The Geforce 610M is usually below the abilities of HD4000, certainly no good for anything other than casual gaming.
You can build a mid-range gaming PC for £400 - not a monster but something that can tackle modern games at 1080P with medium/high detail. That wouldn't include OS license. Laptop wise, that Dell from the outlet is the best chance by a mile.
In the end you get what you pay for and £400 for what you want out of a laptop is asking a bit much..... It may do what you want it to do now! but what about in a year or2?
I know it isn't much money but that is all he has and his current laptop is a 6 year old Dell we bought him when he went to Uni - it is failing so he can't hang around and save up some more.
I will show him all this and see what he thinks
Thank you all very much for your help
mac_shinobi (18th September 2013)
Or as per another suggestion ref getting £100 cash back on a laptop when ordering through toshiba ? Wonder if Dell do something like that ?
Laptop not good enough for cashback - we tried - but will look for codes.
He is now thinking about building his own as he doesn't need a fancy case etc. Has sent me this:
3.1ghz quad core i5 8gb ram 1tb hdd 6670 gpu £405 or upgrade to i7 for +£100 (including cheap case, reasonable power supply, basic dvd drive) Dont know if your lot can get cheaper parts, or know somewhere else to look?
Any thoughts please?
Any thoughts before he makes his final decision?
Make sure the PSU is good quality from a well known manufacturer - a cheap PSU can cause endless seemingly unrelated problems and in the worst case destroy much more expensive parts
This thread might be worth a skim read: Building a gaming PC
PSU - Personally I'd look for 85+ Bronze rated, but they tend to cost a bit more. That said worth it as it can seriously improve the lifespan of the final build.
Personally I'd go for a lower spec CPU and a higher spec GPU. Perhaps entry level i3 with a HD7000 series GPU, for gaming.
I'd also consider a smaller HDD if it releases more money for a better spec PSU/Motherboard/GPU.
One of the advantages of building it yourself (or himself) is that you can upgrade individual components as necessary. £400 isn't a lot, but if you shop around you could get a decent spec desktop PC as a starting point, using a motherboard with decent onboard graphics. Then if he finds the graphics performance isn't up to it, he can add a higher spec graphics card later...
If you/he hasn't time to do the research and locate all the components, you could ask someone like Very PC to quote you on a few options...
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