery runs out faster if you play some 3d games.

Price wise, a gaming laptop is about 50%-100% more expensive than a desktop that does the same thing in performance. This assumes you also need monitor, keyboard and mouse for the desktop.

If you want to know if a mobile GPU might run something well, you can check out this site which have a fair bit of benchmark on mobile GPU.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/

Also, check this site out since it has a 'best gaming laptop for the money'. It lists everything from $500ish to $2000+ laptops for gaming. Haven't updated their laptop line up since the summer so you might want to re-check the prices.

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/

Lastly, if you are thinking of building your own but you know nothing about building PC then you might want to check this site out. It not only shows you how to do it but also shows you alternatives too.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/04/how-to-build-your-own-c omputer-ask-ars-diy-series-part-i/

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I always heard (and a few of my friends have them) alienware is pretty good. (http://www.alienware.com/)

They got both laptops and desktops, and you can choose which parts you'd like as well as the price of the part. (Generally speaking, the higher the price, the better the part.) But they give you suggestions on what to put in, if you're not sure. Plus, they've a chat if you're confused at all. (My personal favorite part is being able to customize. Color, engravings, etc. And they have parts in the building process where you can also include carrying bags, mice, games like Diablo 3, controllers, and headsets... as well as the prices of each....)

Though the desktops are cheaper than the laptops.

The desktops have the options of speakers, headsets, controllers, and games, but there's also routers too.

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