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    Laptop for my son.

    He's coming home from Korea for a holiday at the end of the month and plans to get a new laptop whilst he's here. This is his spec.

    Basically, I was hoping to spend between 300 - 400gbp, and I would really only need it for internet, document writing (office), watching movies and hopefully playing the latest football manager game (what used to be championship manager!!)

    I wouldn't have thought the football manager game was particularly demanding on the graphics but I'd welcome any recommendations. I was planning to put Open Office on it.

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    With it being a football manager game not a MMORPG like Warcraft or EVE I wouldnt have thought it would hammer the graphics as much, in honesty.

    I could be totally wrong but from experience WOW and EVE are very hardware orientated (to get decent gameplay / FPS etc) but something like a football manager isnt as bad as the FPS isnt as dependant.

    I am sure someone will correct me if i am wrong. The game itself will have the minimum spec requirements on the box anyway so maybe find out what they are and go from there?

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    A dell inspiron may be a good choice?
    Though i am looking for a similar laptop for a friend and came up with this.
    HP Compaq 615 Laptop - Laptops at Ebuyer

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    Acer Aspire 5732Z Value Laptop - Laptops at Ebuyer

    Above is a really good machine. Can get a 3yr Warranty /w accidental damage, laptop bag and mouse for around 70.

    Simon

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    RAM and HDD are better. Processor is around the same. Though the GFX is worse.
    I love looking at laptops

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    I've been musing over this ever since I dropped my home laptop and bost the power input!

    Acer 5536

    Although, until I've taken the missus on holiday, I'm not allowed to indulge...

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    Not sure how you feel about Asus but you should be able to pick up the following for around 430 - Asustek Computer Inc-K50IJ-SX138V, Core 2 Duo T5870 2.0GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, 15.6" HD, GMA X4500M, 4GB (2x2GB) RAM, 250GB HDD, DVDRW, 802.11BGN, Webcam, 6 Cell Battery, 2 Year Warranty. Asus part number is K50IJ-SX138V

    From scanning what's available it seems to have the most bang for your buck and at least you are giving some leeway in terms of what it can do a couple of years hence?

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    As he will be taking back to Korea, I guess we should be looking at something with worldwide warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTFM View Post
    With it being a football manager game not a MMORPG like Warcraft or EVE I wouldnt have thought it would hammer the graphics as much, in honesty.

    I could be totally wrong but from experience WOW and EVE are very hardware orientated (to get decent gameplay / FPS etc) but something like a football manager isnt as bad as the FPS isnt as dependant.

    I am sure someone will correct me if i am wrong. The game itself will have the minimum spec requirements on the box anyway so maybe find out what they are and go from there?
    Minimum spec is a good idea - some of the latter football manager games have modes where you can play the game yourself. This will obviously bump up the graphics.

    As for WOW and EVE - I wouldn't consider either of these to be demanding. Turn the effects off and they'll run on pretty much anything. I've had both on an MX440 64mb card before (at the same time, but that's another matter). It's the newer FPS / racing games that tax graphics.

    Laptop wise I'd be looking at something with a discreate ATi/nVidia card. I'll have a hunt later if I get the chance.

    RwD

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    Quote Originally Posted by RinSewand View Post
    Minimum spec is a good idea - some of the latter football manager games have modes where you can play the game yourself. This will obviously bump up the graphics.

    As for WOW and EVE - I wouldn't consider either of these to be demanding. Turn the effects off and they'll run on pretty much anything. I've had both on an MX440 64mb card before (at the same time, but that's another matter). It's the newer FPS / racing games that tax graphics.

    Laptop wise I'd be looking at something with a discreate ATi/nVidia card. I'll have a hunt later if I get the chance.

    RwD
    I said someone might correct me

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    what laptop is a good magazine so may be worth while looking through that as they compare them, with ref to cover may be an idea to get insurance

    What laptop magazine website below

    http://whatlaptop.techradar.com/reviews

    Cheap Laptop Insurance, Insurance Cover for Laptops from WhichLaptop UK

    3 years cover for laptops with the value of up to 600

    CompuCover 3 Year Laptop Insurance - Laptop Value 0 - 600 - 86.09 from Laptop Provider Whichlaptop.co.uk

    Personally I normally would go for HP, Dell, Samsung and would completely avoid acer - the asus laptop mentioned above would be a good bet as well.

    On another thread on edugeek apparently the toshibas are meant to be pretty good but Ive never had one myself so not too sure.
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    We've got a load of Toshiba Satellites here and whilst they don't have a robust feel about them, they seem to be coping with having teachers as owners. (apologies to any teachers but you know what I mean)

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    PC Pro - A List might be worth a read?

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