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rayburnbr4
03-04-2011, 01:00 PM
Hello PCWorld forum goers, I could use your help with solving a problem of mine as I've been unable to locate the answer on the internet! :(

My life long buddy is going overseas with the military and to stay in touch together we decided to play some games online together. Just old games like warcraft 3 or starcraft, for fun. Maybe an mmo too.

My question, that I'm having trouble surfing the internet for an answer is: What is, or are, some of the cheapest laptops on the market that come with a dedicated graphics card?

I want to spend as little as possible on a laptop, since this is a luxury item for me. But it is important to have the dedicated card, as I don't want to tone down the graphics or run on too low of settings. I also do NOT want to invest in a PC. I have one and it works great. I am only looking for a laptop.

Does anyone have any advice or links? I've searched amazon and my price range if you have to ask as dirt cheap. I'll pay what I have to, but only that. I'm not looking for a top of the line machine, just one I can play my games sufficiently on.

Thanks for any and all help :)

bot
03-04-2011, 01:07 PM
Hello, and welcome to PressF1.

Unfortunately, laptops with dedicated graphics are quite pricey, although you can get used ones on TradeMe quite cheap:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Laptops/Laptops/HP/auction-365056843.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Laptops/Laptops/HP/auction-364475732.htm
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Laptops/Laptops/HP/auction-364510508.htm

Looked at DSE website, and found these, though may be a bit out of your price range:

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4d97ba7900debaec273fc0a87f3b0750/Product/View/XC8867
http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4d97ba7900debaec273fc0a87f3b0750/Product/View/XC8888

bot
03-04-2011, 01:11 PM
Aha! found one at Noel Leeming for $999:

http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/computers/notebook-computers/pc-notebook-computers/hp-g62-468tx-notebook/prod109953.html

wainuitech
03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
From Harvey normans (http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/compaq-cq62-308au-laptop.html) $899

Description of Graphics

Graphics & Video Support:
Graphics Card Brand ATI
Webcam Resolution (MP) 0.3
Graphics Card Type Radeon™ HD 4250

Click on Specification tab to see full specs.

Snorkbox
03-04-2011, 01:56 PM
Wonders if the OP may not live in NZ.

pctek
03-04-2011, 02:45 PM
What is, or are, some of the cheapest laptops on the market that come with a dedicated graphics card?

I want to spend as little as possible on a laptop, since this is a luxury item for me. I also do NOT want to invest in a PC. I have one and it works great.

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No laptop has a dedicated graphics card. They might have a dedicated graphics chip however which is not the same thing.

Why bother buying a laptop? Seems your mate might be the one who needs one - not you. You have a PC so ensuring the graphics card in it is up to standard, why buy a laptop as well?

icow
03-04-2011, 03:48 PM
iff you want to play "old" games like warcraft 3 you wont even need a decent gfx chip. my 07 macbook with a 945 GMA (shitty intergrated 64mb chip) runs warcraft 3 on high settings. when i was dual booting i could run v8 supercars 2 on high and the recommended card was a radeon 8xxx or better. Laptop GMA cards werent supported and it still ran fine.

just out of interest why do yu need a laptop? (i can see why your friend does but not you if you knwo what i mean).

Chilling_Silence
03-04-2011, 05:22 PM
I have one of these, couldn't be happier!!
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NBKHNB1174837&name=HP-Presario-CQ62-278TX-i3-370M-2.4GHz-2G-DDR3-320G
$750+GST

Alex B
03-04-2011, 06:45 PM
No laptop has a dedicated graphics card. They might have a dedicated graphics chip however which is not the same thing.

I've seen more than one that does have a dedicated sub board/card for graphics.

Agent_24
03-04-2011, 07:12 PM
I've seen more than one that does have a dedicated sub board/card for graphics.

x2, example is the Dell M90 as I was recently looking at one with a broken GPU.

There was talk a while back about a standardized laptop graphics card interface but I don't think it gained widespread use.



To the original question though... If all he wants to play is old games like Warcraft 3 I think just about anything modern will play that, good GPU or not...

Chilling_Silence
03-04-2011, 08:15 PM
Yeah WC3 plays even on the crappier Intel chipsets, but just not as well as it could...