Would these budget laptops be good enough for my gaming needs?

Seymour_2

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I'm looking into getting a cheap laptop that would suffice for games from 4-6 years ago. Most notably, Shogun 2 and Borderlands 2. Would appreciate input on whether these options could handle them at 30fps, on lowish settings.

AMD A6-6310
AMD Radeon R5 M230
8GB RAM

Intel Core i5 4200U
Intel HD4400
8GB RAM

AMD A10-5745M
AMD Radeon HD 8670M 2GB
6GB RAM

Would any of these perform notably better than the others? Should I insist on quad-core for these games? Would a i3 or dual-core i5 perform as well as the A6 or A10?
 

jaguarskx

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Of the 3 the A6-6310 would be the worst for games while the A10 -5745m would be the best because it has the most powerful graphics core. But the HD 8670m is pretty weak compared to more recent GPUs.

In terms of CPU processing performance, the Core i5-4200u is better than the A10-5745m, but most games rely more on the GPU than the CPU.
 

Seymour_2

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Thanks very much for the replies. Comparing the M230 with the 8670 on GPUBoss puts them pretty much on par.

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R5-M230-vs-Radeon-HD-8670M

The A6 can apparently reach 2.4Ghz on turbo, which isn't a far cry from the A10. Since the former is markedly cheaper, I might have to go with that. I hope cooling won't be a problem. Should I be looking into a cooling pad for these machines?
 

dexxterlab97

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Don't waste your money on cooling pads. Your PC won't be doing anything outstanding anyway. Games like Shogun and Borderlands 2 are not really demanding and your PC won't likely get too much heat. Spend those money on a better PC or gaming peripherals if you can
 

Seymour_2

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If I could swap out the quad-core for a i3 at 2.0Ghz and the GPU for a GT 920M 2GM, would that be a good fit for these games?
 

dexxterlab97

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Why would you swap quad core for an i3 dual core? Just no....
 

Seymour_2

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The reasoning being that the 920M 2GB appears to be a fair bit better than the M230, and that all these games I'm interested in from 5 years ago were designed with dual-cores in mind. Also, it was said above that most games are more GPU-dependent. And frankly, it's hard to find a quad-core at this price range that doesn't come with some crap Intel HD, or without an OS.
 
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