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    Recommend me a laptop with non-integrated graphics please

    My son is looking for a decent laptop that has a separate graphics card for around the 400 mark. Does anyone know of a good one? He is going to use it for video editing and casual gaming and has been told that an integrated graphics card might not do the job- is this the case or can anyone recommend me one with integrated graphics that would be OK?

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    @VeryPC may be able to help. Id say dedicated would help a lot and be better. Along with between 4gb or more ram and an ssd or sshd
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    @VeryPC may be able to help. Id say dedicated would help a lot and be better. Along with between 4gb or more ram and an ssd or sshd
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    I know what he wants - it is the cost that might be a bit difficult so I thought somone might know of a laptop that gives great performance even though it has an integrated card.
    He went out at midnight last night to get GTA5 so he is quite keen!

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    400 is not much, can't see getting a dedicated graphics card for that. Personally I'd look into something based around AMD's APU's. They tend to have pretty good spec integrated graphics, maybe load up on the RAM?

    Something like: Buy Laptops - Best Laptop Deals Online - Misco.co.uk

    And double the RAM to 8Gb?

    I'm sure @VeryPC can build something suitable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    400 is not much, can't see getting a dedicated graphics card for that. Personally I'd look into something based around AMD's APU's.
    The only problem with getting a laptop with an AMD APU is that you will end up with a computer that has a much slower CPU.

    The HD 5000 GPU found in the latest 4th Gen Intel processors is actually pretty decent for games, although a laptop with one of these is going to cost more than 400.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    The only problem with getting a laptop with an AMD APU is that you will end up with a computer that has a much slower CPU.

    The HD 5000 GPU found in the latest 4th Gen Intel processors is actually pretty decent for games, although a laptop with one of these is going to cost more than 400.





    I was gonna say if you can get a laptop configured with a decent dedicated gfx card ( something you cant upgrade easily aside from buying another laptop ) then the RAM and HDD options can be upgraded a bit later on so 2 or 4gb of ram for now and a 250 or 320gb 7200rpm normal hdd. CPU assuming it uses a zif socket or similar you could upgrade later on when it runs out of warranty although if its a gen 4 intel cpu as per @Arthur then it shouldn't need an upgrade

    Can always get more ram and either an sshd or an ssd later on depending on

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    Yes, I thought that was going to be the case. He could perhaps stretch to a bit more than 400 - it'll be the VAT that kills him.
    I think he is just a bit worried about buying something with all his money and then have it not be able to handle games and video to a reasonably good level.

    *all pics, links etc filtered so I can't see anything ATM - arrggghhhhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    I was gonna say if you can get a laptop configured with a decent dedicated gfx card ( something you cant upgrade easily aside from buying another laptop ) then the RAM and HDD options can be upgraded a bit later on so 2 or 4gb of ram for now and a 250 or 320gb 7200rpm normal hdd. CPU assuming it uses a zif socket or similar you could upgrade later on when it runs out of warranty although if its a gen 4 intel cpu as per @Arthur then it shouldn't need an upgrade

    Can always get more ram and either an sshd or an ssd later on depending on
    That's true but he still needs the decent base unit

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    Could ebay be worth a look? I'm sure you could pick up an 18month old machine with (albeit older, but) better cpu/gpu/ram than you'd get new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    I think he is just a bit worried about buying something with all his money and then have it not be able to handle games and video to a reasonably good level.
    Ideally, he should check the minimum/recommended specs of the game he wants to play and buy accordingly. [Or look at options and check benchmarks.]

    Though, that involves waiting to play stuff... [Please laptop... Please play Assassin's Creed 4 with decent settings.]

    I would recommend mine, but I can't remember the model. IIRC, it was >500 but that was a year or so ago. So it could have dropped down to around 400 or less. [Or it's just discontinued.]

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Yes, I thought that was going to be the case. He could perhaps stretch to a bit more than 400 - it'll be the VAT that kills him.
    I think he is just a bit worried about buying something with all his money and then have it not be able to handle games and video to a reasonably good level.

    *all pics, links etc filtered so I can't see anything ATM - arrggghhhhhh
    If you ordered it for him dont u get an edu discount or price ex vat ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    If you ordered it for him dont u get an edu discount or price ex vat ??
    Only if @witch doesn't mind tax evasion charges...


    This is what I have [with more graphics memory] and as I suspected, it's discontinued and out of the price range. [It was originally more expensive than that... Allegedly about 700]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    If you ordered it for him don't u get price ex vat ??
    I don't think Witch wants to be done for VAT fraud. :-)

    https://www.gov.uk/report-vat-fraud

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    Hmm. Thanks guys. Problem with ebay is...I just don't trust it and as this is all his hard-earned money I am not about to risk it

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    Well, if you don't trust eBay, can't afford new and don't mind secondhand - then I'd go for a trip to the local Cash Convertors and see what they've got before settling on something.

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