Mat wrote:That should read 500 GBP rather than euros, I'm in the UK.
Sorry for being an ignorant American >_<. Looking at those higher exchange rates, that is approaching a low-end gaming laptop. (Obviously, a desktop will be better though)
I wasn't able to find any UK sites selling the z585 model, is it available here?
That is a bit unfortunate. I did a search on amazon.co.uk, and the only A10-4600m computers are from Packet-Bel. We don't have that brand in the US, so I can't comment on them. Even the HP store in the UK doesn't seem to be selling it yet. The A10-4600m is the newest AMD chip, no more than a month or two old... so maybe its just taking a long time to cross over the pond.
Older AMD stuff seem available over there, but its more than just one or two steps down from the laptop you've already selected.
Portal 2 probably won't be 60FPS @ 1920x1080p on the GeForce 630M. But it does apparently achieve over 40 FPS at 1920x1080p, and probably will be over 60fps on lower resolutions.
The problem is really the indie games like what you listed. There's no real way to know how much CPU power of GPU power that they'll need. I mean, there's no way to tell if they pull a "Minecraft", where the game runs out of memory constantly. FPS games in general will stress the CPU (instead of the GPU), so you'll probably want an Intel based laptop. Not much else but to say its a crapshot.
If you're willing to upgrade a little bit, the 650M is one step up from your current graphics card. The Intel Ivy Bridge i5 should be fine (no need to upgrade to the i7). Unfortunately, I couldn't find any 650M laptops on an i5 for you in the UK. So what you've selected is probably your best bet. You ought to do a bit of research to see if Linux works well on the selected laptop though. (In particular, mouse drivers, keyboards, power settings, and that sort of thing). But an i5 + 630M graphics is designed to hit that 500 GBP price range nicely.
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