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    Hey guys, just wanted to get your opinion on something.
    I'm buying a new laptop cuz mine sux ass so I wanted to know
    if I need to get a laptop with an nvidia GTX graphics card or a GT would do.
    I also wanted to know if I needed an I7 processor or if an I5 would. Im pretty much
    trying to get a laptop that I can game with and not have to worry about any kind of lag,
    but I don't want to over do it with the price. Just so you know tho I really hate lag because I
    have been dealing with it ever since I got this laptop so I really want something thats dependable.
    Thank You


    Very Respectfully
    toujoursRUGBY

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    Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

    I was thinking the lenovo IdeaPad Y500. I found a deal for it for $849.
    What do yall think?

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    • #3
      Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

      I'm confused on it's GPU. On the Lenovo website it says GT650M on the product page, but in the tech specs it says GT750M.

      The processor it has is a beast for a laptop though.

      Good amount of RAM. Not sure why they'd offer a 16GB SSD since that's not enough space to put your OS on and about enough storage for 1 game, and it wouldn't be an ARMA game since my ARMA SSD is 120GB and my ARMA 2 file is 60GB with all the addons.

      All in all, that's a good price for what you're getting. But don't jump on it just yet, let's do a little research and figure out what is the biggest bang for the buck you can get.

      What's your budget on this, cause there's a lot better options out there. Just going to throw a few out.

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230408
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152365


      Then it hits another wall. Is mobility a factor? Cause depending on the peripherals you need, you could build a great desktop for the price of those 2 laptops and they would perform much better with ARMA 3.

      Also, where are you located? It's just so I don't throw out places that won't ship to your country.

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      • #4
        Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

        Actually 16 GBs isn't enough for Windows 7 after all the current updates and patches. You'd need at least a 32 GB SSD.

        As for SSD, I would purchase one on the side and not look for a SSD included in the laptop already. You'll end up saving money and get a better warranty on the SSD in addition to know what you put in there is probably a "better" SSD for the money spent.
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        SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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          Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

          Scratch my last bit of advice on buying the SSD separately. After looking up some current warranties, it makes more sense to spend extra and get the SSD with your laptop AND get an extended warranty that covers everything. Replacing the HDD on some warranties voids the warranty on the laptop. Unfortunately, if you get a laptop with a SSD already included, replacing said SSD will also void your warranty (look at the respective warranty before purchasing). So I reiterate, get the SSD with the laptop. Preferably I'd look at 256 GBs at least so you'd have ample space for Windows, apps, and games.
          |TG-18th| Acreo Aeneas
          TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
          Former 9th & 13th

          Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
          Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





          SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

          TG Primer and Rules

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          • #6
            Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

            mangeface I dont really have a budget, but I dont really want to spend more than I need to in order to play ARMA with
            no problems. As far as mobility it actually isn't need, how ever I do enjoy laptops just because of the ability to move, but I think now
            that you mention it, I am leaning more toward a desktop. what do you have to suggest mangeface? Could you help me? I am in ft. benning, GA right now.

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            • #7
              Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

              Here's a parts list I came up with. This is a list if you don't need peripherals, like a monitor, keyboard, mouse and other small things.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233 -$59.99
              Just a case with good airflow. I have the bigger brother, the HAF 932 (which is significantly more expensive) and it keeps the temperatures in check. You can pick up a few case fans for about $6-10 a piece if you want to really increase the airflow.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157262 -$99.99
              Good motherboard, great alternative to ASUS, Gigabyte and MSi boards for a budget build.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202025 -$204.99+$15 mail in rebate
              7870 is about the best bang for the buck GPU on the market, and Sapphire makes great AMD GPUs.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139021 -$109.99+$20 mail in rebate
              Corsair TX series of PSUs are perfect for budget builds. Plus, Corsair has great support if you run into any problems.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819113284 -$199.99
              Many may counter me suggesting an AMD CPU, but the Piledriver is ridiculous. If you could afford the $400 ASUS Rampage IV and a Corsair H80 closed loop CPU cooler, ASUS has very simple step by step instructions on how to get this CPU overclocked to 4.8GHz.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147185 -$109.99
              If overall price is too high, you can drop the SSD for a future purchase. But this one is one of the best, if not the best, SSDs on the market. SSDs are amazing which is why I've stepped up to using 3 of them in my rig. Framerate as increased by 5-10% on ARMA 2 since I switched it from a HDD to SSD.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231460 -$66.99
              Good RAM with few negative reviews. Comes stock at a good speed (1866MHz).

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533 -$109.99
              If you have to, you can drop down to a 1TB drive, but I don't suggest anything lower than that. If you want a powerful gaming rig, WD Caviar Black leads the way.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827129071 -$37.99
              As everything seems to be going digital distribution these days, you could drop this off the list if you need to skim a few bucks.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992 -$139.99
              No other way to go when it comes to gaming OS. Win7 64 bit.

              http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103099 -$29.99+$5 rebate
              Kind of a must. The stock coolers that come with AMDs CPUs are junk and this is the biggest beast of a CPU heatsink you can get for that price. Comes with 1 fan, but you can pick up another and run a push/pull airflow on it. I have push/pull on my liquid cooling radiator and it helps out.

              So, total of this parts list I assembled is $1,169.89. After the rebates it's $1,119.89. It's cheaper than both of the laptops I listed and will run ARMA much better. You'll be able to run on high settings with no problems, and if you ever feel like upgrading the graphics card you'll hit ultra no problems. ARMA 3 is designed to be more dependent on the GPU and amount of CPU cores you have, and AMD's Piledriver has 8 cores which it'll eat up ARMA 3 (which is designed for up to 6 core support).
              Last edited by mangeface; 05-04-2013, 08:41 AM.

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              • #8
                Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

                This looks great mangeface!!!! Ok no for some adjustments if you dont mind.
                I would like to try to drop the price to under $1000, but I dont want to sacrifice too much power
                just because I dont want to experience lag anymore lol.

                I do need a monitor, and keyboard, no mouse. I dont need anything fancy just yet for those.

                The CPU link took me to the power supply so jw if you can repost that link.

                For SSD I looked up the uses and I would actually like to get one because I HATE!!! with a passion
                waiting on the OS to boot up. Would it be worth it to buy a smaller one so I could just use it for boot up
                or just wait to save up money and buy it later?

                I would actually like to drop to a 1tb hdd because I wouldnt know what to do with 2tb lol

                I also had a question about the os. Is windows 8 no good for gaming? if so is it because its too new?

                All in all it looks great, just wanna see how much I can skim off and still have a comfortable gaming experience.

                Thanks mangeface

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                • #9
                  Re: New Laptop needed for ArmA 3 and Project Reality

                  Fixed CPU link.

                  Just stick to the Win7, there's a Win8 thread in here and quite a few have gone back to Win7 from Win8.

                  Updated SSD from Samsung 840 128GB to Samsung 840 120GB, saved $40 there.

                  Change to 1TB HDD saved $45.

                  Past that it's a little hard to find something to drop down on to save money. There's the AMD 7790 GPU that came out recently and are about $50 cheaper.

                  I'll check up on those later though, gotta head to the job I'm already late for (but ZZ Top was well worth it).

                  nutnfancy monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16824009255R
                  nutnfancy keyboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823201048

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