AusGamers took Far Cry 4 for a hands-on spin last week. Read on for our full thoughts...
Far Cry 4 Hands-On Preview
AusGamers had the chance to sit down and chat with lead programmer and local Australian Ian Hern on all things Kraden’s Crypt.
Interview with Ian Hern on Kraden's Crypt
We take a look at all the local talent Australia has to offer for the gaming scene
Indie Friday: A Look at Australian Gaming
Joaby Gilroy takes The Sims 4 for a spin on PC and finds out just what the life simulator has to offer.
The Sims 4 Reviewed
gaming Laptop help
AzzA
Hobart, Tasmania
1 posts
Hey, i want to get a gaming laptop.

I want to spend around $500 to $1500 (AUD)

What should i look for?

I have a few with choices with my eye on it:

The first one is a AlienWare mx11:
2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2637m 1.7ghz CPU
6gb RAM
750GB HDD
1366 x 736 Screen Resolution
Dual Graphics with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

Total price: $1198

Number two is: SAMSUNG 15" NOTEBOOK
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610qm 2.3GHz CPU
6gb RAM
1TB HDD
nVIDIA GT650M Graphics
1366 x 768 Screen Resolution

Total Price: $1283

Number 4 is: Acer Core 571G

Intel 2nd GEN Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Turbo Boost 3.1GHz
15.6" High Definition LED Wide Screen (1366x768)
750GB
4GB Memory (*FREE Upgrade To 16GB DDR3 Memory TODAY)
nVidia GeForce GT640 2GB Dedicated Graphics

Total Price: $799 (Ebay)

Number 5: Pavilion DV6 Laptop

Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge Quad Core i7 3610QM Turbo Boost 3.3GHz
Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 64 Bit
15.6" LED High Definition Brightview Display
640GB HDD
8GB Memory
nVidia GeForce GT630M 2GB Dedicated Graphics

Total price: $1099 (ebay)

Number 6: Acer Laptop
Intel Core i5-2450M Turbo 3.1GHz Processor
15.6" High Definition LED Widescreen
1TB (1000GB) Hard Drive
16GB Memory
nVidia GeForce GT640 2GB Dedicated Graphics

Total price: $899 (ebay)



Please let me know what's best, as i don't know much about computers! i would prefer not to buy off ebay if possible! :) thank you very much for you time guys!
01:04pm 15/09/12 Permalink
system
Internet
--
01:04pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Timmeh
Brisbane, Queensland
2492 posts
get a pc. pure and simple.

easy to upgrade,
more bang for buck
not gay
01:11pm 15/09/12 Permalink
AzzA
Hobart, Tasmania
2 posts
i have a PC already, what should i upgrade on it?
Specs:
nvidia geforce GT330 2 gb
1tb hd6gb ddr3 ram
intel cpre 17 processor 920





(I wanted a laptop for mobility gaming)
01:22pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6589 posts
Upgrade your graphics card to something that isn't a complete joke. You shouldn't be running a budget card like a GT330 with an i7 CPU if you play games.
01:48pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Reality
Sydney, New South Wales
403 posts
are you the azza i used to play rocket arena with? the one with the light blue railgun beam?
01:52pm 15/09/12 Permalink
AzzA
Hobart, Tasmania
3 posts
no that's not me
02:09pm 15/09/12 Permalink
AzzA
Hobart, Tasmania
4 posts
Upgrade your graphics card to something that isn't a complete joke. You shouldn't be running a budget card like a GT330 with an i7 CPU if you play games.




Can you recommend some decent graphics cards? with prices :)

and should i upgrade it with more ram? :)
02:35pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6590 posts
03:18pm 15/09/12 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
3396 posts
if you upgrade your card make sure your PSU can cope.
03:24pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13023 posts
There is an alternative option for your laptop.

External GPUU There is a way to use ExpressCard ports, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt ports and to a lesser extent replacing the wifi with trickery to hook up an external GPU powered by an external PSU. Not exactly portable but can be used as part of a docking station type set-up at home.
Take your laptop out with a passable GPU if you really must play on the go, then hook it up when you get home for much, much better performance.

The only problem is the various hook-ups run at different speeds, for example ExpressCard runs at around 1.2x PCIe, instead of the 16x your desktop enjoys. This can result in a chunky hit to performance, 50% or so. However even with such a hit it a 560ti at 50% or something still runs much better then most laptop GPU's.



03:35pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Germany
2143 posts
i cringe everytime i hear gaming and laptop in the same sentence.
03:59pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Reality
Sydney, New South Wales
404 posts
no that's not me


man, too many azzas :(
04:26pm 15/09/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20615 posts
i cringe everytime i hear gaming and laptop in the same sentence.

My brother has swapped to a laptop instead of his desktop for playing older games. He absolutely loves it to bits.

I've tried it, couldn't get used to the tiny-ass keyboard.

to the op: I had a PC and a laptop of exactly the same specs except the video card, PC was an 8800 GTS and the laptop was an 8700M GT and the difference in performance was amazing. The laptop was pretty s*** for the specs. The laptop was just as fast at non-graphics intensive apps (video encoding, etc) but for gaming, I wouldn't ever try going that way again after seeing just how big the difference is in performance vs price unless I used the laptop for uni or work or something and having something portable was more important overall.
04:26pm 15/09/12 Permalink
system
Internet
--
04:26pm 15/09/12 Permalink
AusGamers Forums
Show: per page
1
This thread is archived and cannot be replied to.
Close