Is it possible to get a decent gaming laptop for under £400 8 replies

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#1 2 months ago

Kinda desperate.

Need options.

Cheaper the better. XD


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#2 2 months ago

From a quick look, that price point won't help much.

You can look for the ASUS VivoBook X540 series, it's the only one with an nVidia card that I could find. It's 1.1 GHz quad-core and 4 GB RAM sounds rather poor, though.


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#3 2 months ago

I would guess that you're out of luck. I'm dodging your original question here, but is there a reason why you can't/don't want to pick up a console or used gaming PC instead? For that price range the performance will be far superior to what a laptop can give you.

If you're ok with something used, a quick ebay search for "alienware laptop" reveals a large number of surprisingly low-cost options with decent specs, at least here in the US. 




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#4 2 months ago

I have a decent gaming PC at home, it's just I am living away from home currently due to illness, and I can't bring a gaming PC here.


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#5 2 months ago

Depends on the games you want to play... a used laptop might be a good option. Larger and heavier are usually cheaper, so look in the 15-18 inch range. But for 400 it won't be a lot of fun. 

Might be a good time for a console or some mobile gaming? I hear the latest Nintendo does quite well, typically they have some decent JRPG games.





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#6 2 months ago

Well I have a Wii-U here to use so that's keeping me busy, and my surface can do some old / light games like Half Life 2 and Sonic Mania, although I am hoping it may run Two Point hospital. I am not too hopeful though.


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#7 2 months ago
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I have a decent gaming PC at home, it's just I am living away from home currently due to illness, and I can't bring a gaming PC here.


I hope I didn't offend - my question took that into account but I was unsure if it was because you specifically needed a PC for the types of games you were wishing to play, or if you already had a console and didn't wanna waste money on a second, or because your steam library will not run on a console, etc.


Maybe time to pull out the classics (even more than you have)?  You can get KOTOR for mobile and it runs great on my Note 4 so I imagine it and similar era games would also run on your Surface. I'm not sure what genres you enjoy the most (shows how much I pay attention around here) so I can't name old games, but that's not what you're asking for. 

This  is extremely vague but it may tell you whether Two-Point Hospital would run on your Surface: https://www.reddit.com/r/Surface/comments/9eaopo/two_point_hospital_on_the_go/. The graphics on that game are so primitive that I'd expect it could run on a 2000-era PC but nobody optimizes their games for performance anymore...




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#8 2 months ago

You could try playing some classics that you may have missed using dosbox or some emulator on the surface. Anyway, hope you get better soon!




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#9 2 months ago

Thanks both :)


The good news is Two-Point hospital seems to work just fine!


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