Does anyone know what the absolute cheapest laptop is that can run most games at lowest settings?

drlanator

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I am looking for a cheap laptop. i have a budget of 200-300$ but may be able to go higher. as my current desktop pc is a pile of crap, and my pile of crap laptop is breaking down, i am planning on selling it so i can buy new laptop and not cut into my money i'm saving to build my gaming rig. i don't care how low i have to set the settings, i just want to be able to play most games at decent framerates. does anyone know what i could get? thanks in advance.
 

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TechyinAZ has the right idea. If you look at newegg there is a new lenovo g50 for $10 more with the same specs. I bought that computer for one of my kids and it plays my entire steam library @ low settings @ 30fps+ I paid $279 for it so it may go back down tomorrow. It stays VERY cool but has a lot of bloatware that should be deleted in order to get the most out of it. I recommend these three laptops as most bang for the buck under $500 as I own all three, have vigorously tested them, and they can all play games:
$350: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-314-822
$279-299:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834319445&cm_re=lenovo_g50-_-34-319-445-_-Product
$469ish: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315016&cm_re=acer_940m-_-34-315-016-_-Product
 

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thanks. i might be able to afford something like this, http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Flyer-Red-15.6-15-G227WM-Laptop-PC-Bundle-with-AMD-Quad-Core-A6-5200-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-8.1/42680244

do you think that would be powerful enough?
 

TechyInAZ

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Maybe, your going to want at least an A8 or A10 APU. What games will you be playing?
 

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i will be playing garry's mod, skyrim, robocraft, and various unity games.

 

naturesninja

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TechyinAZ has the right idea. If you look at newegg there is a new lenovo g50 for $10 more with the same specs. I bought that computer for one of my kids and it plays my entire steam library @ low settings @ 30fps+ I paid $279 for it so it may go back down tomorrow. It stays VERY cool but has a lot of bloatware that should be deleted in order to get the most out of it. I recommend these three laptops as most bang for the buck under $500 as I own all three, have vigorously tested them, and they can all play games:
$350: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-314-822
$279-299:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834319445&cm_re=lenovo_g50-_-34-319-445-_-Product
$469ish: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315016&cm_re=acer_940m-_-34-315-016-_-Product
 

drlanator

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Thanks! i found another model of the g50 with 6gb of ram and the other specs the same, and im going to get that one. pretty good deal, 300 at best buy.





 

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If you feel confident in a little upgrading, the g50 comes with 1600mhz memory. I suggest swapping to a single 8GB so-dimm ddr3l (1.35v) 1866mhz of ram with CAS of 10 or 11. The a8-6410 has a single channel memory controller, so no benefit will come of having 2 sticks. The newegg g50 is the same one as best buys, but with 1x 4GB of ram vs best buy's 1x4GB & 1X2GB setup. If you have a visa debit or credit card newegg is offering $25 off purchases of $200 or more using visa checkout, so that makes it $255, plus an 8GB stick of 1866mhz for another $50 will bring it to $305 vs best buys $300+ tax. The 1866 ram made a phenomenal change in the g50's performance for me. I would say 3-10+ fps in gaming, and much smoother overall operation, no joke. AMD APU's like fast memory, and the A8-6410's memory controller is setup for 1866mhz specifically, so the stock 1600mhz ram in it is holding it back from it's optimal performance. This upgrade is easy and takes about 5 minutes to do. You should be able to fetch $20 for your old ram sticks as well maybe. Just a suggestion. I used the crucial ballistix sport 1x8GB 1866mhz ddr3l found here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148733&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= How ever it turns out for you, good luck!
 
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