I Need A Gaming And Working Laptop(Desktop?) Low Budget.

Thenurseinblack

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I need a computer that's for gaming, coding, coding games with 3d graphics, animating, videostreaming and drawing. Games on low or medium specs isn't a problem. I'm pretty sure desktop is better for price. Being used isn't a problem either I just need to know what to look out for. I have a budget of $300 but is willing to spend 400 if absolutely necessary. Is it possible? Is there any good site deals to look out for this coming black Friday?
Also pointers on knowing how good a computer will run just by looking at it will help.
 

jaguarskx

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In that price range you are basically looking at a laptop with integrated graphics. Will there be a laptop which has a dedicated GPU for Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales? Perhaps, but you need to wait and do searches.

Intel CPUs are definitely more powerful than AMD APUs. Also, for all intents and purposes Intel has caught up to AMD when it comes integrated graphics performance. Right now the best you can hope for is a laptop with a Core i3-7100u within your budget such as the following Acer.

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-i3-7100U-Windows-E5-575-33BM/dp/B01K1IO3QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478629322&sr=8-1&keywords=i3-7100u


The Intel HD 620 graphics core is pretty much available in most laptops with Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs. There are more powerful Intel HD integrated graphics that are equal to or a little better than the nVidia 940m, but they are in more powerful (and expensive) Intel CPUs. In essence, Intel can definitely claim that they have the most powerful integrated graphics.

At the moment the only AMD integrated graphics core that is considered more powerful than the Intel HD 620 is the Radeon R7 (Bristrol Ridge) integrated graphics core, but that is based only on the R7's specs since there are game benchmarks for it yet. The R7 (Bristol Ridge) integrated graphics is only found in AMD's most powerful APUs such as the FX-9830P which is going to be more than your budget.
 

hang-the-9

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Unless used, you won't be able to get a gaming laptop or desktop in your budget. A gaming laptop starts about $700 unless you are talking about 10-15 year old games, a desktop not counting monitor/keyboard is about $500 with a Windows license for low-medium gaming at 720 or 1080 resolutions.

You can't just look at a computer and know how fast it is, you need to look at what CPU and video card is in it.
 

jaguarskx

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In that price range you are basically looking at a laptop with integrated graphics. Will there be a laptop which has a dedicated GPU for Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales? Perhaps, but you need to wait and do searches.

Intel CPUs are definitely more powerful than AMD APUs. Also, for all intents and purposes Intel has caught up to AMD when it comes integrated graphics performance. Right now the best you can hope for is a laptop with a Core i3-7100u within your budget such as the following Acer.

https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-i3-7100U-Windows-E5-575-33BM/dp/B01K1IO3QW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478629322&sr=8-1&keywords=i3-7100u


The Intel HD 620 graphics core is pretty much available in most laptops with Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs. There are more powerful Intel HD integrated graphics that are equal to or a little better than the nVidia 940m, but they are in more powerful (and expensive) Intel CPUs. In essence, Intel can definitely claim that they have the most powerful integrated graphics.

At the moment the only AMD integrated graphics core that is considered more powerful than the Intel HD 620 is the Radeon R7 (Bristrol Ridge) integrated graphics core, but that is based only on the R7's specs since there are game benchmarks for it yet. The R7 (Bristol Ridge) integrated graphics is only found in AMD's most powerful APUs such as the FX-9830P which is going to be more than your budget.
 
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