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Buying a Computer, help - April 26, 2012, 06:35 PM

Probably will be a laptop. Needs to be able to run games well, in addition to all the normal things like word, excel, internet, etc.

How much RAM is enough? Does it really need to be 1333 or 1600 or I saw 18 something recently too. Do I really need an i7 processor? There appear to be a lot of companies out there that I had never heard of until recently that are gaming based. MSI and Clevo are a couple. Alienware. Also read about Asus and Acer products but those are better known.

I'm not interested in a cpu w/ crazy lights on it. Just one that works really well.

Most importantly besides performance, for me, is longevity. Something that won't break. Do these smaller companies have competitive products that are built with quality that won't break down or is it better to stay with a name brand?
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April 26, 2012, 06:41 PM

If you want a laptop for gaming, the answer is buy the newest fastest family of processors (Not necessarily the fastest one because you can always go down a step and then overclock up) and the most memory that fits within your budget. Do not forget that you will need an equally powerful graphics card for this task.

Alienware is probably the best known brand name in this regard since from the outset, the focused pretty much on mass production gaming rigs.

MSI is a reputable name as well. Overpriced but reputable.

In so much as RAM, more - more - and more is better. At this point I would set the floor for your type of use @ 6GB, 8 or more being ideal.

You may also want to put a little money aside for a SSD as well instead of normal HD.
I saw a 2.5" - 125GB SSD on sale for $92 on TIgerDirect the other day.



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April 26, 2012, 06:41 PM

What is your Budget? Do you care if it's a PC or Mac?
Most computers come standard with at least 4gb of Memory. That will suffice.
Technology is constantly evolving. Don't think about will it last because tomorrow something better will come out. Think about will it fit your needs. My macbook was purchased in 2007 and has went through a lot. I'm replacing it when the new ones are released, but it been through 3 OS upgrades, and plenty of software for school and personal use.

When you mention games, you are branching out into a new field of computers. The average computer ($600) will do the job of general things (Word processing, apps, youtube and movies)
but when you get into games you need processing power and memory and a good graphics card.


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April 26, 2012, 06:42 PM

Damn Heist beat me by a few seconds.

Intel is releasing new processors very soon. Ivy Bridge. They run 20% faster and 20% cooler. If you can hold out, wait a few weeks for them to be available. Maybe they will have some reviews on them shortly also.


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I loved my Alienware and it was a very nice laptop.. I used it for 5.5 years before it died(graphics card got fkd) .. it did have some heating issues initially for which I had to send it back like 3 times within a month but aftervthat they fixed it proper .. played a shit load of games on it aswell


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April 26, 2012, 06:51 PM

If you're buying a laptop make sure it has the new Ivy Bridge processor (there are a few Ivys out already).

If you don't need high end gamin graphics then look at an Ultrabook, a few companies offer them.

You need a minimum of 4gb memory. Ignore memory speeds if you're not gaming.

Asus just came out with a new Ultrabook that's equipped with an Ivy Bridge core, it would be a good buy.

Why Ultrabook? Compact, lightweight, great battery, less moving parts, better resale.


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My favorite computer to date is my Samsung Series 7 Slate. It's an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor.


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Looks like Asus has a new G55 coming out w/ whatever that new ivy bridge processor is.
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Looks like Asus has a new G55 coming out w/ whatever that new ivy bridge processor is.
Yeah that G55 looks like a great machine, plenty of memory, good graphics, and gast Processor. Should run any game currently out, or out in the next year or two fine.


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The guys at Best Buy told me Samsung was the hot ish these days. Best customer service and best products. They have a new cpu coming also w/ the ivy bridge.

Something thats not immediately apparent to me is whether the new ivy is better than the older sandy bridge chips. MSI has computers out w/ the new ivy also and you can price one up w/ either a new i7 3610 or an i7 2760. And the 2760 is more expensive.

Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor, 2.3 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.3GHz), 6MB Smart Cache [included in price] vs. Intel Core i7-2760QM Processor, 2.4 GHz (Max Turbo Frequency 3.5GHz), 6MB Smart Cache [add $239.00]

I tend to be a proponent of you get what you pay for. does that apply in this instance? Or is a 2.4 ghz 2nd gen chip faster than a new 2.3 ghz 3rd gen chip? Maybe thats a dumb question. Seems to be regardless of speed, the new ivy is more efficient leading to better battery life.
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Ivy will be close to 20% faster than Sandy, use less power, and offer better built-in graphics.

It uses a 22nm process while SB uses 32nm. Big difference.


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