Tough Laptop for Minimal Gaming

cronje99

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Oct 31, 2017
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To preface, I work outside (but in an enclosed kiosk, so weather isn't much of a concern) five nights a week, and there's a lot of downtime between customers, even after I've completed my other tasks. I deal a lot with gasoline and other fuels. I've been using a Dell Inspiron 11 to surf the 'net for nearly 2 years, and it still works just fine (aside from it being all beat up and occasionally some of the keys not working). But I need something more powerful.

Ultimately, I'd like to be able to play WoW, even if it's on the lowest settings. Right now, it takes forever just to load an indoor area, and even then it still skips. Going outdoors in the game is a crapshoot - sometimes it'll run okay, sometimes not, depending on how much rendering it needs to do.

I also need it to be a little bit more durable than a standard laptop, without me having to spend thousands of dollars for a military-grade laptop. I've heard good things about the Lenovo Thinkpads, but I'm open to other suggestions.

My budget is $600, and I'm not necessarily looking to buy new (though I'd like an extended warranty, which a lot of times you can only get with new).

Any suggestions?
 

hang-the-9

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Get a used Lenovo W530, sturdy and the Quadro card in it would be good enough for WOW. My W520 ran WOW on about medium settings at 30-40 fps. There are also some T models that would be smaller and some versions of those have a real video card in them as well.
 

hang-the-9

Titan
Moderator
Get a used Lenovo W530, sturdy and the Quadro card in it would be good enough for WOW. My W520 ran WOW on about medium settings at 30-40 fps. There are also some T models that would be smaller and some versions of those have a real video card in them as well.
 
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