How to get the best bang for my buck in a notebook?
October 12, 2010 7:04 AM Subscribe
What's a powerful notebook for a traveling gamer?
posted by jwfree to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I realize a question like this is so open and can lead to many different answers and suggestions. I'll try to name my exact needs and preferences so you get a better picture.
I've been doing research myself since I'm kind of a computer nerd but I've never purchased a laptop. I'm used to buying my own motherboard, HD, video card, etc. and making it as cost effective as possible.
I'm a casual gamer who likes to have the latest and greatest or as close to it as possible. I have a great custom built desktop at home that has done everything I've asked of it over the years. The problem though is that I travel every week, Monday-Thursday, so I don't have access to that beastly machine. Instead I have a business grade Dell Latitude D620 that work gave me.
*Preferably an Intel i7 processor
*Good graphics card (I don't play anything too crazy, just Left 4 Dead 2, CS:S, Minecraft, etc... nothing like Crysis)
*Something that does 720p or 1080p would be a bonus
*HDMI out would be nice so I can plug into my TV
*Wireless N for for N network at home
*Any size HD will do as I'm probably going to replace it later once SSD drops in price
*USB 3.0 possibly for the future
*Blu-ray isn't a big need. I've had a PS3 for 4+ years and own two BD movies
*A 17" screen would be nice but I'm not sure how easily that travels. I don't mind carrying heavy things but it would be awkward if it was ungodly huge. Maybe meet in the middle with a 16"?
*I've also read about "switchable" graphics, which would be handy when I'm not gaming but it's not really an issue if I don't get it
*~$1500 for my budget, maybe a little more
Are there any specific brands you'd recommend when it comes to higher-performance laptops? Any specific retailers you'd recommend, whether online or brick and mortar?Is there any technology you think I must have right now if I plan on having it 2-3 years? Right now I'm thinking the processor and video card are the only two things I can't upgrade in the future, so I'd like to get the best I can now.