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So, since my laptop of 4 years is finally about ready to bite the dust (and it wasn't even that decent to start with). I currently don't use it for much more than supplementing my desktop, but I do play some mildly-intensive, older 3D games on it - Civilization V comes to mind, which my current laptop struggled with constantly - and would like to keep doing so since this is the laptop I use to play things/do work outside the home. Unfortunately, this usually means that most other budget laptops are also out because of the weird "all or nothing" chasm that exists within the laptop market, with no comfortable middle ground - either the integrated graphics suck and can't run a 10 year old game, or they're super incredible and super expensive.

 

I can navigate creating a desktop from scratch no problem; I've done it thrice. However, managing comparisons between laptops is a whole new, unfamiliar and frankly daunting task. Does anyone have any pointers? Also, pointers on manufacturers.

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HP laptops are fucking awful and should be avoided no matter what.

 

Otherwise I don't really know. I've had a few laptops, the Toshiba ones were nicest but I had to get one repaired.Luckily here I get a 2 year guarantee on all electrical devices but you probably won't have that.

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Look for specs first, rest second. Dedicated GPU is a must if you want to play anything on your new laptop, hell, they are even making ones with desktop GPUs inside, slightly downclocked to not burn your hands. Talking about burning hands, look for the benchmarks of laptop you are interested in and look at it's thermals. You won't be able to use your shiny new components  to the fullest if they are constantly cooking itself because of bad cooling solution, and at the same time your junk will be loud as a jet on the runway. Warranty and manufacturer third. 

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What country do you live in? There's some good customisable shit on pcspecialist.co.uk, but that's UK only I believe. 

 

Edit: Looking their site they seem to have different sites for different regions, they have a really good configuration tool, worth a look if you're in Europe.

 

Something like this is probably a good base to get you started, a 1050 is enough to tear through old games, but don't expect amazing performance on newer games at high settings. 

https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimusVIII-15

 

Don't forget to remove the windows 10 lisence, you can get mostly legit ones online for 1/10th the price. 

Edited by Primal Phoenix

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USA, so I think the UK is out. I also forgot to mention a budget, which is ~$400, so nothing Alienware or Razer, of course. I've found a handful of well-reviewed laptops with decent specs that seem to fit my desires and can do some vidya. I had no idea even budget laptops were robust enough to play modern games, albeit on low - but I have a sweet desktop, so I don't need to worry about the graphics. But, everything I'm seeing that's worthwhile is around $100 over the budget. Again, weird chasm where the units under or at the budget are glorified web browsing machines (which I could just get a Chromebook or even a cheap tablet for) and the units over the budget are over $100 over and do way more than I need, and there's absolutely no middle group.

 

However, I suppose selling my old laptop could make that $100, so I might be able to convince myself to take the plunge. What I'm really, really worried about, though, is buying too soon and missing a killer sale.

 

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