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# 177791 14-Aug-2015 11:33
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Hello everybody hope you all are having an awesome day!

Well I'm stuck. I see good budget gaming laptops on amazon which translate to around $600.00nzd.

Can you guys find me a good budget gaming laptop on sites like trade me, pb, 1stwave, wiseguys, amazon and or Newegg. But the budget is $650.00 please.

Thanks people for the help, I appreciate it!

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  # 1366236 14-Aug-2015 11:42
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If you are buying from overseas you will pay duty, which quickly kills any savings you will make (unless you are going over there).

Budget and Gaming Laptops don't really mix, are you aware of the trade-offs you are making? $600 will not get you far.

$1500 is the base for gaming laptops that can actually play at decent settings, $2200 is mid range, $2800+ for top end all the way to 4k+ for mental machines.

$600 will get you something with integrated graphics, or possible a 1-2 year old model with a bottom of the range discrete chip like a GT720. Screen will probably be 1366x768 and processor an i3 or worse.

I would strongly suggest saving your money and spending more to get something decent in the future.

edit: are you in the US? is that US$600 or NZ$600?

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  # 1366241 14-Aug-2015 11:47
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NZ :( do you know any rigs that are$600


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  # 1366266 14-Aug-2015 12:22
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TonganDlux: NZ :( do you know any rigs that are$600

I also saw your other thread so I'll answer both

TonganDlux: How and Where!

Where was tho great deal? desktop or laptop? What are the specs! Do you think this can handles bf4 on at least low ?


I just spent $601 + $28 shipping on Trade Me for a used 2014 Lenovo E540 laptop not for gaming. For the same price or less I could have got better CPU performance and equivalent GPU performance with an older laptop but I wanted the newer generation CPU. i was only looking at FullHD (1920x1080) screens but I saw there were good deals for 1600x900 systems.

The GT 740M GPU in my laptop is much better than the GT 720 mentioned above and it can apparently play Battlefield 4 at 1920x1080 at low-medium settings or medium-high at low resolutions.

I checked out the BF4 minimum system requirements and the laptop I bought exceeds those, just. But if you paid $800-900 you could probably meet the recommended system requirements.

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  # 1366269 14-Aug-2015 12:27
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Thanks mate! Really appreciate it! I'm really excited! I really want to get a good laptop or desktop preferably laptop! Can you give me a link to whhat you were looking at?


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  # 1366287 14-Aug-2015 12:41
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Sorry, I cleaned out my watchlist and  lost items lists a couple of days ago so I don't have any of the links anymore. Anyway, I was looking for FullHD screens and 2014 or later CPU so I didn't even look at meeting gaming requirements. I also completely ignored the most common screen resolution of 1366x768. Those laptops could be fine and if you wanted a higher resolution then you could attach a TV or external monitor.

In laptops you might have to be patient to get what you want because they are much more likely to go for more than $600. That's why it will be a lot easier to find what you want in a $600 desktop.

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  # 1366294 14-Aug-2015 12:56
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Further to what I said above, with a desktop system you should factor in the cost of electricity which is much higher than for laptops.

I got this desktop gaming PC two years ago for one of my sons. It cost $549 so you should be able to do at least as good now. You'll notice that the backplate was missing from the motherboard. Problems like that put off many prospective buyers because of the risk involved but it probably saved my son at least $100 in this case.

We've had no problems with it at all except for the high cost of power to run it. That is one advantage of laptop graphics cards as they use much less power - as much as one tenth of the desktop equivalent. My son's desktop PC uses at least a kWh unit of power every three hours (300-400W) which costs us at least $250-400 a year as it is used a lot by more than one son. That means that after two years the cost of electricity is more than the original cost of the desktop. On the other hand, they don't need a heater in that room if they keep the door closed.

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  # 1366466 14-Aug-2015 15:51
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Hammerer: ...

I checked out the BF4 minimum system requirements and the laptop I bought exceeds those, just. But if you paid $800-900 you could probably meet the recommended system requirements.

Actually, I just had a look on Trade Me and you'd expect to spend at least $1,200 to get a used laptop with the recommended specs for Battlefield 4.

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