Mat wrote:I'd like something I can use as my main computer, so I'm not too concerned about battery life or portability. I would use it for programming, surfing the interblags, and a bit of gaming. I don't care about running new games at maximum settings but it should be able to run most games without any problems (I mostly just play indie games).
I want it to work on linux and support dual monitors. Also super cheap would be nice. I was thinking a budget of around £500.
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KnightExemplar wrote:The NVidia 630M is a weak graphics card, but I'd expect it to be able to handle Bastion.
If you are willing to undercut just a little bit more, you can save money on the AMD stuff. The top of the line mobile AMD chip is the A10-4600M. Its not as good as the i5 / NVidia 630M combination, but its another $80 cheaper. (Sorry, I dunno where to look for prices in Euros)
Identical specs outside of the AMD / Intel difference:
http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-26 ... d+Z585+A10
http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-21 ... ad+Z580+i5
I can't speak to Linux compatibility between the two. Apparently, Adobe Flash on Linux only supports NVidia for video decode. So online video on Linux might be worse on the AMD based platform.
You'll need to definitely spend more money if you want a "gaming quality" laptop. But if you're only going to play Bastion and simpler games like that, either laptop ought to work. Nonetheless, its probably best if you just made a list of all the games you want to play.
On the other hand, a 500 EUR desktop will probably game pretty decently.
Mat wrote:That should read 500 GBP rather than euros, I'm in the UK.
I wasn't able to find any UK sites selling the z585 model, is it available here?
Not really sure about what I want regarding games. I can't think of anything I'm actually planning to get in the near future, other than a couple of kickstarter projects (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902 ... stle-story & http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/659 ... ration-rts). The handful of games I have on steam now don't need high specs, the most demanding probably being portal 2.
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