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    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 3rd May 19, 1:19 PM
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    Gaming Laptops - Need Advice
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    Gaming Laptops - Need Advice 3rd May 19 at 1:19 PM
    I have a bog standard laptop thats probably 4-5 years old now but am able to get away with playing a few games on low graphics settings (Football manager, two point hospital a couple of recent ones i've played).

    With the announcement of Planet Zoo coming later this year and knowing that the likelihood of my laptop being able to run it is very slim, I am tempted to invest in a gaming laptop.

    Where is the best place to pick up a decent gaming laptop for reasonable prices? I've been looking on laptops direct.com

    Don't really want to spend much more than 400.

    I'm pretty clueless when it comes to specs also, so any advice on that would be great.
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    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 3rd May 19, 1:29 PM
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    You are not gatting a proper gaming laptop for less than 4 ttime that.


    However it does not seem a hardcore game (cannopt find any requirements) so a 400 laptop might run it better.


    Beware that the cheap end of the laptop market is a minefield as many will be less (including a lot less) capable than your current laptop (in the important ways for running games, though better in others).


    Gaming is hard. Becuase the often great supply of second hand buiness laptops will probably not have grafics capable of much more gaming than your current laptop.


    You still want something? Aim for ryzen 5. (or at a push the ryzen 3 2300U (and NOT IN ANY WAY THE 2200U). I suspect it would run then on low settings where as your current would probably make it a slideshow (all just guessing though right now).
    Last edited by Carrot007; 03-05-2019 at 1:33 PM. Reason: some spelling, bet there is more!
    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 3rd May 19, 1:40 PM
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    what about something like this? https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/refurbished-hp-omen-15-ax009na-15.6-intel-core-i5-6300hq-8gb-1tb-nvidia-ge-a2-x0m60ea/version.asp

    Planet Zoo is the same developer as planet Coaster and I suspect the specs will be similar

    I'm not really a hardcore gamer, just play things like the sims, city builders and things like that
    • dan958
    • By dan958 3rd May 19, 2:06 PM
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    Planet Zoo will probably have the same issue as Planet Coaster, FPS can really drag down as your park gets massive. On a 400 laptop, I highly doubt you will get anything for that price that will run the game smoothly unless on the lowest of settings.

    Any reason why you want a gaming laptop? I always recommend building yourself an actual desktop, way much better price to perfomance level there. You also have the added benifit of being able to use your current laptop when you are working away from your computer for work and older/less demanding games.
    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 3rd May 19, 2:17 PM
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    Planet Zoo will probably have the same issue as Planet Coaster, FPS can really drag down as your park gets massive. On a 400 laptop, I highly doubt you will get anything for that price that will run the game smoothly unless on the lowest of settings.

    Any reason why you want a gaming laptop? I always recommend building yourself an actual desktop, way much better price to perfomance level there. You also have the added benifit of being able to use your current laptop when you are working away from your computer for work and older/less demanding games.
    Originally posted by dan958
    Problem is I don't really have anywhere at home where I could set up a desktop (small house problems!). I usually just play my laptop from my kitchen table.

    Might just have to park the idea. I just don't have the knowledge on specs to know what is good and whats not.
    • dan958
    • By dan958 3rd May 19, 2:26 PM
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    My knowledge on laptop specs is extremely low (I only know what is decent in high level desktop computers). You may want to ask the folks over on the overclockers forum. Just say that you want a laptop, your budget, and the type of games that you want to play.

    They will definitely be able to spec you something decent.

    I really think you are pushing it with 400 though.
    • duggan1
    • By duggan1 3rd May 19, 2:50 PM
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    Problem is I don't really have anywhere at home where I could set up a desktop (small house problems!). I usually just play my laptop from my kitchen table.

    Might just have to park the idea. I just don't have the knowledge on specs to know what is good and whats not.
    Originally posted by oozle1989
    No system specs yet, but imagine similar to Planet Coaster.

    Laptops can do it, but not for 400. You can get a 15" HP Pavilion for about 750 which will do the job, but won't be mind blowing. I'd be inclined to look at the ASUS laptops though. 700 might get you something nice. PC World have pretty decent pricing on these at times, even for a 17" which admittedly is big for a laptop.
    • jonnygee2
    • By jonnygee2 3rd May 19, 9:16 PM
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    I have a bog standard laptop thats probably 4-5 years old now but am able to get away with playing a few games on low graphics settings (Football manager, two point hospital a couple of recent ones i've played).

    With the announcement of Planet Zoo coming later this year and knowing that the likelihood of my laptop being able to run it is very slim, I am tempted to invest in a gaming laptop.
    What are your current laptop specs? If you are running two point hospital, I'd say you already having something close to what 400 will get you, as that really is low end for a windows laptop. I think you are going to need more money.

    One option - you can play some strategy games like Civ and City Skylines on a Switch. Obviously nothing like the range that's on PC, but there are a lot of incredible non- strategy games on the switch and it might leave you with enough budget to get a chromebook or something for everything else.
    • Barney Rubble 0403
    • By Barney Rubble 0403 4th May 19, 6:50 AM
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    Below are the official specs

    Official Minimum Requirements
    Windows 7 64bit or newer
    Intel Core i5 -2300, AMD FX-4300 or better
    8GB Ram
    Nvidia GTX 560 / ATI Radeon 7850 Graphics card with 2GB of Graphics Memory or better
    Recommended Requirements, Predicted
    OS: Win 7 64
    Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz / AMD FX-8350
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB
    VRAM: 4GB
    System Memory: 12 GB RAM
    Storage: 8 GB Hard drive space
    DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card

    I've had a brief look at gaming laptops with gtx1050 cards and the lower end is around 700. Not looked at the AMD side of things
    • Barney Rubble 0403
    • By Barney Rubble 0403 4th May 19, 6:54 AM
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    Edit - forgot source which was gaming-debate.com
    • jonnygee2
    • By jonnygee2 4th May 19, 3:09 PM
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    Recommended Requirements, Predicted
    OS: Win 7 64
    Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz / AMD FX-8350
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 380 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB
    VRAM: 4GB
    System Memory: 12 GB RAM
    Storage: 8 GB Hard drive space
    DirectX 11 Compatible Graphics Card

    As you have discovered you are getting absolutely nowhere near those (or even the minimum requirements) in a 400 laptop!

    If you didn't like the Switch option - how about a mini tower plugged in to your TV? :-) You could build a mini-tower just a bit below the recommended specs for about 400.

    Otherwise, save a bit more!
    • CarlosBarrera
    • By CarlosBarrera 15th May 19, 1:41 AM
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    I would suggest that a racer is a pretty good choice, although acer, and alienware are also great options
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 15th May 19, 7:44 PM
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    I would suggest that a racer is a pretty good choice, although acer, and alienware are also great options
    Originally posted by CarlosBarrera
    You got a specific one to recommend ?
    Last edited by DCFC79; 16-05-2019 at 8:05 PM.
    • ConsumerMatt
    • By ConsumerMatt 16th May 19, 12:46 PM
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    As a huge Planet Coaster fan (who will more than likely purchase Planet Zoo) I can provide some real world info with regards to spec and play experience.

    I play on a desktop which I built 2 and a half years ago. The game runs silky smooth on high texture settings at HD resolution (1920x1080) but does begin to struggle in large, highly themed parks with lots of guests. Although for the most part it plays very well. I'd call it a nice middle ground.

    Purely from a cost perspective - At the time my PC build cost around 800 in components (minus the case). To buy an identical spec PC ready built was closer to 1,100. To buy a laptop with the equivalent spec was more like 1,800.

    I'm more than happy playing Planet Coaster on my PC but wouldn't enjoy playing on anything lower spec. If you chose to heed my advice and looked for a laptop today that is the same spec as my PC, you'd need to be spending close to 1000.

    Based on a really quick search the ASUS TUF FX5040GM-EN366T and MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-065 are both on offer on Scan for 999.98. These are both the same spec as my PC, although with a slightly better Core i7 processor.

    You'll have a good time with Planet Zoo on something like that. Don't spend 400 on a laptop as without a half decent dedicated graphics card your games are unlikely to run much better than your current laptop. Save some more and get something up to the job. You don't need a top spec 2000 laptop but you do need to at least double your budget.
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 16th May 19, 1:32 PM
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    To meet the recommend spec, you probably need to something with GTX 1060. You can consider this 650 refurb and add another 8GB RAM yourself

    Refurbished Medion Erazer X6805 Core i5-8300H 8GB 1TB 256GB GeForce GTX 1060 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop A1/30025006
    @ laptopsdirect
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