Tips for Buying a Gaming Laptop

I’ve spent days researching for the ideal gaming laptop, we’re going through the most essential features of a gaming laptop, as well as the ones you can afford to compromise on. Anyone will tell you that the most essential feature of a good gaming laptop is the GPU (graphics processing unit,) the GPU is what’s in charge of handling the 3D graphics in a game, and therefore the better your GPU the higher frame rates you’ll see. Furthermore, with so many high res textures in modern games I would suggest looking for a card with at least 2 gigabytes of VRAM. Personally I would also recommend using Nvidia, not only if I found Nvidia cards to be very reliable but they also come with many unique graphics options such as TxAA and HP ao+. I find TxAA in particular to be very useful and extremely effective.

Another key area although not as important is the CPU (central processing unit,) certain games such as Starcraft 2 can be very CPU dependent, it’s always a risk to cheap out on a CPU as there is the possibility of bottlenecking. My recommendation would be the i5 Intel processor, yes, the i7 is more powerful however for gaming you can probably get away with an i5 in most cases. At the moment I would say that 8 gigabytes of RAM or random access memory is essential, however it might be worth even going for 16 gigabytes if you’re looking to future-proof. The hard drive on the other hand is something you can afford to compromise on; while SSD can make the general usage of a computer extremely zippy it isn’t essential for gaming. Although you would notice a difference in load times, frame rates would be hardly affected if at all. If you are looking to save a bit of money I would recommend a conventional spinning our drive. Secondly, the screen on a gaming laptop can be looked at in two ways: firstly I would recommend a screen that covers a large amount of the color gamut (ideally 90 to 100%,) I’ve been using a 99% color gamut screen for a few months now and it really makes the colors in games pop without any impact on the framerate. It’s not essential, but it is a really nice thing to have.

When it comes to the resolution though the numbers do not need to be that high, there’s no sense in going for a 4k screen where most games won’t be able to play at that resolution without a huge impact on the framerate, 1080p probably sounds like the ideal choice, but on a 15-inch laptop screen 900p still looks fine.

Perhaps the most obvious area to save money on these days is the optical drive, with all modern games being downloadable free Steam or other clients, a physical disk reader just isn’t necessary. Another thing you should definitely check out before purchasing is the fan noise. Most laptops are going to rev up the fans during intensive sessions but some do tend to make more noise than others, furthermore to compensate for the heat that builds up beneath the keyboard I often use a 360 controller, this choice isn’t going to be for everyone but I find it to be very comfortable. Finally you have to consider which games you want to play on the laptop, I’m assuming that most people already know what game they want to play but if you’re indecisive I would recommend the Diablo 3, it’s a fun game that lends itself well to being played in short sessions. The graphics are nice to look at but not overly demanding, I would definitely say it’s a good place to start.

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